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April 25, 1942

Evacuee Property Department (Warehousing arrangement)

Reference: Tour letter April 21, 19-42

le are enclosing executed copy of agree eat with the Oregon
Transfer Company, which has now been impressed with the seal of this
bank, to be exchanged for the executed copy now held by the Oregon
Transfer Company, which will oe forwarded for the completion of our
There is also enclosed a copy of the agreement for your files
and two conies of the lease between Gr*ce J. Burnett and Oregon Transfer
Company, one of which will be returned to this office when it has served
its purpose.
The initial oayment on the contract of £3,500.00 should be in­
cluded in your billings for the current month. Accordingly, the entire
payment should be charged to Current Expense at thi s ti-i-8 lor inclusion
in your monthly transfer of reimbursable expenses.

H. M. Mangels


Assistant Cashier



pril £1, 1942

vacuoe Jroperty Dspertrant { arohoueing arrangament)

Attached Is a signed copy of the agreement executed
today in connection with the war© musing of Japanese geode*
e hnve tod’xy issued mxr expanse check in the msmmt. of
3,300*00 covering the initl 1 payment as provided for In the above
contract* Inassaic ss we prefer your advice as to the proper ae»
log p m cad-are with respect to this payment t we have charged
t ? entire arount to Deferred Chargee* Of course, $1,900*00 of the
amount should b- charged to current rent end Included in our iO»# 190
represent ing recoverable expanse# for the current month#
e should,
however, like ycxir instruction* a* to whether or not the remaining
$2,000#00 S: ould be charged currently direct to the rental account.
lace e do not tom a M e l in this offie*, neither
the enclosed eopy nor the -mu hel*i b> the Oregon Transfer renpany
have bean i pressed vl th the seal of th< federal ?.aserva B*ak of
an fra cl co, 'ho ware ouac colony would like to have the seal
on it* copy oi t ie agreenar.t* 'o suggest therefore, that t.*e tinolosei egrest^sat form bo c deleted in this r e a p e d usd returned to
ue after which it will be exchuagod f .nr the copy now held by the
Oregon Transfer
whiah copy, will la turn, be forwarded to

Incidentally we do not iwva a copy of either this
agro^ient nor the one between Oregon Transfer Jor^-ny end the
building mmor in our file. Therefore, will you please conform
one of tbs copies of the warehouse agreement now halts by you rnd
•end it to us* Also if you will coil both copies of tbs lease
agreement to us we will have the© conionaed to tbe original and
thereafter return one co y to you for your filea*

Assistant l&nager



THIS AGRTO'ENT, made and entered into this 21st day
of April, 1942, by and between OREGON TRANSFER CO., an Oregon
corporation, hereinafter referred to as "warehouse company", and
as a fiscal agent of The United States of America, hereinafter
referred to as "the bank",
f i t n e s s e t h :
That in consideration of the mutual covenants and agree­
ments hereinafter contained, it is agreed as follows:
First: The warehouse company will maintain, available for
the exclusive use by the bank, five floors in that certain build­
ing of the warehouse company situated on the Northeast corner
of N. W. Park Avenue and N. W. Everett Street, in the City of
Portland, County of Multnomah, State of Oregon, and also known
as 733 N. W. Everett Street in said city, and hereinafter referred
to as "the warehouse", for a period of time beginning the 21st
day of April, 1942, and ending six (6) months after a formal
declaration of the cessation of the present war between the
United States of America and the Empire of Japan*
Second: The bank agrees to pay the warehouse company
fifteen hundred dollars ($1500*00) per month for the exclusive
use of said space and warehouse company’s services in warehousing
all articles of the bank stored or warehoused therein and thereon
during said period.

The first monthly payment hereunder shall

be made on the 21st day of April, 1942, and subsequent
payments on or before the 21st day of each month thereafter.
The bank has paid to warehouse company at the time of execution
hereof the sum of thirty-five hundred dollars ($3500.00), being
payment of fifteen hundred dollars ($1500*00) for the first month


of the term hereof and payment of one thousand dollars ($1000,00)
for application upon the bank's obligation for each of the last
two months of the period during which this agreement continues.
Third: The remaining two floors of said building shall
be reserved for the exclusive use of the warehouse company and for
such part thereof as is actually used for storage purposes by
the warehouse company said warehouse company shall pay therefor
to the bank the sum of one and one-half cents ($0,01-J-) per
square foot per month, or fraction thereof, the same to be paid

Of said remaining two floors in said building not

actually in use by warehouse company for its own storage purposes,
the bank shall have the right to take same or any part thereof by
paying, in addition to the above mentioned amount of fifteen
hundred dollars ($1500,00), the sum of two cents ($3,02) per square
foot per month, or fraction thereof, therefor, payable monthly.
Fourth: The warehouse company hereby agrees that it will
provide and furnish such labor as may be required to receive all
articles of the bank delivered to the warehouse for storage
therein, and place pnd properly store them within the area set
apart for the exclusive use of the bank in said warehouse, and
when said articles or any part thereof are withdrawn from the
warehouse by the bank, to provide and furnish such labor as may
be required to move said articles so withdrawn from the area in
which they are warehoused and stored to such ground fldor door in
said warehouse at a point where they may be conveniently placed
for delivery to the bank; and the bank agrees to pay the warehouse
company for such services in addition to the amounts hereinabove
provided, at the rate of $1*50 per man hour for such labor;
provided, however, that if the present union labor scale for said
services shall be increased or decreased during the term of this
contract^ said basic rate of $1,50 per man hour shall be adjusted


accordingly; and provided further, that the warehouse company shall
at all times receive, in addition to said basic rate of $1.50 per
man hour, such additional amounts as the warehouse company shall
be required to pay for overtime, if any, in accordance with the
union labor scale prevailing when such overtime services are

Claims for said labor services as aforesaid shall be

presented to the bank and in form satisfactory to the bank,
within thirty (30) days after such labor services are rendered,
and shall be payable by the bank within thirty (30) days after
the same are received by it.

