Densho Digital Archive
Emiko and Chizuko Omori Collection
Title: Frank Emi Interview
Narrator: Frank Emi
Interviewers: Emiko Omori (primary), Chizu Omori (secondary)
Location: San Francisco, California
Date: March 20, 1994
Densho ID: denshovh-efrank-01-0003

FE: Oh yeah, the first winter we were there, I think it snowed in the middle of September. And we didn't even have an overcoat. We were from Southern California, in hot, hot weather that we left there. So they did issue, later on they did issue navy peacoats and khaki-type of jackets, but that first winter was so cold, it was, I think it was the record coldest winter in Wyoming history -- it was like thirty below zero. And to give you an idea of what happens, the, we had to take showers in barracks on the outside, and walk home from that shower, shower and toilet barrack to our own barracks. So when you took a shower, and your hair was slightly wet, by the time you got to your barrack, it was like icicles. And if your hand happened to be wet yet, why, if you touched that metal door, it would stick to that metal door. So it was a pretty miserable winter, and I think a lot of people suffered, especially the very elderly and the young.

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