Japanese-Americans at Lake Lawn

In 1942, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 which ordered the removal of any person with at least 1/16th Japanese ancestry on the western coast of the United States into internment camps.  In 1943, one of the then-owners of Lake Lawn Resort, Jay Reader, sponsored Henry Tsuru out of Minidoka Internment Camp in Idaho and made him a pastry chef at the resort.  This was the start of a great chapter of Lake Lawn history as many more Japanese-Americans left the camps and joined Tsuru to become part of the Lake Lawn family.

Below are pictures of yearbooks, reunion programs, and a some pages of a book about Lake Lawn Resort that show the story of the people that were sponsored out the internment camps to make lives at Lake Lawn and Delavan, Wisconsin.