The warehouse company agrees that it will ht all

times accept, store and warehouse any articles delivered by the
bank to it for storage and warehousing in said space, and render
such service in a good and workmanlike manner and in accordance
with recognized standards of good warehousing for articles of the
kind so delivered to it; and will place all articles constituting
a given lot thereof so that all articles of one lot will be conti­
guous and of convenient access from time to time, and will mark
or letter the same with such distinguishing marks or letters as
the bank may from time to time direct, and when received will issue
to the bank receipts therefor, in terms and form provided by the
Uniform Warehouse Receipts Act of the State of Oregon, and in
describing phe goods or packages containing the goods described
therein, shall add to such descriptions such descriptive numbers
or letters or combinations thereof as the bank shall require.
Sixth: It is agreed that the bank shall have the right to
designate agents and representatives to be present on the premises
during any time when articles or goods of the bank are being
delivered to and initially stored by the warehouse company, and
when any articles or goods of the bank warehoused therein are being
withdrawn therefrom, and that said agent or representative shall


have access to any part of the warehouse building wherein the
articles or goods of the bank being so delivered or withdrawn
then are*

It is further agreed that the bank may terminate

this agreement at any time upon giving ninety (90) daysf written
notice to the warehouse company of its intention so to do, the
said termination to be effective at the end of a rental month.
Eighth; The bank agrees that prior to the expiration of
the term of this lease or any sooner effective termination date
thereof, it will have caused all articles and goods stored by it
upon these premises to be removed therefrom, and in the event that
any of such articles or goods are not so removed by said date, the
warehouse company shall be privileged, at its option, to store the
same at any convenient place for the account of said bank at its
regular storage rates, payable monthly, and shall have all rights
in respect to such goods and the disposition thereof as are accorded
a warehouseman under the laws of Oregon.

In the event of a fire or other casualty, occurring

in this building whereby the same shall be destroyed or damaged to

extent of more than forty per cent (40$) of its value, and,

pursuant to the terms of a lease which warehouse company has from the
owner of said building, the said owner-lessor elects to cancel and
terminate the lease thereof or is unable to obtain materials for
the rebuilding

thereof, and that by reason thereof said building

is not available to warehouse company for the purposes mentioned
herein, then, in such event, warehouse company shall be released
from its obligation to provide or maintain space in said building
for the bank and the agreement herein made shall terminate.

7herever the words ”artides of the bank” or

”goods of the bank” are used herein, they shall mean and include all
articles and goods delivered by the bank to the warehouse company

for warehousing and storing hereunder, and irrespective of
whether or not the bank has any right, title, lien or interest
therein or holds possession of the same under custodian agreement


or otherwise,
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have hereunto
set their corporate nanes and seals, by their proper officers,
thereunto duly authorized, the day and year first above written.


P, R. Theller (Signed)_________
Preadent •


Geo. Black, Jr. (Signed)_______



Fiscal Agent
8y of the United States


S, A. MacEachron (Signed)
Asst. Manager
Portland Branch



INDENTURE OF LEASE made and entered into this 21st day of

April, 1942 by and between Grace J. Burnett, hereinafter called the
lessor and Oregon Transfer Co., an Oregon corporation, hereinafter
called the lessee,
W I T N E S S E T H :
That in consideration of the rents, covenants and agreements here­
inafter set forth to be paid, kept and performed by the lessee, the
lessor has let, demised and leased, and, by these presents, does let,
demise and lease unto the said lessee for the term hereinafter stated
that certain

warehouse building located on Lots 2 and 3, Block 50,

Couch’s .Addition within the corporate limits of the City of Portland,
Oregon at and for a rental payable in

current money of the United

States to the order of the lessor at Portland, Oregon, of One Thousand
Dollars (,31,000) for each and every month of said term; the receipt of
the first and last two months of said rental is hereby acknowledged by
the lessor.
The term of this lease shall begin on ana with the 21st day of
April, 1942 and end six months after a formal declaration of the cessation
of the present war between the United States of America and the Empire of
Japan; in this connection, it is understood that lessee is leasing this
building for the purpose of making available to Federal Reserve Bank of
San Francisco, Portland Branch, acting as a fiscal agent of The United
States of America, for storage purposes, a part of the premises leased,
and that the agreement between the lessee and said Federal Reserve Bank
contaiis a provision privileging the Bank to terminate the storage arrange­
ment at any time upon giving ninety-days’ written notice to lessee of its
intention so to do, said termination to be effective at the end of a rental
month, and it is agreed between the parties hereto that in the event said
Federal Reserve Bank exercises its said termination privilege, this lease
shall, at the option of lessee, also terminate^ provided, however, that
upon receipt by lessee from said Bank of such termination notice, lessee
shall, forthwith transmit a true copy thereof to lessor or lessor’s repre­
sentative. and, in such event, as between the parties to this lease,sad

cancellation shall be effective on the same date the lessee*s arrangement
with said Bank terminates, or 75 days after receipt by the lessor of such
cancellation notice, whichever last happens*
The lessee herein agrees that it will pay the rents herein reserved
for said premises strictly in advance and on the 21st day of each month
hereafter; that it will make no unlawful, improper or offensive use of
the said premises; that at the expiration of the said term or upon the
sooner termination thereof, it will quit and deliver up the said premises
to the said lessor peaceably, quietly, broom clean, and in as good order
and condition (wear, tear, fire and unavoidable casualties excepted) as
the same now are; that the lessor herein shall have the right to enter
into and upon said premises at any time to examine the condition thereof;
that it will not suffer or permit any strip or waste thereof; that at
all times during the term hereof, it will keep said leased premises in a
good and satisfactory condition and repair except that the said lessor
always shall be responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the roof
and foundations of said building; that it will be responsible for all
broken windows, if any, and for all breakage and damage to any of the
plumbing in said leased premises during the term of this lease; that no
changes or alterations shall be made in or to said premises during the
terra hereof; that it will not permit any mechanic’s or other liens to be
placed on said building or any part thereof; that it will furnish at its
own expense

all water, gas,light, heat, power, telephone and other things

incident to

the use of said

premises and, during the term hereof, will

pay the charges of Otis Elevator Company for the maintenance and upkeep
of the elevator now in said building; that it will keep and observe at
its own expense all lawful rules, regulations, ordinances and laws with
respect to the use and occupancy of said premises; that it will not use
said building or any part thereof for any purpose or permit in said prem­
ises anything which will increase the rate of fire insurance thereon; and
that it will not assign (voluntarily or involuntarily), mortgage or pledge
this lease,

nor sublet said

premises, or any part thereof, except to the

Federal Reserve Bank or in the ordinary course of its warehousing business
without the written consent of the lessor being first had and obtained.

