Minidoka Project Information Bulletin No. 5 dated August 19, 1942
Hiroyuki Ichihara Papers. Reel 2. Manuscripts and University Archives,
No. 5 -- August 19, 1942 -- Harry L. Stafford, Project Director
New arrivals at the Minidoka War Relocation Authority Project will first
register and be assigned to apartments which have been constructed for use
as your homes. Obviously construction is not complete.
Registration is in this room. As soon as the head of the family registers,
the family will go to the laundry building immediately back of this
building where you will see the physician, then receive your apartment
assignment. A guide will take you to your apartment and the head of the
family should remain at the apartment to receive and sign for your beds,
bedding and baggage.
ASSIGNMENT OF APARTMENTS
Apartments are of three sizes and a family will be assigned on the basis
of the number in a family. Wherever possible family groups or relatives
will be assigned to apartments near to each other. Where possible
reassignments to other apartments will be made later to locate persons
near their place of employment.
Moving from the apartment to which you have been assigned to another
must NOT be done without approval of the Housing Superintendent.
Single beds, mattresses and blankets as required will be issued to each
family whose head will receipt for the goods issued and will be
responsible for its care and return.
DINING HALL AND FOODS
The dining hall serves the residents of the block in which it is located.
For the time being meal hours will be observed as follows:
Breakfast 7:00 - 8:00 A.M.
Lunch 12:00 - 1:00 P.M
Supper 5:00 - 6:00 P.M
Incoming mail will be distributed by the Block Manager. Outgoing mail
should be dropped in a box in Dining Hall 15 until the regular mail box is
installed outside the Block Manager's offices -- Block 16, Bldg. 1 and
Block 17, Bldg 12.
Residents are requested to remain out of the area where construction is in
progress to avoid possible personal injury and interference with
CANAL -- DANGER!
The water in the canal running near the buildings is swift and
treacherous. It is privately owned for irrigation purposes and all of us
on the project are forbidden to use it. Children MUST be watched
particularly that they do not get near it.
A small canteen with a stock of essential toilet and personal items is
located temporarily in 6-9-B. It is operated by a resident of the
community and profits accruing will be used for community needs.
Community stores will be established later.
MEDICAL -- DIETS, HOSPITAL & FIRST AID
Persons who are ill and require a special diet should consult Dr. Neher,
Chief Medical Officer. Those with small babies will also consult Dr. Neher
about food formulas.
The hospital unit will be completed within a few days. First aid and sick
calls may be made to Ward 10 of the hospital group.
WATER AND SANITATION
Water on the project comes from four deep wells, all of which are not yet
in operation. Water should not be wasted. Hot water will be available in a
few days when the necessary plumbing fixtures are received.
Laundry tubs may have to be pressed into service for facial and hand
washing until showers are installed. Some cold showers are available in
the men's washrooms. Women may use the showers in Blocks 1, 6 and 13 which
are reserved for them exclusively.
Valves, fittings and other fixtures are necessary before completion of the
sewage plant. Until then we must use the outdoor latrines. Two women's and
one men's latrines have been constructed for each block.
The placement office will be located temporarily in Block 2, Bldg. 15.
Office hours will be 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Persons wishing work assignments should report to placement office the
first thing the morning following housing.
A Block Manager will be appointed for each block to serve as liaison
between the residents and the administrative office. His duties will be
many and varied. All appointments are on a temporary basis. He will
attempt to serve the residents of his block to the best of his ability.
Report lost and found articles to him, leaky roofs, broken windows, doors
that stick, etc. He will have a limited amount of cleaning supplies and
equipment for your block. His office will be Block 2, Bldg. 11, Apartment
Schools, local government, recreation and other aspects of a good
community have received much attention in the planning of this Center.
When more residents arrive a local governing body will be formed, a school
board elected and opportunity provided for the creation of recreation,
stores, and other community services.
PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE
the yellow sheets which will be found in some of the apartments and
vestibules which have been placed there by the contractors. These are
check sheets for future work to be done and are only to be removed by the
21 February 1997