[Letter to Clara Breed from Louise Ogawa, Poston, Arizona, Augus 17, 1943]
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August 17, 1943
Gift of Elizabeth Y. Yamada
1 letter and envelope from Louise Ogawa to Clara Breed.
August 17, 1943/Dear Miss Breed,/It seems our letters have crossed in the mail because I received your letter the day after I sent mine.
/But I hope this letter finds you in the best of health./This time I won't mention the heat because we had a nice long down-pour of rain yesterday./Yesterday morning was a little cloudy but soon the sun came around the mountain and began beaming down at us. Everyone went to work expecting another hot day. The sun beamed and beamed until about 2 o'clock in the afternoon when suddenly it became cloudy and began to pour. It didn't start out with a sprinkle either. It just began to pour. Then we had the regular formalities of a rain storm--thunder, wind, lightning. The Poston thunder certainly is loud! But father slept through it for an hour. He must have been really tired or else he is a really sound sleeper. The lightning here is just beautiful. You can see each jagged corner distinctly./The worst part of the storm was the whirl wind. It rushed the rain against the side of the barracks and down came the rain into the house, through the cracks in the wall. I rushed to the rescue of my clothes and a few odds and ends which were against the wall. Then I went running to the flood on my dresser carrying a pan. Oh, what a disgust! When there is a dust storm, the sand comes in through the cracks; when it rains, the rain comes in through the same cracks. Well, that's life I guess./When I glanced out the window, it reminded me of the Mississippi flood. The firebreak had become a river. Many of the so-called puddles being knee deep, I saw lots and lots of people wading home in their bare feet. I wish you could have been here to see what went on. I just can't express myself./Today the sun is brightly shining just as if nothing had happened. I know the ground will soon be hard and dry again./The Poston wind is very strong. I understand that some of the roofs of the newly built adobe school buildings came flying down./I was very interested to hear that San Diego is now divided into postal districts. I can see how easier it is for the postman./Yes, I am still working at the school office. You may have heard that Mr. C. Potts has resigned the principalship of the Poston III Schools. Miss Frances S. Cushman has taken over the position as principal./A few weeks ago four new young teachers arrived. They are all just fresh from college. My fellow classmates, especially boys, are now sorry they graduated./All the teachers were going to go to a summer school at Fort Apache this month. But due to the ill-feelings of the people of Arizona towards us, it has been cancelled. It certainly was a great disappointment to everyone. But the already made plans are being carried through. Instead of going to Fort Apache they are going to Camp I for the summer session for teachers./I am sorry you were not able to located Emi. She is standing in the second row next to the end on the right hand side, as you face the picture./My brother in Chicago is working as a shipping clerk in a publishing firm. He seems to like his work and Chicago very much. He says because of the numerous factories, the city is very dirty. I guess, nothing can beat San Diego./Thank you very kindly for the clippings on the crepe paper novelties. I shall try to make some of the articles in my spare time./BOOM--my mind has become a complete blank./Most respectfully,/Louise Ogawa/
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