Santa Cruz County History - Executive Order 9066 and the Residents of Santa Cruz County


Full Text Newspaper ArticleWatsonville Register-Pajaronian. March 27, 1942. p. 1

200 JAP FAMILIES REMAIN

WILL DO THEIR BEST ON FARMS SAYS I MOTOKI

Approximately 200 Japanese families will remain in the Pajaro valley until the official moving notice following the voluntary evacuation deadline at midnight Sunday.

I. Motoki, who was secretary of the now disbanded Japanese association, reported some 25 families would leave before Sunday midnight.

"Those Japanese staying on the farms here will do their best and put all their efforts into farming as the United States government requests until they are evacuated under official army orders," Motoki declared.

He added that he will be the last Japanese to leave and will assist Japanese aliens and Japanese-Americans in final details such as cleaning up debts, moving, etc. His office is at 59 Union street, telephone 1434.

Motoki added that Japanese farms "look good this year with fine crops of berries, lettuce and garlic expected."

Enemy aliens or citizens of Japanese descent seeking to evacuate the prohibited area voluntarily may obtain travel permits from the office of the U.S. employment service, 21 West Lake avenue. The office was scheduled to remain open all day Saturday and Sunday, and John I. Sutton, manager, said it would be open Saturday and Sunday evenings for persons unable to call during normal working hours who telephone 1271 for appointments.

Squadrons of police and FBI agents, meanwhile, swept across northern California Saturday, arresting Japanese aliens affiliated with secret societies and considered dangerous.

For Japanese who remain, a curfew was in effect between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. throughout the coastal area.

Copyrighted by the Watsonville Register-Pajaronian. Reproduced by permission.