Japanese war brides project taps into Flathead stories

Japanese war brides project taps into Flathead stories

Dale Burk brought their bride, Wakako, to Trego, after getting being stationed because of the U.S. Navy in Tokyo. Wakako, referred to as Katie, worked in the Elks Lodge in Kalispell for 35 years; she passed away couple of years ago. (Photos thanks to Kathleen Burk)

Washington Post editor Kathryn Tolbert, 3rd from remaining, is pictured with people of the Aho family members who had been interviewed for the Japanese war brides history project that is oral. From left are Kyoko Aho, Emy Aho, Tolbert, Kathlene Burk (whoever family relations also had been interviewed), James Aho and John Aho.

Wakako “Katie” Burk and Kazuko “Kay” Aho are pictured years that are many at the Elk’s Lodge home in Kalispell. Japanese war brides often held jobs within the solution industry, and utilized “American” first names to greatly help them absorb to their communities. […]