Heart Mountain Information Bulletin, #11-15
#11: Sept. 15, 1942
Page 1: First group of beet workers will leave soon; meal tickets have been issued to colonists; don't use hot plates to heat baby formula as the wiring is not set up to handle that; five more block administrators picked; two members of the Denver Regional Office are visiting.
Page 2: Pomona checks need to be claimed by a certain date; canteen prices in all of the canteens are the same; electrical power structures get permanent fixtures; people who want to use the recreation halls have to get permission first; ground cleared for sumo pits; people from Pomona who have unfinished judo garments should turn them in so they can be finished.
Page 3: Don't make unnecessary ambulance calls, as there is only one ambulance; clinic and hospital hours are listed; the opening of school is delayed; 10,335 is the camp's population; general information (including a harmonica band).
Page 4: mail schedule for outgoing and incoming mail; the family of the chief of community services has arrived; more general notices.
Historically interest item.
#12: Sept. 17, 1942
Page 1: Clothing issue situation clarified; judges and alternates have been approved; 35 beet workers leave for Arizona; 10,867 is now the camp's population.
Page 2: Celotex walls and ceilings are being installed; mail order house unit to open; 1735 students are now enrolled for school; books have been donated to the education department from Powell School; general information.
#13: Sept. 19, 1942
Page 1: Installation of stoves will be finished soon; a break in a water line has been repaired; expired work leave permits are to be turned in; general notices.
This is really interesting, and refutes directly all the articles that were trying to claim the Japanese were being fed better than the U.S. soldiers.
Page 2: The Nisei can cast absentee ballots; someone had lost a lot of money and it was found and turned in, and the police are praising that person.
A laundry room had burned down.
Page 3: A dental clinic will open; a dry goods store might open the next week; ten JACL officials are arriving today to confer with the project director; court reporters are sought.
Former seamen and dock workers are being contacted.
Page 4: A representative from the National Student Relocation Council is visiting; Santa Anita and Pomona paychecks have arrived; a program of Japanese drama, music and dances will be presented for the administration; permits are required for the use of rec halls and fields; schedule of religious services.
#14: Sept. 22, 1942
Page 1: 1200 more beet workers are needed; assembly center checks will be distributed Wednesday; three students granted release to attend colleges; colonists with law training are sought.
Page 2: What to do in case of rattlesnake bite; center hospital gets X-ray machine; the first appendectomy has been performed; workers must eat in their own mess halls; a fire inspection has been made, turning up a few common hazards but nothing major wrong; work on the celotex ceilings is speeding up; a Well Baby Clinic will open.
Page 3: 15 Nisei soldiers are visiting the camp; more workers are needed for the bean harvest; training program planned in ceramics; panel discussion on co-operatives; colonists receive instruction on the use of stoves; general information.
Page 4: Registration for elementary grades set; the editor of the Christian Advocate is visiting the camp; people are needed to teach English; harmonica band meets twice weekly; women's glee club meets; two meetings scheduled for the recreation department; four husky men needed as swampers.
What's a swamper?
#15: Sept. 23, 1942
Page 1: There's a problem with housing and overcrowding. Bachelors will moved temporarily to rec halls; schools will then be opened; overcrowded families will be moved to better quarters; partitions will be put up in large apartments, and small families living in large apartments will be moved to those partitioned ones; bachelors will then be moved back into apartments. (The copy of the newsletter is very, very hard to read in this part which is why I'm not scanning it and saving it as a .jpg.)
The center has gotten 22 more trucks.
Page 2: Colonists without work orders will not receive checks; forms for transfer to other relocation centers are available; mothers are asked to return baby bottles and nipples; Legionnaires hold first meeting; the fire department needs men; women interested in leading Girl Scouts are asked to meet with a certain person.
Japan main page
Japanese-American Internment Camps index page
Japan and World War II index page