[Letter to Clara Breed from Louise Ogawa, Chicago, Illinois, December 3, 1944]
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December 3, 1944
Gift of Elizabeth Y. Yamada
1 letter and envelope from Louise Ogawa to Clara Breed.
December 3, 1944/Dear Miss Breed,/My it was nice to hear from you! I enjoyed your letter immensely. Yes, I found out through the kindness of Miss Batchelder that you were unable to come to Chicago. I was quite disappointed but knowing how difficult it is to travel I quickly tried to forget my disappointment. I hope we will be able to meet again soon./Thank you most sincerely for going through all the trouble of writing a recommendation for me. You have been so wonderful to me, Miss Breed. No words in the dictionary can express how I feel./Yes, I have heard people returning to California. I am so happy that we are being accepted again in our cities where we spend much of our happy moments. I too would like to go to San Diego and yet hesitate. With public sentiment as it is, I think it might be best to start life anew in a new community. Making wonderful friends like you, I know will take time for we must first prove to them ourselves. Life would be so wonderful if all this hatred and racial discrimination was abolished from the earth. But I believe the war has taught all of us a great deal. I know it has for me. I have come to appreciate so many things that I have taken for granted before the war. My new life here in this vast Chicago, making my own living, depending on myself is something I never dreamed would happen. But it has and in a way I am glad for through my experiences I shall gain much and become that much wiser through my hardships./This Thanksgiving I enjoyed snow for the first time in my life. It was really a sight to see the housetops covered with white white snow. It was just like a picture you see on Xmas cards. But staying in a nice heated apartment takes you away from the icy wind and snow. We have a very nice furnished apt. We all have loads of fun cooking and keeping house. We all do the cooking--taking turns. As yet no one has fallen ill through each others experiments which we are proud of./Thank you for the advice about isolating myself. I would like to go out and meet people too. Yes, McClurgs is a very large firm with many nisei's as their employees. I have not heard of any clubs organized by the co./It certainly was a surprise to hear Hisako's brothers are relocating. Her oldest brother has recovered though he has a limp. I imagine it will be difficult at first for him walking about but with a car it will be much easier./Hisako's address is
c/o Mrs. M. Daugherty/2880 Fairfax Road/Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Oh my, how I would love to have those beautiful flowers! I often stop at a florists and gaze at the beautiful flowers in the window! I certainly miss feeling the solid ground with my hands! Well, we can't have everything and I think I have quite a bit!/Well, the ole' man time is ticking away so fastly. It's time for bed already. So please take care of yourself./Respectfully, /Louise
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