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VOL. III. No. 2
DENVER, COLORADO
OCT., 1961
SKIERS INAUGURAL
DINNER-DANCE ON
SAT., NOV. 28th
JIM KUGA, Pres, of the Cathay
Ski Club, announced that the an-
nual installation Dinner-Dance of
the Ski Club will be held at the
Americana Motor Hotel, 1450 South
Santa Fe, on Sat., Oct. 28th.
Retiring officers of the Ski
Club are: Pres. JIM KUGA, Vice-
Pres. SUGAR SUYEHIRO, Corr. Secty
YOSHIE MIZOUE, Rec. Secty MARY
MASUNAGA, and Treas. BOB OTA.
The new officers for the 1961-
1961 ski season are:
President......SACHI SHIBATA
Vice-Pres. ... DR. ALBERT NODA
Corr. Secty. .JEANETTE KAWAMURA
Rec. Secty .... JOAN TSUKAMOTO
Treasurer.- MITCH KISHIYAMA
DBAC BENEFIT
SUN., NOV. 19
The Denver Buddhist Athletic
Council of the Tri-State Buddhist
Church will hold its annual bene-
fit, on Sun., Nov. 19th, at the
TSBC, from 7:00 p.m.
Above, TROODA HIROKAWA on the
left, and TAMI MASUNAGA at right,
are the Denver co-chrmn for the
Mile-Hi JACL pot-luck supper to
be held at TSBC on Fri., Oct. 27.
Co-chrmn for Brighton are JOANNA
SAKATA and SUMI IMATANI.
All JACLers and friends plann-
ing to attend the "Family Night"
program of the JACL were urged to
contact any of the above ladies.
YPCC IN DENVER
NOV. 24-25-26
HARRY NITTA, Pres, of the DBAC
and Chrmn of the Benefit, will be
assisted by a committee consist-
ing of:
BEN HARA
TOM KAJIWARA
MAS MURA
KAY NITTA
KAZ SAKAMOTO
STO TANI
FRED UYEDA
HARRY
HENRY ITO
HARRY M0T0YAMA
HIDEO NAKATA
GEORGE 0M0T0
FRANK TAKAHASHI
GEORGE TSUKAMOTO
TAD YAMAMOTO
YANARI
Everyone is invited to attend,
and to win many valuable prizes!
Bring the family, including the
children too!!!
Pres. RONALD YAMAMOTO announc-
ed that the Young Peoples Chris-
tian Conference will be held on
Nov. 24-25-26, at Simpson Church,
in Denver, Colo.
The YPCC has been re-activated
as an annual event in this region
for young people sponsored by the
CSMC-Simpson Church of Denver.
Committees, and chairmen, for
housing, transportation, activi-
ties, registration, banquet and
elections have been named, and a
full schedule will be released in
the next edition of The AJA News.
MILE-HI JACL FAMILY NIGHT
AT TSBC, FRI., OCT. 27 TH.
TOSHIO ANDO, program chairman and 1st Vice-Pres. of the Mile-Hi
JACL, announced that details of the Annual Fall meeting of the JACL
have been completed for Fri. evening, Oct. 27th, at the TSBC. The
evening will commence at 6:00 p.m., with a family pot-luck supper,
after which the children will be
MILE-HI SCHOLARSHIPS
Under the chairmanship of JEAN
SATO, the Mile-Hi JACL is organ-
izing new "Mile-Hi Scholarships"
to be awarded to AJAs in the Den-
ver metropolitan area.
GENE IKEYA, Pres, of the Yukai
Club, heads an effort to net $300
thru candy sales for 1961 awards.
Anyone desiring to contribute
to the scholarship fund, or in
applying for the award, is urged
to contact JEAN SATO, 6790 Down-
ing St., Denver 29, Colo.
MTN-PLAINS CONVENTION
IN DENVER, NOV. 24-25
TAKASHI MAYEDA heads the 8th
biennial Mountain-Plains District
JACL Convention, to be held in
Denver, Colo., on Nov. 24-25th at
the Cosmopolitan Hotel.
FRANK F. CHUMAN, Natl Presi-
dent of the JACL, of Los Angeles,
Calif., will be principal speaker
for the convention banquet to be
held in the Century Room of the
Cosmopolitan Hotel, on Saturday
evening, Nov. 25th.
The Ft. Lupton JACL, under the
leadership of BYRON KAWATA, Pres,
and JACK TSUHARA, regional vice-
chairman, will sponsor the open-
ing ceremonies in Ft. Lupton, on
Fri. evening, Nov. 24th.
Council sessions and an Issei
luncheon on Sat., Nov. 25th, will
be climaxed with the Convention
Banquet and Sayonara Ball at the
Cosmopolitan Hotel.
by MARY FUJII, FINIS FUKUI, and
AMY UYEDA.
