Topaz (Central Utah)

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Japanese Americans preparing shells for jewelry making (ddr-densho-2-50)
img Japanese Americans preparing shells for jewelry making (ddr-densho-2-50)
Kumataro (left) and Kadju Nishimura measure and separate shells to be used in jewelry-making. The Nishimuras woke up at the crack of dawn and dug waist-deep holes to find the shells. The shells were then bleached white and later painted. Tule Lake was drained in the early 1900s. The camp was located on the old lake …
Japanese American making shell jewelry (ddr-densho-2-58)
img Japanese American making shell jewelry (ddr-densho-2-58)
Peggie Yorita making jewelry from shells found within the confines of the Tule Lake concentration camp. Making jewelry was a popular pastime for the Japanese Americans. Tule Lake was drained in the early 1900s. The camp was located on the old lake bed. As a result, shells were available for people to fashion into jewelry for …
Japanese American and friend digging for shells (ddr-densho-2-60)
img Japanese American and friend digging for shells (ddr-densho-2-60)
Jimmie Yorita (right) digs for shells used by people in camp to make jewelry. His sister, Patsy (left), and Neal Frost, son of one of the camp's teachers, sift the dirt. Tule Lake was drained in the early 1900s. The camp was located on the old lake bed, where camp inmates found shells for making jewelry …
Japanese American making jewelry (ddr-densho-2-61)
img Japanese American making jewelry (ddr-densho-2-61)
Peggie Yorita makes jewelry from shells found at the Tule Lake concentration camp. Tule Lake was drained in the early 1900s. The camp was located on the old lake bed, where people found shells for making jewelry to sell to camp personnel. Shells were scarce, and digging became competitive. To beat the rush, some peopel got …
Shells used for jewelry making (ddr-densho-2-51)
img Shells used for jewelry making (ddr-densho-2-51)
Japanese Americans at the Tule Lake concentration camp enjoyed making jewelry from shells, such as the ones shown here, which were found within the confines of the camp. These shells have not yet been bleached. Tule Lake was drained in the early 1900s. The camp was located on the old lake bed, where people found shells …
Japanese Americans digging for shells (ddr-densho-2-48)
img Japanese Americans digging for shells (ddr-densho-2-48)
Left to right: Peggie Yorita, Margaret Frost (wife of one of the camp's teachers), Kumataro Nishimura, and his wife, Kadju, dig and sift for shells at the Tule Lake concentration camp. Kumataro made the sieve by hand from scrap lumber and wire from a door screen. The shells were bleached and used for jewelry-making, which was …
Topaz Times Vol. VI No. 4 (January 11, 1944) (ddr-densho-142-259)
doc Topaz Times Vol. VI No. 4 (January 11, 1944) (ddr-densho-142-259)
Selected article titles: "Ordinance on Gambling, Theft, Bribery Adopted" (p. 1), "Chicago War Firms Want Nisei Workers" (p. 2).
Topaz Times Vol. VII No. 1 (April 1, 1944) (ddr-densho-142-292)
doc Topaz Times Vol. VII No. 1 (April 1, 1944) (ddr-densho-142-292)
Selected article titles: "Korematsu Case to be Reviewed by Supreme Ct." (p. 1), "Draft Refusers" (p. 1), "Evacuees Produce Own Vegetables" (p. 1), "Labor Market Conditions in Large Cities Surveyed" (p. 3), "Pasadenans Favor Restoration of Nisei's Full Civil Rights" (p. 6).
Topaz Times Vol. VII No. 25 (June 24, 1944) (ddr-densho-142-318)
doc Topaz Times Vol. VII No. 25 (June 24, 1944) (ddr-densho-142-318)
Selected article titles: "Violation of Alien Land Law to be Investigated" (p. 1), "Pasadenans: Help Offered to Returning Evacuees" (p. 1).
Topaz Times Vol. IX No. 17 (November 29, 1944) (ddr-densho-142-361)
doc Topaz Times Vol. IX No. 17 (November 29, 1944) (ddr-densho-142-361)
Selected article titles: "Holiday Travel Curtailed for Everyone" (p. 1), "Roosevelt Favors Release of Japanese Americans from Camps" (p. 2).
Topaz Times Vol. XI No. 3 (April 10, 1945) (ddr-densho-142-397)
doc Topaz Times Vol. XI No. 3 (April 10, 1945) (ddr-densho-142-397)
Selected article titles: "Deep South to be Theme of Free Program Friday" (p. 1), "WRA Will Lend Surplus Furnishings to Hostels" (p. 2), "Issei Returnee Solves Housing, Job Problem" (p. 3).
Topaz Times Vol. X No. 15 (February 21, 1945) (ddr-densho-142-383)
doc Topaz Times Vol. X No. 15 (February 21, 1945) (ddr-densho-142-383)
Selected article titles: "Director Myer Discusses Problems With Delegates" (p. 1), "Evacuation Case Denied Hearing" (p. 1), "Rabies Shots for Dogs Scheduled" (p. 1).
