Densho Digital Archive
Manzanar National Historic Site Collection
Title: James T. Johnston - William R. Johnston - Dorothy J. Whitlock Interview
Narrators: James T. Johnston, William R. Johnston, Dorothy J. Whitlock
Interviewer: Kristen Luetkemeier
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Date: April 16, 2012
Densho ID: denshovh-jjames_g-01-0008

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KL: Where were you during the days? Where did you spend your days at Rohwer?

JJ: I just don't have memory.

DW: I can tell you.

JJ: I have flash memories of being in our backyard playing with siblings and our dog we had. But I don't have any clear memories at all of Rohwer, none. I was just too young.

DW: You were just really small. Well, I can remember because we didn't have a yard as yard. There wasn't any grass to mow, it was dirt. And we had a little swing out back, and one time we lost... was it you, or I think we lost Jim when he was really little and we were really worried because he's two. And Mother had the whole block, we were all looking, and he had a found a cardboard box, and you were inside that box.

JJ: I remember hearing this story, but I don't remember.

DW: You went to sleep or whatever. We like never found him, and he was sleeping in this box. But you were little; he wasn't allowed to go very far.

JJ: Well, I'll be four, I guess. I was born '39 and this is '43 when the camp got going.

DW: No, that's when we were almost... we went there in '41. No, '43, you're right. Well, you would have been four, yeah, you weren't two.

JJ: Yeah. I was old enough to get out and wander around, but I didn't have flash memories.

DW: I don't think Mother let you wander.

JJ: And over the years, they've even faded.

KL: Were there other young kids, toddlers and school-age kids in the administrative section?

WJ: Not a lot, because there wasn't that many couples. About ten, fifteen families at the most.

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