The tragic episode unfolding while only a few locals come down to say goodbye. Masuo is that crowd somewhere. Apart from this, it is interesting to look north from this view- today the highway embankment/chain link fence would be visible just behind the train car. Back then I believe First st. went right through, and down to the delta. I would love to see a clear shot of that, I never have seen one.
andrewb on 11th May 2012 @ 1:53pm
A sobering, thoughtful day of photos.
And I keep thinking about....."Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
l.e. on 11th May 2012 @ 10:06pm
I will always wonder if Grandpa came down to watch, what his hatred had accomplished?! I never had the courage to ask mother if he did. These pictures always bring a lump to my throat, because of their content. I have pictures of quite a different scene, of the train that brought grandpa home from WWI, and what a happy occasion that was. This one brings tears to my eyes.
Lesa on 14th March 2013 @ 5:46pm
andrewb: I'm sorry, but I think that that you are mistaken, to say that Masuo Yasui is in that crowd of Japanese ready to board the train to somewhere..
My father, Masuo Yasui, was arrested by the FBI in our home on December 12, 1941. He was first taken to the Multnomah County Jail in Portland; then transferred to the Fort Missoula Alien Detention Center around December 28, 1941. Sometime in April, 1942, he was then transferred to the Fort Sill Army Base in Oklahoma; thence to Camp Livingston, LA; and finally to the Santa Fe Alien Detention Station, from which he was not released until some time in the early days of January, 1946.
Homer Yasui on 29th May 2015 @ 12:57am
You can now listen to a podcast interview with Homer Yasui, the story of the Yasui family and Japanese history in the Hood River Valley.
If you google Hear in the Gorge, you should be able to subscribe to the Sense of Place podcasts. You can listen through Itunes or SoundCloud for free.
I think it is a job well done by local Columbia River Gorge residents.
L.E. on 18th May 2017 @ 7:53am