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Title: George Fujimoto Interview
Narrator: George Fujimoto
Interviewer: Megan Asaka
Location: Denver, Colorado
Date: July 5, 2008
Densho ID: denshovh-fgeorge_2-01-0013

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MA: So what did you do after your discharge? Did you go back to your, your family?

GF: Well, I guess in a way you could say that. I went to near where my family was and I wanted to farm, so I started farming.

MA: In a separate farm from your family?

GF: Yes.

MA: But was it in Ault?

GF: Yes.

MA: And was it just you on the farm? Or...

GF: Yes, I just rented a farm and I farmed a little farm myself.

MA: And did you meet your wife during this time, you mentioned...

GF: Yes. When I was in the hospital here in Denver, Fitzsimmons it's called. Fitzsimmons. I don't know how she -- I guess she was a U.S.O., whatever you wanna call, you know there's a lotta girls who come around -- and that's where I met her at the hospital here. And then, well, after I went to, got recovered and come back home, then we got married.

MA: Was she from Colorado?

GF: My wife? Yes, she was from right here. I mean, not Denver, but Brighton.

MA: And what's your wife's name?

GF: Mary. She was a Matsunaga.

MA: So you got married and your were farming in, in Ault on your own.

GF: Yes.

MA: And then you, at that point decided to move, right? Kind of make a life change.

GF: Well, from, from Ault we come to Brighton where her parents lived. Well, they needed help. Actually they needed somebody to help, her mother and father, they want to call me about it. And so I said, "Well, I don't know." But anyway, I come up here and I thought maybe we could stay there and help with the parents, but it didn't turn out that way. I mean, not long. So then while I was still here in Brighton I got another farm. I rented a farm and I farmed it for two more years. And I thought, "That's no good. I'm gonna get out." That's when I left.

MA: What... why did you suddenly decide to leave? Was there something that happened or you just got sick of it?

GF: No. To me, Colorado was not a good place to farm. We had two elements against us. That's how I felt about Colorado. We had the weather and the price to fight. In Colorado you had one crop, if you had a little failure there you're out. So I located another place, which is in Texas, that could raise two crops a year. So naturally, you start thinking, with two crops a year you could make some money. Well, that was not a good deal either. [Laughs]

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