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1. Ouija Board (Laura Kuhn / Alamy)
2. Press Democrat article about the murder of Ernest Turley
"38-year-old Dorothea Turley, once a nationally renowned beauty selected as a “modern Venus” by New York’s Evening World newspaper in 1916, was away from her house in Apache County, Arizona, when her 15-year-old daughter Mattie shot Ernest Turley twice in the back on November 18, 1933. Ernest Turley, who was Mattie’s father and Dorothea’s husband, died from the wounds about six weeks later.
1. Paul Ohtaki
2. Manzanar War Relocation Camp
3. Walt & Milly Woodward, owners & publishers of the Bainbridge Review newspaper
"The story of how Bainbridge Review publishers Walt Woodward and Millie Woodward defended the civil rights of islanders of Japanese ancestry during World War II may be a familiar one.
Now the large events are rendered in detail in “It Was the Right Thing to Do!” The anthology of newspaper clippings, letters and compelling first-hand reports written was compiled by Paul Ohtaki, who was just 17 when he was “drafted” by Woodward to write a column from Manzanar, the California camp to which Bainbridge’s Japanese-American citizens were removed in 1942.
The anthology has been available in rough form for some time, but was recently bound and made available through the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, the Bainbridge library, the Bainbridge High School library and Woodward Middle School.
The large, 231-page tome conveys the immediacy of the paper itself, comprised as it is of countless photocopies of news stories, editorials and and letters regarding the internment, in addition to personal correspondence. More recent material includes reflections on the internment up to the point of Woodward’s death in March 2001.
“I want to make sure the story is told,” said Ohtaki, now a resident of San Francisco, Calif. “I don’t want these young people not to know the history.”
Ohtaki was a Bainbridge High School student with a part-time job at the Woodwards’ paper when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. He was among the islanders first removed when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 two months later excluding people of Japanese descent from “militarily sensitive” Pacific Coast areas.
Ohtaki’s book makes clear that, in addition to a finely calibrated moral compass, the Woodwards were possessed of both prescience and an ability to act on insight without hesitation.
The night before Ohtaki, and all other islanders of Japanese heritage were to leave for internment at a relocation center in Manzanar, Woodward hired him to send regular reports back to the local paper.
Ohtaki wasn’t sure he wanted the job.
“In fact I tried to refuse,” he recalls. “I wasn’t a good writer. I wasn’t that responsible.”
Woodward wasn’t having any of that; Japanese Americans might be removed, but they wouldn’t be forgotten.
A column from the camp featuring daily life was a sure antidote, Woodward figured, to the government’s move to demonize people who were friends and neighbors.
Remarkably, the newsman had not only instantly grasped the full context of events that were only just unfolding, but had also crafted a plan that would help reintegrate Japanese Americans into Bainbridge life – and Ohtaki was to play a key part in that scheme..."
Source: “The Friendship That Made Island History” (Bainbridge Island Review) 2004