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The Indian School at Genoa

Grand Championship On Duroc-Jersey Sow at Des Moines
and On Holstein Cow At Lincoln.

     In addition to a number of other prizes, the Indian School at Genoa won grand championship on Duroc Jersey, aged sow at Des Moines, and grand champion on Holstein cow at Lincoln. This cow and other winning numbers of the Holstein herd were all bred and raised at the school.
     Sam B. Davis, superintendent of the school, writes: "Cato Sells, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, says: 'The aim of our Indian School is not the perfect farmer and stockraiser or the perfect housewife, but the development of character and sufficient industrial efficiency to enable the returned boy or girl to derive happiness and comfort from a home created by individual efforts. This is attempted by thorough instruction in agriculture, mechanical and domestic arts, and an adequate knowledge of practical field and shop work.
     "From results obtained in the show ring, competing with some of the greatest dairy and swine herds in America, it appears that the Indian School at Genoa is developing near perfect stock raisers. An, eighteen-year-old Indian boy fitted and exhibited the grand champion sow. Other Indian boys deserve credit for the winnings made by the Holstein herd. All the world knows that the Indian is athletic, but what the people generally do not know is that the Indian schools are developing and training many young men and women to become teachers, clerks, stenographers, farmers, stockraisers, mechanics, nurses, housekeepers, seamstresses and cooks. After the pupil finishes the sixth grade there are four years' vocational work before he completes the course of study. All effort is directed towards training the boys and girls for efficient and useful lives under the conditions which they must meet after leaving school.
     "As aimless teaching never accomplishes anything and robs pupils of valuable time, the course of study provides for a guidance committee, which consists of employes of mature judgment and wide study of the nature, needs and possibilities of the student before attempting to guide boys and girls to the best selection of a life work. It is felt that with proper guidance and encouragement the Indian will make rapid strides in all that goes to develop independent, self-respecting and self-supporting citizens. Some people never tire of asking, 'Will the Indian work?' The average Indian boy and girl love work to about the same degree as the boy and girl of the white race love it. The pupils at this school are proving that the young Indian, after he is taught to do the things as the white man believes they should be done, can accomplish them just


as well and as readily as his white brother. All pupils attend the academic and industrial departments one-half day each. The boys do all the productive work on the school farm and in the shops. They plow and sow and harvest all the farm products. They operate mowers, wheat and corn binders, grain drills, ensilage cutters, build fences and other things necessary to successful farming. Under the direction of heads of the departments, they operate the steam heat and electric light plant, manufacture their clothing, harness, shoe horses and do other farm blacksmithing; make general repairs to school plant and aid in erection of all new buildings. The girls, under direction of heads of departments, make all their own clothing, do the cooking and laundering for the 425 pupils. There is an outing system that permits girls and boys to be placed with responsible families during vacation months. The money earned in this way belongs to them. The boys and girls receive the going wages. The school management has never been able to supply more than half as many as called for each summer. Many farmers and housewives make application for boys and girls several months prior to vacation. That effectively answers the question as to whether or not the Indian will work."


Superintendent of the Indian School
at Genoa








1--Lady Parthena Plus. No. 333133. Grand champion Holstein cow. Genoa Indian, School.

2--Genoa Indian School grand champion Duroc sow. Iowa Fair, '16.

3--Lady Affckerk-Golden 2d. No. 211725. First In class, three-year-old. Genoa Indian School.

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