Haru Tanaka


Claire D. Sprague


Turlock Assembly Center, Turlock, Calif.



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Turlock Assembly Center

Block A, Barrack 4, Dept. [department] 18

Turlock, California

Dear Mrs. Sprague,

I was glad to receive the nice letter you wrote. I don’t know what the visiting hours are now so when I find out I’ll tell you next time. Gee! Don’t you think it's very far from Stockton to this Turlock camp. I hope you could come to see us though. It’s a very long trip. At morning when I wake up and change my clothes we go to eat. Now-a-days we have tickets to go and eat. After we come home my sisters and I make the beds and clean up the rooms. We have two rooms. After that I play with my neighbor or do anything. Sometimes we used to go in the emty [empty] barracks and read library books. It is nice and quiet in the emty [empty] barracks. Yesterday the walnut grove people came in so I don’t think we could go in the emty [empty] barracks anymore. Eleven thirty we eat our noon lunch. After that sometimes I study my spelling or read my book. I don’t have anything else to do. Gee I feel like learning songs now but I didn’t bring my music book so I couldn’t learn now. I have only a spelling book and a library book to study. Sometimes we go up the grand stand and play up there. Under the grand stand the little childrens study. Last week my sisters and my mother were very busy making shelves and closets. My father made the tables and chairs. Altogether my father made four tables and six inside benches and four outdoor chairs. I’m still lonesome without those puppies yet. If you know where our place used to be you could go and see our puppies. We had three little kittens too. I wonder how big they are now. Maybe the little ducks hatched by now. Well I’ll have to close now.

Good Bye

Haru Tanaka



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Letter from Haru Tanaka to Claire D. Sprauge, July 11, 1942