SAM MATSUM0T0, local bridge
expert, will conduct an informal
duplicate bridge tournament, with
prizes for winners.
Isseis present will be invited
to view color films of Japan with
YOSH ARAI in charge.
TAK TERASAKI, Pres., will con-
duct a short business meeting for
the Mile-Hi JACL chapter. Every-
one is most cordially invited to
attend this "Family Night" affair
at the TSBC on Fri., Oct. 27th!
IMATANI HEADS
JACL NOMINATIONS
JAMES IMATANI, Dist. 1000 Club
Chrmn, was appointed by Pres. TAK
TERASAKI to head the nominations
committee to select candidates to
the Mile-Hi JACL Board of Govern-
ors for 3-year terms, commencing
on Jan. 1, 1962.
Seven Board members whose term
of office are expiring on Dec. 31
are:
YOSH ARAI DAVE FURUKAWA
GEO. MASUNAGA JOHN NOGUCHI
OSKI TANIMAKI BUDDY UCHIDA
MIN YASUI
Mile-Hi JACL members desiring
to submit nominations are asked
to contact JIM IMATANI, in Hen-
derson, Colo. (AT 8-3000)
PC HOLIDAY GREETINGS
DOROTHY UCHIDA, Chrmn of the
PC holiday greetings committee,
requested all JACLers and friends
to place their or-
ders for holiday
greetings, and ads
before Nov. 15th.
One-line greet-
ings in the Xmas
edition of the Pa-
cific Citizen will
be $2.00, and lar-
ger space ads are
also available.
Those interested in reaching
more than 70,000 friends thru the
P.C. were urged to contact DODY
UCHIDA, at AT 8-6188.


MOUNTAIN-PLAINS AJA NEWS
Page 2.
MTN.-PLAINS AJA NEWS
Published once a month. Mailed
by the 20th of each month.
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER
MINORU YASUI
1225 20th Street,
Denver 2, Colorado.
CH 4-2239 ra 2-9255
*******
BUD UCHIDA.............Heads
ROSA ODOW ..........Artist
TOM MASAMORI. .Photographer
TRUE YASUI, .General Factotum
Theres been lots of publicity
in The Pacific Citizen about the
JACL-sponsored project to compile
the history of Japanese in the
United States.
It's as ambitious an undertak-
ing as the Nisei have ever tackl-
ed. As now projected, it would
take 3-4 years and $400,000 which
is understandable in view of the
scientific and comprehensive na-
ture of the project.
One aspect of the project that
is of special interest to us in
this area is the possibility of
getting our own history research-
ed and told. Most of us are re-
lative newcomers here -- wartime
and postwar arrivals -- without
much of an idea of what went on
here before that time.
Yet, there is a mass of fasci-
nating material, untold and half-
forgotten, and likely to be lost
forever unless it is dug up and
recorded for posterity.
A few oldtimers remember HARRY
H0KAS0N0 the labor contractor who
built some of the most important
early roads, and irrigation pro-
jects in this area. Then theres
MATSUDAIRA, scion of a Japanese
aristocrat who tarried briefly in
this area and moved on. Both are
romantic and significant figures.
But, in addition, there is the
story of hard-working men and wo-
men who pioneered farming methods
in many parts of the state. They
helped clear the fields, bring in
water, and lay foundation for an
industry that nets great wealth
for the state. The recording of
these peoples accomplishment too
deserve to be set down.
In Colorado, as in most other
Western states, the Japanese ar-
rived early and helped shape the
course of development, from pio-
neer and frontier economy to our
present affluent times. In Wyo-
ming and Nebraska, in New Mexico
and Montana, and in the Dakotas
too, the Japanese played signifi-
cant roles. Their stories must be
recorded before it is too late.
OCT,. 1961
VISITING DOWN NEW MEXICO WAY
Last month, we reported on our hurried trip to El Paso, Texas. In
this issue, wed like to conment briefly about the Nihonjin families
whom we visited in the State of New Mexico.
Generally speaking, there are four areas in New Mexico where the
Nihonjin have settled: southern New Mexico, in the Rio Grande valley
which is regarded as a part of the El Paso (Texas) AJA community; the
southeastern region centered around Lovington, where farmers from the
Rocky Ford (Colo.) area have ex- - 1
panded their farming operations;
the Gallup area in western New
Mexico, where there are a group
of Nisei mechancis and old-time
Issei ex-railroad men; and the
Albuquerque metropolitan area.
We did not stop off in Loving-
ton, tho we know the HENRY HARADA
family in that region. We were
not able to make the side-trip to
Gallup, tho we would have liked
to look up HIROSHI MIYAMURA, the
Nisei CMH winner, WALTER SHIBATA,
and others.
