Envelope and three letters to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Koyama family

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Dr. Keizaburo Koyama Family Collection

White envelope addressed to Mr. Kei Koyama in Missoula, Montana, from the Koyama family in Portland. The envelope is postmarked December 31, 1941. A purple "CENSORED" stamp is on the front of the envelope. Inside the envelope are three letters from Kei's daughter, Miriam Kiyo Koyama; his son, William Koyama; and his wife, Teru Koyama. Miriam writes in a thank you card to her father, tells him that she reads the Bible and prays each night, and wishes to hear from him soon. Has two postscripts: the first is that she is brave, and the second is that "she is sometimes naughty, but not sick." William writes to his father about Christmas dinner, his impending graduation, and his grades. He asks about the weather and describes the weather in Portland. Teru writes about missing him, about the family's attempts to see over the last few days when he may have been in Portland, and how she learned recently that he was no longer in Portland. She writes that she is mailing him some extra clothing since it's cold in Montana and the clothing will be his Christmas present from his son. She asks that he let her know when he receives them and asks if he needs anything else. She also writes to him about financial matters for the family and how they were handled. She asks about lending his office space to another doctor to use. She mentions that she is not in need of any money and that she will spend tomorrow finding out about filing cards for the business and doing some collections. She tells him about the people who are helping the family and that this may be God's plan for him to have a vacation.




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Courtesy of the Koyama Family Collection, Japanese American Museum of Oregon