1945 June 24
Program from the Rohwer Federated Christian Church, June 24th, 1945.
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.
10:15 a.m. June 24, 1945
Chairman: Byron H. Sprague
PRELUDE Sadaca Kiratomi
CALL TO WORSHIP
CHORAL CALL TO WORSHIP
*HYMN "Dare to be Brave" No. 320
SCRIPTURE READING Epesians 4:20-28
PASTORAL PRAYER and CHORAL RESPONSE
ANTHEM "Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet" Choir
SERMON "Speaking Truth in Love"
Dr. W. Maxfiel Garrett
*HYMN "Have Thine Own Way Lord" No. 254
*Congregation please rise
On Thursday evening of this week at 7:45 p.m. the Rev.
Harper K. Sakaue, our Harper, was married to Miss Sophie
Shizume of Chicago, formerly of San Diego. Miss Shizume was
given in marriage by her father, Mr. Henry Shizume, and had
for her Maid of Honor, her best friend Raiko Konatsu, Harper's
best man was his brother, Kenji Sakaue, and Emi Niiya, daugh-
ter of Mrs. Ruth Niiya, served as flower girl.
The Rev. Koyshi T. Shiraishi was the officiating min-
ister assisted by Dr. Maxfield Garrot; while wedding music
was furnished by Miss Dolores Jones, pianist; Sumi Matsui,
violinist; and Jean Ziegler, soprano.
Immediately after the wedding, a large group of guests
joined in paying tribute to the bride and groom at a recep-
tion held in Mess 20 sponsored by the RFCC. Toasts were
offered by Jenji Sakaue, Ed Moulton, Rev. Kakihara, and
Mr. K. Kimura. Tom Furuya and Mrs. M. Ramsdell sand, accom-
panied by members of the CYF.
Y.P.C.F. and C.Y.F. will continue discussion on the
development of personality. Subject is "WHAT KIND OF A PER-
SON AM I?" Did you every try to analyze what makes for plea-
sing personality... check up on yourself and have fun and profi-
Byron Sprague will lead the junior group at P.S.H.2.
Last Wednesday, twenty-five smiling and jolly folk gathered
to hear the lesson on II Samuel, chapter three. It's chapter
for this Wednesday following a good singing will be chapter 4.
Tell your brothers and sisters. We meet at 7:00 p.m.
An interesting speaker for the G.A.'s group was Mrs.
Thelma Bagby of Brazil. We were pleased to have the Baptist
Missionary in our church recently.
Joey Kumagai, former Editor of our TRANSMITTER, to church
from Cleveland, Ohio.
S-Sgt, Davis Hirahara wrote: "Please accept the enclosed
fund to further wirth in the Christian field in this center."
D.V.B.S. offering two overseas refugee children was $38.96.
Dr. S.K. Hata, who is now visiting Chicago, sends greet-
ings. He spoke at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, Issei meet-
The Rev. Yoshimatsu Oyama sends greetings from Glendale,
Arizona. He is attending the Free Methodist Conference as a
delegate from Chicago.
We are glad to see Miss Janet Smith and miss Carrie H.
McCrory back with us after a week's visit in Lebanon, Tenn.
They visited missionary friends.
Michi Kabashima, former S.S. #1 supt., relocated with
her mother the Richmond, Va. Her address in 507 N. Blvd., #6.
Lily Watanabo relocated with her folks to Colorado last
Friday... George Oga is back at his job in Cleveland...
Kikuno Miyagi, now of Denver, sent a nice letter to the D.V.
out the family... Bouquet to C.Y.F. members for fixing up
the "honeymoon cottage" in block 16-6E. The new occupants
are waiting for you to make a visit!
Faithful member of the HAPPINESS HOUR group, Lois Yasuda
relocated to Chicago... Jane and Jean Hori are farmeretts at
Rt. 1, Box 129, La Junta, Colo... Masamori Kojima is staying
at the famed Hull House in Chicago.
I hear Mrs. Berry Kira is the hardest working member of
the R.F.C.C. She stays busy as church secretary, treasurer,
active board member and general handy man---- but don't for-
get she is my mom too!
Tommy Kirn Jr.
Document, 7.25" x 8.75"
Internment camps; Japanese Americans; Churches; Programs; World War II (1939-1945)
Rohwer Federated Christian Church
McGehee, Desha County (Ark.)
MS.000643, Box 1, Folder 6, Item 3
Hazel Retherford papers, MS.000643
Arkansas State Archives
Arkansas State Archives
Rohwer Federated Christian Church service program, Hazel Retherford papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
United States History
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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