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Mary Golden to Governor Andrew Schoeppel

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Mrs. Mary L. Golden

Matfield Green, Kansas

Mar 31 – 43

Gov. Andrew Schoeppel

Topeka Kansas

Dear Gov – When we voted for you last Fall we thot we were voting for a man that was Loyal to his Country but when you signed that Son of a B--- Jap bill to let the Black B--- come into our State & work a lot of people sure don’t think much of


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you  There are our Boys over thire fighting the Black S—of B--- and they take our Boys Prisoners & do you know how they treat them  I will tell you what I heard over the Radio Sun nite on the Eleven O clock News [one] Man who was in Japan before Pearl Harbor Raid his name was Paul but I did not get the first of the news he said they make our boys stand on their knees on cross bark of  [XXXX]  that is sharp after they stood there for seven hours  I would not say Exactly but I believe it was 12 hours some [big] S oa B comes along & gets upon his shoulders & jumps up and down on them then let them up and down on them then let them up after they have lost a lot of Blood with their knees all cut


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and Bleeding there the other Man that was talking said how do our boys take it & he said they don’t say much but sometimes they crack Jokes & try to laugh when the Dirty Black Son – B – are around then they don’t know what to think about them of course they know if they complained


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it would be worse for them & Now if I was men in Kansas the first Jap that crossed my Path he would be a good Jap that would be a Dead one if one would come to my door & I would see him coming I would have me a kettle of Hot Water I would make him think Hell had broke loose in Kansas if they put them to work on the Rail Roads they ought to Blow 2 or 3 big trains then what would our dirty Lawmakers think I say Kill all of them big & little & dump them in the ocean not dirty our Soil with their dirty Bodies I may get my



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self in Bad but that is OK I am an old Lady 73 yrs old I have no Sons in this army I had one in World War No 1 but I have 6 Grandsons in one is in Africa one is on a [cruiser] in the Atlantic there are 3 in the States one is a Sailor in the Pacific

Your Very Respectfully

Mrs Mary L. Golden


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State of Kansas

Office of the Governor


April 2, 1943

Mrs. Mary L. Golden

Matfield Green, Kansas.

Dear Mrs. Golden:

This will acknowledge receipt of your letter of March 31st.

While you did use pretty strong language in your letter, nevertheless I want to put your mind at ease on one thing:  I did not sign any bill permitting any Japanese to come into Kansas.  The request was made by the Federal Government officials, under the supervision of your and my army and navy and under the supervision of the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the Government, both of which branches are prosecuting our war.  I informed these authorities that under their jurisdiction, and under their restrictions and supervision I would, as Governor of the State of Kansas, cooperate with them in utilizing American born Japanese labor on projects or in areas approved by your Government, and my Government officials.

I thought you would be interested in knowing about this.




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