Fallon Indian Day School

Fallon Indian Day School – Home Missionary Society, developed plans for the school on the Stillwater Indian Reservation and gained approval from the U.S. Department of the Interior. The school was to be located ten miles east of present-day Fallon and would include a main school room, a kitchen, dining room, and quarters for a teacher and cook. Notice was given that “Proposals for the Fallon Indian Day School buildings would be received by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C., until June 22, 1908–for furnishing and delivering the necessary materials to construct a school house and employee’s quarters.” The contract awarded to I.H. Kent of Fallon allocated $2,027 for construction costs.
The school opened its doors to students on September 30, 1908, even though furniture would not arrive until February the following year. School employees included a female teacher for academics and a male teacher to instruct the children in practical farming. Instruction, following the national model, focused on vocational training. Girls were taught sewing, cooking, laundry work, and some nursing. Boys received instruction in farming, ranching, dairying, carpentry, and mechanics. The children attended school during the day and returned to their homes in the evening.
Without ceremony, after thirty-five years in existence, the Fallon Indian Day School was closed in October 1943 and the remaining teacher transferred to a school near Yerington, Nevada. Today, the original school site is part of the Stillwater Indian Reservation Headquarters and is occupied by the reservation’s housing authority.

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