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Hunt Has Hot Water As Boilermen Return 5-Poinfr Recommendation Acceptable To Director, Maintenance Workers
Center residents suffering from lack of hot water found relief Monday night as boilermen In every block reported back to work with the acceptance by Project Director H. I Stafford and the main tenance workers of a 5-polnt recommendation presented by the block delegates mediation committee. The suggested recommendations accepted by Stafford and ap proved by unanimous vote by the representatives of the boilermen
JCUUIUIO, utiu JlWULIUatJUa UL u muck' ing held in the administration Rec. on Jan. 10 were as follows: (1.) Retraction of the 24-hour schedule. (2.) The working hour schedule for boilermen: Dally Sche dule: from 6:30 a. m. to 1 p. m., from 4 p. m. to 10:30 p. m. Sunday schedule: from 8 a. m. to 1 p. m., from 4 p. m. to 9 p. m. (3.) The working hour schedule for janitor ial service: from 8 a. m. to S p. m. (4.) All terminations resulting from tho temporary suspension will be cancelled and all original em ployees to bo returned. (5.) All persons returning to work shall suffer no reduction in pay result ing from the temporary suspension of work. The. settlement was arrived at after various meetings botween the administration officials, the me diation committee composed of 11 block delegates, and tho mainten ance workers involved. Tho issue came to the head January 4 after Janitorial workers, presented with the choice of working under tho proposed 24 hour basis or resigning, preferred to hand in their terminations. From Jan. 4 fires in all the boiler rooms of the blocks were not lighted and hot water was cut off. The pro ject water supply hit a critical stage when one of the pumps broke down. With tho tanks nearly drain ed during Thursday and Friday when the faucets were kept run ning during the night to prevent freezing of the pipes, the situation became serious. On Saturday when tho necessary repairs were made on the pump and laundry room stoves were fired during the night to ell tmlnato tho.runnlng,tap3, the situa tion was Bom'owhat alleviated. During this time, negotiations were being made with Assist Pro ject Director R. S. Davidson during the absence of the project director. Immediately upon tho return of Director Stafford on Friday night a meeting was held at Stafford's office with representatives of the administration and the mediation group, at which the trouble was discussed. Stafford prepared a memo to the janitors asking them to inform him what they were will tag to provldo in the way of ser vices with the previous force of 164 people. Recommendations of the arbitra tion committee were revised and sent to Washington early tho next morning. The committee decided to hold action In the deliverance of the memo to the workers until the reply to the teletype from Dillon S. Myer had been received. Tho teletype covered a brief outline of tho situation and presented justi fications on the stand of the work ers in their request for the addi tion of two more workers for each block. Director layer's reply received that same day, Jan. 8, expressed his opinion that "any adjustment of the hours and conditions of work in the provision of janitorial services must be based upon the requirement of the WRA that a full day's work be provided for a full day's pay." Mver stated that the WRA was fulfilling its obligations to the ccn-' ter and that any adjustment in the number of personnel "on the basis of a conscientious perform ance of work would result In re ducing, rather than increasing, the staff." "Tho actual problem which re sulted in the suspension of work by the boilermen and janitors at the center can De settled oniy Dy the center administration and evacuees themselves and must be settled within the employment policy of tho Authority, which calls for a 44-hour week for evacuee workers," Myer said. At a final meeting of the pro ject director with the arbitration committee, originally scheduled for Saturday morning, but held on Sunday afternoon at 4:30 In tho administration rec, Stafford stated that the "option was wide open" for janitorial workers to work 44 hours or on the old sche dule. Clarification of the Jan. 7 memo from Stafford to the Jani torial workers was made in a let ter to H. Hatate, supervisor, and tho Janitor service workers, on- Jan. 0 as follows: "Twenty-four hour (Continued On Pago Four) Weather Report Max. Mln. January 7 27 2 Januarv 8 22 4 January 0 January 10 28 3 January 11 33 5 January 1a 32 11
Calif.. Ag. Board Favors Post-War Evacuee Return The California State Board of Agriculture has become one of tho fjrst official organizations to recdgnlze publicly tho Importance of restoring to evacuees the privi lege of working on California farms after the war, according to word received this week from WRA headquarters in Washington. Commenting on tho evacuation of persons of Japanese ancestry in 1042, the resolution contains this pertinent clause, "Therefore, be it resolved, that if and when the military authorities shall de cide that military necessity no longer requires that persons of Japanese ancestry shall be ex cluded from this State, the Cali fornia State Board of Agriculture, in the light of that decision will use its influence to assure that raco prejudice shall not jeopardize the lawful participation of this or any other group in the agricultur al life and industry of the state. National Director Dillon S. Myer stated, "This resolution strikes an encouraging note. Nevertheless, the people In the centers must guard against wish ful thinking regarding the pros pects of an early return to Cali fornia. Relocation at the earliest practical date should continue to be a matter for serious considera tion bv all center residents. I firm