*********
ALBUQUERQUE. NEW MEXICO
However, we did follow the Rio
Grande River, all the way north,
out of El Paso, across the full
length of the state, back into
Colorado. We visited families in*
southern New Mexico, as reported
in our last Issue.
In Albuquerque, we looked up
the IWA0 Y0NEM0T0 family, Just
north of town. The YONEMOTOs
are voluntary evacuees out of LA,
and eventually out of Arizona.
The Yonemoto brothers, KIY0SHI,
MIKE, SAM and TED, operate a pro-
duce market, appliance store, a
gift shop and nursery business.
We also chatted with FRANK MA-
TSUBARA, who also operates a pro-
duce and grocery market. The Ma-
tsubaras are also an evacuee fa-
mily from L.A.
But, in talking to Frank, we
learned of old-time pioneers in
the Albuquerque area, including
the SAEDA family; ROY MIZUNUMA
who is reputed to have three col-
lege degrees; FRANK EBINA, who is
a World War I veteran, and many
others who came in with the rail-
roads into this region.
We talked to RUTH HASHIMOTO,
and we know of PERRY MORI, an ac-
counting professor at the Univ.
of New Mexico. As we understand,
there are quite a number of Nisei
working at the Kirtland Air Base
and at the Sandla project.
INTO SANTA FE. NEW MEXICO. .
Mention of Santa Fe will bring
memories to many Issei, because
the alien internment camp was lo-
cated there during the war.
We knew MIKI HAYAKAWA in Santa
Fe, from the San Francisco area,
but she is now deceased. At the
present time, we know only of an
Issei artist, CHUZ0 TAM0TZU, who
retired from New York City about
six or seven years ago.

OUTSTAND1NG AJAs SOUGHT
Biennially the Mtn-Plains JACL
honors outstanding AJAs in this
region for distinguished contri-
butions to community life.
Those honored at the Mountain-
Plains JACL convention held in
1959 in Denver were:
K. PATRICK OKURA of Omaha, Nebr.,
who was appointed Chief Proba-
tion officer in Omaha;
WILL KAGOHARA of Ft. Lupton, for
exceptional service as a Colo.
State Patrol Officer;
KATHERINE KAWAMURA of Delta, Co-
lorado for excellence of jour-
nalistic performance on The
Grand Junction Sentinel.
KISH OTSUKA of Sedgwick, Colo.,
as a community leader in civic
activities and in conservation
and agricultural work.
ROY INOUYE of La Jara, Colo., for
extraordinary services with
the Colorado Farm Bureau.
REV. EIZ0 SAKAMOTO of Rocky Ford,
Colo., for his Americanization
programs for the Issei.
LARRY S. TAJIRI, drama editor of
The Denver Post, in Denver,
Colorado.
GRANT M. UJIFUSA of Norland, Wyo.
for his splendid academic ca-
reer and work with Boys' State.
Again, this year, in 1961, the
Mtn-Plains JACL will honor out-
standing persons of Japanese an-
cestry in this region, and nomi-
nations, together with a biogra-
phical sketch, were requested
by the Mtn-Plaina JACL.
Pres. Tak Terasakl of the Mile
Hi JACL requested JACLers to sub-
mit names of possible candidates
at the Fall Meeting, to be held
on Oct. 27th, Fri., at the TSBC.
Among those in the metropoli-
tan Denver area mentioned were:
DR. JERRY AIKAWA who has perform-
ed outstanding work in heart dis-
eases; SEIJI HORIUCHI of Brighton
who is a national JC officer; TOM
D0I of the University of Colorado
and FLOYD TANAKA of the Denver
City Planning Coomisaion. Other
suggestions were requested by the
Mile-Hi JACL.
Altho the "IKIEU" benefit at
the Vogue Art Theatre raised only
$155.00 net for the Mlle-Hl JACL,
considering the ve-
ry short notice we
had, the Japanese
movie benefit must
be considered a mo-
derate success.
**8(
IKI.
SUBSCRIPTION RATES
Regular: $3.00 for * yr <5 mo. )
$5.00 for 1 yr (10 mo. )
Special Mile-Hi JACL members ONLY
$2.50 for % yr ( 5 mo. )
$3.50 for 1 yr (10 mo. )
All of the paper
work was organized
in 6 days, and 2000
tickets were mailed
out before the show
opened. It might
be noted that this "TAKM
would have been im-
possible, but for
a part-time, paid
executive secretary tor the Mile-
Hi JACL. This project emphasizes
the need for a permanent office
for the JACL in Denver.
*****
Please keep the following ev-
ents in mind:
MILE-HI JACL FALL MEETING:
The annuel Fall meeting is be-
ing held on Frl., Oct. 27th, at
the TSBC, commencing at 6:00 p.m.
