1945 March 18
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.
March 18, 1945
ORDER OF WORSHIP
10:15 a.m. Sunday March, 18, 1945
Chairman: Dr. W. Maxfield Garrett
Prelude Sadaea Kuratomi
Choral Call to Worship
*Hymn Number 6 "Holy, Holy, Holy"
Scripture Reading Isaiah 53
Prayer and Response
Anthem The Choir
"Jesus, Joy of Men's Desiring"-- Bach
*Doxology and Prayer
*Hymn Number 71 "The Old Rugged Cross"
"GREAT WONDERS OF THE CROSS" Rev. K.H. Sakaue
*Hymn of Invitation 162 "Just As I Am"
*Congregation Please Rise
Members please hand in your articles for the Easter
Transmitter, literary edition, by next Sunday to the Church
Offive at 20-6-F
We were pleased to have the Rev. Shigoo Tanabe, director
of the Detroit hostel with us last week. He was formerly
pastor of the Sacramento Methodist Church and relocated to
the Michigan metropolis from Tulelake. Those interested in
going to Detroit are invoted to wrote him at 130 E. Grand
Blvd. Hostel rates are $6.00 per week without meals. He
reported favorable resettlement opportunities there.
Continuing on the subject of war and peace, the young
people will discuss tonight: "Should We Have Peacetime Con-
scription?" What do YOU feel about it? Be sure to come and
frankly express your opinion. This vital subject is being
debated by many thinking groups outside.
The CYF will study on "Making Yourself at Home Outside",
with Mrs. Sugimoto and Mrs. Ramsdell as speakers. Grace Shi-
raishi will chair the meetings. Enjoyable singing of your
favorite hymns will start at 7:30 p.m. for both groups.
Welcome home! Sgt. Davis Hirahara.
Afer seeing action in Europe, our member, Davis, has
come home for a while to be with his faily. He was injured
and had been convalessing in a California hospital.
Formerly of Sacramento, Pvt. Koro Yatsu is visiting his
folks. We thank God for strong Christian soldiers. Let us
uphold them in prayes as they leave our midst. Soldiers,
pray for our work among the young people.
In sending an Easter offering, Miss Mary Finch wrote:
"...I miss you all at Rohwer, and remember with gratitude,
the many fine experiences and fellowship we had together
there... May God richly bless and guide you all each day."
Her address is Chase City, Virginia.
Fumi Nakagama, offering to church upon recent visit from
Minn.; Toshihiro and Katsumi Masada, upon return from Illinois.
M. Vizay of Green Forest, Arkansas, for S.S. literature.
Walter Saito sends monthly pledge and speaks enthusiast-
ically of his church fellowship in Ann Arbor.
Mrs. and Mrs. Byron Koyanagi, memorial offering in honor
of son, Hidemi, whose funeral was conducted in our church.
Asako Sawamura, attending Mary Hardin-Baylor College
says: "Being here at college is very good. The campus is
very beautiful just now for the trees are getting their new
leaves and all the flowers are blooming... Please tell all
my friends 'hello'. I should like very much to hear from
anyone..." Box 585, Baylor Station, Belton, Texas.
A surprize message came from Barbara Hamade: "Greet-
ings from teh West Coast;... I plan to enter the university
out here again. I've found the sentiment of the people good
so far. Please extend my best regards..." Barbara Hamabe,
421 E. 5th St., Los Angeles 13, California.
Sue Yasutake accepted Christ and was recently baptized
at Freeport, Ill... Teiko Asaki is back at her desk in the
church offce... Bill Ikemoto left for New York City last
Thursday... Ichuro OGata has relocated... Lily Masada is
back from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
"The people here are very congenial. They certainly
were glad to have us home. The neighbors are 'tops', re-
lates Yayeko Renge, Rt. 1, Box 105, Fowler, California.
BALANCE ON HAND (FEBRUARY 1. 1945) $410.47
Paper sold 2.20
Christmas fund bal 24.76
Supplies and Postage $57.06
Misterial Allowance 10.00
Janitor's Appr. Gift 10.00
Sec'y Wages 10.00
Miss McCrory, Smith 5.00
Student Aid (Jack Sasaki) 5.00
Japense Leper Colony 10.00
Total expenses $109.08
*The adult division shares expenses
BALANCE (FEBRUARY 28) $474.66
Submitted by Myoko Masada, treasurer
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 Federated Christian Church
McGehee, Desha County (Ark.)
MS.000643, Box 1, Folder 6, Item 1
Hazel Retherford papers, MS.000643
Arkansas State Archives
Arkansas State Archives
Rohwer Federated Christian Church program, Hazel Retherford papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
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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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