About this title: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...expenditures amount to about seven thousand dollars. The following letter written by Father Pius Boehm to the Department at Washington sets forth many facts which are of interest to the reader. Stephan, Hyde Co., S. Dak., Aug. 3I, I890. To the Hon. T. J. Morgan, Com. of Indian Affairs, Washington, D. C. Sir: -Owing to my absence your circular letter, dated Augf7th, remained unopened until yester day. I hastento reply. FATHER PIUS BOEHM The Immaculate Conception Mission School at Stephan, about I6 miles north of Crow Creek Agency, S. Dakota, was established in the spring of the year I886, under the auspices of the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, Washington, D. C., by the lately deceased Very Rev. Geo. S. Willard. A little cottage was erected then, which served the double purpose of a residence and temporary school. I found on my arrival here, Jan. 2I, I887, five Indian pupils in attendance and a school building 40 by IOO ft. on the way to completion. After many difficulties had been overcome, I managed to open school May Ist of that year, in the new building, with an attendance of 33 pupils, and supported by the Catholic Churoh. In the fall of the same year school opened under contract with the government, Rev. Vincent Wehrle serving as itssuperintendent; the writer, in the capacity of a procurer. Passing through many trying ordeals, on account of the distant location from the civilized world, the tardiness of the government to pay the quarterly dues, the hard winter, which covered the prairies with mountains of snow, etc. etc., we succeeded in keeping about 90 pupils not only alive, but laid the foundation to their advancement to civilization, by imparting to them the first elements of education. The school year had scarcely closed..
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