The parties hereto further agree that in the event of a fire or
other casualty occuring in the said building whereby the building shall
be destroyed or damaged to the extent of more than 40$ of its value, this
lease may, at the option of the lessor herein, be cancelled and termin­
ated, but should the damage to said building be 40$ or less of the value
thereof, or should such damage be more than 40$ of the value thereof and
the lessor should elect not to cancel and terminate this lease, the lessor
agrees to repair said damage with all reasonable haste contingent upon
obtaining materials therefor; during the period of time required for the
repair of any damage or destruction caused by such fire or casualty the
rent herein reserved shall be abated in proportion as the full use of
the premises hereby leased shall be taken from the lessee; Provided always
should this lease be cancelled under the provisions of this paragraph, the
lessor shall forthwith pay to the order of the lessee the sum of $2000
(representing unearned rent) less such part thereof as may then be due from
the lessee and unpaid.
The lessee further agrees to save and keep harmless the said lessor
from any and all loss, damage and/or injury to person or property in, upon
or about said premises, by reason of the use or occupancy of said premises
by the


The lessee further agrees that during the term hereof, it

will furnish and deliver to the lessor evidence of the existence of lia­
bility policies insuring both the lessor and the lessee against all public
liability for damages to person or property in or about said leased prem­
ises; the amount of said liability insurance shall not be less than
$20,000.00 for injury to one person.
This lease shall be incapable of involuntary assignment of any kind.
In case the lessee’s goods should be attached or levied up0n or should
the lessee become involved in bankruptcy proceedings of any character or
make an assignment for the benefit of its creditors, this lease at the
option of the lessor shall immediately become void and of no further
force or effect.


Provided, however, and these presents are upon the express condition
that if said rental, or any part thereof, shall remain due or unpaid for
a period of ten days from and after the date herein fixed for the payment
thereof, or if the said lessee herein shall violate any or either of the
other terms, covenants or conditions hereof and said violation shall con­
tinue for ten days after notice from the lessor to the lessee, then and
in either of said events, the lessor shall have the right to repossess her­
self (forcibly if necessary) of said premises and the whole thereof without
being guilty of trespass or breach of any of the terms, covenants or condi­
tions of this lease and without prejudice to any right or action which the
lessor herein may have against the lessee on account of the non-payment of
said rental due or to become due hereunder, or breach of any or either of
the terms, covenants and conditions hereof*
It is further agreed that the lessee shall have the privilege at any
time of painting out any signs, now on said building and/or replacing the
same with its own signs, said work to be done in a neat and sightly manner*
It is further agreed that a holding over of said premises by the said
lessee after the termination of this lease shall not be construed in any
way as a renewal of the tenancy of said lessee for any definite period, but
as a holding from month to month only.
Time is hereby declared to be of the essence of this lease and each and
every provision thereof.
The provisions hereof shall bind and inure to the benefit of, as the
circumstances may require not only the immediate parties hereto but their
respective heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the lessor has hereunto set her hand and seal and
the lessee has hereunto caused its corporate name to be signed by its offi­
cers duly authorized thereunto by order of its board of directors, all in
duplicate and on this the day and ye^r first above written.


Grace J* Burnett________(SEAL)

3y (Sgd)

P* R* Theller

By (Sgd) Geo. Black. Jr.___________

(Corporate Seal)



) ss.
County of Multnomah )
BS IT REMEMBERED, That on this 31st day of April, 1943, before ire, the

undersigned, a Notary Public in and for said County and State, personally
appeared the within named GRACE J. BURNETT who is known to me to be the
identical individual described in and who executed the within instrument and
acknowledged to me that she executed the same freely and voluntarily*
IN TESTIMONY '/HEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and official seal the
day and year last above written.

W, B. Shively
Notary Public for Oregon
My commission expires:
(Notarial Seal)

Stamp - Nov, 13, 1943


May 4, 1942

At a meeting Saturday when Hitta came into our office, and after
talking to Swart of the National Mortgage and Bond Company over the telephone,
it was very apparent that Nitta would not sell to Luey, the Chinaman, at
any price.
The only other alternative was that we store the furniture for him
and we proceeded with the details. Since Nitta owes approximately $150 on the
furniture, we told him we would do nothing until this was paid off. This he did
bringing in the receipt for payment in full to the Directors Furniture Conpany.
Inasmuch as preparation of the furniture for storage must be made
after Nitta is evacuated someone had to be found to do this work. Two of his
Filipino roomers have agreed to do it at a labor cost of $90. They have been
supplied with the necessary tags and inventory sheets. The man who will super­
intend the job is Jorge Dumlao who is president of the Northwest Alaska Cannery
Workers Union with headquarters at 317 Governor building, telephone Be. 9418.
The furniture stands in the name of Ted Tsuboi.
him to sign the personal property form FRB-2.

