Letter Written by SPC Student Toshiko Senda ’42
to SPC President C. Hoyt Watson
May 25, 1942
Dear President Watson,
Here it is almost a month since I have been here in camp and I am
at last dropping you a line. It seems that I should be able to write
but I find it even harder than when I am going to school.
How are you and all the folks at good ole’ SPC? I suppose
you are busy; indeed very much so, with school business. With the
end of the quarter nearing there must be much excitement and activities
about. How I do miss SPC and all its many activities. I think of
you all very often and long to be there amid the Christian fellowship.
There is much one can say about this camp life both good and bad
but on the whole it isn’t too bad. It is so easy to complain
and also to be lazy here. There is no formal education but we are
planning for a daily vacation church school. We do, however, have
Sunday school and church services. We have choir practice, concerts
(records), a very good athletic program, recreation and are now starting
interest groups. I’m sure gradually we will have more.
At present I am working on the medical staff, sterilizing and filling
typhoid syringes and also doing clerical work. It keeps me busy six
days a week. I am enjoying the work at least, and I am learning something.
I don’t know whether you will remember or not but when I left
SPC you asked about my coming back for Commencement Exercises. Today,
I inquired at the Headquarters and I found out that I can go to attend
them. I am so happy and excited! There is one condition and favor
I must ask. With the gas rationing I find it difficult and I hate
to ask it but since it will be easier for me to get out I should
without permission ask you if you will be able to provide transportation
for me. The Headquarters’ Office has told me that if I have
someone be my custodian while I am gone and also have someone come
get me I will have an easier time getting out. Another requirement
which I need to ask of you is that I have a written request from
you stating that you would like to have me attend the Commencement
Exercises. Will you please write such a letter to Mr. J.J. McGovern,
Camp Center Manager, W.C.C.A. Puyallup, Washington. Also will you
please state as to the way of transportation if it is possible, and
also that someone definitely will take upon the responsibility of
being my custodian during my stay in Seattle.
I certainly more than appreciate your doing all this for me. It
is asking a great deal but I know you will cooperate. Thank you very
much. Another thing, too, will you please arrange about my cap and
I certainly will be anxiously awaiting your reply and also with
greatest anxiety to see you all once again.
May the Lord’s richest blessing and guidance be upon you and
yours for the remainder of the quarter and always.
Most sincerely yours,
Letter Written by SPC President C. Hoyt Watson to J.J. McGovern, Camp Center
June 1, 1942
June 1, 1942
Mr. J. J. McGovern
Camp Center Manager
W. C. C. A.
Dear Mr. McGovern:
Miss Toshiko Senda, who is now located in the Camp Center at Puyallup,
is a graduating senior here at Seattle Pacific College. Although
it was necessary for her to leave school a few weeks before Commencement,
by vote of our faculty she is being graduated.
Our Commencement Exercises are at 10 o’clock Monday morning,
June 8. We are very anxious for Miss Senda to be present to receive
her diploma and degree. It would be necessary for her to be here
by 9:30 a.m.
I understand that it may be possible for her to be released for
this occasion provided we arrange for a custodian and for her transportation.
This we shall gladly do.
Mr. William Hunter, assistant pastor and education director at
the College Church will be such custodian and will come after her
and bring her back.
We appreciate your kind cooperation in this matter and assure you
of our desire to reciprocate in every way.
Very sincerely yours,
C. Hoyt Watson
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