Tokyo Cleaners takes down its sign

The German-American Club mentioned in my previous post wasn’t the only organization on the boulevard affected by the ethnic politics of a world war. According to a December 8, 1966 article in the Eugene Register-Guard, the Tokyo Cleaners and Dyers took down its sign after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

The article notes that following the Japanese attack on the base at Pearl Harbor,  “Governor Charles A. Sprague declared a state of emergency, ordered formation of a state guard and strengthening of the state police. He cautioned Japanese to stay in their houses.”

Tokyo Cleaners was at 2861 Union Avenue (now MLK) and opened no later than 1929 (at a time when the street was numbered much differently; at the time, the building’s address  was 605 Union Avenue North).


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