TROODA HIROKAWA and TAMI MASU-
NAGA of Denver, and JOANNA SAKATA
and SUMI IMATANI of Brighton have
graciously assented to take care
of the family pot-luck supper.
After supper, the children are
invited to a Halloween party un-
der the supervision of AMY DOI,
and her committee.
The adults will hold a brief
business meeting, and adjourn for
bridge under the direction of SAM
MATSUMOTO, or color movies on Ja-
pan, with Y0SH ARAI in charge.
All JACLers, and families and
friends, Including Sansei child-
ren and Iasei parents, are most
cordially Invited.
MIN-PLAINS JACL CONVENTION:
Ft. Lupton JACL is co-sponsor
of the district convention, to-
gether with the Mile-Hi JACL.
Opening ceremonies will be at
the Town Hall in Ft. Lupton, with
a supper-meeting to commence the
two-day meet.
On Sat., Nov. 25th, the Con-
vention moves back to Denver, and
Council sessions will be held at
the Cosmopolitan Hotel. A spe-
cial Issei luncheon will be held
at the Akebono, with our Natl
JACL Pres., FRANK F. CHUMAN as
featured speaker.
ALL PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE AJA NEWS
ARE TAKEN BY TOM T. MASAMORI,
2010 Lenar St., Denver 15, Colo.
(BE 7-3041),. UNLESS SPECIFICALLY
CREDITED OTHERWISE.


OCT,, 1961
MOUNTAIN-PLAINS AJA NEWS
"BRIDGE TO THE SUN" BENEFIT
**BRIDGE TO THE SUN** BENEFIT, held at the Denham Theatre on Thursday,
Oct. 19th. Above pictured are: JAMES IMATANI, Dist. 1000 Club Chrnm,
with 2 of the 7 charming hostesses who assisted in the Premiere Night
program, JOAN MAYEDA in center,
and JUNE TSUMURA, at right. More
than 600 people attended the Pre-
miere Night opening, co-sponsored
by the Denver-Takayama Sister Ci-
ty Conmittee and the Mtn-Plalns
JACL District Council.
Lovely LILI ARIKI performing the
"Hirameku" (Autumn Rhapsody), at
the Denham Theatre, for the Pre-
miere Night program.
SAMISEN ENSEMBLE, headed by MME.
K1NEYA FUKUNAO (Mrs. S. Aral) and
assisted by KOTO SERIZAUA, MICH1-
KO UMEMOTO and FUMIKO TSUCHIMOTO.
1
SUBSCRIPTION RENEWALS
Since we decided to continue
publication of The Mtn-Plains AJA
News, we hope you will renew your
subscriptions.' I i
But PLEASE. BE SURE to include
your name and address. We have
received several envelopes with
no names or addresses. Send in
your renewals NOW!.'!
Ye Editor, as Dist. Chrmn of Mtn-
Plains JACL, extending thanks to
participants in the progran, and
all those attending the Rocky Mtn
Premiere of "Bridge to the Sun".
MME. TAMEJI ONOUYE dancing part
of the "Genroku Kabuki" odori at
Denham Theatre opening program.


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PAGE_3.
"BRIDGE TO THE SUN" opened at
the Denham Theatre on Oct. 19th,
Thurs., for a 2-weeks engagement,
with a Rocky Mountain Premiere
sponsored by the Denver-Takayama
Sister City Committee and the Mtn
Plains JACL District Council.
ELIZABETH H. ROSE, Chairman of
the Denver-Takayama committee and
MIN YASUI, Dist. Chrmn of the Mtn
Plains JACL, were Co-Chrmn of the
Premiere Night program.
Unique program covers were fur-
nished by Japan Air Lines, thru
the courtesy of ROBT. J. McCABE.
MME. KINEYA FUKUNAO assisted
by her students offered a Samisen
ensemble. LILI ARIKI danced the
"Hirameku" odori, and MME. TAMEJI
ONOUYE performed "Genroku Kabuki".
Former Judge JAMES PERRILL ex-
tended greetings on behalf of the
City and County of Denver.
Displays of Ikebana by MME. Y.
NODA, and of bonsai by the Denver
Bonsai Club, headed by GEO. INAI,
Pres., were exhibited.
Hostesses, arranged by GLADYS
TANIWAKI, were FLO D0M0T0, ELAINE
KURITANI, IRENE NAKATA, JOAN MA-
YEDA, YOSHIKO SATO, JEAN TSUKA-
MOTO, and JUNE TSUMURA.
