[Letter to Clara Breed from Louise Ogawa, Poston, Arizona, July 25, 1943]
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July 25, 1943
Gift of Elizabeth Y. Yamada
1 letter and envelope from Louise Ogawa to Clara Breed + 1 local ride ticket for the San Diego railway or ferry.
July 25, 1943/Dear Miss Breed,/After a long intermission may I begin by thanking you from the bottom of my heart for the book, To Meet Miss Long, which I so greatly enjoyed. It certainly brought back many happy memories except for that first formal. I imagine if the world was not in such a turmoil I may have experienced that too./Miss Breed, every time ink starts flowing from my pen I seem to ask you to purchase this and that for me. I cannot tell you how much it hurts me to have to ask. My parent doesn't seem to understand how busy you are. My brother is now living in Chicago, Illinois. We asked him to purchase an iron for us since ours broke. He has tried for a month but it seems impossible to purchase one. Then we asked our soldier friends but again it failed. As a last resort I am asking you with my head bowed in shame for I know how busy you are./Miss Breed, I wonder if you know of any store or friend who might have an extra iron (second-hand or new). As the people of would say, we are desperate for an iron--any kind just so it is an iron. In a place like Poston where we change our clothes at least twice a day an iron is the most essential thing. Of it is at all possible to purchase one, please inform me and I shall send you the money immediately./Poston is still the same old, dusty town. It seems to be getting hotter by the minute. One of the caucasian teachers went home to Berkeley and when she returned she told us of the wonderful weather she enjoyed. It was cold, cloudy, rainy, and damp--everyone wearing their fur coats. We were certainly surprised to hear that because we just won't be able to stand the sight of a fur because it'll make us perspire all the more./I imagine San Diego is having a wonderful weather--just as it use to./Did you recognize any of us in that little snap-shot? Because it was so small I imagine it was of little use trying to make us out./Well slowly but surely I have come to the end of my rope. So until the next installment, here's wishing you loads of luck and happiness./Most respectfully,/Louise Ogawa
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