Japanese-American Citizens Interned During WWII
Last summer a college professor visiting the Troutdale Historical Society museum, Harlow House, saw in a World War II exhibit, a replica of a 1942 notice to people of Japanese descent in East Multnomah County that they were to be interned for the duration of the war. That event is part of a best-selling book, "Snow Falling on Cedars," by David Guterman. The professor asked for a copy of the poster to use as an illustration for a class.
Troutdale has a number of Japanese-American citizens who were interned in Eastern Oregon and Idaho during the war. Among them are Kaz and Helen Tamura, owners of Tamura Farms. Married more than 50 years, they met and were wed during their internment, returning to Troutdale after the war to begin again. Having lost all their family goods in a fire, they started without so much as a tractor.
The couple rebuilt the Troutdale Road farm founded by his grandfather, Minekichi Tamura, and grow many of the bedding plants that brighten Troutdale's public places. In 1994 they were grand marshals of the Troutdale parade and last month were honored for their contributions to the Troutdale Historical Society.
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