It is necessary for

As the lease has been assigned to Tsuboi and does not terminate until
August 1, Earl Bernard, his attorney, advised me it would be necessary to make
payment for the full three months until August 1, of the rent due at that time.
This Nitta has agreed to do. This amount, $180, will be held by Harry Swart of
The National Mortgage and Bond Con^any until the furniture is removed from the
premises, at which time he will pay it over to Luey to whom this lease has been
Ted Tsuboifs family number is 16176.
It now develops that the above Jorge Dumlao will not superintend the
work of packing the furnishings for storage and he has now secured one Gabriel
Gestre, Br. 2096, who says that he will handle it for him. We have given this
last named individual the full details* so we hope the work will go forward*
May 5, 1942
The amount due on the furniture, as well as the rent to August 1st
have both been paid and receipts for same shown us.
Another Filipino, Morris Aneheta, 208 N. W. Davis St., has finally
consented to prepare the furnishings for storage and inspection made by myself
this afternoon showed that they were probably 75$ ready for the warehouse. The
above Filipino will make out the necessary inventory sheets, attach the required
tags, etc.
I have discussed with Mr. Swart of the National Mortgage and Bond
Company the situation regarding occupancy of the premises between now and


May 2, 1942
Phillip Hotel, 421 West Burnside Street, Portland, Oregon

On April 30, 1942, we were advised by Ronald Shiozoki that he lad a
prospective purchaser for the hotel, one George Sperry, who apparently would
pay $6,000 with an initial $2,000 cash payment*
I suggested that he imnediately take Sperry to Commonwealth to
discuss terms of the lease. Sperry apparently is a Greek who has changed his
name. Whether or not he has giveii credit standing we were not advised.
Yesterday Jeffry Holbrook of Commonwealth, Inc*, phoned to say that
W. M. Fromme was in their office ready to go ahead and purchase the hotel for
#4,000, $2,000 cash, the balance in three years at 5$, interest with an adjust­
ment on unpaid balance should the property be sold and the lease cancelled.
They asked what we knew about the situation. I again phoned Shiozoki
who said that he would have Sperry in the Commonwealth office at 3 P.M* This
he failed to do. Holbrook advised that he thought he could hold FromnB in line
until next Tuesday the latest evacuation date*
At 5 P. M. last evening he came in the office to say that he was
going to show the property to the Coast Guard, their objective being to
possibly use the premises for Coast Guard barracks. If this last deal goes
through they will undoubtedly force the present occupants out, which means
we will have to store the furniture*




May 2, 1942
Mark Sumida together with his lawyer John Kendall, Jr., called at
this office on April 30, 1942 to report they have been unsuccessful in closing
any deal involving the sale of the property. Their final decision was to store
the furniture with us.
They were concerned with certain legal phases of the eviction of their
roomers which Mr. Kendall was checking on. We also checked through Mr. Warner
our attorney who advised that in all probability they would have to give thirty
days notice. We supplied them with necessary tags and inventory charts and also
advised them that if it were necessary to give a thirty days notice to their
occupants that we would complete storage arrangements at any time during that
Yesterday J. W. Tice phoned advising that Jimmy Sumida apparently
had some new prospect that might purchase the hotel. Whether the two brothers
are working at cross purposes, we have not yet determined.
The undersigned was advised by Mr. Quinn of the F.B.I. that they
would like to find some reason for again interning Jimmy Sumida.
Nothing further developed and we are assuming that they are going
ahead with their plans to store the furniture.
May 3, 1942
Called at the hotel today and had an interview with Jimmy Sumida.
Apparently they are having little difficulty in getting rid of their roomers
and are proceeding with plans to store the furniture.

A vacation notice, drawn apparently by their attorney, is posted
in the lobby.


April 29, 1942

Tills hotel apparently owned by Jim Sumida who, until a few days ago,
was in the custody of the E.B.I., has been the subject of several discussions.
Shortly after the Wartime Civil Control Administration office was
established, Mark Sumida came in the office and stated that he was acting under
a power of attorney from his brother Jim Sumida who had been notified to vacate
the property by Commonwealth, Inc., who acted on behalf of the owner, the Universal
Bond and Mortgage Company.
The writer contacted attorney Huntington representing Commonwealth,
Mr. Macnamara a representative of Commonwealth, and Mr. C. Moores vice-president
of Commonwealth, in an endeavor to arrive at some basis whereby the Japanese
owner would be able to salvage at least a part of the value of the furniture in
the hotel on a going business basis, rather than to sell it for the second hand
value of the furniture.
After several conversations with Moores and Macnamara, Commonwealth
finally agreed to recommend to the owner of the building that if the hotel should
be sold to a responsible operator a lease be entered into with a new buyer for a
three year period, the lease to be subject to a 60 day cancellation clause in case
the building was sold. Macnamara also agreed that if the Japanese retained owner­
ship, Commonwealth would rescind its evacuation notice and would allow the Japanese
to continue operating the hotel through a management set-up on a month to month
basis but without a lease.
This seemed to be satisfactory to Mark Sumida and he started looking for
a buyer. About a week ago Commonwealth changed the terms under which a lease
would be issued to include an additional clause allowing cancellation of the lease
on 60 days notice if the owner of the building wished to operate the hotel himself.
Again Mark Sumida started working on a sale and finally this morning reported to
this office that he had found t?/o buyers, Maloney and Sauers, responsible opera­
tors who would enter into an agreement to purchase the furniture^providing a lease
on the above terms could be obtained.for a price of $6000. $2000 was to be paid
down and the balance was to be paid at the rate of $75 to $100 per month with a
provision that should either of the 60 day options mentioned above be exercised
so that new operators lose possession of the hotel, that in that case the balance
owing on the contract held by Sumida would be cancelled.
Later in the day Sumida called and stated that through J* Kendall Jr.,
his attorney he had been notified by Macnamara of Commonwealth that the final
decision of Commonwealth was to not enter into any lease for the hotel. A few
minutes thereafter, Don Hemingway, one of our employees discussed the situation
with vice-president Moores of Commonwealth and was assured that attorney Kendall
was in error in his statement and that Commonwealth, is still prepared to enter
into a lease with a good operator and bona fide buyer on the terms heretofore
outlined. The writer then telephoned attorney Kendall, told him of the conversa­
tion with Moores and suggested that he contact Moores for verification.
This is the situation as of today. In the meantime the -buyer has
assured Sumida that if it is impossible to sell the hotel, the furniture will be
stored in the evacuee warehouse.



