5/26/15

This past Memorial Day weekend

Domo arigato gozaimasu (THANK YOU) to these "angels" who clean-up the Poston Memorial Monument and kiosk site.... 



Here's what they found......
 
And some beautiful surprises like this.....




And unfortunately, an ugly surprise like this......




Thank you for leaving a "special tribute" to our fallen heroes who never made it back home.....
Domo arigato gozaimasu!

Photo credit: Mary Hernandez

Some pages from the past

Thanks to those who shared the Poston High School yearbooks with us...

Here's a page from the Post Ano, 1945 Yearbook
 (Poston camp 1)


Here's one page from the "El Chapparal" 1943 Yearbook
 (Poston camp 2)
 


Here's a page from the Poston 3 High School 
 "Campus Echoes" Yearbook, 1944


 Here's a page from the Parker Valley High School (Poston 3)
 "Campus Echoes" Yearbook, 1945






5/2/15

Former camp 3 prisoner turns 100

Ed Nagata, Poston  305-13-H

 Ed and his work mule 1945
Edward H. Nagata was the eldest of 10 children and grew up near Dinuba, California. He graduated Dinuba High School in 1934. He won 2nd-place and received a Silver Medal at a Tulare County long jump track meet. He was a pitcher for organized baseball with other young Japanese American nisei in the Central Valley. 
   Nagata purchased a 40-acre farm in Kingsburg and, in 1941, he married Miss Lily Abe. He raised and harvested watermelons, Thompson raisin grapes, plums, nectarines and peaches.

     World War II interrupted his farming life in Kingsburg. In August 1942, he was forced to leave behind his farm and unharvested crops. They were put on a train with armed guards to Parker, Arizona. He and his wife were incarcerated at the Poston, Arizona concentration camp 3. In early spring 1943, he and his pregnant wife were released to travel to Idaho, where he worked at a livestock slaughter house. His eldest son, Ron, was born there. Later, they moved to eastern Oregon to raise onions, potatoes, sugar beets and cabbage. After the war ended, he and his family returned to his Kingsburg farm.

Ed harvesting plums. Summer 1945
 
     For the next 60 years, Nagata harvested his vineyards and orchards as his major source of income. For a few years, Nagata ventured into raising cantaloupes and cotton. His agribusiness extended to mechanical picking of cotton fields within the Kings River Community and expanded to 60 acres, as the Nagata Ranch of grapes and fruit trees.



 Mr. & Mrs. Ed Nagata and son, Ron, back home in Kingsburg. 1945
Pictured are his wife's parents, Mr. & Mrs. K. Abe and their son, Franklin.

4/23/15

Photo of the month

  Police Department

Notice the very distinctive tiered-roofing, 
used only at the Poston, Arizona concentration camp site

4/20/15

Seeking descendants of Shigemi & Chizuko Uyeda...

Updated: 4/21/15 Family relative has been found!

Received this message on Facebook  from our friends 
at the Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee:

 
Apr 19th, 3:16pm

     Was wondering if anyone is familiar with this Poston family.... Shigemi and Chizuko Uyeda [Poston block 19]... They were from Lancaster CA... Son Theodore passed in 1991 in San Diego. Has two daughters names unknown right now... 
     The Rago Auction protest has brought a cool item of of hiding.... A photography trophy from 1925 to who we believe to be Shigemi. It was awarded from Iwata business... I know possessions from prewar times are rare and Shigemi would go on to being a well known early CA Nikkei photographer.... The person who has it would like it returned to the family. Thanks if you can help. Any contact help would be appreciated.


 To read more about the Rago Aution protest:
 Rafu Shimpo Newspaper report
 L A Times report