Sumida Family Collection ddr-densho-379
doc Letter from Chimata Sumida to his family (ddr-densho-379-1)
First letter from Chimata Sumida to his wife, Masako Sumida, after arriving at Ft. Missoula Internment Camp from Tuna Canyon.
doc Letter from Grace Sumida to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-2)
First letter from Grace Sumida to her father, Chimata Sumida, upon his arrival to Ft. Missoula Internment Camp. She describes what is happening in their home in Los Angeles, business, and friends.
doc Letter from Chimata Sumida to his family (ddr-densho-379-3)
Second letter from Chimata Sumida describing life in the internment camp. He mentions status of their family friends in the camp. He also mentions the Alien hearings and that no prisoner had his case resolved to date.
doc Letter from Grace Sumida to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-4)
Letter written by Grace Sumida (representing his wife (Masako) and all their children to Chimata Sumida. In the letter, Grace Sumida describing activities, in particular liquidating the family appliance store, C. Sumida and Son.
doc Letter from Chimata Sumida to Sumida Family (ddr-densho-379-5)
Letter describes life in the Ft. Missoula internment camp. He states that the overall age of men in camp is over 55. The Japanese Camp's average age is 38.
doc Letter from Emmy Sumida Ito to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-6)
First letter from Emmy Sumida to her father Chimata Sumida describing status of a few Japanese businesses in Los Angeles including the reorganization of Sun Produce, where her future husband. Ken Ito, was named a manager. She also mentions air raids along the western coast of California.
doc Letter from Grace Sumida to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-7)
Letter describes the daily lives of her family and her siblings while awaiting evacuation notification. She congratulates her father for being elected to Councilman and his former employee, Yoshio Takashima for Mailman. She mentions Emmy was doing Y.W.C.A. advising. She also congratulates her father on his election as a Councilman, and Yoshio Takashima's election as mailman …
doc Letter from Chimata Sumida to Sumida Family (ddr-densho-379-8)
Letter describes camp life. He mentions that the camp regulations limit sending 3 letters a week, not more than 24 lines a letter. He also requested sporting good items be sent to him because the internees need more exercise.
doc Letter from Alice Sumida Endo to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-9)
Letter mentions that she was sending formal studio pictures taken of son, Todd, because their personal cameras were "impounded." She describes the difficulties and uncertainties that people are enduring while waiting for evacuation orders.
doc Letter from Marjorie Yohko Sumida to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-10)
First letter from Yohko Sumida to her father, Chimata Sumida. She mentions that her "American" friends are very kind and that is helpful to her. She mentions using her chore money to buy Defense stamps.
doc Letter from Grace Sumida to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-11)
Letter mentions that the first "contingent" of evacuees were leaving on Monday, and the letter provides information about evacuation plans of their families, as well, as relatives and friends. The Sumida family is scheduled after that. The family decided to adhere to evacuation orders since they didn't have enough money to relocate on their own. She …
doc Letter from Chimata Sumida to Grace Sumida and Family (ddr-densho-379-12)
Letter requests the family sends all of his personal belongings since he might not be able to see them during the "duration of this emergency period of time which might last years." He requested tennis equipment be sent because they would soon have a tennis court at Ft. Missoula.
doc Letter from Grace Sumida to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-13)
Letter describes Little Tokyo as a "ghost town", with the majority of stores closed, and the produce houses either closed or sold. She is the only one in the immediate family that is still working, and describes current evacuation news of friends. Also mentions that Emmy was marrying Ken Ito on Saturday. Expressed sadness of the …
doc Letter from Emmy Sumida Ito to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-14)
Letter describes her happiness that Chimata, her father, gave his blessing for her marriage to Ken Ito, and the plans for their upcoming wedding.
doc Letter from Aiji Endo to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-15)
First letter from Aiji Endo to his father-in-law, Chimata Sumida, that explains what is going on about evacuation plans. He states that the Parker Dam War Relocation project, in which he had signed up as a draftsman was cancelled by the Army. He had planned to have the family join him, so instead the current plan …
doc Letter from Ken Ito to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-16)
First letter from Ken Ito after his marriage to Emmy Sumida. He mentions that their district is scheduled to go to Santa Anita Assembly Center on April 30th or May 1st.
doc Letter from Emmy Sumida Ito to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-17)
Emmy Ito's first letter after her marriage to Ken Ito to her father, Chimata Sumida, talks about plans and packing to go to Santa Anita Assembly Center very soon.
doc Letter from Alice Sumida Endo to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-18)
Letter mentions that they found tenants for the house with a rental fee of $32.50/month. She describes their life waiting for evacuation. She states that the Japanese community already has committees working on rehabilitation after the war.
doc Letter from Grace Sumida to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-19)
Letter mentions that life became a "series of apprehensions as to the future of all." She talks about friends who moved to Denver on their own and how they are doing. In the letter, Grace congratulated her father as to his election to the office of Assistant Mayor of Ft. Missoula Detention Center.
doc List of articles sent via parcel post (ddr-densho-379-20)
Description of items sent to Chimata Sumida at Ft. Missoula via parcel post
doc Letter from Grace Sumida to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-21)
Letter describes last minute packing and arrangements before their evacuation. It describes who is being evacuated with them on Thursday, and the evacuation dates of other friends.
doc Letter from Chimata Sumida to Grace Sumida Nagai (ddr-densho-379-22)
Letter asks for help purchasing watches and used golf clubs for other internees. Chimata Sumida states that since some of the internees have returned to Los Angeles and filled the family in on news at Ft. Missoula, he no longer needs to let them know the daily news.
doc Letter from Emmy Sumida Ito to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-23)
Letter written four weeks after she was sent to Santa Anita Assembly Center. She and her husband Ken Ito lived in a 20' x 8' room with 3 windows. The rest of the Sumida family arrived one week later, and she visits them almost every day.
doc Letter from Ken Ito to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-24)
Ken Ito apologizes to his new father-in-law, Chimata Sumida, for not writing in awhile because of all the chores of packing and unpacking after arriving at Santa Anita Assembly Center.
doc Letter from Tetsuro Sumida to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-25)
Letter from Tets Sumida to his father describing life at Santa Anita Assembly Center from the perspective of a young school-age Nisei. He expresses his hope that there will be college-level classes during internment, but in their absence he hopes to take practical classes like typing and bookkeeping.