Topaz Times Vol. VII No. 23 (June 17, 1944) (ddr-densho-142-316)
doc Topaz Times Vol. VII No. 23 (June 17, 1944) (ddr-densho-142-316)
Selected article titles: "Seasonal Leave: Farm, Cannery Contracts Arrive from Provo, Murray, Smithfield" (p. 1), "New Gate Procedures Effective Next Friday" (p. 2), "Nisei Draft Evaders to Serve if Rights Restored" (p. 3).
Topaz Times Vol. IV No. 38 (September 28, 1943) (ddr-densho-142-218)
doc Topaz Times Vol. IV No. 38 (September 28, 1943) (ddr-densho-142-218)
Selected article titles: "Volunteers Aid Harvesting of Project Crops" (p. 1), "Water Mains Repair Sought" (p. 1), "Block Managers, Councilmen Will Assist New Residents" (p. 2).
Topaz Times Vol. VIII No. 13 (August 16, 1944) (ddr-densho-142-333)
doc Topaz Times Vol. VIII No. 13 (August 16, 1944) (ddr-densho-142-333)
Selected article titles: "Tule Too Full to Accommodate New Segregees" (p. 1), "Residents Must Burn Rubbish from 6-8 AM" (p. 1), "Three Sisters Convicted; May File for New Trial" (p. 2), "Canada: Canada to Test Japanese Loyalty" (p. 2).
Topaz Times Vol. I No. 24 (November 27, 1942) (ddr-densho-142-34)
doc Topaz Times Vol. I No. 24 (November 27, 1942) (ddr-densho-142-34)
Selected article titles: "The City: Local Talents Perform Before Deltans. Attract Many in Two Shows" (p. 1), "Census Expert Arrives: Survey Records to be Analysed" (p. 1), "Check Distribution Begins: October Checks Ready for Some" (p. 1).
Topaz Times Vol. III No. 22 (May 18, 1943) (ddr-densho-142-160)
doc Topaz Times Vol. III No. 22 (May 18, 1943) (ddr-densho-142-160)
Selected article titles: "Program for Adjustment of Apts. Planned" (p. 1), "Hawaiians' Shell Exhibit Attracts Topaz Residents" (p. 1), "Dust-Proofing Set at Hospital" (p. 1).
Topaz Times Vol. VII No. 24 (June 21, 1944) (ddr-densho-142-317)
doc Topaz Times Vol. VII No. 24 (June 21, 1944) (ddr-densho-142-317)
Selected article titles: "12 Rejected for Army; 6 Put in Limited Service" (p. 1), "Relocation Offices on East Coast Open" (p. 1), "Resolution: Removal of All Japanese Urged" (p. 2), "Draft Evaders Await Verdict" (p. 2), "Bill Proposed to Disfranchise Canada Japanese" (p. 2).
Topaz Times Vol. VI No. 21 (February 22, 1944) (ddr-densho-142-278)
doc Topaz Times Vol. VI No. 21 (February 22, 1944) (ddr-densho-142-278)
Selected article titles: "Nisei Platoon Goes on 'Suicide Mission;' 11 Return" (p. 1), "Men May Apply for Camp Savage" (p. 1), "Mayor Kelly of Chicago Backs Race Study Group" (p. 2), "Editorial: Chicago Sun Raps West Congressmen" (p. 2).
Topaz Times Vol. IV No. 22 (August 21, 1943) (ddr-densho-142-202)
doc Topaz Times Vol. IV No. 22 (August 21, 1943) (ddr-densho-142-202)
Selected article titles: "Qualifications for WACs Altered for Nisei Girls" (p. 1), "No Immediate Dissolution of Relocation Centers" (p. 1), "1289 to Leave for Tule Lake" (p. 1), "Topaz Files Job Records for Transfer" (p. 3), "'Report from Tokyo' Translated" (p. 3), "No Loss of Citizenship for Expatriates, According to Nationality Act of 1940" (p. 4), …
Topaz Times Vol. X No. 24 (March 23, 1945) (ddr-densho-142-392)
doc Topaz Times Vol. X No. 24 (March 23, 1945) (ddr-densho-142-392)
Selected article titles: "Church Opened as Hostel for Returnees in Oakland" (p. 1), "All Property in WRA Warehouses Must be Removed by April, 1946" (p. 2), "Death of Two Issei in Chicago Reported as Unrelated Incidents" (p. 3), "Coast Papers Condemn San Jose Hoodlumism" (p. 3), "Reunion of Tule Lake Families and Internees Not Contemplated" (p. …
Topaz Times Vol. I No. 9 (November 6, 1942) (ddr-densho-142-19)
doc Topaz Times Vol. I No. 9 (November 6, 1942) (ddr-densho-142-19)
Selected article titles: "The City: Delta Lions Feted by Topaz Council" (p. 1), "Station Dedication" (p. 2), "Topaz's First Engagement" (p. 2), "Residents Vote Through Absentee Ballots" (p. 3), "Democrats Score Discrimination" (p. 3).
Topaz Times Vol. IV No. 24 (August 26, 1943) (ddr-densho-142-204)
doc Topaz Times Vol. IV No. 24 (August 26, 1943) (ddr-densho-142-204)
Selected article titles: "District Court Indicts Koga" (p. 1), "Nisei Upheld by Superman" (p. 1), "Transferees: Information Board Created" (p. 1).
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