CALENDAR
Of Coming Events
Oct. 27: (Fri) MILE-HI JACL's ANNUAL FALL MEETING at TSBC. Pot-luck supper, 6 pm Children's Hallowe'en party, at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 28: (Sat) CATHAY SKI CLUB, An- nual Dinner-Dance, at Americana Motor Hotel
Nov. 1: (Wed) BRIGHTON WOMEN'S CLUB Annual Fall Meeting.
Nov. 10: (Fri) BRIGHTON J.A.A. Fall Meeting, in Brighton.
Nov. 19: (Sun) DBAC BENEFIT at TSBC, from 7:00 10:00 p.m.
Nov. 24- Nov. 25: MTN-PLAINS JACL DIST. CONVENTION, Ft. Lup- ton and Denver, Colo.
Nov. 24- Nov. 26: CSMC-SIMPSON CHURCH, Y.P.C.C. Prograo.
Nov. 25- Nov. 26: MTN PLAINS REGIONAL BOWLING TOURNAMENT at the Celebrity Lanes.
Dec. 2- Dec. 3: TSBC BAZAAR, at TSBC, (Sat. and Sun.)
PROFESSIONAL AND
BUSINESS LISTINGS
AW£*TlSitt9
J. HOWARD MCCARTHY, 725 St. Paul
Brown & Bigelow. AL 5-2075
enmxrx
JOHN CHIKUMA, DDS 75 So. 4th Street Brighton 560
MAS GIMA, DDS 1404 E. 18th Ave. AL 5-6822
MICHAEL T. HORI, DDS 4101 E. Wesley'Ave. SK 6-0924
T. ITO, DDS 830 18th Street 2838 Federal Blvd. KE 4-8680 GL 5-0741
Y. ITO, DDS SUEO ITO, DDS S. ITO, DDS 1477 Pennsylvania St. . CH 4-6589
KOJI KANAI, DDS 4310 Harlan St. Wheetrldge HA 2-5817
TONY KAWANO, DDS 1750 Humboldt St. KE 4-3084
ROBERT MAYEDA, DDS
Interstate Trust Bldg TA 5-6961
TAKASHI MAYEDA, DDS
Interstate Trust Bldg TA 5-6961
GENTA NAKAMURA, DDS
Interstate Trust Bldg TA 5-7498
KEN UYEHARA, DDS Brighton
40 No. Main Street 1312
INSUMfM
HORTUCHI & uO., General Ins.
1480 So. Cherry st. SK 6-3169
BEN YANAGA, Occidental Life Ins.
1751 York Street FL 5-7321
ctwrau
TOSHIO ANDO,
1942 Larimer St. AC 2-5315
LLOYD SHINSATO,
1639 Clarkson St. KE 4-8043
MINORU YASUI,
1225 20th St. CH 4-2239
OPTOMBTXiSTS
MAS KANDA, OD
1515 W. 48th Ave. GE 3-4221
BEN MAIOBA, OD KE 4-194]
1959 Larimer St.
MISAO MAIOBA, OD Ft. Lupton
Burt Building UL 7-6550
PHYSiCtMS
CHARLES FUJISAKI, M.D. Brighton
HARRY KURACK1, M.D. 418
40 No. Main St.
T. K. KOBAYASHI, M.D.
DICK D. MOMII, M.D.
ALBERT NODA, M.D.
1227 27th Street KE 4-3104
HERBERT MARUYAMA, M.D.
8790 W. Colfex Ave. BE 7-4732
TSURU T. OKAGAWA, M.D.
1848 W. 38th Ave. GL 5-8202
ISAMU OZAMOTO, M.D.
Interstete Trust Bldg TA 5-1596
HOWARD SUENAGA, M.D.
630 18th Street AC 2-1314
M. GEO. TAKENO, M.D.
Medical Arts Bldg.,
1955 Pennsylvsnis St. TA 5-0783
AYAKO WADA, M.D.
810 23rd Street TA 5-2565
MAHITO UBA, D.O.
1230 21st Street MA 3-3743


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MOUNTAIN-PLAINS AJA NEWS
OCT., 1961
1961 MTN-PLAINS BOWLING TOURNAMENT
Ac a special meeting of the Denver Nisei Bowling Association, held
on Sept. 27, 1961, the Nisei bowling association in Denver was dis-
solved. Chairman JOHN NOGUCHI, who had presided over the association
affairs
REVIEW OF 1961
BASEBALL SEASON
In reviewing the 1961 baseball
season, LEE IWATA, League Presi-
dent and Manager, noted that 10
teams were entered in the regular
season play.
for more than 12 years,
retired as the presiding officer.
However, GENE IKEYA, President of
the Men's Bowling League, advised
that the 9th annual Mtn-Plains
regional bowling tournament would
be held in Denver, Colorado, on
Nov. 25-26, Sat. and Sun., at the
Celebrity Lanes, 88$ So. Colorado
Blvd,, Denver, Colo.
