[Letter to Clara Breed from Louise Ogawa, Poston, Arizona, December 22, 1942]
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December 22, 1942
Gift of Elizabeth Y. Yamada
1 letter and envelope from Louise Ogawa to Clara Breed + 11/30/42 issue of "The Petrified News", the Poston III high school paper (4 p.).
Dec. 22, 1942/Dear Miss Breed,/Thank you ever so much Santa!!!!! I cannot express in words how I feel. I feel so happy I feel like shouting from the house top to let the world know how I feel./I am not going to open a single gift until Xmas. Every minute I have a chance I look and look at the beautifully wrapped gifts wondering what they are. One thing I know is--one of them is a book. But what is the name of it? Another package sounds like Christmas candy. Oh, you just can't imagine how my curiosity is trying to get the best of me--but it won't succeed!!/I hope you found what little I sent enjoyable. The mosquite plack was made here in Poston III. It is one of the products of the Industry Dept. The flowers were made by my mother. Two of them were made into a corsage by a friend. I would have liked to wax them before I sent it but not being able to I sent it as they were./
On Dec. 11, 12, 13th a Christmas Bazaar was held for the benefit of raising funds to buy toys for all the little children of Poston III. This was so every child will have a very merry Xmas. Everyone seemed to have liked this idea and the bazaar was a great success./As I sit out in the warm sun writing this letter, I hear voices and hear people scurrying about. To satisfy my curiosity I turned around to see what was the matter. The block manager has come ot notify us that the water will be turned off--not knowing for how long. Now I see all the ladies carrying buckets full of water into their homes. I must lay my pen down for I too must get some water./Now to continue writing again. In the last letter I mentioned about the building of the fence. I am happy to say now that the fences are no longer around us--it has been torn down./On Dec. 21st I enjoyed the beautiful Christmas carols sung by the mass choir of 200 voices. They composed of people from the three camps. It was held outdoors in the evening and oh, it was beautiful./The movies here are wonderful. We have seen such good movies as Union Pacific, Son of Fury, How Green Was My Valley, A Yank in the R.A.F. and many more. Every Friday nite is our movie night and everyone has an enjoyable evening./I am again going to take advantage of your kindness and ask you to please purchase 3 Jockey shorts for men at Walkers. The size is 28 waist. I am enclosing $1.60 in money order. If this is not sufficient please let me know and I shall send them before you can say "Jack Robinson." You purchased them before while I was in Santa Anita./This new year I must resolve not to bother you so much as I did this year. You are so busy and yet I ask you for this and that. You should come here and spank me. But in another thought I'd be much happier if you'll come to visit and just let that spanking slip your mind. But seriously I do hope you will be able to come and visit us. I know that dream may be shattered because of the gas rationing and you are so busy./Now, I would like to know how everything is with you. I hope your are in the finest of health and hope the library work doesn't over-work you!/We send our seasons greetings to one and all and sincerely hope the new year will bring much happiness to you and your mother./Most sincerely,/Louise Ogawa/I am enclosing one of the editions of the school paper. Hope you'll enjoy reading it.
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