Sept. 22, 1931
I hope Uncle H. Kishi is helpful to you. His
son Yoichi is in his senior year in High School at Beaumont and because
the coaches beg for his services I urged him to try for the team. Last
Friday he played End on the team for two quarters of the game against
Lafayette, Louisiana, and Beaumont won 25 to 0. Saturday, I took him to
Port Arthur since I was going there anyhow to officiate in the Port Arthur
vs. Sour Lake game. He got in free with his Beaumont squad as guests
of Port Arthur.
Yoichi, though a substitute End on the football
team at Beaumont High, earned a letter and a gold football and sweater
because he played enough times while Beaumont went and played up to Christmas
day for the State finals against Abilene. Abilene won the state
championship by the score of 13 – 0. I had to caution him
several times that during the football season he is not to think that
he can go beyond the school orders and rules. It was good that the
officers of the school did not take drastic steps, which Yoichi was inviting
at that time. He is not bad, but is young enough to follow the acts
of some of his teammates in taking advantage of all he can get by with.
Yoichi seems to have flu because he developed
104 and sometimes 105 degrees from Friday night (night before last).
His mother has not been strong, due to cold and headaches, but when she
saw her son’s condition, she immediately began to nurse him.
The boy is resting with almost normal temperature now. He has been
rather careless about school discipline lately; therefore, his mother
will insist on him attending tomorrow to school in spite of his weakened
condition because he is at a crisis with the school authorities.
Norman explained that the reason that he was in trouble with the school authorities was because he got into fights when kids at Beaumont High School called him Jap or Chink. (Interview with G.J.H., Oct, 2004)