[Letter to Clara Breed from Louise Ogawa, Chicago, Illinois, October, 28, 1944]
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October 28, 1944
Gift of Elizabeth Y. Yamada
1 letter and envelope from Louise Ogawa to Clara Breed.
October 28, 1944/Dear Miss Breed,/I certainly missed seeing you! I received your letter informing me of your intentions of being in Chicago. By the time it reached me, it was too late to write so I dropped you a hurried note in care of Miss Batchelder. She informed me by mail that your plans had been changed. It would have been wonderful to see you again! I hope someday soon our path may cross./
Yes, Chicago is certainly a large city. It seems like a world all by itself! It's a wonderful feeling to be able to walk the streets side by side with all creeds of people again! I never dreamed I would ever relocate but here I am. I know I shall gain much through my experiences in Poston and here in Chicago./I am rooming with two girl friends. Kikuye Kawamoto, one of the twins, and I came out to Chicago together. Another girl friend formerly from Visalia, California is staying with us. We share a four room apartment. It's very nice. The location is very convenient for the Jackson bus stops right in front of our apt. It takes us a good 30 minutes to get to our place of employment. We transfer twice on the streetcar. We, Kikuye and I, are emploted at A.C. McCluy & Co. We are doing office work. Kikuye works in the Library Division and I in the Dept. We like our work very much./The business center of Chicago, "the loop" certainly is a busy section isn't it. After going in and out of several stores, we often lose our sense of direction. We found apt. hunting very difficult. It was like hunting for a needle in the hay stack. We looked for one week continuously before one was found./We haven't done much in the way of entertainment or sight seeing for we are more interested in getting settled at our new home. Some friends have come visiting but as yet we have not gone. Have you heard from Hisako Watanabe? She relocated to Cleveland, Ohio about two weeks before I did. She is at present doing domestic work./Margaret Ishino is still in Poston. After living like sisters since we were knee-high, I certainly miss her. I hope she will be able to relocate soon too!/Chicago certainly is a windy city. It's quite chilly here. I think I'm going to like the winter. I never have lived in a place where it snowed so it will be quite an experience. This will be my first white Christmas. I imagine everything will be just like a picture. My, I am looking far into the future!/My, how time seems to fly!! Before I know it, it will be morning. I hope this letter finds you in the very best of health! May I hear from you at your leisure! I do miss your letters, Miss Breed!/Most respectfully,/ Louise Ogawa
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