Hatsue Shikatani
A Biography

I had another baby yesterday, September 3 1922. It is a little girl named Hatsue Shikatani. She is our first baby girl, which is why we named her Hatsue, which means the first branch. She is a healthy seven and a half pound child. She looks so much like her father, she is so dark and beautiful. I am so glad I have a baby girl. She will be a big help to me. The twins are really a handful. However I know she will have a very hard life, I should know. I was born into a poor family and I was Just another mouth to feed, until I married and was sent off to help my husband's family. I remember when I was married. I was seventeen and was living in Japan with my family. I was shown a picture of a Japanese man who was living in Canada. He wanted a Japanese wife, and sent his picture to a "go between". I decided to marry him even though I never saw him, even on my wedding day. He could not afford to come to Japan, so we were married by proxy. All the way over to Canada I wondered what he would be like. When I got there I found out he had died. I was so scared, I couldn't speak English and I didn't know anyone there. I did however meet Frank Shikatani. I married him when I was eighteen years old. Japanese women have such a hard life. We really do not count for anything. I hope that Hatsue's life in Canada will be better.

Fall of 1931

We must move. Frank's saw mill burned down and he is with out a job. This is the second move already in four years. Poor Hatsue she suffers the most from these moves. Each time we move she has to move back a grade and she is never able to make or keep very close friends. At least May Mitzi and Mary are still very young and can accept the moves. George and Harry are their own best friends so that they really don't care.

All the children have grown up so fast it is unbelievable. It feels just like yesterday when Hatsue was first entering school. Her father had to sit her down and tell her that she would have to choose a new name. He had said that Hatsue was such a hard name to pronounce and that she should choose an English name. She chose the name Dorothy, after the movie actress Dorothy Lamour. I didn't know she knew about movie stars she doesn't go to the movies that often and when she does go she sees Dick Powell movies. She is the oldest girl and she is my main helper. She must stay home and take care of her younger sisters, especially little Mary. I know it isn't easy for a seven year old to take care of a toddler. Once Hatsue and her brothers had turned a bicycle upside down and were spinning the wheels around. Mary came and stuck her little finger in by the chain. My poor little baby got her finger stuck in between the bicycle chain and the gears. Harry and George came yelling for me and their father. Frank had to cut the chain because they could not move it backwards or forwards to free Mary's finger. Poor Hatsue was also hurt badly. She and her brother George were sitting by the fire place. George turned around and was about to shut the door, but he had the hot poker in his hand, and he poked Hatsue in the eye! I was so scared, and I think George was too. He ran outside and stayed out until dark because he thought he would get a terrible licking.

I remember just a little while ago May got the chicken pox. The doctor came to the house when everybody else was at school. He quarantined her! When all the children came home from school they were locked out of the house. I had to pass clothes through the window so they could spend the night at a friend's house.

Fall of 1934

We went up to the country last summer because Frank got a job, I think he was hired to build a fence. We were happy to get away and be in the country. Hatsue took her younger sisters for a walk. Suddenly a huge dog came running behind them. The younger kids were able to run to a fence and get away from the dog, but poor Hastsue did not. The dog got her by the leg and took a big chunk of her. When the children came home, they tried to hide her cut, I think they thought they would get in trouble, but I saw the blood. I sucked out all the poison because we couldn't get to the doctor. Hatsue still has the scar, and is terrified of dogs. When we were at the same place, George climbed a very tall tree. He lost his balance and fell down, knocking all the branches off. He was lucky he was not killed.

Winter of 1938

Hatsue quit school. She was in the eighth grade but she was sixteen years old. We moved two more times in the last five years and Hatsue had to move back two more grades again. I really do not mind that Hatsue has quit school. I realize that a woman does not need an education. All she really needs to know is how to cook, clean, sew and take care of children. But still it is a little sad that she is quitting school. Hatsue was very good student. She often got penmanship awards. She even got a bracelet from her teacher because she was such a good student. The sawmill owner's daughter really wanted Hatsue's bracelet. George persuaded Dorothy to trade her bracelet for the rich girl's bracelet. He thought that because she was so rich her bracelet must be much better. But it was not. Hatsue was so mad at her brother.

Fall of 1940

For the past two years, every day after school and or weekends, Hatsue worked with a woman at a dress making and altering shop. The woman taught Hatsue all that she needs to know about sewing. Hatsue has now decided to open her own shop. She is very proud of herself. But I worry about her. One day when she was working in the shop with her friend, a drunken soldier came in and just sat there. The poor girls could not even get him out. Finally they had to run down the street and get their neighbor to help them. I can just imagine how frightened they must have been. Hatsue is so shy. She never raises her voice to anyone. Even when she is angry she never shouts or argues back. That is why we were all so surprised when she locked herself in the bathroom after I had scolded her and George for squabbling with each other.

She has grown up so fast. The years have just flown by. All the children started going to Japanese school last year so Hatsue is always busy. Sometimes she plays softball, but not to often. I really expect her to stay at home to clean the house. She is the oldest girl and she has many responsibilities.