WOMEN GOLFERS
SCOTCH FOURSOME
The Nisei Women Golfers held
their annual Mixed Scotch Four-
some tournament at the City Park
golf course, during October.
Winners were:
SACHI SHIBATA and PRESTON M0RI-
SHIGE, 1st Place winners.
CHIYE HORIUCHI and DANNY LOSASSO,
tied for 2nd Place.
HANA TAKAMINE and TERNO ODOW also
tied for 2nd Place.
Others also participating in
the mixed tournament were: NANCY
MORIYA and ROY SHIBATA, MARY NO-
MURA and MIN MATSUNAGA, LOIS MER-
GLEMAN and ART MORIYA, and ROSA
ODOW and BOB HORIUCHI.
Merchandise, as well as 2 Ron-
son lighters (donated by Preston
Morishlge) were awarded to the
winners.
Following the tournament, an
informal pot-luck supper was en-
joyed at the Shibata residence.
mm wrmufc
4609 E. Colfax Ave., FR 7-1923
Denver 20, Colorado
GENE IKEYA of 3320 Kearney St.
Denver 7, Colo. (EA 2-1706) pic-
tured above, is President of the
Denver Nisei Men's Bowling League
and was Instrumental in sparking
the 9th Mtn-Plains regional bowl-
ing tournament in Denver over the
Thanksgiving week-end.
IKEYA is a native of Scotts-
bluff, Nebr., and has been a res-
ident of Denver for 4 years, and
is an employee of the Sundstrand
Corp. in Denver, Colo. His wife
is Charlene.
BRIGHTON BOWLERS
Brighton bowlers have commenc-
ed their winter bowling season,
with their first league game on
Oct. 11th. The Brighton Mixed
League will be competing for the.
next 27 weeks, on Tues. evenings.
Teams of the Northern Colorado
Nisei Baseball League, for 1961,
were:
1. Brighton JAA, #1
2. Brighton JAA, if2
3. Cheyenne Nisei
4. CSMC-Simpson Church
5. Denver Busseis
6. Ft. Lupton JACL
7. Greeley Nisei
8. Mile-Hi Merchants
9. Washington Cleaners
10. Welby Nisei
Final 1961 League champions
were The MILE-HI MERCHANTS.
In the Pee-Wee League, IWATA
reported that there were 5 Junior
teams, from the Mile-Hi Merchants
Jrs., Ft. Lupton JACL Jrs., Den-
ver Bussei Jrs., Brighton JAA Jrs
and the Greeley Nisei Jrs.
However, League officials not-
ed that the NCNBL will probably
expand to 13 teams for the 1962
season, and more Pee-Wee baseball
Jr. teams are expected, making a
total of more than 200 players
participating, in the baseball
program in Northern Colorado.
The 1961 NCNBL officers are:
LEE IWATA. ... Manager & Pres.
HARRY MATSUSHIMA Treasurer
BILL CHIKUMA Little League
HOWARD IWATA ......... Secretary
Any Nisei interested in help-
ing in baseball activities for
1962 were urged to contact any of
the NCNBL officials.
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Denver bowling leagues which
are sponsoring the Thanksgiving
week-end tournament are:
CSMC-Simpson League
Denver Mens Classics
Denver Men's Minors
Denver Women's League
JIM SHINTO and MATS IT0 will
act as directors of the Tourna-
ment, assisted by IWAO NISHIKAWA,
815 Irving St. (TA 5-6817), and
SUSAN TAWARA, 2240 Tremont Place,
(AC 2-1119), as Treasurers.
Schedules Co-Chrmn are JIM and
MARGE OTA; Registrations chairman
JEAN SATO; Scorekeepers, MEACH
NOGAMI; Tabulations Co-Chrmn MARY
HIGA and GENE IKEYA; and Rag-Time
Doubles Co-Chrmn, LARRY OTAGURO
and BEN YANAGA.
Entry blanks have been sent
out to all outlying areas, but if
you are interested and have not
yet received detailed information
concerning the tournament, please
write to NISH or SUSAN.
MILE-HI GOLFERS
The annual inaugural dinner-
dance and awards banquet of the
Mile-Hi Golf Club was held at the
Brown Palace West, on Saturday,
Oct. 21st, with DR. SETS ITO, as
retiring president.
New 1961-62 officers of the
Mile-Hi Golf Club are:
President..........DICK YAMAMOTO
Vice-Pres...........TAK TERASAKI
Secretary...........JIM HANAMURA
Treasurer..........SAM KUMAGAI
Trophies and prizes for past
tournament winners were awarded.
RUPERT ARAI was the winner of the
Fred Dalpes Trophy tournament,
held during October.
