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Thomas Asylum for Orphan and Destitute Indian Children, Versailles

This asylum was established in 1854, through the efforts of missionaries of the "Cattaraugus Indian Reservation," and incorporated by an act of the Legislature passed April 10th, 1855. Its location is in the town of Collins, Erie county, near Versailles.

The asylum building is constructed of wood, and consists of a main edifice thirty-six by forty-six feet on the ground, and two wings, each thirty by forty feet. The former is tow, and the latter one and one-half stories in height. The building is plain but substantial, and will suitably accommodate one hundred inmates. There are also several out-buildings and a well-conditioned school-house. Connected with the institution are fifty acres of land, over one-half of which is under good cultivation, and it is said to be quite productive. The house is surrounded by well kept gardens and grounds, and the place presents a neat and attractive appearance.

The institution is under the control of a board of trustees, composed of five white and five Indian members. It is sustained by private donations, by appropriations for the State treasury, and annual allowances from the Indian department at Washington. Its property of all kinds is estimated to be worth $14,000, and it is nearly free from debt. The total receipts the past year were $12,114.51, and the expenditures amounted to $12,376.55. Included in the receipts were $1,333 donations, and $8,329.72 from the State; $4,000 of the latter amount being a special appropriation. Embraced in the expenditures were $4,029.80 for indebtedness; $4,434.93 for support and maintenance, and $548.75 for repairs and improvement of the buildings and premises.

Orphan and destitute Indian children of both sexes are admitted. They are received from all parts of the State, the greater portion, however, being from the Cattaraugus Reservation. The total number admitted since the opening is two hundred and forty-six. There were ninety-two supported the past year, and ninety-one remained October 1st. Fifty-one of them were bys, and forty girls.

The inspection was made July 28th. The institution is under the charge of a superintendent, who has held the position from its opening. There are also a matron and two female teachers. The children are taught the elementary branches of an English education, and are also instructed in religious truths. The older ones are trained to industrial pursuits, the boys in cultivating the farm, and the girls in the domestic work of the house. They are placed in families by adoption whenever suitable situations offer; and it is believed the children have generally become good and useful citizens.

The institution at the time of inspection was in excellent order. The superintendent and subordinate officers appeared to be earnest and faithful in the discharge of their duties, and the children were orderly and attentive to their studies. The institution seems to fulfill admirably the designs and objects of its founders, and it is believed that the best interests of the State will be subserved by the continuance of appropriations to it, adjusted so as to meet fully its necessities.

* source: Board of State Commissioners of Public Charities of the State of New York, 1870; Argus Company, Printers, Albany, p. 129-130 * transcribed & submitted by Linda Conpenelis Schmidt, 17 July 2007.

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