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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1855

[Northern superintendency],   pp. 40-47 PDF (3.1 MB)

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houses, and many who wintered in bark lodges last winter will be able 
to get into comfortable houses this fall. 
The schools are exerting a salutary influence on the young, but are 
deprived of half their usefulness by want of suitable school houses, 
(one of which is in process of erection,) the buildings at present occu-
pied as such are both board shanties, uncomfortable and inconvenient. 
The blacksmiths are worthy and industrious men and rendering 
satisfactory service; the assistants are both Menomonees and show a 
fair talent for the trade. 
The farmer, Mr. Heaton, is a young man of good character and 
industrious habits, whose influence I think will be good, but has 
unfortunately been unable to perform the duties of his place for some 
weeks past, by reason of a severe attack of sickness, but is now so far 
recovered that it is thought he will resume his duties in a few days. 
Mr. Werdehoff, the carpenter, has discharged his duty to my entire 
satisfaction; the teacher's house, now occupied by Mrs. Dousman, the 
agent's house and office, and the interpreter's house, nearly completed 
by Indian labor, speak well for his energy and skill as a master builder
and for the aptness of the Indians for mechanism. 
I enclose the annual report of the teachers of the male and female 
department of the Menomonee school, and also the report of the 
teacher of the sewing school. 
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your most obedient servant, 
Indian Agent. 
Superintendent Indian Affairs, Milwaukie, Wisconsin. 
No. 10. 
KESHENA, September 1, 1855. 
SIR: I herein submit to you my annual report of the male depart- 
ment of the Menomonee school. You are aware much has been done 
for the Menomonees the past year, in supplying them with farming 
utensils and other inducements to labor as farmers and mechanics, 
which they seemed to have appreciated, by their promptness to the 
call of their agent and industrious application to labor. This new 
field of action has so much attracted the attention of the tribe, that 
they have in a degree neglected the schools; and our school houses, 
at present, being but temporary shanties, very inconvenient and cold 
in winter, therefore it cannot be expected that our schools have made 
as much progress as they could have done under more favorable cir- 
cumstances. Notwithstanding, I am happy in stating that the scholars 
have made much proficiency in learning the English language and 
elementary branches commonly taught in our district schools; and 
hope, when our school houses are completed, that the schools will be 
established on a more favorable basis, and more can be done for the 
improvement and welfare of these Indians. Some of the scholars are 

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