ly believe that with relocation will cdme renewed- self-con-H fldence, which In tho end will make for on easier post-war ad justment.!' 239 Feeder Pigs Vaccinated Here To prevent hog cholera, 239 feed er pigs were vaccinated last Wed nesday by the project hog unit, re ported J. V. Briggs, assistant farm superintendent. Of tho 239, 125 were purchased during this month and the remaining 114 were raised at the hog farm here. Under tho approved first quar ter budget for 1944, 200 feeder pigs will bo purchased each month to supply the center pork needs, Briggs reported. Tho hog unit pur chased 153 feeder pigs from local farmers during December. At present, 25 hogs, averaging approximately 300 pounds, are be ing taken Into Twin Falls to bo dressed every ween. Jncreose to 35 to 40 heads per week Is antici pated during the coming month. Ballot Petitions For Seattle Ready Petitions aro now available for request of absentee ballots for the primary election of Seattle, accord ing to Clarence Aral, attorney at tho Legal Aid Division. Signing of these petitions will take place all next week at the Legal Division, 22-5-ABC to only registered voters "of Seattle. Pri mary election will be held on Feb ruary 29, 1944, and tho general election on March 14. The present mayor of Seattle is Mayor F. Devin; Councllmen, Frank McCaffery, John E. Carroll and Mrs. F. F; Powell; and the. corporation counsel, a. c. van Seelen.
Former Hunt Nisei Center of City Council Controversy in Wichita
Discussed at length by tho city commission,, WRA officials, and members of tho clergy, the problem of admitting Americans of Japanese ancestry to schools in Wichita, Kansas, was looked at last month, in a heated meeting at the .city hall, according to the Wichita Eagl.e The question centered about two nisei students, Mamoru Taka shima and Nana Tomlta, students of tho Friends University, and for meily of Hunt. Russell McClure, city manager opened tho meeting by outlining tho policy which tho city has tnken toward permitting Japanese to relocate in Wichita. It has been discouraged, it was pointed out, be cause this is a center of war in dustry, because feeling runs high against the Japanese nation, and because tho city feels it would be responsible should there be unfor-j

Trim nni nmllLnir In their WAO uniforms are Iris Watanabc. Betto Nlslilmura, Margaret Fukuoka,
Frances Irltnnl, and Suo Ogata Dcs Moines. A recent article by Lulu Mae Coe In tho Dcs Moines Register featured five young nisei WACs whoare now In training at Fort Des Moines, eager in the carrying out of their duty to prove their loyalty to their country. The five are Margaret Fukuoka, ,24;Fanccsi.Irltaali,2i; Iris Wa- and Suo 3.' Ogata, 22. Three have a brother each in the army and another has a cousin in the ser vice. Private Fukuoka, a former beauty operator in Los Angeles, Calif.,, volunteered from the Man zanar relocation center, while the other recruit from a center is Private Watanabe of Granada where her mother is still residing. Two reasons Private Fukuoka gave for joining were, "I wanted to serve my country, I also thought that all Japanese Ameri cans t might find it easier to re turn to a normal way of life af ter the war, if we whp can did Fourth War Loan Drive Starts Today Beginning Jan. 15 a concerted drive will be conducted on the pro ject for tho Fourth War Loan Drive, L. W. Folsom, acting per sonnel officer, announced this week. The WRA was among the top purchasers of all tho govern ment agencies in the percentage of bonds bought, during the Third War Loan Drive. Hunt made an exceptionally good showing, Fol som said. "We hope that this time wo will top the other projects," Folsom added. "Our aim during this drive will be to have every member of the appointed staff buying bonds and buying them to the extent of 10 per cent." With so many of tho boys from Hunt now In tho Armed forces, residents are also urged to partici pate in this drive, no matter how small their contribution may be. Co-op stores and Co-op offices, 22-3-E F, have war bonds and stamps on sale. tunate incidents. Vernon R. Kennedy, regional su pervisor of tho WRA, traced tho development of the federal gov ernment's action toward Ameri cans of Japanese ancestry, and pointed out that there are 30,000 of tho 120,000 evacuees now at ,largo in the nation. He urged that tho city commis sion drop the controversy as tak ing time from tho war effort. "There has never-been an accusa tion of sabotage mode against these citizens," ho said. McCluro explained that thero was no question of these two but that tho problem would become serious should they set a prece dent for tho entrance of 20 or 200. Many prominent members of tho city hotly, attacked .the position of tho commission. No action was taken.

