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[Letter to Clara Breed from Fusa Tsumagari, Poston, Arizona, June 29, 1943]

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[Letter to Clara Breed from Fusa Tsumagari, Poston, Arizona, June 29, 1943]
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Poston, Ariz., June 29, 1943


Gift of Elizabeth Y. Yamada


1 letter and envelope from Fusa Tsumagari to Clara Breed.

Blk. 323-11-D/Poston, Arizona/June 27, 1943/Dear Miss Breed,/Thank you very much for sending me the letter, clipping on the N.Y.A., and cross word puzzles. Some of those puzzles are mighty confusing. I noticed on top of the N.Y.A. clipping that Etta Kett still manages to go out with fellows on automobiles on dates despite gas rationing and also tire rationing. She must have what it takes--or is that only in the comic strips?/Tetsuo explained to me why you were unable to come to visit us. We realize--"business before pleasure" is just one of those unavoidable things. From your accounts of your vacation you really had a good time despite some of the hectic moments. Nowadays vacation must mean doing anything out of the ordinary, then going back to work for a rest! For us one of the hardest things for us to realize is that every moment counts on the outside--in here one day is the same as the rest and no one is in a hurry to get anywhere./My sister is in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband doing domestic work. She says they don't like the work, so they have given notice to quit. After the 30th they will move elsewhere in Minn. Jobs are plentiful there, but the housing situation seems to be acute as in other cities. They are planning to rent an apartment with another couple. She says for me to stick around here for a while longer until they get settled. However, with more and more people leaving it leaves me feeling restless with an urge to go out.
/My brother, Yuki, is now working on a farm in Milwaukee. Due to some tie up with the Federal Reserve Banks he hasn't been able to withdraw the money which was to keep him in school. He is planning to work until about Nov., then enter school again. He claims that to become a doctor (a full fledged M.D.) is an "obsession" with him and he will attain his goal regardless of the amount of years and amount of work he has to do. Mother was worried for fear that after he started working he would not care to go back to school, but now has been rather assured by him that it will not be so. I'm glad for his sake that he plans to become something of value to mankind. I hope and pray that he will make a fine doctor someday./I can't imagine what you mean by "the rest of the week---was foggy and cold----and we had to wear coats and suits most of the time." That to me would be paradise! We roast in this hot sun all day and can't sleep until after ten!/The crickets are in their full glory. They get into our clothes and mostly on our nerves. If they would only get together and make some decent melody! They jump like grasshoppers and scare me more that I scare them when I try to catch them. /
Does your sister still correspond with many of us nisei's or is she too busy right now? /Well, Miss Breed, don't work too hard. Let me hear from you soon./Sincerely,/Fusa Tsumagari

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