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WRA's persistent efforts 'to
open outside job opportunities
for evacuees passed a real
milestone last Tuesday as first
"legitimate" offers for male
workers were received in
As a result of the ground
work done by Thomas Hol
land, national chief of the
WRA employment division,
came an opening for a Japan
ese die caster and a tool mak
VOL. XL NO. S3
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Polls Will Open Toworrow
An important WRA conference
at Salt Lake City, Utah, called all
project directors of relocation
centers including Solon T. Kim
ball, acting project director at
Manzanar, who left last Wednes
day for the Mormon City.
Speculation ran high in local
circles as to the possibility of
the permanent project director
being named by Dillon Myer, na
tional director, at Friday's meet
ing. Simultaneously, in SaltLake
tion to which delegates from the
relocation centers have been sent
Myer was reported to have at
tended the opening session of the
More anxious than ever to re
cruit Japanese language teach
ers and other experts to work
with the military intelligence
school, the army is sending a re
cruiting group to Manzanar
which is due to arrive on or about
Nov. 27, according to a telegram
received last Wednesday from
CoL E. Rasmussen.
Col. Rassmussen conducted the
first interviews here several
months ago. Already 3 men have
left for Instructors' posts at Sav
It was reported that the army
is interested in recruiting men
qualified in Japanese as non
commissioned officers in the
Reverend Junjo Izumida, the
founder of the Manzanar Budd
hist church left for Poston Relo
cation Center accompanied by
his daughter, Teru. His son, Paul,
and daughter, Lois, with her hus
band, Harry Kiuchi, all from
Poston are awaiting clearance
papers to leave as soon as possible.
election notice )on't forget tO
On Sunday, Nov. 22, an elec
tion will be held to name
members of the Charter Com
mittee to prepare the new
charter for self government
Two residents of each block
are to be chosen. They may be
either men or women, citi
zens or non-citizens, and age
limit is 18 years or older.
This charter committee is
er at $1.25 and $1.10 an hour
respectively. The offers come
from Minneapolis, Minn.,
where the same employer also
requests a girl for domestic
duties. He is also interested in
qualified evacuee draftsmen,
announces Walter Heath,
placement officer here, who is
in charge of private reloca
tion. To date, numerous offers of
domestic jobs for both men
Manzanar residents will flock
to their block manager's office
tomorrow morning to cast their
vote for their committeeman
who will study the already pro
posed charter and make recom
mendations within the frame
work of WRA limitations.
Two members will be selected
in each block to sit on the com
mittee of 70 members who will
follow up the work of the orig
inal 17-man commission appoint
ed by former project director,
itself after the completion of, its
work the first draft of the char
ter. This was the original inten
tion, it was announced.
Considerable criticism has been
aimed at the charter group but
this was believed due to misun
derstanding on the part of resi
dents, as the group merely put
into words the essential require
ments imposed by WRA regula
tions. All residents over 18 years of
age are eligible to vote in to
morrow's election, said Thomas
M. Temple, chief of community
services, under whose direct jur
isdiction self-government falls.
A few domestic jobs for girls
desiring to relocate outside are
available, announced the reloca
tion office. Most of these jobs are
located in Minneapolis, Minn.,
with a sprinkling in other cities,
it was announced.
Wages range between $7 and
$15 a week and it was pointed out
experience is not always a pre
requisite. All girls interested are
asked to report to the employ
ment office in ithe administra
to prepare in final form the
new Manzanar charter of self
government for submission to
the voters at a later date.
Each block resident over 18
years of age will receive a
ballot from the Block Manag
Each voter is requested to
write the names of two resi
dents in his block on the bal
lot, and place it in a ballot box
and women have been re
ceived but it was reported that
these were the first jobs of an
industrial nature to be listed.
These openings are the
fruits of Holland's efforts to
interest private employers
and manufacturers in quali
fied evacuee labor, it was
stated. In all negotiations em
phasis is placed on mainten
ance of the prevailing wage
SATURDAY. NOV. 21. 1942
DINNER ON TAP
Thanksgiving will be celebrat
ed in gala style as turkey and all
the trimmings will feature the
Manzanar menu according to J.
R. Winchester, chief of the mess
The day will be a half holiday
with workers marking time till
noon. Only two meals will be
served on Thanksgiving allowing
the kitchens enough time to dish
out a real Thanksgivjng repast.
A heavy, substantial breakfast
will be served at the usual time
and the piece de resistance will
not appear until 2:30 pjn. That's
all, but it will be a meal that will
be long remembered, according
to all advices. Save your appe
FIRE WATER GOES
Many a covetous eye will be
cast at the delegation of block
managers who will carry the re
cently confiscated whiskey to the
hospital where it will be used
for medicinal purposes.
Passed last Tuesday's block
managers meeting was a resolu
tion proposed by Dick Izuno that
the usable liquor taken from re
turning furlough workers be do
nated to the hospital. A delega
tion will escort the precious fluid
to its destination where a re
ceipt will be given by the hospi
tal. The inferior quality spirits will
be ceremoniously poured down
Buy U. S. War Stamps
in the manager's office on
Sunday, Nov. 22. The ballots
must be in the Block Manag
er's office before noon, when
the polls close.
This Is an opportunity for
every Manzanar resident to
express his choice in the de
velopment of self-government
in this community.
Thomas M. Temple
Furlough returns near
Halfway mark; 416 back
Workers all arrive late as trains
And buses delayed en route
Blue and white Greyhound busses continued to pull up
at Manzanar's front curb depositing more and more furlough
workers each day as returns reached an accelerated tempo.