(left to right), five Japanese American girls now In training at Fort
our share during the war." Since November 27, she has been taking her basic training at Fort Dcs Moines. Her brother Pvt. Ar thur Monroe Fukuoka, volunteered in April and .is' now stationed at Camp Shelby, Miss. "Ready an'dvwaitlng to do what I felt was myiftuty.' Private Wa- tanabe wbo,kwntd to, join the waus ,tnc urst or tne year, en listed as soon as nisei were accept ed. "I just felt I had to help in some way," she said. "If the other nisei girls could only know what a wonderful thing this Women's Army Corps of the United States is, I'm sure they would want to join up." "Simply on pins and needles to learn her new order" Private Iri tanl of Denver, Colo., is first of the five to finish her basic train ing. She has a brother, Roy, who is now training at Camp Shelby. Previously Private Irltani was em ployed at an army coverall fac tory. She explained that in doing de Soldier Writes White Hopes of Victory Year (The following letter by a sol dier dated January 1, was re ceived by the Minidoka Parent Soldiers Association.) Dear Sir: New Year's Greetings! 1944 and Freedom's light shines bright as a symbol of hope and opportunity throughout the entire world. There is still work hard work to be done be fore Victory, but the privilege of living in "the Land of the Free, the Home of the Brave" is beyond price, sacrifice or toll. At this the beginning of an other New Year let us all firmly resolve to do our full share toward nastlng the day of Peace toward making 1944 the Vic tory Year! Very Sincerely, PFC. GEORGE OTOGIRI Det. Medical Dept. Station Hospital, Canton ment Section Medical Supply Ft. Sill, Oklahoma Lechliter, Linville To Attend Confab Irvln Lechliter, project attorney, left Wednesday for San Francisco to attend a conference concerning problems of evacuee property on the coast. Clyde'Linvllle will leave today to attend tho same confab. After the conference, Lechliter will bo "detailed temporarily as project attorney of Tulo Lake. As soon as a peimanen attorney ar rives there, Lechliter will bo In ducted into tho armed service. Ulys Lovell, project attorney from Jerome Relocation Center will be tho acting attorney here until the vacancy is permanently filled Linville will return to tho pro ject after the conference on Janu ary 21,
Courtesy Dcs Molnca Register.
