Natalie Crouter

Natalie Crouter

(October 30, 1898 — October 15, 1985). Resident of Vigan and later Baguio in the Philippines. Interned by the Japanese with her family in Baguio, then Bilibid Prison in Manila.

November 28, 1941

Today I bought materials for eighteen triangle bandages to use in First Aid class. I rode to Mansion House pool on my wheel [bicycle], then

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November 30, 1941

Sunday morning we tried for hours to keep alive our kitten Pippy and the big yellow cat. We had been treating them for three days

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December 1, 1941

I bought sheet material from the Red Cross for Nida and the lavandera to sew. They have made three dozen sheets. two dozen surgical coats,

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December 4, 1941

There were 102 present at the Tuesday Club meeting at Mrs. Sayre’s. Many signed up for a first-aid course to begin on January 6. Everyone

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December 4, 1941

There were 102 present at the Tuesday Club meeting at Mrs. Sayre’s. Many signed up for a first-aid course to begin on January 6. Everyone

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December 6, 1941

We worked for the Red Cross. The American School came up from Manila to play Brent School in basketball. There was much esprit de corps

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December 8, 1941

After the children left for school, we turned on the radio about 8:25 –and heard of the attack on Pearl Harbor. While listening, we heard

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December 12, 1941

It is now Dec. 12 and we’ve all had hot baths—an event! We listen to the radio and reports seem organized, coordinated, so it is

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December 13, 1941

There was a bad raid on Manila this Week but so far the Japanese seem to have kept to military objectives like the Air Fields

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December 14, 1941

The Post was just bombed. No deaths. one injured. We could see six bombers going into the clouds. We have had «o many alarms we

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December 16, 1941

Bedie has a cough and temperature. Both children have terrific appetites. They mustn’t work so hard at the dugout for it doubles their hunger. Our

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December 18, 1941

As I was finishing coffee at lunch, trying to get some kind of news from the rad ning coffee at lunch, trying to get some

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December 22, 1941

Among the vegetables in the returning Cold Store truck yesterday were three big cases of Red Cross supplies! We are now busy making bath towels,

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December 23, 1941

It is six in the morning and we are packed, ready to join with other Americans at Teachers Camp or Pines Hotel. Ostensibly we are

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December 26, 1941

We have lived a lifetime in the three days since I last wrote. I guess it was three days. I’m not sure. Since we were

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Dec. 27, 1941

The Japanese army took over. They woke us at 11:30 P.M. and kept us standing in one small, crowded room until 2:30 A.M. checking off each one over and

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December 28, 1941

Moving from one room to another all day as they kept bringing more people in. Finally to another dorm on the first floor. Very little

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Dec. 29, 1941

Weak on mattress. Got up to wash, then collapsed. Seemed to have no middle and my head felt queer. They called us all onto the

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December 31, 1941

No Water till nearly noon. Bad head. The toilets have been stopped up and overflowing because of no flushing. We used the latrines dug by

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January 2, 1942

Dysentery broke out during the night. Three cases, children. Back to regular toilets, cleaning everything with lye, etc. I bathed the kids. Killed millions of

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January 3, 1942

Killed flies and washed clothes. The Japanese took our safety deposit box keys. They made Carl do the collecting and when I asked him if

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January 4, 1942

Washed clothes. Three more cases. The men moved into the next barracks building, relieving the terribly crowded conditions of over 500 in a building intended

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January 6, 1942

Ismael brought fresh laundry, slacks and my gray wool dress! How wonderful to see him from a distance. He called out that the family and

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January 12, 1942

Lucy hid her jewels under a rock where Mrs. Wilson had hidden hers previously, but not noticing it. When Lucy retrieved hers later she took

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January 14, 1942

Streetlights on for first time in six weeks. A quiet night as no clump, clump of army boots, mostly local gentry guarding us.

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January 17, 1942

Fruit for breakfast! Japanese schoolchildren came en masse with good wishes and candy boxes for us. Their faces pressed against the wire to view the

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January 22, 1942

In the list of work details put on bulletin board by Committee, Jerry is down as Outside Sanitation, I am down as Inside Sanitation—both meaning

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