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Title: Michiko Frances Chikahisa Interview
Narrator: Michiko Frances Chikahisa
Interviewer: Tom Ikeda
Location: Skokie, Illinois
Date: June 17, 2011
Densho ID: denshovh-cmichiko-01-0017

FC: Rainy and muddy, and it just rained and rained and rained. We got there around Halloween, and the weather had just changed. Arkansas you have distinct seasons, so it had turned cool and rainy, and the school had just opened. We were the last train out of Santa Anita. My folks stayed to the very end, just, just psychologically wanting to be close to my sister. So we stayed, and this trainload of people were dropped off at various camps. They were all people who for some reason stayed to the very end, and we were the last ones off of this train and then arrived in Rohwer in end of October. And I think the first of November school opened for the first time, so I didn't miss out a lot of school because it started late, but as a result we were in school through almost, I think, through the month of July. And all that humidity, we're sitting in desks and you could feel the sweat rolling down. You'd get up and you stick to the desk because you're all wet with sweat.

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