Letter written on behalf of Keizaburo Koyama by Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Goodenough. Page 2 of 4.
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Photocopy of a declassified letter written to Dr. William G. Everson, President of Linnfield College in McMinneville, Oregon and Chairman of the Alien Enemy Hearing Board by Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Goodenough. This is the second page of a four-letter. The letter continues, stating that early on in their relationship with the Koyamas, Mrs. Koyama confessed to a mistake they had made in the past. The Koyamas wanted to make sure that their friendship with the Goodenoughs was a loyal and honest one. The Goodenoughs do not elaborate on the nature of the mistake, stating it was "not to [sic] serious, certainly not un-American." Mrs. Goodenough notes that the Koyamas lived with them for a year and wholly earned their trust and love and came to see the Koyamas as family. Further on, Mrs. Goodenough adds that her husband has been unwell for the last five years and during that time, the Koyamas never once betrayed their trust or took advantage of them. Mrs. Goodenough feels that Dr. Koyama did nothing to warrant being picked up and that any association he may be part of would not garner government interest if it had been peacetime. She feels that Dr. Koyama is a loyal American and would never harm either the United States or her and her husband.
January 21, 1942
- Dr. Koyama
Oregon Nikkei Endowment; Portland, Oregon
Courtesy of Dr. Keizaburo Koyama Family Collection, Oregon Nikkei Endowment
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