1943 January 28
This article discusses the death of John K. Elam, Sr., an employee at Jerome Relocation Center.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9022, creating the War Relocation Authority (WRA). The WRA selected ten sites in which to imprison more than 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, over two-thirds of whom were American citizens. Two of these centers were in the Arkansas Delta, one at Rohwer in Desha County, and the other at Jerome in sections of Chicot and Drew counties. Over 16,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated in these two centers between October 1942 and November 1945.
Killed By Train
John K. Elam, Sr., 50, an emp-
loyee of the Southwest Installation
and Packing Co. of Dallas, Tex.,
was killed instantly at Denson Mon-
day morning when his car was hit
by a Missouri Pacific passenger
Elam, a resident of Long View
Tex., had been employed at the Je-
rome Evacuation Center. His body
was sent to Long View Monday
night by the Downey Funeral Home
and burial was there yesterday.
He is survived by his widow and
one son, J.K. Elam Jr., and one
daughter, Martha E. ELam, all of
The accident happened shortly be-
fore daylight and it was reported
that a member of the Military Pul-
ice on guard at the entrance to the
evacuation center sitempted to sign-
al Elam with his flashlight of the
approaching train. Elam's automo-
bile was completely demolished.
Evacuation of civilians; Military assistance; Military camps; Camps; War; Japanese; Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Concentration Camps--United States--Arkansas; Internment camps; Relocation camps; Jerome Relocation Center (Ark.)
Jerome, Drew County (Ark.)
MFILM News 000131, Roll 10
Newspaper microfilm collection: Dermott News, MFILM News 000131
Arkansas State Archives
Arkansas State Archives
Newspaper article, "Denson Worker Killed By Train Monday Morning", Newspaper microfilm collection: Dermott News, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
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United States History
Hazel Retherford papers, MS.000643; Amon Guy Thompson papers, MG04582-MG04586; Austin Smith papers, 1942-1945, MG04350; Beauty Behind Barbed Wire: The Arts of the Japanese in Our War Relocation Camps, MG01299; Community Analysis Reports and Community Analysis Trend Reports of the War Relocation Authority, 1942-1946, MG03846-MG03847; Japanese Camp papers, MG03848-MG03869
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