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Guide to the Oiye (George) Album 1943-1946
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One 34-page album of black and white photographs taken by George Oiye and Susumu Ito.
Staff Sergeant George Oiye was born on February 19, 1922 in a log cabin at a gold mining camp near Basin Creek, Montana. It was forty below zero on the continental divide and his Japanese-born parents and two older sisters had fifty cents to live on for the winter. The nearest store was seven miles away and was a twelve-hour trip on homemade snowshoes. They lived there for two years before moving to Helena, Montana to work in the Northern Pacific Railroad round-house; from there they moved to Trident, Montana, at the headwaters of the Missouri River, to work in a cement factory. George went to grammar school at Trident and high school at Three Forks, seven miles away. In 1938 his parents bought a small 23-acre truck farm at Logan, Montana, where they lived for the next fifty years.
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