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[Letter to Clara Breed from Louise Ogawa, Poston, Arizona, July 14, 1944]

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[Letter to Clara Breed from Louise Ogawa, Poston, Arizona, July 14, 1944]
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Poston, Ariz., July 14, 1944


Gift of Elizabeth Y. Yamada


1 letter and envelope from Louise Ogawa to Clara Breed.

July 14, 1944/Dear Miss Breed, /The popular song "Long ago and far away" seems to be appropriate for my . It certainly has been a long long time since I last wrote. I don't know if it's the weather or me but every time I start to write a letter I never seem to finish it and the letter becomes "stale" so in it goes into the waste paper basket and never into the mail box. This time I hope to send this letter to you for sure. /I do hope you are in the very best of health! Here in Poston we are all just fine trying to get away from the heat. I thought for a minute we were going to have a very cool summer and I admit it has been quite cool compared to last year but it's getting very hot now! I guess this would never be Poston without the heat! How is the weather in San Diego? Whenever I think of the summer months back in San Diego, I recall the days we spent at the beach, park, and the zoo. Oh, it was so nice!! I wish I could do it all over again./ The wading pool for the little children has finally been completed and you will find little children playing in the water all day long. There is a fine view from the window of the school office and while I stand watching them it makes me so envious./It must be this heat that makes us all feel so lazy but one thing I still can do is argue. I think pretty soon my folks are going to get so tired of arguing with me that they will shue me out./Speaking of the draft problem--quite a number of boys are being called for the army and together with the relocation this camp is slowly becoming empty. There are quite a number of boys refusing to appear for induction. I just can't imagine young boys just out of school being picked up by the F.B.I. and taken to jail. It just doesn't seem right. For the boys, I know, it is a very delicate problem but I would much rather see them go into the army instead of to jail. I think it is a pity to see such fine young sturdy boys fresh out of high school not yet knowing what life really is being put behind bars separated from the rest of the world. Maybe I am too Americanized to see their view point but on the other hand I know I should respect them for their decision and determination to carry out what they believe should be./Please give my very best regards to Miss McNary and do write when time permits. I just love to hear about your work and the library, the rapidly changing San Diego--your letters are so full of interesting things./Most respectfully,/Louise Ogawa

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