[Letter to Clara Breed from Louise Ogawa, Poston, Arizona, May 14, 1943]
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May 14, 1943
Gift of Elizabeth Y. Yamada
1 letter and envelope from Louise Ogawa to Clara Breed.
Dear Miss Breed, /Thank you most sincerely for sending the things I asked to be purchased as well as the candies, clips, and the cute little shoes. I am always in a pridicament (is that the correct spelling?) when it comes to thanking you. I just can't seem to express my deepest gratitude in words. Thank you from the bottom of my heart./Miss Breed, I know the remaining money will not go even half way in paying for the candies, clips, etc. but please keep it. Now we are even. You owe me nothing and I owe you nothing. No debts--in money I mean. I certainly owe a debt of gratitude to you that is higher than the highest mountain in the word. I shall never forget it and maybe someday I will be able to repay you./I gave Florence the little doll and she was overjoyed. Everytime I see her she says--I tried it last night and I could see the doll in the dark" She seems to be so thrilled. I am sure she is cherishing it with her life./Yes, that nickname "Roastem, Toastem, Postem" certainly is true! I am being roasted and toasted by the ever-shining Poston sun. You may not believe this but in the mornings 6:30 A.M. no one wears a sweater or coat for it is warm.--In the evenings, 9:00 P.M., people are walking about without wraps./Tuesday, May 11th, the first group of volunteers left for Salt Lake City to be inducted into the U.S. Army. I beg your pardon it was Monday--May 10th./19 boys from Camp III; 5 boys from Camp II; 12 boys from Camp I./A procession of trucks with one volunteer on each truck left Poston III and headed for Poston I. Camp II joined in the procession--making 24 trucks full of people going one after another. It certainly was a sight to see./In Camp I a talent show was held in honor of the boys. Also at this time administration officials spoke. Then at 8:45 P.M. all the volunteers hopped on the awaiting bus. Leaving a puff of smoke behind them they were off to fight for our country, U.S.A. It was a sad but yet a happy parting. I felt so sorry for the mothers./Well, graduation is slowly drawing near. We are going to wear cotton, sheer, dresses of pastel colors./I shall be glad to send you a picture just as soon as it arrives./Well, that's about all the news for today./Miss Breed, I certainly wish you would come to Poston but I suggest you come a little later when it is not so hot./Hope to hear from you again soon and please give my best to Miss McNary./Most respectfully,/Louise Ogawa
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