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and cordial co operation in the promotion of the welfare of the School.

And with the hope that we shall continue to receive the aid and blessing of a kind Providence upon our labors, I respectfully submit this report.


Acting Superintendent


To the Hon. Board of Control of the State Reform School:

GENTLEJEN: Sixty-one boys have been received into the school department of this Institution during the year ending Nov. 16, 1861. They were classed as follows: No. who did not know the alphabet,...

9 knew the alphabet and could read easy words.... could read in 1st Reader,..

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13 3d

11 4th

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Only nine of these boys have any knowledge of the rudiments of arithmetic and geography. One, a German boy, bas some knowledge of Latin, Greek and French.

Fifty three boys have left us during the year. Their attainments were as follows: No. reading in Ist Reader,....

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We have at this time in the school, one hundred and fortyfive boys, classed as follows:


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No. who have received instruction orally,...

34 have studied primary,...

46 add’n, subtract'n, and multiplicatn, 31 division, ...

11 multiplication of fractions,..

13 fractions, com. and dec.,....

7 through practical,..




Instruction is given to the whole school in concert, in connection with outline maps.

Three boys are receiving instruction in the rudiments of the Latin language.

These tables do not show much difference from the condition: of the school one year ago. But it must be considered that the dismissals of the year nearly equal the receptions, and usually, as the boys become inclined to study, they improve in other respects, and so secure their dismissal.

These gentlemen, Messrs. A. W. Carr, John Wheeler, and H. B. Crosby, who have assisted in the school during different portions of the year, have been unwearied in their efforts for the advancement of the boys.


We have been able to increase our library somewhat, during the year, always striving in each addition to procure interesting and instructive books, and of a tone that will stimulate to virtue and integrity.

Mrs. E. B. Ward, of Detroit, kindly sent us a very valuable package of books, and her gift has been fully appreciated by the boys. Prof. Holmes, of the Agricultural College, presented several volumes of Agricultural and Patent Office Reports. Other friends in visiting our School have aided us by contributions for books.

The financial condition of the Library for the year ending Nov. 16, 1861, is as follows: Cash on hand Nov. 17, 1860,....

$15 11 Cash from fees at the door, and donations from friends during the year,

.. 75 10

$90 37

Cash paid for books during the year,

on hand, Nov. 16, 1861,

$36 77

53 50

$90 27

room :

The boys have had the use of the following papers, kindly furnished by their respective publishers for the boy's reading

Wolverine Citizen, Battle Creek Journal, Niles Enquirer, Lapeer Republican, Ingham County News, True Citizen, Weekly Clarion, Romeo Argus, Livingston Republican, Morning Star, Detroit Tribune (tri-weekly), Detroit Free Press (triweekly).

From the General Fund have been supplied, Lansing Repub lican, Lansing State Journal.

From private individuals: Ladies Repository, Detroit Daily Advertiser, Sunday School Times, and The Examiner.


Our morning and evening exercises continue the same as last year. Our Sabbath services have varied in that we have had two sermons most of the year. But at present we have singing and reading in the morning, and preaching in the afternoon.

Sabbath evenings are usually spent in reading some good book to the boys, or in a social address. During the session of our Legislature, last winter, many of the members took a kind. ly interest in our boys, and at the request of our Superintendent, took part in our Sabbath afternoon exercises.

Distinguished gentlemen and clergymen, from different parts of the State, have often visited the School and spoken to the

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