Ruby Taketa



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My autobiography


Ruby Taketa

I am born at Kent Oct. [October] 12,1927. When I was 2 years old my mother took me to Japan. I stay with my grandmother. When I was 6 years old I started Japanese school. I went up to fourth grade. My mother want me to go back to my own country so my mother and I rode the big ship and left the Japan. The ships name was N.Y.K. lines.

We took about 3 weeks to get back to America.

We came back August 14,1934. Before we went back to are [our] own home my father took us for a ride. It was about 1 P.M. there I saw [beautiful] town I ever seen before people walking around with [beautiful] dresses on. I thought I am going

to stay from now on so I was enjoying my selves.

At six o’clock we went home. I stay home about one week, and I started O’Brien school. First one week I didn’t know anything what teacher said. My first & second grade teacher was Miss [Doly] and 3 grade teacher was Miss [Arther] she was very kind and nice.

We was a farmer about three years but my father said, “our farmer is small for one family,” so we move to Auburn after [Mr. Taki] use to live. We moved at August 11,1938.

I started Auburn Grade school. My row [home] room teacher was Miss [Herald] &

my fifth grade teacher Mr. [Backs] he was very nice teacher but when year pass he moved to another school, sixth grade teacher was Miss [Erson].

I finished grade school and year pass now I am in the Junior High.

Now my row [home] room teacher is Mr. [Brodineke] he is very nice to us now we have language, music, spelling in his room. I think Junior High school is much easier then Grade school.

If I finish school I might go sewing school and list of the time I am going to help my father.

When I grow up I might be a farmer. I like to work very much.



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