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[Letter to Clara Breed from Louise Ogawa, Arcadia, California, August 14, 1942]

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[Letter to Clara Breed from Louise Ogawa, Arcadia, California, August 14, 1942]
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H: 8 in, W: 5 in (sheet); H: 3.5 in, W: 6.25 in (envelope)

Arcadia, Calif., August 14, 1942


Gift of Elizabeth Y. Yamada


1 letter and envelope from Louise Ogawa to Clara Breed.

Aug. 14, 1942/Dear Miss Breed,/I received the book yesterday. Thanks a million!! It certainly is an interesting one! Last night I couldn't stop reading and mother had to tell me to turn off the light. The lights have to be off by 10:00 P.M. and oh, how I wished it could be on until I finished it. I sometimes wish I could experience what Molly did. And how thrilling that would be. I think the pictures are just lovely. They've impressed me very much./I wish I could express my gratitude in another way besides saying "Thank you from the bottom of my heart." Maybe in the near future I will be able to show you how much I appreciate everything you have done for me. Thank you!/We are going to be given clothing--today we handed in our order. I am allowed $2.85 a month. We are allowed to order just certain things from the Sears catalog. I think we are very fortunate to be given clothing and free coupon books./The weather here is very unpredictable. It was either Monday or Tuesday (Aug. 10-11)--for weeks and weeks it was extremely hot then all of a sudden the next day it began to pour. But the next day it was again very hot./I am working on a three shift right now. This means I work morning, noon, and night.--8 hrs. a day. This does not give me much time to do anything. I go washing in the evening after work and do my ironing and corresponding at that time too. I should have written to you sooner but I hope you will accept my apologies./Please give my best to Miss McNary and thanks a million times more for the book!/Most sincerely,/Louise Ogawa/

Aug. , 1942/Dear Miss Breed,/The time has come again for me to say "good-bye" until I hear from you again at my new home. I intended to write to you sooner thanking you for the mdse. I ordered. I received it with great satisfaction. Thank you ever so much. My friends advised me to delay my letter writing because in a few days the notices to leave will come--and as said, it has come. We, San Diegans, are going to leave Santa Anita for Parker, Arizona on Wednesday or Thursday. (Aug. 26, 27) We are going in two groups - one on Wed. the other on Thursday./It seems that we are going further and further away from San Diego but I hope to be back soon. I never have gone to Arizona and so I am sure it will be a new adventure to me. We are again leaving by train right after our supper--Wed. The camp is in an up roar just talking about evacuation. Today is my last day at work for I must wash, iron, and pack. It reminds me of the day when I left San Diego./I hope you will write often. Since I'll be far far away from home I will be more than happy to hear from you./My friend has made a pair of "geta" which I am sending you. I hope you will enjoy it. The so called shallac (glossiness) is fingernail polish./I must close now for I want to mail this and the package to you as soon as possible./Most sincerely,/Louise Ogawa/Ps. I shall write the first thing after reaching my destination--Colorado River Relocation Project-. in Arizona./The best of luck to you always!

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