Title: "U.S. Japs Fired In Fear Of Angry Citizens," Seattle Times, 4/26/1943, (ddr-densho-56-906)
Densho ID: ddr-densho-56-906

U.S. Japs Fired In Fear Of Angry Citizens

CHICAGO, April 26.--(AP)--The Curtiss Candy Company said last night it had ordered the immediate withdrawal of three Japanese Americans recently employed on the company's farm near Marengo after being advised by Mayor W.L. Miller that "resentment" has been running high here ever since the news of Japanese atrocities in Tokyo was made public."

Otto Schnering, company president, said in a statement that the company also would request the War Relocation Authority temporarily to delay the assignment of 13 addition Japanese American farm workers now en route from California to the Marengo district, about 64 miles northwest of Chicago.

"This action was taken because of the resentment on the part of the citizens of Marengo and vicinity to the presence of Nisei farm laborers in this community," the statement said.

Mayor Miller said a "large number of Marengo families have boys in the service" and added that he was opposed to the employment of Japanese Americans in Marengo "until the situation is clarified to the satisfaction of all parties concerned as well as that of the general public.

Schnering said the War Relocation Authority had solicited the company to employ such labor and that the company had agreed after conferences with the authority, War Department, Navy, Agriculture Department and Department of Justice.