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In my last column, I wrote about Frank and Grace Newton, their relationship with Hanford’s Chinatown, and how they formed the Chinese Girls Drill Team and the Boys Drum and Bugle Corps.

As I wrote at the time, the children growing up in Hanford’s Chinatown before the 1920s knew little but family, work, school and China Alley. Then the Newtons, a devout Christian couple, and the Chinese girls drill team and the boys drum and bugle corps introduced them to a whole different world.

Four years before the formation of the girls’ drill team and the boys’ drum and bugle corps, the Newtons started a Sunday school program for Chinese children. The Newtons established their evangelical mission in a vacant building on Visalia Street, in what is now the parking lot of the old imperial dynasty.

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Arianne Wing is co-author of Noodles Through Escargots and co-operates the LT Sue Tea Room and Emporium benefiting the restoration and preservation of China Alley. She can be reached at ariannewing@gmail.com

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