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PAGE 5.
MOUNTAIN-PLAINS AJA NEWS
LARRY and GUYO TAJIRI left on
an extended 4-weeks tour, to New
York, London, Paris, and other
points in Europe, but should be
back during November.
Congratulations, and felicita-
tions, to JANET YOSHIDA and KIYO
NAKATA, upon the announcement of
their engagement!!
LT. BEN FURUTA, recent visitor
to Denver, completed his pilot's
training, and is off for 3 years'
duty with the Air Force in Japan.
MRS. MARY MISAKI, and son RON,
of Omaha, Nebr., were visitors to
Denver last month. RON MISAKI is
enrolled at Colorado University.
DAVE FURUKAWA, eligible bache-
lor around town, was a two-weeks
vacationer to Kalamazoo, Mich.,
this summer. En route home, he
stopped off to visit LT. CARL and
BEV YORIMOTO, and baby, at Fort
Leonard Wood, Missouri.
JOAN YAMAGUCHI, of Henderson,
and JOHN TAWARA of Denver, Colo.,
were married Sept. 30th, in Las
Vegas, Nevada.
The MASUNAGA brothers, GEORGE,
JOHN, and JESSE, are planning a
new shopping center development
near Thornton, on 88th Ave.
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More than 8,000 people enjoyed
the Denver Bonsai Club's exhibit
at the Denver-U.S. Nat'l Bank on
Oct. 7-8, 1961. Above is pic-
tured GEORGE Y. INAI, President
of the Denver Bonsai Club.
SCHOOL NEWS
School bells were ringing for
many. those from the Brighton
area going off to college are:
Freshmen:
CAROL IMATANI. Colo. Univ.
JERRY KISHIYAMA. Colo. State U.
FLOYD SASA .... Colo. State U.
SAM SASAKI ... LA City College.
Others:
ALBERT NAKATA. Colo. Univ.
DORIS NAKATA .Woodbury College.
RUBY SASA (Jr.). Colo. Univ.
AMY SASAKI (Jr.) Colo. State U.
*****
High school activities have
also picked up for AJA students
at Brighton High School:
JOYCE SAKAGUCHI. Head Girl
JANET IDA. Pres., Bri-Hi-So
KAREN TOKUNAGA VP, Speech Class
and Co-Editor, School Annual
PAUL SASA. Treas., Jr. Class
and star football player
ROSEMARY HISHINUMA & GAIL CHIKUMA
Council Repr., Jr. Class
RAYMOND IMATANI. Pres., Jr. Class
BOB IDA. .... VP., Soph. Class
BOB SAKAGUCHI. Repr., Soph. Class
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San Jose, Calif., were visitors
to Brighton during Aug. Agnes is
the former Agnes Nakata.
Old-timers moving from Bright-
on this summer were the TOM DOIs.
They are now living in Salt Lake
City, Utah.
The Brighton Pee Wee baseball
team won the Sportsmanship Tro-
phy at the NCBL tournament, over
the Labor Day week-end. EDDIE
IMATANI won the trophy for most
hits during the tourney. The
coach of the Pee Wee team is TOM
SHIBAO.
GARY OKADA, son of Mr. & Mrs.
Eddie Okada, reported for active
duty with the Army, on Sept. 15.
He is stationed at Camp Carson
at the present time.
Visitors to Hazeltine area
should look to the west of the
superhighway and see JESSE MASU-
NAGA's beautiful new home near-
ing completion! It's a beauty!
PRES. DON TANABE of the JAA
of Brighton announced that the
first fall meeting of the JAA
could be held on Fri., Oct. 10th
at the Brighton Buddhist Church.
BIRTHS
AKIYAMA, Yoahio a BOY
1028-31st Street, Denver
INAGAKI, Chas. T a BOY
3371 W. 33rd Ave., Denver
MIYAUCHI, Fred D a BOY
6701 Clermont, Commerce Town
M0RITA, Ronald K............a GIRL
701£ 27th St., Denver
SAKAI, Takayoshi............a GIRL
1512 Fillmore St., Denver
UYENISHI, Roy...............a GIRL
345 Garnet St., Broomfield
OBITUARIES
ERNEST T. IWATA, of Denver, Colo.
Husb. of Yachiyo, father of Irma;
brother of Mrs. Michi Noda, Sam,
Homer and Lee Ivata, Denver.
WILLIAM Y. YASUMURA, 2835 Curtis
St., Denver, Colo. Son of Mrs. Yu
Yasumura. Brother of Mary, and
Tomoi, Denver; Edward, Arvada;
Grace Aoki, Portland, Oreg.; and
Lily Nomura, Troy, Ohio.
