Contributed by Joyce Kesterson

Joyce Kesterson
Bend, OR
Handmade, World war two

This blanket was made by my aunt toward the end of World War II. All Japanese were forced to leave the West Coast at the beginning of the war. Arrangements were made to send them all to internment camps located inland. You were only allowed to take what you could carry in a suitcase. There was an option to voluntarily leave the area if you left right away and could figure out a place to go. So my family leased a piece of land in Keetley, Utah and loaded up their cars and trucks with farm equipment and furniture and most importantly, sewing machines. So my aunt and mother sewed clothes and with scraps, my aunt made this blanket for one of my cousins.