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Gift of Ms. Elizabeth Y. Yamada, Japanese American National Museum (93.75.31AE)

Sept. 3, 1943
Dear Miss Breed,
Thank you ever so much for the iron which I received yesterday. Everyone was overwhelmed with joy when we saw the iron. I have been wondering all night how I can put in words my gratitude. And I always seem to end up by saying "Thank You." I hope in the near future I will be able to show how much I appreciate everything you have done for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you!
I ironed with it last night and it works beautifully. I wanted to write you as soon as I received the iron but I thought it best to wait until I received your letter. I hope you will include every penny you spent to purchase the iron.
Poston seems to be still the same hot, dusty place. With the heavy rainfall we had the other week, the grounds have become a little harder, and the wild grasses seem to have grown a little thicker, to my father's disgust.
As I recall, you asked in your last letter if I applied for leave. Well, I have not as yet. But to my surprise, my Eastern Defense Clearance Papers came the other day. The thing that was so surprising was that I didn't even apply for it. At the present time, I am trying awfully hard to convince my father that I should go out, but he feels that I should wait a little while. He believes I am too young in mind if not in age. But at the rate I am pestering him, he'll give in sooner or later, unless his patience holds out! I talk to him so that he says he even dreams of me talking to him of going out. I can just about imagine how he finally said yes, in his dream of course, but this doesn't satisfy me cause it was not in reality. But just you wait and see, I'll be writing soon saying, "I'm finally going out Miss Breed!" Oh what happy days that will be. But on the other hand, the thought of leaving my father leaves me hesitant.
School is scheduled to commence September 20th. Everyone in the office is kept very busy with registration etc. The office is still being remodeled, but hope it will be finished very soon.
Tonight's movie is going to be "Take a Letter, Darling." I am very anxious to see it since I have heard so much about it.
One of my girl friends relocated to Cleveland, Ohio, and she wrote and said that she just couldn't get use to the indoor theaters. In Poston the movies are shown outdoors, under the stars. She kept looking up at the ceiling thinking she would see the stars. While waiting for the movie to begin, everyone looks up at the sky trying to find the Big Dipper etc. (This is in Poston, of course). I can imagine how much she enjoyed the picture sitting in the soft-cushioned chairs.
I never thought I would have friends in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Colorado, Arkansas, Utah, Idaho, or Wyoming, but I do now!
One of these days, I'll be traveling all over the United States just visiting friends. I think that'll be such fun!
September 5, 1943
Hello Miss Breed!
Well, here I am again! I thought I'd wait a few days for your letter but not a day longer, so off this letter will go.
I know you are very busy but I do hope you will write very soon and inform me of the amount (total) I owe you.
"Take a Letter Darling" certainly was an enjoyable comedy! It kept us laughing all through the picture.
Well, Miss Breed I have finally joined the Poston Indian tribe. I imagine it'll take you centuries to join this tribe! You see, the only way you can join it is to become "black."
Wooo Wooooooo me out of news
Most respectfully,
Louise Ogawa
My best regards to Miss McNary.

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