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Asian American Comparative Collection:
The Kooskia Internment Camp Project:
Tables Related to Food and Clothing


Priscilla Wegars, Ph.D., Volunteer Curator
Laboratory of Anthropology
University of Idaho
P. O. Box 441111
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1111 USA
208-885-7075
pwegars@uidaho.edu

Tables Related to Food and Clothing

1. Daily ration points required for meats, cheese, and fats

Food item

Daily allowance in pounds

Ration points per pound

Daily allowance in points

Meats

.72

6.1

4.392

Cheese

.09

8.0

.72

Butter

.05

8.0

.40

Margarine

.05

5.0

.25

Shortening

.027

5.0

.135

Oils

.029

6.0

.174

Total

   

6.071

Information from LAF to unknown, "Memorandum Covering the Food Allowance Expressed as Pounds Per Man Per Day for the Use of Alien Detainees Held under Jurisdiction of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service at Kooskia, Idaho," May 19, 1943, 2; E291, 1000/K(4), RG85, NARA I.

2. Daily averages of food items and their weights provided to detainees at INS camps, April 1942 and February 1943

Food Item

Weight in pounds, April 1942

Weight in pounds, A-1, Feb. 1943

Weight in pounds, A-2, Feb. 1943

Meats and fish

.70

.72

.72

Eggs

.03

.125

.125

Dairy products

1.00

   

Milk (fluid equivalent)

 

1.09

1.09

Lard and cooking oils

.15

   

Butter, oleo, and other fats

 

.156

.156

Flours, starches, cereals

.80

   

Grain products, cereals

 

.50

.50

Beans, etc., incl. peanut butter

 

.031

.03

Sugar, sugar substitutes, and syrups

.25

   

Sugars

 

.15

.15

Syrups

 

.026

.026

Leafy green or yellow vegetables

.60

.44

.33

Tomatoes and citrus fruits

 

.31

.28

Potatoes and root vegetables

1.00

   

Potatoes

 

.50

.70

Dried vegetables and nuts

.10

   

Other vegetables

 

.50

.25

Fruits and berries - fresh or canned

.15

   

Other fruits (fresh and canned)

 

.50

.20

Dried fruits

.08

.05

.05

Spices and miscellaneous food adjuncts

.10

.10

.10

Beverages - coffee, tea, cocoa

.10

.10

.10

Total

5.06

5.298

4.807

A-1 and A-2 reflect whether fresh fruits and vegetables were plentiful locally (A-1) or not (A-2).

Information from LBS, "Instruction No. 58, Instructions Concerning the Treatment of Alien Enemy Detainees," April 28, 1942, 3-4; E291, 1022/X, RG85, NARA I; and EGH, "Instruction No. 123," February 24, 1943; E303, RG85, NARA I. A May 1943 directive retained the same figures in the February 1943 food allowances, LAF to unknown, "Memorandum Covering the Food Allowance Expressed as Pounds Per Man Per Day for the Use of Alien Detainees Held under Jurisdiction of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service at Kooskia, Idaho," May 19, 1943; E291, 1000/K(4), RG85, NARA I. Certain hospital patients, for example, received the A-1 diet, except that they got more eggs, .25 pound, and more milk, 2.18 pounds. They received less meat and fish, only .50 pound, and fewer potatoes and other root vegetables, just .25 pound each, but the total amount was higher, at 5.793 pounds of food per patient per day, ibid., 1.

3. Alien mess report, Kooskia Internment Camp, May 25 through June 19, 1943

 

May 25 through 31, 1943

June 1 though June 19, 1943

Total man days

557

2555

Total poundage used

2145

12163

Poundage per man per day

3.85

4.76

Cost per man per day

$0.357

$0.426

Total cost

$199.27

$1088.37

Information from [Unknown], KIC, to DA-OICKIC, June 19, 1943; E291, 1000/K(1) RG85, NARA I.

4. Examples of miscellaneous food items supplied by Fort Missoula to the Kooskia Internment Camp in June 1943

Quantity

Item

Weight

Cost per pound

Total cost

2 barrels

A-Co-Lene [lard]

150 pounds

$1.14808

$172.21

1 case

Double XX seasoning sauce

32 pounds

0.28125

9.00

1 case

Vegetable beef bouillon

32 pounds

0.45

14.40

2 cases

Orange concentrate

72 pounds

0.24

17.28

2 cases

Lemon concentrate

72 pounds

0.191945

13.82

1 case

Butterscotch

21 pounds

0.4857

10.20

Information from FMB to OICKIC, Attn.: DA, June 26, 1943; 1000/K(1) RG85, NARA I.

