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Title: Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I
Narrator: Toru Sakahara, Kiyo Sakahara
Interviewer: Dee Goto
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: February 24, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-storu_g-01-0020

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DG: So tell me about the Students' Club.

TS: At the Students' Club we had a nice social group. We had as many as forty-five students, mostly from outside the city of Seattle, staying with...

DG: It was a house?

TS: Yes, house on 4115 15th NE, just across the campus from the University.

DG: When was it bought?

TS: I believe it was bought in mid-twenties.

DG: So you lived there and you first were an assistant, you said.

TS: I was kind of fortunate because I lived in the room occupied by another student who was either a assistant or manager of the clubhouse. Naturally we got to be good friends and pretty soon I had gotten the job as assistant, which gave me board and room as manager.

DG: Tell me a little bit about what you did as an assistant.

TS: We divided up the responsibility for forming up the students living there and to teams to wait on tables, clean, wash dishes and clean the house and so forth and so on.

DG: So you had a cook come in?

TS: We had a cook and the manager conferred with the cook to set the menu for meals and things like that.

DG: What kinds of meals did you have?

TS: It was just the usual stew, liver and of course, the students didn't like the liver but they would complain about it. We'd tell them, aw heck, it's good for you. We had pancakes and waffles for breakfast and the cook didn't care much for...

DG: Was it a Japanese cook?

TS: Japanese cook. We got by quite nicely because paying the cook and paying room and board for the assistant and the manager, the rest of the students would pay full board -- they got by with something like as low as seventeen dollars a month to twenty-two dollars a month. So it was a good deal.

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