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Hatsue Shikatani
A Biography

I had another baby yesterday, September 3 1922. It is a little girl named Hatsue Shikatani. She is our first baby girl, which is why we named her Hatsue, which means the first branch. She is a healthy seven and a half pound child. She looks so much like her father, she is so dark and beautiful. I am so glad I have a baby girl. She will be a big help to me. The twins are really a handful. However I know she will have a very hard life, I should know. I was born into a poor family and I was Just another mouth to feed, until I married and was sent off to help my husband's family. I remember when I was married. I was seventeen and was living in Japan with my family. I was shown a picture of a Japanese man who was living in Canada. He wanted a Japanese wife, and sent his picture to a "go between". I decided to marry him even though I never saw him, even on my wedding day. He could not afford to come to Japan, so we were married by proxy. All the way over to Canada I wondered what he would be like. When I got there I found out he had died. I was so scared, I couldn't speak English and I didn't know anyone there. I did however meet Frank Shikatani. I married him when I was eighteen years old. Japanese women have such a hard life. We really do not count for anything. I hope that Hatsue's life in Canada will be better.

Fall of 1931

We must move. Frank's saw mill burned down and he is with out a job. This is the second move already in four years. Poor Hatsue she suffers the most from these moves. Each time we move she has to move back a grade and she is never able to make or keep very close friends. At least May Mitzi and Mary are still very young and can accept the moves. George and Harry are their own best friends so that they really don't care.

All the children have grown up so fast it is unbelievable. It feels just like yesterday when Hatsue was first entering school. Her father had to sit her down and tell her that she would have to choose a new name. He had said that Hatsue was such a hard name to pronounce and that she should choose an English name. She chose the name Dorothy, after the movie actress Dorothy Lamour. I didn't know she knew about movie stars she doesn't go to the movies that often and when she does go she sees Dick Powell movies. She is the oldest girl and she is my main helper. She must stay home and take care of her younger sisters, especially little Mary. I know it isn't easy for a seven year old to take care of a toddler. Once Hatsue and her brothers had turned a bicycle upside down and were spinning the wheels around. Mary came and stuck her little finger in by the chain. My poor little baby got her finger stuck in between the bicycle chain and the gears. Harry and George came yelling for me and their father. Frank had to cut the chain because they could not move it backwards or forwards to free Mary's finger. Poor Hatsue was also hurt badly. She and her brother George were sitting by the fire place. George turned around and was about to shut the door, but he had the hot poker in his hand, and he poked Hatsue in the eye! I was so scared, and I think George was too. He ran outside and stayed out until dark because he thought he would get a terrible licking.

I remember just a little while ago May got the chicken pox. The doctor came to the house when everybody else was at school. He quarantined her! When all the children came home from school they were locked out of the house. I had to pass clothes through the window so they could spend the night at a friend's house.

Fall of 1934

We went up to the country last summer because Frank got a job, I think he was hired to build a fence. We were happy to get away and be in the country. Hatsue took her younger sisters for a walk. Suddenly a huge dog came running behind them. The younger kids were able to run to a fence and get away from the dog, but poor Hastsue did not. The dog got her by the leg and took a big chunk of her. When the children came home, they tried to hide her cut, I think they thought they would get in trouble, but I saw the blood. I sucked out all the poison because we couldn't get to the doctor. Hatsue still has the scar, and is terrified of dogs. When we were at the same place, George climbed a very tall tree. He lost his balance and fell down, knocking all the branches off. He was lucky he was not killed.

Winter of 1938

Hatsue quit school. She was in the eighth grade but she was sixteen years old. We moved two more times in the last five years and Hatsue had to move back two more grades again. I really do not mind that Hatsue has quit school. I realize that a woman does not need an education. All she really needs to know is how to cook, clean, sew and take care of children. But still it is a little sad that she is quitting school. Hatsue was very good student. She often got penmanship awards. She even got a bracelet from her teacher because she was such a good student. The sawmill owner's daughter really wanted Hatsue's bracelet. George persuaded Dorothy to trade her bracelet for the rich girl's bracelet. He thought that because she was so rich her bracelet must be much better. But it was not. Hatsue was so mad at her brother.

Fall of 1940

For the past two years, every day after school and or weekends, Hatsue worked with a woman at a dress making and altering shop. The woman taught Hatsue all that she needs to know about sewing. Hatsue has now decided to open her own shop. She is very proud of herself. But I worry about her. One day when she was working in the shop with her friend, a drunken soldier came in and just sat there. The poor girls could not even get him out. Finally they had to run down the street and get their neighbor to help them. I can just imagine how frightened they must have been. Hatsue is so shy. She never raises her voice to anyone. Even when she is angry she never shouts or argues back. That is why we were all so surprised when she locked herself in the bathroom after I had scolded her and George for squabbling with each other.

She has grown up so fast. The years have just flown by. All the children started going to Japanese school last year so Hatsue is always busy. Sometimes she plays softball, but not to often. I really expect her to stay at home to clean the house. She is the oldest girl and she has many responsibilities.