fense work she was perfectly free to do as she wanted at night while if she joined the WACs she felt she would be giving all sne couiu. "I also thought my job at the de fense plant would bo open and maybe a girl from a relocation center could have it." Just beginning her basic train ing, Private. Nishlmura was for merly a sales clerk in a dry goods storo in Rocky Ford, Colo., where her mother has lived for 40 years. Private Nishlmura, who hns a brother, Pfc. John Nishl mura, stationed at Camp Shelby, will be overseas quick as a wink if foreign service is possible. "I just had to join as soon as we were given a chance," said Private Ogata of LaSalle, Colo. "Joining the WACs seemed the best wav I knew to help my country." She had been a bookkeeper in an oil company in Greeley, Colo. Her cousin, Johnny Masuguchi, is stationed at Fort Sheridan, 111. Divisions Meeting New Labor Quota In line with the WRA budget for the first quarter of 1944, the Personnel Division is making ad justments in all the departments to meet the set quota according to Acting Perspnnel Officer i. w. Folsom. Reasslgnments and job analyses in all the departments, divisions and sections, Folsom said, is being carried out with the various heads to meet the set labor quota accord ing to Acting Personnel Officer L. W. Folsom. "There is not going to be any enormous amount of cutting," Fol some added. "Some adjustments aro to be made and people are go ing to be assigned to jobs accord ing to their qualifications." FUMIO YAGI VOLUNTEERS Volunteering from Hunt this week was Fumio Yagi of 19-4-F. Yagi, a former Seattleite, is seeking service at Camp Savage. Washington Merry Nisei Soldiers Now Japanese American soldiers were given a plug by Drew Pearson, na tionally known columnist in his syndicated column "Washington Merry-Go-Round." Says Pearson: "High executives of tho war de partment are proud of the way in which Japanese American soldiers have responded to the call of Am erican patriotism and done a good job in tho Army. "Enlisting American-born Japan ese in tho U. S. Army was frankly an experiment and many old-lino officers were very Bkeptical. How ever, Under-Secretary of War Pat terson and Assistant Secretary Jack McCloy insisted that they be given a chance. Tho 'performance of Japanese American troops in battlo has more than justified this confidence in them. "Reports from Italy pay tribute
Community Will Vote For Councilmen Soon
M. Satow Gives Series of Lectures To establish and strengthen the work of the YMCA and also to encourage group work Masao Sa tow, member of the National Coun cil of the tf MCA, is visiting the project this week. He is now making a tour of the nine relocation centers and of the various cities where evacuees have resettled. He is working to coor dinate the activities of the YMCA, churches and the WRA offices to help the evacuees who arc re located. Satow made speeches through out the center, covering Areas A and B and the schools during the week. Tomorow he will speak bo fore the young people's Buddhist services xat Rec. 35 at 9:30 a. m. His speech will enumerate wavs and means bv which vnnntr M3uddhists may be able to inte- gratc themselves Into normal Am erican communities through the help of the churches. Immediately following he will speak at the Federated Christian services in Rec. 34 at 10:45 a.m. In the eve ning he will address a group of young people in S.H. 6 at the Area A Young People's "Candle lighters" services. Following his engagement here, Satow will leave next week for Heart Mountain where he will or ganlzo a leadership Institute. From there he will leave for New York City to attend the National Eoard Meeting of the YMCA. A graduate of UCLA and the Princeton Theological Seminary. Satow was Executive Secretary of the Japanese Branch of the Los Angeles YMCA prior to evacua tion. Frozen Foods Now Off Rationed List Under the OPA's January list, most frozen fruits and vegetables as 'well as canned snap beans, will oe sola point free, effective Sun day. Exceptions are frozen corn, peas and lima beans, which retain their December point values; blueberries and huckleberries, six points in stead of twelve. Jams, preserves and non-citrus marmalades were raised from six to eight points a pound, while canned peas and tomatoes were re duced slightly. After March 1, tho perpetual hunt for the elusive empty tooth paste tube will be unneccsary. No empty tubes will be required to purchase toothpaste after that date. Approval for Auto Exchange Arrives Approval has arrived from Wash ington, D. C, for the exchange of older model vehicles hero in camp for later model vehicles at various Army Ordnance Depots, accord ingt o word received from Col. Flero, liason officer, by R. S. Dav idson, assistant project director in charge of operations. Crews will be taken out to Fort Douglas, Boise, and other points to Inspect the vehicles and to drive them back. The exchange will be started immediately. Approximately 81 vehicles will bo exchanged for 85 later model passenger cars, cargo trucks, pick ups and stakes. Go Round Praises Serving in Army to tho bravery of one Japanese American battalion which wns un der heavy fire. Most of its men were recruited from Hawaii. They fought with great heroism and the casualty lists were very heavy. "When Under-Secretary of War Patterson was in tho Southwest Pacific not long ago, General Oscar Griswold asked him to meet his in telligence unit. Patterson step ped into tho Intelligence tent and there met five grinning Japanese. They were not prisoners, but Ha-wallan-born, and were entrusted with tho vitally important job of translating Intelligence informa tion picked up from the enemy. "Tho Japanese Americans aro all carefully Investigated before thev enter tho Army, but in no case has one of them, after entering tho Army, betrayed trust."
