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Gerald L. Beppu Collection
Title: Tom Ikeda Interview
Narrator: Gerald L. Beppu
Interviewer: Josh Tuininga
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: June 10, 2021
Densho ID: ddr-densho-435-1-2

[Correct spelling of certain names, words and terms used in this interview have not been verified.]

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GB: And what happened just before the war, that was in the fall, of course, the skiing season, they sold skis also. And he had just put in a whole bunch of skiis and redid the, more merchandise for fishing, I mean, it was a beautiful store, actually. And anyway, my dad and my mom, they went skiing. They were into skiing, too. And this is in the time when you had to do your own climbing on the hills.

JT: Oh, yeah, no ski lifts.

GB: There was no ski lifts, so you did herringbone up the hill to pat down the snow, and if you were lucky, you probably got two runs down the hill, you know, in a day. So anyway, that's what happened. They went skiing and when they got back into town, they found out Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. And you know, it wasn't that much longer after that that they were just notified that they were going to have to close up the store and evacuate to Puyallup. And you can imagine, I don't know, a young person that's just starting out and re-getting his business going, and then having that happen to him. So they got pennies on the dollar on what time they had left to sell what was in the store. And unfortunately, they didn't get as much as they would like sold. So I don't know, I guess most of the other stuff was just kind of given away.

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