April 30, 1942

Shortly after the memorandum of yesterday’s date was written, Macnamara
called the writer by telephone and stated that at no time had it been the intention
of Commonwealth to sign a lease in connection with the S.P. Hotel building. He
maintained that conversations in the past have been limited to the Phillips Hotel
situation. He also stated that neither he nor his people would recommend a lease
of any kind on the subject property.
He stated that the furniture in the S.P. Hotel was appraised at 31,500
using second hand prices. Macnamara says that he obtained an estimate of the
cost to refurnish the hotel using partly new furniture and partly second hand
furniture, and the cost was estirated to be $3,500. He stated that Commonwealth
would be willing to pay this amount for the furniture now in the hotel, but that
this represents the limit.
The only alternative mentioned by Macnamara was to allow Sumida to sell
the hotel to a white operator for whatever price can be obtained, the white opera­
tor to run the hotel on a month to month basis without a written commitmsnt. This
information was passed on to attorney Kendall and later in the day Kendall and
Mark Sumida called on the writer. The possibilities for taking care of this property
were then discussed ana reduced to the following:
1. Sumida had a bona fide offer for the purchase of the property at
$6,000 of which $1,500 was to be a cash payment and the balance to
be paid on a monthly basis at a schedule representing roughly the
net earning power of the hotel with the unpaid balance, if any,
to be cancelled in case the buyer lost the use of the building.
2. Sale to Commonwealth at $3,500.
3. The furniture could be stored in our warehouse.
The writer explained that it seemed impossible to obtain any better
offer from Commonwealth, especially in regard to some assurance that a buyer would
be allowed to continue to operate the hotel.
Since the hotel has been operating for many years on a month to month
basis with no lease, a basis for asking Commonwealth to enter into the lease on
the property did not appear to be present and Commonwealth’s offer to purchase
the furniture for $3,500 seemed to be about as far as we could ask it to go from
this angle. The writer told Sumida therefore that he would apparently have to
base his actions on the situation as he found it. Sumida stated as he left the
office that he intended to accept the $6,000 sale offer on the basis outlined above.
In explanation for the apparent change of attitude towards the lease on the
part of Commonwealth, the writer wishes to state that since nothing in writing was
obtained from the company and previous memorandums were based on oral conversations
there is some possibility of a misunderstanding. In any case there would seem to be
nothing further that can be done at this time.



MAY 1, 1942

The building in which this hotel is located is owned by one George
Hartness and the property is managed by and rents collected by the National
Mortgage and Bond Company, Broadway and Oak Street, manager Harry A. Swart,
A Japanese alien T, Nitta has placed the property in the name of
Ted Tsuboi, 636 North Oregon Street, but this legal owner knows very little
about the situation and this change of ownership was entered into only as a
matter of accomodation. Tsuboi has a bill of sale of the furnishings and the
lease which expires August 1, 1942 is in his name. Rental under this lease is
$60 per month. At its expiration the premises will come under the terms of a
five year lease covering the entire building held by G. H, Luey, a Chinaman,
321 N. W. 4th Avenue, Be. 0472.
The hotel contains approximately fifty-four rooms without water or
heat in the rooms. Nitta has been asking $1,300 to $1,500 for the property
but to date best bid he has gotten has been from Luey who will pay him $350
on a basis of $50 down and $25 per month.
In a conference yesterday between Swart, Luey, Nitta, the undersigned
and later Tsuboi, it was brought out that Nitta desires to put in a manager,
O ’Brien by name, to operate the property until the lease expires at which time
he will store the furniture. I advised him that storage of the furniture Aug­
ust 1 would have to be entirely at his expense and that we would store it now
and haul it to the warehouse without charge to him.
It was later brought out at this meeting that O ’Brien’s arrangement
was only as bookkeeper and that the actual manager was some other white m«n about
whom apparently Nitta knew but little. The manager arrangement meets with the
approval of both Luey and the National Mortgage and Bond Company but the hazards
of such an arrangement were pointed out by the undersigned.


Nitta has been running the hotel himself acting as clerk and chamber
He understands but little and has to be talked to through an interpreter.

The occupancy now consists almost entirely of negrcescd filipinos
and is very undesirable. The objective of both Luey and the National Mortgage
and Bond Company is to clear out the place, make some improvements and rent only
to white roomers.
Today we are recommending to Swart that he endeavor to influence Luey
to raise the price to $500 and if this is done we will back up the deal and will
advise Nitta to accept.


Reference is made to letter of 4-16-42 written by
Mr, V. L. Colt, Assistant Manager of Portland Public Market,
800 S. W, Front Avenue, in which he seeks to enlist our services
in making collection of accounts from Japanese about to be
Matter was fully discussed with Mr. Colt at his
office at 9:30 A.M. today.
Mr. Colt now understands and agrees that compliance
with his request would not come within the scope of our office.

Howard Alger,
Field Representative


Visit to Mr. Axel N. Rahm, 5725 S. E. 21st Avenue, Portland, Oregon.

Our file indicates that this party holds a real estate mortgage
on a Japanese owned fruit farm of twenty acres in the Hood River district;
the name of the Japanese is George Takagi; the amount of his claim is
$3,000 principal, about three years accrued interest ani irrigation taxes
of approximately $700.
I contacted Mr. Rahm at his residence this forenoon and discussed
the matter with him. He advised that the Japanese will quit claim title to
the premises, to avoid foreclosure proceedings for a consideration of $100.
Mr. Rahm believes that he will either arrange to pay the $100 in cash or have
the deed placed in escrow pending the assembling of the $100 payment or resort
to foreclosure proceedings. He agrees that this is purely a matter for him
to handle according to his legal rights and that the Federal Reserve Bank
should not intervene or attempt to coerce the Japanese into making a set­
Mr. Rahm is of Swedish birth, 80 years of age, has resided in Oregon
for fifty-three years, is a naturalized citizen of the United States, a re­
tired fruit rancher of the Hood River District, and advises that he has taken
considerable loss in investing in Hungary and Chile bonds.

