(As told to Alan Mitchell by Leon White)

Below are the chapters on the web linking to additional content and comments from readers:


  1. Port Orford’s Bicentennial Mayor – 1972-1976
  2. The Old Port Orford Grade School
  3. Port Orford’s Western States Plywood Cooperative Era — 1951-1975
  4. The Club Building (Point.B Studio)
  5. Port Orford and its Fires — 1930s-60s
  6. Port Orford’s WWII Era – 1941-1945
  7. The Colonial Theatre
  8. Leon Remembers The Wooden Nickel

ON THE COVER: Leon and his classmates, c1954. He was in high school when this photograph was taken. Can you find him in the photo? (do not read the next paragraph if you want to figure it out).

Top row L-R: Courtney Horner; Daniel Montague; Kenneth Hensley; Earl Anderson; Unknown; Leon White; Nancy McGowan; Unknown; Dee Sutfin; Norma Dean; and Wanda Nodine. Bottom row: L-R: Sandra Boice; Donald Coyne; Della Pense; and Lincoln Sargenti. (Courtesy of The Cape Blanco Heritage Society / Masterson Collection)

Bibliography —

Samurai in the Oregon Sky, by Ilana Sol

On Paper Wings, by Ilana Sol

I Bombed The U.S.A., U.S. Naval Institute

Japanese Submarine I-25, Wikipedia

War on the West Coast, Warfare History Network

Fujita, Flying Samurai, by Bert Webber

Silent Siege: Japanese Attacks Against North America in World War II, by Bert Webber

Port Orford: A History, by Patrick Masterson

Port Orford and North Curry County, by Shirley Nelson