Date Original

1945 June 17


Program from the Rohwer Federated Christian Church, June 17th, 1945.

Biographical/Historical Note

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.


JUNE 17, 1945
McGehee, Arkansas
10:15 A.M. June 17, 1945
Chairman: Dr. W. Maxfield Garrett
PRELUDE Sadaca Kuratomi
INVOCATION HYMN "Love Divine" No. 19
ANTHEM "Open My Eyes, That I May See" Choir
by-- Chas. H. Scott
*HYMN "Love Lifted Me" No. 352
SERMON "The Tool For The Task"
Mr. Byron Sprague
*HYMN *Living for Jesus" No. 375
*Congregation please rise

[Handwritten notes]
This deals with church union.
Wish you could have heart it
Remind me to tell you about his illustrations of
"Two little goldfish who once lived in a bowl"

Tool 1. Loyalty
Tool 2. Obedience
Tool 3. Victory
Tool 4. Eternal Purposes (Race Prejudice)

We're glad to have Mr. Byron Herbert Sprague bring the
message this morning. He has been helping with the Daily
Vacation Bible School and has been showing the Junior boy's
a grand time!
The the Presbyterian Christian Board of Education, we are
grateful for sending Mr. Sprague, a tudent at the Princeton
Theological Seminary. His work with us is being appreciated.
For those of you above high school age, the most profi-
table way to spend this evening will be to join the group at
the church office, 20-6-F, at 7:30 p.m. We;re going to gather
for an informal fellowship and discussion. The topic will be,
"What is the Place of the Church in Today's World?" How strong
an influence is the church wielding in the world at war? Should
the church just minister the individual needs? What are the
hesitations of American Christianity?
You'll enjoy hearing interesting Nisei speakers tonight.
When you come, will you bring your friend?
The C.Y.F. will present a program that high school students
will all want to participate. Do you want to have a pleasing
personality? How do you act when you are embarassed? Do you
twittle your fingers during liesure time?
Collegian Jean Ziegler will make you want to sing. From
block 15 will come amiable Grace Shiraishi to quiet those who
speak at the same time during this lively discussion! We'll
meet at P.S.H. 6 from 7:30 p.m.
Former publicity chairman, Terry Yamashita sends greet-
ings from Chicago. Write her at 5117 S. Kenwood Avenue.
Your offering this morning will be graciously accepted
and used for the various needs of the Vacation Bible School.
Rollicing children enjoyed the picnic. Certificates were
presented at the closing exercises last Friday evening.
Proudly, they displayed their handiwork. Around 200 children
attended daily.

we are glad to announce that the Rev. Shinpachi Kanow
was graduated from the Macalester Collge, St. Paul, Minne-
sota on June 4, 1945. We bespeak a fine future for for this
young man of God. Together with his mother here, we are proud
of him! The Rev. and Mrs. Kanow reside at 1674 Grand Ave.,
St. Paul 5, Minn.
The former secretary of our Nisei Board, Kimi Nemoto,
was married on June 1, 1945 to Tsugi Kannagawn at Kansas City,
Missouri. They were married at the Community Church. The
Rev. Donton officiated. Dr. and Mrs. Hajime Kanagawa and
Yuri Numoto were among those who attended the wedding. We
extend to them our heartiest congratulations and best wishes
and pray that God may bless their home.
We appreciate you greatly, your cooperation and work in our
Daily Vacation Bible School. Many of you helped in various
at three-ring circus and we are deeply grateful to our
general supt. During the heat, "Useto" lived up to its name
and there came added work:
Mrs. Kiyoko Ijuin and family, memorial offering.
Mr. Akira Mori, opun leaving on a trop to Los Angeles
area last Tuesday.
Lily Takeda is now doing summer study at Uni. of Ill.
...Kikuno Miyagi, who has been helping at D.V.B.S. left for
Denver... Yuri Momonoi is now in Chicago... former C.Y.F.
president, Yuri Yaguchi left for Los Angeles on the special
train last Fri... Fumi Seki of Wis. and Rinko Shimazaki of
Chicago are visiting... former S.S. supt., Michi Kabashima
left last Sunday for Richmond, Virginia... Masuko Tomioka is
attending school in the Windy City.
Pfc. Fred Koyama has arrived back in Fort Lowis, Wash.
from San Diego.

Physical Description

Document, 7.25" x 8.75"


World War, 1939-1945--Concentration Camps--United States--Arkansas; Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945; Relocation camps; Churches; Rohwer Relocation Center (Ark.)


Rohwer Federated Christian Church

Geographical Area

McGehee, Desha County (Ark.)




MS.000643, Box 1, Folder 6, Item 2

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Hazel Retherford papers, MS.000643


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

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Rohwer Federated Christian Church program, Hazel Retherford papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Additional Content

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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