Densho Digital Archive
Frank Abe Collection
Title: Gloria Kubota Interview
Narrator: Gloria Kubota
Interviewer: Frank Abe (primary); Frank Chin (secondary)
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: August 28, 1993
Densho ID: denshovh-kgloria-01-0002

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FC: You first see Heart Mountain with your family.

GK: It was terrible because my daughter in the train, you know, they pulled all shades down and everything and she was only three and they gave her egg to eat. And she just got so sick that they came after her in an ambulance, they took her in the ambulance, so it was just scary because my husband stayed behind in Santa Anita, because he was a judo expert and he had to help keep the place going smoothly because there were a lot of kids that acted up. And so I went with my mother and the rest of family.


FA: Okay, the first time you see camp, this is where you're going to live.

GK: Well, it was awful because we're used to California scenery and there was just nothing. And it was towards evening I think when we went, but mostly, I didn't realize what it was that time because all I was concerned about was my daughter, you know, going on an ambulance and I had to go with her to the emergency. And so it's more like next day, and we get this, we got a bigger unit than most people for just the three of us. So we fixed up a shower curtain to divide the, where the beds were and our table, then the stove was in front. We had a pretty good-sized unit for just the three of us, but, of course it was different from being home. And we all were crabbing about something. [Laughs] But anyway, when we went to Heart Mountain, we didn't have to stand in line like we had to in the heat in Santa Anita, so that was a plus. But still, I used to go for the food rather than take my daughter to eat there. I'd go and then bring it home and eat it with her.

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