5. Quantities and prices for fresh produce supplied to the Kooskia Internment Camp, June 1943

Quantity

Item

Unit price

Total price

2 cases

Grapefruit

$5.25

$10.50

case

Lemons

7.50

3.79

1 crate of 200

Oranges

5.76

5.76

3 cases

Oranges

5.99

17.97

8 dozen bunches

Beets, with tops

.90

7.20

16 dozen bunches

Beets

.50

8.00

261 pounds

Cabbage, fresh new crop

0.07

18.27

1 crate

Lettuce

4.00

4.00

3 crates

Lettuce

2.25

6.75

100 pounds

Carrots

0.06

6.00

10 dozen

Carrots

0.06

6.00

1 crate

Celery

9.00

9.00

1 crate

Celery

7.50

7.50

16 dozen bunches

Onions, green, with tops

0.50

8.00

150 pounds

Onions

0.06

9.00

8 dozen

Radishes

.35

2.80

1 crate

Spinach

2.40

2.40

2 crates

Spinach

0.06 per pound

[not calculated]

8 dozen

Turnips

0.50

4.00

Total cost

   

$136.94

Information from DAR, IBA, June 25, 1943, together with reverse of previous, "Conditions," "Warranty," "Discrimination Clause," "Instruction to Bidders," "Instructions to Contracting Officers," together with SFN36, AN85-58A734, FN56125/288, Box 2451, RG85, NARA I, and IBA between BHF for KIC, and Pacific Fruit & Produce Co., Lewiston, ID, June 10, 1943; all E291, 1000/S(3), RG85, NARA I.

6. Meat supplied to the Kooskia Internment Camp, May to June 1943

Item

Pounds

Cost per pound

Total

"A Steer" or "1/2 Steer"

1126

$0.2275

$256.165

"Army Beef Liver"

57.5

0.34

19.55

"A-1 Big Bolo Com'l" or "Bologna, Coml A-1" [commercial bologna]

122

0.21

25.62

"Army Franks H. C." [?]

120

0.2850

34.20

"T C Bacon" [thick cut?]

52

0.2850

14.82

Total

1477.5

 

55

Information from FMIC to Carstens Packing Co., Spokane, WA, June 24, 1943; E291, 1000/S(3), RG85, NARA I. Amounts in table were combined from four individual weeks so resulting total does not quite match that of $350.37 in the document cited.

7. Amounts and prices of Asian food items sent from Fort Missoula to the Kooskia Internment Camp

Amount

Item

Price per pound

25 pounds

Mung beans (for bean sprouts)

$0.20

50 pounds

Red Chinese beans

0.20

1 bale

Japanese seaweed

0.4909

1 case

Dried shrimp

0.528

2 cases

Minced clams

0.3048

1 case

Soy sauce

0.2344

Information from BHF to OICKIC, Attn.: DA, June 2, 1943; E291, 1000/K(4), RG85, NARA I.

8. Winter clothing for internees at the Kooskia camp

Item

Sizes

Quantity

Cost

Winter caps

Small, medium, large

144

$.35

Denim work pants

30 to 42

344

.65

Heavy work pants

30 to 42

240

2.69

Denim work coats

34, 40, 42

84

.75

Sweatshirts

36 to 40, 44

96

1.85

Heavy overcoats

34 to 40

101

9.78

Windbreakers

40 to 44

79

2.35

Heavy socks, part wool

10, 11

960 pairs

.35

Information from BHF to OICKIC, November 16, 1943; E291, 1000/S(3), RG85, NARA I.

9. Additional winter clothing for internees at the Kooskia camp

Item

Sizes

Quantity

Cost

Hip boots

N/A

6 pairs

N/C

"Arctics"

6, 7, 8

100 pairs

$2.46

Coveralls

Assorted

200

.92

Raincoats

Small, large

255

N/C

Gaiters

N/A

45 pair

N/C

"Navy Type Coats"

38, 42 to 48

20

1.25

N/A is Not Available and N/C is No Cost.

Information from BHF to OICKIC, December 13, 1943; E291, 1000/S(3), RG85, NARA I; BHF, January 26, 1944; E291, 1000/K(6), RG85, NARA I; and BHF to WHW, March 15, 1944; E291, 1000/K(4), RG85, NARA I.

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