Wednesday, November 7, 2001
Thanks for your series on "Uprooted Harvest: which ended in the Nov. 3 issue with the story on the Oak Grove community. We thoroughly enjoyed the interview with Erik Steighner and he did a good job. I would like to add one more thing about my working in the harvest, which I should have said at the time: I was certainly not the first wife to work in the orchard, however, I believe that I was the first to load and haul the fruit to cold storage. The Japanese wives worked in the orchards long before I ever did and worked harder than I ever did. They deserve that recongnition and I am sorry that I did not say this at the time of the interview. In fact, Suma Kobayashi, who was with us the day of the interview, had spent the morning working in the orchard. She is in the photo of the school picture, so you know that she spent many years at it.