Typed and notarized letter from Teru Koyama to Edward J. Ennis, Director, Enemy Alien Control Unit. Page 6 of 13.

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Dr. Keizaburo Koyama Family Collection

Photocopy of a typed letter from Teru Koyama to Edward J. Ennis concerning the rehearing of Keizaburo Koyama's case. Mrs. Koyama then moves on to the more personal side of her husband's life. She speaks briefly on how difficult the Great Depression was for the family due to being a new dentist, her illness and the operation for their youngest daughter, and how business was slow due to there being three other Japanese dentists. In December of 1940, the widow of one of those dentists approached the Koyamas about buying her deceased husband's practice. The Koyamas felt it was too expensive, but since the location was in a better neighborhood and closer to the Caucasian families, they decided to buy the practice at the asking price. Business soon picked up and Dr. Koyama decided to drop his membership to the Japanese Association as a result.


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Japanese American Museum of Oregon; Portland, Oregon

Courtesy of Dr. Keizaburo Koyama Family Collection, Japanese American Museum of Oregon