April 10, 1942

Mr. K. Ono, Rt. 1, Box 49, Orchards, Washington accompanied by his wife
and two minor childred called at the office this morning to discuss his financial
It appears that he operates a fourteen acre farm near Orchards, Washington
under a lease agreement calling for $360 per annum cash rent. The lease has two
years to go. The land is owned by Ray Higdon, 301 Maine Street, Vancouver, Washington.
The property has on it a five room house, barn and garage building.
Ono says that he owes the landlord accrued rent to March 1, 1942 totaling
$340 and that the landlord has been threatening to place a lien on the various items
of equipment owned by Ono. Ono lists his assets as follows:
1938 Ford V8 Auto
Small farm tools
Cash on Hand

$ 85.00

The $250 cash came from the sale of an irrigation plant for #200 and
from a #50 equity in a truck which was sold. The plow, disc and tractor are
covered by a mortgage held by A. C. Haag on S. E. 6th Avenue, Portland.
The total amount owing Haag is $250 and these vehicles have been
turned over to Haag for sale, the first proceeds to be paid to him until he has
been paid in full plus a 25$ commission on the sales and the balance of the
proceeds, if any, is to be turned over to Ono. The Ford V8 and the small tools
are on Ono’s ranch. He lists his debts as follows:
Teikoku Company
Slotleo Motor Company
Sumida Seed Company
Dr. Shiomi
Small Bills
Back rent mentioned above


This is in addition to the amounts owing on the tractor, disc, and plow
previously mentioned. The landlord Ray Higdon has suggested that he is willing to
purchase the Ono automobile for $250.
The writer told Ono that a representative of this office would call on
the landlord and on Ono either tomorrow or Monday and see if a plan can be worked
out looking towards straightening up this very involved financial situation.


MAR 2 9

Portland, Ore :<m

Saroh 26 , 1942

sgaararc-rs. tfwmvm

That it j»y be a matter of record, I am sanding you
this no** to record the fact tfcrt I h&vte Ju t had a telethons
o o i m m U M with Harah? 1 1 Wright, whose furniture m arc us­
ing in the Sv&cuoe P ro rm rty Dapartnwot*

suggeotod to h i i that m agrta on a ren tal charge

for the desks wad ch airs ho le t us haw , but he says there i s
a possibility th t tho K aise r people w ill wish to buy then and

that if wo w ill Just le t the natter re st fo r a few days non* ho
or not he w ill lo t them go*

will know d e fin ite ly whether

He offer**1 to persdt us to continue to use till® e:;uipwithout m y charge whatever, but I told hi: that if we used
it we would expect and wish to pay for it at the going r?.to*

v m it

fending receipt of further advice froo Mr* ~ri$ t,
th is natter is b-iag held in abeyance*

Late last week Mr. Lund of the Farm Security
Administration informed the writer that Mr. and Mrs*
Akiyama, 229 Broadway, Seaside, Oregon wish to discuss
their property problems with a representative from the
hvacuee Property Department of the Federal Reserve Bank.
Apparently these people own a store at the
above address and also own a curio store at Astoria,
Oregon* The premises are not owned by the Japanese
but are rented on a basis of ^100 per month*
This situation was reported to Mr. Lund by
his Astoria representative.
The writer gave assurance that the matter
will be looked into.


i/J?* Clyde Id. Tuel, Manager, United States
employment Service Office of Astoria, Oregon telephoned
long distance this morning informing us that he had
received a telegram addressed to his office by the
.Tartime Civil Control administration informing him that
the Federal Reserve Bank would take care of storage
Lr. Tuel was informed by the writer that a
representative of tri. office is contemplating a visit
to Astoria sometime this week, possibly Wednesday, and
would call at his office and discuss this matter with

March 31, 1942


Mr. Lund, of the Farm Security a dministration
informed the writer that his representative at Astoria
reported that Sakmo Kenda of Clatskanie, Oregon owns
two laundrys situated in that city, together with
several trucks and equipment, and wishes to have advice
regarding the disposal of his property*
Apparently the premises occupied by the
Japanese is owned by an estate administered by
Clarence Oliver, 5015 N. E. Cleveland, Portland, Oregon
The premises are mortgages to a Dr. A. Silva
of Clatskanie for .£1,500.
ITo other information was available. The
writer assured Mr. Lund that the matter would have
our attention*

Mr. E. N. Crouch


Visit to Brooks and Salem, Oregon on April 15, 1942.

Acting on information and a request received in a letter dated April 13
1942 from Frank J. Bartos, Field Agent of the Faim Security Administration stat­
ioned at the United States Employment Service office, Salem, Oregon, Field Repres­
V. Risberg and Harold Schmeer visited the community of Brooks, Oregon
and the city of Salem, Oregon to discuss Japanese evacuee property problems#
The first call was made at Fukuda*s Store, Rt. 2, Box 348, Salem, Oregon
which is approximately five miles north of Salem on highway No. 99E, and the fol­
lowing information was obtained from Suzie Fukuda, sister of Frank Fukuda owner of
the grocery store, service station and residence located on a three acre tract.
The property is listed with the Hicks Realty Company in Salem, either for
rent or for lease, in the event no tenants can be found before evacuation, tenative arrangements have been made with Salem Wholesalers to take back the
stock of merchandise on hand.
We were informed Spindlers Refrigerator and Equipment Company have agreed
to take back a large refrigerator. Other fixtures would be left in the store and
authority left with the Hicks Realty Company to either rent or lease the premises
whenever a tenant could be found.
A call was then made on Ronald Jones of the Labish Cold Storage Con^any
at Brooks, Oregon from whom the Fukuda*s are purchasing the land and buildings.
Mr. Jones informed us that a small balance was due on the property, and that he
was ./ell pleased with the lukuda’s and did not anticipate any property problem
even though a new tenant could not be located iumediately.