Welcomed into the waiting arms of wives and sweet
hearts were the 19 men from the Twin Falls area who hit Man
OF SHOYU MADE
In a period of nine days, the
shoyu factory produced more
than 1500 gallons of sauce. The
total production capacity for the
local factory is 5,000 gallons per
Prior to war, most of the shoyu
used by the Japanese was pro
duced in Japan. When trade was
suspended between this country
and Japan, local shoyu experts
began experimenting with shoyu
production for the first time. At
the time of evacuation many Jap
anese firms had built up a consid
erable supply of shoyu, which
was later sold to the government
for center use.
Manzanar is the first reloca
tion center to manufacture sho
yu. As soon as the production ex
ceeds more than the requirements
here, shoyu will be shipped to
other relocation centers.
Ingredients used in the produc
tion of shoyu are soya bean grits,
wheat grits, Amino "M," Amino
Acid, sodium benzoate, caramel
coloring and sugar.
There is very little waste in
the production, of soy souce
Waste soy beans and wheat grits
are used in the local kitchens as
a base for vegetable pickles.
Explained to group
To sweeten up the sour sugar
situation, Acting Project Direc
tor Solon T. Kimball, spoke at
the special gathering of the
Block Managers' Assembly Wed
nesday morning at the Town Hall.
Explanations of rumored short
ages in the kitchen allotments
were cleared by Kimball who
said that as far as possible an
equitable distribution has been
made to affect all residents even
ly. Only 14,290 pounds were re
ceived for the center out of a
requisition for 20,392 pounds for
October, he stated, although he
presumed that the shortages will
be made up in November.
Commenting on the difficulties
involved in obtaining sugar, Kim
ball pointed out that even the
hospital and the Children's Vil
lage, where more sugar is re
quired for special diets, were
strictly on the same basis as the
rest of the center. Extra sugar
needed for the "shoyu" manu
facturing project may be ob
tained, he explained, as soon as
a special industrial permit is ac
quired. The situation regarding short
ages in oil, coffee, soapj lumber
and the like, outside as well as
inside the center, was explained
Disposition of the confiscated
liquor at the police station to be
given to the hospital for medical
uses was also approved at the
meeting. Other business included
discussions of the proposed Man
zanar Charter with a suggestion
advanced for a provision of an
Issei Advisory Board be included.
Mess Hall 7, Library
And Study Hall
The library, which originally
began at 20-15 moved for the
third time, making Mess Hall 7
its current home. It is also the
study hall for the Secondary
school, and students will occupy
their time reading the numerous
magazines and books.
Scheduled hours for week days
zanar at 8:15 ajn. Wednesday
morning. They were routed
through Reno and were expected
Tuesday night but were delayed
until the next morning. They
were workers from ihe Amalga
mated Sugar Company.
On noon of the same day four
busses brought home another 151
workers from the Idaho Falls
district. Conspicuous in this con
tingent were 6 couples who
worked for the Ball brothers, one
of the largest farms in Idaho.
Glowing tales of good times and
fine treatment were repeated by
this group in contrast to reports
of some other teams.
Baggage for this contingent
did not arrive together with
the workers, it was reported, be
cause an empty baggage car was
hitched to the train at Salt Lake
through some mistake.
Thursday saw a mixed group
from Idaho and Montana, 135
workers in all, mducted again
into the center.
Thirty-five more from Burley,
Idaho, raised the Manzanar dust
as their bus pulled in yesterday
to swell the total of returned
workers to approximately 416 of
the 1018 who originally went out
during September and October.
TO PRIORITY JOBS
Freezing of employment, an
nounced after the departure of
1000 workers-Air -beet -work, is
still in effect, announced Arthur
Miller, chief of employment.
Preference will be given to the
priority projects which Include
camouflage, fire and police,
maintenance, and mess. Camou
flage is calling for 400 workers
out of the returning group.
"Those who left vital jobs for
harvest work and who are still
urgently needed will be rein
stated," said Miller, "but if the
position was not essential or has
been filled, the returned worker
will be assigned to some priori
ty project for which he is quali
fied." Attention was also called to
the fact that reclassifications can
only be effected on the first of
each month. Any requests for re
classification in rating made dur
ing the month will not become
effective until the following
month, it was pointed out.
Loan Ward catalogs
To local residents
Montgomery Ward Company
catalogs have been placed In each
block manager's office as well
as the libraries by the mail order
department of the Cooperative
Enterprises, announced George
Shinno, manager of the service.
100 catalogues In all have been
distributed and may be had on
loan from either the library or
the block office.
Residents are requested to
handle them carefully as the Co
op has actually paid 73 cents for
each copy. The new Christmas
catalogues are expected in a few
days, it was revealed.
The mail order division pres
ently located at Block office 10
is planning to move to Ironing
room 10 soon, said Shinno. Harry
Hotta will soon replace Shinno
who will be transferred to the
administration section of the co
are 8:30 ajn. to 5 pjn. and from
1:00 pjn. to 9 pjn. on Sundays.
Tables, chairs, adequate light
ing and plasterboard have been
installed. Reference books as
well as fiction are available here.
About This Newspaper
- Manzanar free press (Manzanar, Calif.), November 21, 1942
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- Manzanar, Calif.
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- Manzanar, Calif., November 21, 1942
- Subject Headings
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- - Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945--Newspapers
- - Manzanar (Calif.)--Newspapers
- - Inyo County (Calif.)--Newspapers
- - Evacuation and relocation of Japanese Americans (United States : 1942-1945)
- - Japanese Americans
- - California
- - California--Inyo County
- - California--Manzanar
- - 1942-1945
- - United States--California--Inyo--Manzanar
- Japanese American evacuation and relocation camp newspapers
- - Weekly, Aug. 18, 1945-Oct. 19, 1945
- - Vol. 1, no. 1 (Apr. 11, 1942)-v. 16, no. 7 (Oct. 19, 1945).
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