KAMEJIRO Y0SHIMURA, 273 S Raleigh
St., Denver, Colo. Husb. of Mura
Yoshimura; father of Frank, Salt
Lake City, and Art, Denver.
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OCT,, 1961
BRIGHTON WOMEN'S CLUB
A belated report from Brighton
indicated that the 1961-62 offi-
cers of the Brighton Women's Club
are, as follows:
President. .
Vice-Pres. .
Rec. Secty .
Corr. Secty.
Treasurer. .
Social Co-Chrmn
Refreshments .
Co-Chrmn
Sunshine Chrtnn
Publicity Chrmn
. HELEN FUKAYE
CARRIE HORIUCHI
. DOLLY SATO
MARY MASUNACA
SUMIKO MIZUNAGA
. MARY SHIBAO
HELEN TOKUNAGA
. JANE TASHIRO
and MARY IDA
. JOYCE TASHIRO
. DELORES SHIBAO
The first meeting of the fall
season will be held on Nov. 1st.
A special program on Civil De-
fense will high-light the meeting
and all members and husbands are
urged to attend.
JlapcmeAe 4mencan
(Committee or (Lliicacjo
DAN K. KUZUHARA, President of
the Board of Directors of the
Japanese American Service Commit-
tee of Chicago, announced that
they were seeking an Executive
Director, at a salary of $7,000
to $9,000 per year.
Requirements are: preferably
male, bi-lingual, with an M.A. in
Social Work or allied field, and
must have at least 5 years pro-
fessional experience with demon-
strated ability as administrator.
Anyone interested can write to
DAN KUZUHARA, 1110 N. LaSalle St,
Chicago 10, Illinois.
YURI N0DA, of 3211 Clayton St., Denver 5, Colo., had Ikebana displays
featured in the show windows of Neusteter's on 16th Street, and also
an exhibition of her paintings on the 4th floor salon, together with
paintings and art work of other
Colorado artists. MRS. N0DA has
won many prizes, and critical ac-
claim for her artistry in combin-
ing Oriental delicacy with West-
ern concepts of art.
The ladies of the Denver Wo-
men's Club were treated to a pro-
gram of Japanese art and culture
and were entertained at luncheon
with Japanese dancing, during the
month of October.
MME. TAMEJI 0N0UYE demonstrat-
ed the art of obi-tying, assisted
by HELEN 0KADA. The Rev. MUTSUY0
TSUNODA was the model for the de-
monstration.
Entertainers and dancers par-
ticipating in the program were:
CATHY SASAKI, EIK0 MIZUNAGA, JANE
NAKATA, JUDY SASAKI, LYNN 0KADA,
JOAN MIZUNAGA, FAE TOKUNAGA, and
JOYCE SAKAGUCHI.
TAKAYAMA VISITORS
An official delegation from
Takayama, Japan (sister city of
Denver, Colo.) visited Denver on
Sep. 30 Oct. 5, 1961, conveying
greetings from Japan.
The City and County of Denver
held an official welcoming dinner
for the Takayama representatives
on Oct. 1st, at the Lotus Room.
AJAs and interpreters present at
the dinner were: T. TSUBOKAWA's,
REV. J. FUJITA's, HENRY SUZUKI's,
0SKI TANIWAKI's and others. Mrs.
Elizabeth H. Rose of the Denver-
Takayama committee chaired the
dinner meeting.
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"IKIRU" BENEFIT
TRUE YASUI, executive secre-
tary of the Mile-Hi JACL, report-
ed that approximately $150.00 was
netted from the "Ikiru benefit,
held at the Vogue Art Theatre, on
Sept. 21 Oct. 4, 1961.
Thru a mail campaign, in which
almost 2,000 tickets were mailed,
271 tickets were turned in at the
box office.
However, there are 23 tickets
which were not paid for but used.
It was noted that several enve-
lopes were turned in without any
name or address. The chapter is
requesting remittances on unpaid
tickets as soon as possible in
order to make a final report on
this benefit.
The Mile-Hi JACL chapter ex-
presses its thanks and apprecia-
tion to the following for their
donations towards this benefit:
The JIM DOIDAs RAY ETO
MRS. KANA FURUYA DR. MAS GIMA
The T. HANAMURAs H. J. KIMURA
RIKICHI HARA MRS. TOMO IDA
The HENRY IMADAs SAM M0RIM0T0
HARRY KAJIWARA J. N. JORYO
MRS. C. IRITANI BEN R. KODAMA
The WM. MATTOCKS The J. NODAs
TOM T. MASAMORI M. TERASAKI
Y. NAKAYAMA JOHN SAKAYAMA
The N. SEKIYAs MRS. S. NUKAYA
The K. MORIs K. TAKEUCHI
I. M. TANAKA TOM YAMADA
C. H. YOSHIDA
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