Family's hotel clientele, transients traveling by rail

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I think it was right off the railroad, and the railroad used to be one of the busiest things in Spokane, railroad. And it provided people going through, they were called transients. But those transients also had a few dollars in their pockets. They… I remember when we lived in the small house, these transients would come by and say, knock on the door and says, “Can I chop wood for you or clean your yard for a meal?” And these were those transients. I think for the most part, they were trustworthy and loyal. That type of society then, of course, the doors were always unlocked in that period, we went to sleep without locking the door, and it was that, that time of, the period that time that we felt reasonably safe.

Date: March 15 & 16, 2006
Location: Washington, US
Interviewer: Megan Asaka
Contributed by: Denshō: The Japanese American Legacy Project.

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