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Title: Masao Watanabe Interview
Narrator: Masao Watanabe
Interviewer: Tom Ikeda
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: June 19, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-wmasao-01-0010

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TI: How about the role of church as you were growing up. Were you members of a particular church?

MW: Yeah. (We were members of) the Japanese Baptist Church that was on Spruce and Broadway (...). But I thought we were very fortunate because we had some very dedicated Christians who were the Sunday school teachers and (an outstanding) scout master who organized the (youth) activities. (...) A great number of us Niseis (...) went through Sunday School and Boy Scouts. I think we were very lucky to have the leaders that we had.

TI: And can you recall any of the leaders or who headed the church while you were going?

MW: I think the most prominent one, I think Emery Andrews. He was the reverend, but he was also the scoutmaster. In fact, I think they have a couple of scholarships (...) named after him, but there were (also several outstanding) ladies. They had a fujin home, F-U-J-I-N, just a few blocks from church where some (needy) Japanese were housed. (...) And I feel that those that went to Baptist were very fortunate because of the (quality) of these people. But I think every church will tell you the same thing, 'cause it took special people to do what they did.

TI: Good.

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