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Correspondence and the forced dispersal of Japanese Canadians

Teruko Ikeda

Raymond, AB on May 10, 1943

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: May 10, 1943
: Dear Joan.
: Its almost a few decades ago I had received your letter and I am sorry I had not written to you any sooner. I know your anxious to hear some news of Raymond so I’ll start and get down to business, even though there isn’t much news to write.
: My, its a lovely time to start snowing again when the beets are almost ready to be thinned by some farmers. Its fairly cold to-day and the temperature has dropped considerably. It started to snow around five and everythings white but I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see it all melted by to-morrow night.
: I hope you had a real good Easter holidays as for me I spent my Easter holidays going to school. I didn’t mind very much for I believed I learned something.
: Last week I forgot to take my excuse for being absent from school so the old Principal Jacobs gave me some detention to do. Boy, was I boiling. I could have knocked his block off, that is if he had one.
: On Friday the grade tens and some other grades were shown a moving picture about Spies. But you know every time there is something like that I’m never there to see it.
: Say, I heard Q.E. had cadets for girls. Are you taking cadets? I sure think its a good idea to have an organization for girls as well as for boys.
: R.H.S. has cadets only for boys but I’ve never seen them practising because they have it at night.
: From last week I started to go [???] a school girl at Mrs. Hudsons and I am staying there till I have to go into [???]. This family is very nice to me and I sure think a lot of them. Mrs. Hudson teaches at the Mammoth school out at the Ridge.
: News or no news, I like to announce the birth of [some little???] kittens which where [sic] born last week. They’re still blind but are getting fluffier and cuter each day. There been quite a few weddings this spring and I think theres going to be a [???] wedding on Sat.
: Its half past ten now and I still have to write a composition for to-morrow. It really was supposed to be handed in on Fri. but I wasn’t there so I have a chance till to-morrow. Thank Goodness. I guess you could picture me and Emee going to you for help every time we had any written work to hand in when I mention “Composition.”
: Well, I better close now. Good-bye and good-luck till I write again
: Your Friend
: Teruko Ikeda
: P.S. I would appreciate very much if you’d send me your snapshot. Maybe your wondering why I write on this paper instead of writing tablet but the truth is I’m too busy to buy one just now so I’ll have one by next time.

Preferred Citation

Ikeda, Teruko. Correspondence from Teruko Ikeda to Joan Gillis. 10 May 1943. RBSC-ARC-1786-02-26. Joan Gillis fonds. University of British Columbia Library Rare Books and Special Collections, Vancouver, Canada.