Here's more about Harry Hayashi, the man from Japan who came to Carrington, N.D., years ago and was detained during World War II as an "enemy alien," an action many people believe incriminated an innocent man.
Harry had opened Rainbow Gardens, the Carrington area's first motel.
Alan Butts, Bismarck, who graduated from Carrington High School a year behind Harry's son Bob, connects Harry with aviation in North Dakota.
"I have a good friend from Bismarck, Al Sauter, who is originally from Harvey, N.D., who has spent his whole life in aviation in North Dakota and Oregon," Alan writes, "and he recalls all of the airplanes at the Carrington Airport when he was growing up. . Al is aware that Harry Hayashi sold several brands of airplane and gave flight instructions. He knows several people who either purchased planes or received their instruction from Mr. Hayashi. It is another part of a remarkable story of what Harry and his wife Anna accomplished."
Curt Eriksmoen, Fargo, has written several books about people from North Dakota, and in one he included Harry's story.
Some of the information for it came from Harry's granddaughter, Teresa (Hayashi) Henderson, Arlington, Texas. Teresa wrote Curt that she had seen a story about Harry's internment, and said, "It was an injustice to my grandpa. He was a well-liked and well-established businessman who added much to the economy of Carrington.
"He was married (first) to Theresa Horvath. My dad was 3 years old when she died of diabetes. At the time they didn't know what was wrong with her.
"Anna used to babysit (for the Hayashis), and then (after Theresa died) she and my grandpa got together, married and had five more children.
"My dad and mom met in Carrington and had three children and one girl who was stillborn.
"We have always been proud of our Japanese heritage and try to keep it alive in our families," Teresa (the younger) wrote.
"Even though I was young when Grandpa died, I still remember him so well. He was a kind, loving and short man who always had time for his grandchildren and children. I used to think it was neat to have a grandpa who wasn't much taller than me.
"Grandpa actually died from gas gangrene after he ran into a banquet table. His intestine ruptured and he died a few hours later. I remember when my dad was called and left for the hospital.
"I also remember sneaking my younger uncle (Robert) in to see grandpa at the funeral home. Grandma Anna didn't want him to go and see grandpa, but he really wanted to."
Jane Nissen, Fargo, writes Neighbors that she doesn't know about the Hayashi family, but she is familiar with the Rainbow Gardens.
"In 1949," she writes, "I had the fine experience of attending the North Dakota Girls State at Jamestown College, which is and was sponsored by the North Dakota American Legion Auxiliary. My attendance was sponsored by the Maddock (N.D.) Legion Auxiliary. This four- or five-day event teaches how our state government is organized and functions to junior class high school girls from North Dakota.
"Mary Ann Hayashi was a delegate from Carrington, and she was elected governor of the 1949 Girls State. I recall she was an interesting and outgoing student. I suppose she would have graduated from Carrington High School in 1950."
The original column about the Hayashi family mentioned Harry's father Rinney Hayashi, who lived in New Rockford, N.D. One person said he, too, was interned during the war, but another person said he wasn't.
Now Emily Hilgers, New Rockford, writes that her father, James Evanson, who was a teacher in New Rockford from 1952 until around 1983, said that yes, Rinney was interned.
"He also reported that Rinney owned the Rockford Cafe and the Rockford Hotel, and that they had been auctioned off for a dollar during Rinney's internment," Emily says.
"I do not have anything to back up his reports, so I cannot say this is factual," she says. "But I do remember my father having very strong feelings defending the Hayashi family's commitment to America.
"This was a very tender, peaceful and beautiful family. They were able to buy back their home after returning to New Rockford."
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