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Hatsue Shikatani
A Biography

I had another baby yesterday, September 3 1922. It is a little girl named Hatsue Shikatani. She is our first baby girl, which is why we named her Hatsue, which means the first branch. She is a healthy seven and a half pound child. She looks so much like her father, she is so dark and beautiful. I am so glad I have a baby girl. She will be a big help to me. The twins are really a handful. However I know she will have a very hard life, I should know. I was born into a poor family and I was Just another mouth to feed, until I married and was sent off to help my husband's family. I remember when I was married. I was seventeen and was living in Japan with my family. I was shown a picture of a Japanese man who was living in Canada. He wanted a Japanese wife, and sent his picture to a "go between". I decided to marry him even though I never saw him, even on my wedding day. He could not afford to come to Japan, so we were married by proxy. All the way over to Canada I wondered what he would be like. When I got there I found out he had died. I was so scared, I couldn't speak English and I didn't know anyone there. I did however meet Frank Shikatani. I married him when I was eighteen years old. Japanese women have such a hard life. We really do not count for anything. I hope that Hatsue's life in Canada will be better.

Fall of 1931

We must move. Frank's saw mill burned down and he is with out a job. This is the second move already in four years. Poor Hatsue she suffers the most from these moves. Each time we move she has to move back a grade and she is never able to make or keep very close friends. At least May Mitzi and Mary are still very young and can accept the moves. George and Harry are their own best friends so that they really don't care.

All the children have grown up so fast it is unbelievable. It feels just like yesterday when Hatsue was first entering school. Her father had to sit her down and tell her that she would have to choose a new name. He had said that Hatsue was such a hard name to pronounce and that she should choose an English name. She chose the name Dorothy, after the movie actress Dorothy Lamour. I didn't know she knew about movie stars she doesn't go to the movies that often and when she does go she sees Dick Powell movies. She is the oldest girl and she is my main helper. She must stay home and take care of her younger sisters, especially little Mary. I know it isn't easy for a seven year old to take care of a toddler. Once Hatsue and her brothers had turned a bicycle upside down and were spinning the wheels around. Mary came and stuck her little finger in by the chain. My poor little baby got her finger stuck in between the bicycle chain and the gears. Harry and George came yelling for me and their father. Frank had to cut the chain because they could not move it backwards or forwards to free Mary's finger. Poor Hatsue was also hurt badly. She and her brother George were sitting by the fire place. George turned around and was about to shut the door, but he had the hot poker in his hand, and he poked Hatsue in the eye! I was so scared, and I think George was too. He ran outside and stayed out until dark because he thought he would get a terrible licking.

I remember just a little while ago May got the chicken pox. The doctor came to the house when everybody else was at school. He quarantined her! When all the children came home from school they were locked out of the house. I had to pass clothes through the window so they could spend the night at a friend's house.

Fall of 1934

We went up to the country last summer because Frank got a job, I think he was hired to build a fence. We were happy to get away and be in the country. Hatsue took her younger sisters for a walk. Suddenly a huge dog came running behind them. The younger kids were able to run to a fence and get away from the dog, but poor Hastsue did not. The dog got her by the leg and took a big chunk of her. When the children came home, they tried to hide her cut, I think they thought they would get in trouble, but I saw the blood. I sucked out all the poison because we couldn't get to the doctor. Hatsue still has the scar, and is terrified of dogs. When we were at the same place, George climbed a very tall tree. He lost his balance and fell down, knocking all the branches off. He was lucky he was not killed.

Winter of 1938

Hatsue quit school. She was in the eighth grade but she was sixteen years old. We moved two more times in the last five years and Hatsue had to move back two more grades again. I really do not mind that Hatsue has quit school. I realize that a woman does not need an education. All she really needs to know is how to cook, clean, sew and take care of children. But still it is a little sad that she is quitting school. Hatsue was very good student. She often got penmanship awards. She even got a bracelet from her teacher because she was such a good student. The sawmill owner's daughter really wanted Hatsue's bracelet. George persuaded Dorothy to trade her bracelet for the rich girl's bracelet. He thought that because she was so rich her bracelet must be much better. But it was not. Hatsue was so mad at her brother.

Fall of 1940

For the past two years, every day after school and or weekends, Hatsue worked with a woman at a dress making and altering shop. The woman taught Hatsue all that she needs to know about sewing. Hatsue has now decided to open her own shop. She is very proud of herself. But I worry about her. One day when she was working in the shop with her friend, a drunken soldier came in and just sat there. The poor girls could not even get him out. Finally they had to run down the street and get their neighbor to help them. I can just imagine how frightened they must have been. Hatsue is so shy. She never raises her voice to anyone. Even when she is angry she never shouts or argues back. That is why we were all so surprised when she locked herself in the bathroom after I had scolded her and George for squabbling with each other.

She has grown up so fast. The years have just flown by. All the children started going to Japanese school last year so Hatsue is always busy. Sometimes she plays softball, but not to often. I really expect her to stay at home to clean the house. She is the oldest girl and she has many responsibilities.


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