LIFE IN ST. LOUIS DURING WORLD WAR II
At the start of World War II in 1941, only eleven or twelve Japanese families were known to have settled in St. Louis. No evacuations to internment camps took place in Missouri. Life was closer to normal for Japanese families living in St. Louis, although surely it was not business as usual. Although racism was probably not as bad as it was on the West Coast, it was likely existent in St. Louis during the war.
In the following excerpt, Mae Marshall, a life-long St. Louis resident, explains how the FBI came into her father's store on Market Street.
1948 Family Photo
Mary Alyea Beck, Ben Kadowaki, Bob, Herb, and Mae