A visit was then made to the United States Employment Service at Salem,
Oregon and Frank J. Bartos, Field Agent of the Farm Security Administration informed
us that no additional property problems had come to his attention.


Visit to Watanabe Gleaning Parlor and Dye Works, 345 Union Streep Salem, Oregon*

On April 14, 1942, Shig Watanabe addressed a letter to this bank re­
questing information relative to the transportation and storage of business pro­
perty and also information regarding his lease.
Field Representatives E. V. Risberg and Harold Schmeer called on the
Watanabe establishment on April 15, 1942, and informed Shig Watanabe that in the
event no disposition could be made by him of his equipment or in the event that
he did not arrange for his own storage, the facilities of this bank's warehouse
would be available for some of his equipment.
We were informed by Shig Watanabe that he leased the premises from a
George Thomason, 110J- North Commercial St., Salem, Oregon and that his lease
did not expire until September, 1944. Mr. Thomason was not in his office, but
it developed from a conversation with Sam Adolph, a business associate of Mr.
Thomason's that apparently no difficulty would result due to the vacation of the
premises by the Watanabe's since it appears that prospective tenants have been
found for the building.

Larch 31, 1942



Visit to Salem, Oregon on March 30, 1942
by representative of the Evacuee Property Department

On March 30, 1942, 2. V. Risberg representative of
the Evacuee Property Department visited the Salem office of
the United States Employment Service located at 710 Ferry
St., Salem, Oregon, for the purpose of discussing evacuee
property problems.
Manager Bailey and Frank Bartos of the Employment
office informed this Bank’s representative that the only
immediate property problem that has come to their attention
was that of the ,'atanabe Cleaning Parlor and Dye orks
located at e4o Union Street, Salem, Oregon,
This Bank’s representative called on Shig.
Vatanabe, owner, to discuss his problem and advised him that
disposition could be made of his business property to his
satisfaction on any reasonable basis. Mr. Watanabe stated
that he also had a residence and that he had a prospective
buyer in mind.
The visit to the ./atanabe establishment was made
in accordance with a request contained in their letter of
March 25, 1942 and they seemed to be well satisfied with
the advice and information offered by the representative
of this Bank.

Field Representative


April 11, 1942

Visit to United States Employment Service Office, 118 East Second Street,
The Dalles, Oregon on April 10, 1942
On April 10, 1942 field representatives E. V, Risberg and H. Alger
visited the United States Employment Service office at the Dalles, Oregon,
Eldon Cone, Manager of the office was out for the day, E. E, Rorick junior
employment officer was in charge and informed us that the only evacuee property
problems that had come to his attention were those given to us by the Hood River
A visit was made to the Fuji Cafe, 209 Union Street, The Dalles, Oregon
and an interview was had with Mary June Taniguchi, Japanese alien and her daughter
Helen Taniguchi American bora Japanese, relative to the disposition of their property.
We were informed that she had a prospective buyer, a Mrs. W. R. Webb who contemplated
purchasing her business for approximately $350 and she seemed well pleased with the
progress of her transaction.
We were also informed by them that they contemplated storing most of
their personal belongings at the residence of Judge Fred Wilson,
A call was made to the Mid-Columbia Radio Shop, 209 Union Street and a
number of questions relative to the storage of property and automobiles were
asked, and answers given. The owner of this establishment informed us that he was
attempting to either sell or rent his residence and that he had not definitely decided
whether or not he would dispose of the stock and equipment in his radio shop.
However, it would appear from the conversation that he undoubtedly intends to
store most of his equipment. Whether or not he would avail himself of the storage
facilities offered by this Bank or provide his own storage space was not definitely
A oall was made on Ben Tamura, now residing at 111 West 4th St. The
Dalles, Oregon, former operator of the Blossom Inn which was located on the highway
one mile west of The Dalles. He informed us that he had already closed his estab­
lishment and stored his fixtures. Consequently, he had no property problem for
this bank,
Homosuke Oda, operator of the Olympic Cafe, 120 East Second Street,
The Dalles, Oregon called on this bank’s representatives at the U. S. Employment
Service office and gave us the following information relative to his establishment:
Building rented on a month to month basis at $85; owns fixtures, however, he is
delinquent as follows: Rent $583.15, gas bill $300, taxes, approximately $300,
unemployment insurance $60, Knight Packing Company $35, Pacific Power Company, $70,
telephone company $12, He has given M, R, Matthew, Manufacturers and Jobbers Agent,
305 Court Street, The Dalles, Oregon, owner of the building a mortgage in the amount
of $585 on his fixtures to cover the delinquent rent. Mr. Oda originally asked
$2,500 for his business but said he would consider taking $2,000. He new has a
tenative offer of $1,500 from a Mu*. Frank Trumbull of The Dalles, Oregon to be paid
on the installment plan. No decision as yet has been made but Mr. Matthew has
advised this Bank’s representative that he would inform us as to the outcome of the


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April 11, 1942

As a natter of record Mr. Matthew stated that during the last year
approximately 1,500 people had left The Dalles and the vicinity to seek employ­
ment in Defense Industries elsewhere and as a result of this, business in The
Dalles is decreasing*
A call was made on Mr* Edward C. Pease, a former director of this
branch and he assured us that he would be glad to be of any assistance that he
could to us*


Visit to U. S. Employment Service Office, Hood River Hotel Building, Hood River
Oregon on April 10, 1942.

