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Leo Wolfson
Gene Watada is a Fort Lupton High School graduate and current resident. His parents were early Japanese settlers in the area.

At one time Fort Lupton was home to hundreds of Japanese people.

Enticed by a vision of a better life and prosperity, millions of Japanese flocked to America in the early part of the 20th century.

“Promise of better land, better life than they had in Japan,” said Gene Watada, 73, a second-generation American citizen whose parents, Matajiro and En, emigrated from Japan around 1917.

One thing always struck Watada - that his parents had disdain for complainers - people they described as ‘mon tu.’