[Letter to Clara Breed from Margaret and Florence Ishino, Arcadia, California, Poston, April 23, 1942]
April 23, 1942
Gift of Elizabeth Y. Yamada
1 letter and envelope from Margaret and Florence Ishino to Clara Breed + paper dolls by Florence (7.5 8 in.).
Santa Anita Assembly Center/Information Office/Barrack 44, Unit 1, Avenue 4/Santa Anita, California/April 23, 1942/Dear Miss Breed,/I hope you will forgive me for not saying goodbye, and for not writing you sooner./How is San Diego?/I find "camping life" very nice. We are all giving a botton which has an one, a two, or a three on it so that we may have our meals at certain hours. I having an one, eat breakfast from 6:30 to 7:00, lunch at 11:30 to 12:00, and dinner at 4:30 to 5:00. The food is simple, but delicious and wholesome. I did not have to cook or wash the dishes as there are many cooks and waiters in the cafeteria. I love cooking, but thanks heavens I do not have to do the dishes! Since I have a two and a half months brother, I wash daily, and sweep out my barrack. About three times a week I iron the family's clothes. There is really not much I may do in the afternoon, but get my exercise playing dodge ball, catch or softball. Once in a while, I type manuscripts for my friends, or write letters. I retire every night between 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. All lights should be out by 10:00 in each barrack./I went over Louise Ogawa's barrack and saw the two very interesting books you sent her. I certainly love books and miss going to the library every week; so I decided to write you a letter./Florence is going to school daily from 2:00 to 4:00 and enjoys it very much. She tells me she misses going to the library and asked if I would write to you. She required her highest grades in reading, and she truly enjoys it./I especially enjoy Dodd, Mead Career Books and would very much like to have any of the following books:/1. Shirley Clayton: Secretary by Blance L. Gibbs and Georgiana Adams/2. Judy Grant: Editor by Dixie Wilson/3. Marian-Martha by Lucile F. Fargo/4. Press Box by Robert F. Kelley./If you happen to have any discarded books, Florence and I would certainly appreciate them./Please give my regards to Miss McNary and I would certainly enjoy hearing from you both./Please keep up the good work in teaching children to read books for that is the pathway to happiness!/I am enclosing dolls that Florence made in school and some stamps./Sincerely yours,/FLORENCE and Margaret Ishino
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