Saturday January 15, 1944
70 Delegates to Be Elected to Convention In preparation for the election of a seven-man Community Council on the first Monday in February, as provided in the recently ratified Community Chartc'r, the Block De legates met Wednesday In Rec. 22 and elected seven men, one from each section, to the Election Com mittee. Tills Election Committee was authorized by the delegates to de cide on the date for the election of two delegates from each block for the nominating convention. The committee will also decide the date when the nominating conven tion will be held nnd formulate the rules for the election of the community council and block com missioners, according to Dick Ka naya, acting secretary. At tho nominating convention, delegates will nominate not less than 10 and not more than 21 can didates for the community council. Residents may give instructions as to the nominees for the council u their respective delegates, accord ing to the Code of organization as provided for in the charter. Seven men will be elected to the council. These delegates will be elected from their respective blocks from among qualified voters. Their func tion ceases after the nominating convention is over. Those men elected to the Elec tion committee are: Sec. I, Sada hiko Ikoma; Sec. II, Yoshio Ura kawa; Sec. Ill, Ken Yamada; Sec. IV, Shigeru Osawa; Sec. V, Ta malchl Yamada; Sec. VI, Yoshito Fujuil; Sec. VII, John Hayatsu. Rohwer Helps Buy Three Army Jeeps Three more jeeps may soon be bouncing over tho rugged terrain of some far-off battlefield aV.d they'll be the contribution of Roh wer residents to Uncle Sam's arm ed forces. They were paid for by the purchase of $3,505.95 worth of bonds and stamps sold at Rohwer during a recent bond drive con ducted by school children. Wanting to do "something" for the war effort, Rohwer children hit upon the idea of having a project-wide bond and stamp cam paign. The drive began on Novem ber 15, under the sponsorship of the Rohwer chapter of the National Honor Society. A goal of $1,165 was set the price of an Army jeep. The campaign got off to an excellent start, with rallies, con tests, and competition between stu dents being held throughout the project. Two weeks later, students had sold $2,507.95 In bonds, ex ceeding tho original goal by 200 per cent. When the drive of ficially closed on December 3, stu dents had sold enough bonds and stamps to buy THREE jeeps! Of the total amount sold, admin istrative personnel bought $2,537 -20 worth of bonds and stamps, while $968.75 worth were sold to students and center residents. As a result of the drive, 53 per cent of Rohwer's high school students now possess war stamp books. OUR HONOR ROLL Through the efforts of the Parent-Soldier Association a new list of those who are serving in the armed services of this country, who have gone from this center or who have relatives here, has been compiled recently. Names on the Honor Board at present will be checked with this new list, and any omissions of names will be added to the Board. At present on the Board are 416 names of whom 204 are volunteers. The IRRIGATOR will publish, by blocks, the names from the newly compiled list, beginning this week. Those whose names are missing from this list are request ed to contnet S. Hara, chairman, Parent-Soldier Association. Block 1 Soldiers: Pvt. Arthur Toyokl Hiroshima, Camp Shelby, Miss.; Sgt. Harry Katuoka, Camp Maxey, Texas; Sgt. Kazuo Kinuira, Camp Shelby, Miss.; Pfc Frederick Matsuno, Camp Shelby ,Mlss.; Pfc No buo Nakatanl, co V. M. Now York, N. Y.; Ivr. Frank Gen shl Nishlmura, Camp Savage, Minn.; Pvt. Tom Norisaua, Camp Savage, Minn.; Pvt. Terry Tukashl Ogawa, Camp Shelby, Miss.; Pvt. Aklra Salto, Fort Ulley, Kansas; Pvt. Mack Sato Shojl, Camp Shelby, Miss.

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The Minidoka irrigator (Hunt, Idaho), January 15, 1944
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-  Minidoka Relocation Center--Newspapers
-  Minidoka Relocation Center
-  Evacuation and relocation of Japanese Americans (United States : 1942-1945)
-  Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945--Newspapers
-  Hunt (Idaho)--Newspapers
-  Japanese Americans
-  Idaho--Hunt
-  1942-1945
-  United States--Idaho--Jerome--Hunt
Japanese American evacuation and relocation camp newspapers--Idaho--Hunt
-  Weekly, Feb. 27, 1943-July 28, 1945
-  Vol. 1, no. 1 (Sept. 10, 1942)-v. 5, no. 22 (July 28, 1945).
-  Collected in Japanese camp papers.
-  Also issued on microfilm from the Library of Congress, Photoduplication Service.
-  In English and Japanese.
-  Published at the Minidoka Relocation Center established by the War Relocation Authority for civilians of Japanese ancestry.
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