On April 10, 1942 field representatives E. V. Risberg and H. Alger
visited the U. S. Employment Service office at Hood River, Oregon.
An informal discussion took place with Gordon Shattuck manager of the
office, -falter A. Klundt field agent, Farm Security Administration and Violet
Ellis Social Worker regarding property and storage problems.
Mr. J. E. Klahre, general manager of the Apple Growers Association also
called at the Employment Service Office and informed us that at the present time he
had no evacuee property problems for us.
The names of the following business establishments located in The Dalles
Oregon were given to us by the Employment Service Office with the suggestion that *
they be contacted relative to property problems:
Olympic Cafe, 120 East 2nd St., The Dalles, Oregon.
Mid-Columbia Radio Shop, 209 Union Street, The Dalles, Oregon.
Fuji Cafe, 209 Union Street, The Dalles, Oregon.
Blossom Inn, The Dalles, Oregon.
A call was then made on John M. Mohr, Hall Building, attorney and re­
presentative for the Japanese American Citizens League, who requested information
regarding motor vehicles. Full information regarding the storage and disposition
of motor vehicles was explained to him.
A call was made on E. 0. Blanchar formerly with the First National Bank,
Hood River, and now with the telephone company, with whom we had an informal
discussion regarding storage of personal property and motor vehicles.
A call
National Bank of
evacuee property
would be glad to


was also made on Manager Morton of the Hood River Branch, First
Portland, Hood River, Oregon, and we were informed that no
problems had come to his attention, but should any arise he
contact this office.


Fe d e r a l R e s e r v e B a n k o f S a n Fr a n c i s c o
Fiscal A gent

of the

U nited States

Evacuee Property Department

Larch 31, 1942




Visit to Longview, Washington on larch 27, 1942
by representatives of the Evacuee Property Department

assistant manager S. A. Lachachron accompanied, by
£. V. Risberg visited the Longview office of the United
States Employment Service at 1436 Commerce Avenue, Longview,
Washington in accordance with a request received from that
office to discuss property problems.
R. Lester Kelly, manager of the Longview office
directed us to the Troy Laundry and Dry Cleaning Company
which is owned by miss Faye Layeda and managed by her
father Roy 1,layeda for the purpose of interview. V/e in­
formed the 3 ayedas that disposition or arrangements to
manage their business could be made on any reasonable
basis they saw fit.

,7e also contacted Lr. Goodrich of the Longview
Branca, National Bank of Commerce who is advising and
assisting the 1 ayedas in the disposition and handling
of their property.
We also called on Ihr. L. M. Cleek, President
of the Cowlitz valley Bank, Kelso, Washington who informed
us that there apparently are no evacuee property problems
in his immediate vicinity.


Field Representative

April 3, 1942


Visit to Astoria and Seaside on April 1, 1942

Acting on information received from Mr. Lund of the
Farm Security Administration and a telephone call received from
Mr. Clyde Tuel, manager of the United States Employment Service
office at Astoria, Oregon, Assistant Manager S. A. MacEachron
accompanied by S. V. Risberg visited Astoria and Seaside on
April l t 1942.
It was learned that a curio store had been operated
at 474 Commercial Street, Astoria, Oregon under the name of
Red Gate Curio Shop by Clifford Matsuura also known as C.
Himufi Masa. However, upon visiting the store we found that it
was vacated and was informed by Mr. Tuel of the employment
office that the owner left for Sherwood, Oregon sometime last
week •
The Red Gate Curio Shop located at 229 Broadway St.,
Seaside, Oregon was also vacated and it was learned from a
newspaper article appearing in the Astorian Budget of torch 30,
1942 that A. Kyama Mason proprietor of the store and his family
left for Hood River, Oregon on March 28, 1942.
A visit was made to the Astoria Branch, United States
National Bank of Portland, Oregon and Manager C. A. Reynolds and
Assistant Manager Harold Nelson informed us that approximately
twenty-five Japanese, all single, were working for the Columbia
River Packers Association.
We were assured by the Bankfs officers that should any
property problems arise they would contact our office.

Field Representative


April 3, 1942


Visit to Clatskanie and. Westport on April 1, 1942

acting on information received through Nr. Lund of the
Farm Security Administration, assistant Manager S. A. NacEachron
accompanied by E. V. Risberg visited Clatskanie and Testport,
Oregon for the purpose of discussing property problems of the
Westport Steam lanndry located at Westport, Oregon, and operating
a branch at Clatskanie, Oregon*
This bank’s representatives called on Mr. H. 3. Hager,
Cashier First.National Bank, Clatskanie, Oregon, who informed
us that this laundry was apparently the only property problem in
his immediate vicinity.
A call was made on Lester J. Harding, general manager
of the /estport Lumber Company who informed us that notice had
been served several months ago on the operators of the laundry,
located at Vestport and occupying a portion of the mill property,
to vacate.
In interviewing Urs. Sakuna Kanda Japanese alien and
owner, I. Osakata Japanese alien and manager and Roy Nori Ameri­
can born Japanese and truck driver of the laundry it was learned
that they are endeavoring to make some reasonable and equitable
disposition of the equipment at Westport and Clatskanie.
It v/as also learned from Nr. Harding that only two
Japanese were on the payroll of the mill and apparently no pro­
perty problems are involved.
As a matter of record Mr. Risberg called Morris
Goldstein, attorney for the .Testport Steam Laundry 815,14, & 16
Yeon Bldg., by telephone on April 2, 1942 and suggested that he
assist his clients in making some disposition or arrangements for
the handling of their property.
Dr. A. Silva of Clatskanie, holder of an approximate
yl>500 mortgage on the laundry equipment and his attorney Edward
F. Fisher called at the Evacuee Property Department of this bank
on April 2, and informed us that some sort of arrangements sltmld
be made whereby the mortgagees debt would be satisfied.


Evacuee Property Department

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April 3, 1942

It developed during the conversation that part of the
Laundry equipment was now located at the Vernonia-Seaside Laundry
and Cleaner Con$>any, Vernonia, Oregon and also some equipment was
being used at the Troy Laundry & Dry Cleaning Company, Longview.
It also appeared that some of the Vernonia-Seaside
laundry and Cleaner equipment was being used at the 'Westport and
Clatskanie plants.
Mr, Fisher, of course, informed this bank’s representative
that he is endeavoring to work out some fair and equitable deal
with Mr, Goldstein attorney for the Westport laundry whereby all
parties concerned will be satisfied.

Field Representative

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