Dorothy Sakuri


Claire D. Sprague


Mananzar Relocation Center, Calif.



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June 5, 1942

Dear Mrs. Sprague,

I received you letter yesterday and sure was happy to hear from you. I am use to here now but I still would like to go home to French Camp better. This is really a nice place though. The weather here is very hot. But French Camp is hotter. The other day a boy saw a scorpion and hollered so Yuriko [Yonemoto] and my brother, sister, and [Tome] [Yonemoto], my father and I went to see it. It is yellow. It had scissors and on the tip of his tail he has a large stinger. If he stings they say you’ll die in about 3 hours. It has many legs and a long tail. If you touch him or bother him he sticks up his tail and points his stinger at you then chose you. There are many snakes here too. I saw two gopher snakes already. I just got my typhoid small pox shot last Tues. [Tuesday]. My arm ached like everything but it is okay now. We have to go get two more typhoid shots. After I get my shots my arm just hangs like I was trying to lift a ton of iron. Please excuse my writing for I have to sit and write on the bed because we didn’t bring any tables or chairs. The water here is very soft. Everything gets clean right away. But the soap is hard to get off. I will try and draw you and the class a picture tonight and send it as soon as possible. Well, I'll close now.

Your sixth grade pupil,

Dorothy Sakurai

P.S. Please tell the class “hello” for me. Thank you.



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Letter from Dorothy Sakuri to Claire D. Sprauge, June 5, 1942