[Letter to Clara Breed from Fusa Tsumagari, Arcadia, California, June 17-19, 1942]
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June 17-19, 1942
Gift of Elizabeth Y. Yamada
1 letter and envelope from Fusa Tsumagari to Clara Breed.
Santa Anita Assembly Center/Ave. F. Barrack 27 Unit 5/District 5/Arcadia, California/June 17, 1942/Dear Miss Breed,/Thank you very much for sending me the package so promptly. I was very glad to receive them. My mother has already made me the skirt from the red and white seersucker material. She is now making my blouse with our neighbor's foot peddle sewing machine. The trimming was not exactly what I wanted but I am using it. I really appreciate your going to all that trouble for me./In regards to the word "galloon"--I happened to see the trimming classified as galloon in the Sears catalogue and took it for granted that that was what it was called. I remember recently reading about galloon as being a gold braid on some uniform in a short story so I guess the lady may have been right, too./Thanks also for sending me the crossword puzzles and the stamps. It's good to feel so close to home. Some of the puzzles are very hard while others I have almost completed./Yesterday the workers on the camouflage unit went on strike. This doesn't sound very good and if it gets out to the public will probably give a terrible slant on us here. However, let me tell you about the worker's side first. There has been much grumbling lately because from what we understand the paychecks for April 3 to 15 have been made and are waiting for one official's signature--and still the checks haven't come out. On top of that rumors got around that the camouflage workers weren't going to get paid at all. One fellow had an argument with the foreman and all the others joined in with their fellow worker and said that they refused to work. It happened that food here had been just terrible for the last two days so that too was another reason to stop work./The result of this strike was that everyone thought that the strikers were unwilling to work on a defense project. That was not the idea at all. They demanded better food and something definite about their pay./We now have better food. I guess it's worth it to stir up trouble once in a while despite the criticism it arouses. /June 19, 1942
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