[Letter to Helen McNary from Margaret and Florence Ishino, Poston, Arizona, September 8, 1942]
September 8, 1942
Gift of Elizabeth Y. Yamada
1 letter and envelope from Margaret and Florence Ishino to Helen McNary.
September 8, 1942 / Dear Miss McNary, / Thank you very much for your letter. / We were relocated to Poston, Arizona from Santa Anita on the night of August 26th. It certainly was a hard, tiresome trip up here. Without the dust and many strange insects this camp would be a nice place to live. It is built as Manzanar. The houses are built on blocks with a dining room, recreation hall, and privy to each block. / Louise and I are working as waitresses in our block dining room. She lives in Block 330. It's my first experience as a waitress and I find it fun. I have been working only a week. From next month I will have to quit work as I must go to school being under 18 years of age. / Thomas is 7 months and has 2 teeth. He is getting two more on the top. I wish you could see his "butch"--mother had a barber shave his hair. / I don't believe we will be able to send you any pictures as I doubt very much whether we are going to be allowed to have cameras until the duration. / Miss McNary, if you want to rival my tan you are going to have a difficult time as I am equal to an Indian at present. Incidentally this camp is leased for 15 years from the Indians to the Japanese. / I will write again. Please give my warm regards to Miss Breed. / Sincerely yours, / Margaret Ishino / HELLO MISS MCNARY AND MISS BREED / Florence
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