June 23, 1942
My dear Carl:
I was very happy to receive your letter and to learn that Danielson had followed through with his agreement in regard to your appointment here.
Our school problem here is going to quite serious, as you have probably already imagined. We will have about 1,700 junior school youngsters which in itself is quite a problem. We don't have a damned book, building, desk, or a teacher as yet, which means we have quite a long way to go. We have employed Miles Carey from Honolulu as Director of Education; I have heard of him for the past several years. If he is as good as they say he is, he should be able to organize a good school program, something we have been wanting for a long time. We have been delayed in getting Miles a priority on the clipper from Honolulu.
I interviewed a Dr. Haydis in San Francisco, whom we also expect to employ and bring into the program. He has worked for a number of years in the Oakland school system and is very highly recommended.
I might tell you a little about the camp. At present we are building and occupying three camps, the first of 10,000, the others of 5,000 each. We moved in early in April and started the whole damned thing. Some days I wonder if it is coming or going, but the people whom we have here so far, some 8,000, seem to be very cooperative and are doing everything to help us. There will be two high schools and junior high schools, three or four elementary schools and there is a possibility of camps three, four and five being constructed. The whole thing is quite a task.
The housing situation at the present looks very, very dark. However, we hope to have before very long, quarters for families, but this is a problem that is yet to be solved. We have had so many things to think about we have not gotten down to working on the vitally important problems, but must soon. We will have some kind of accommodations but I don't know what they will be.
Beulah and the children are remaining at Sells; I have no intention of bringing them here. I can explain that more fully to you when I see you. I have been fired as superintendent of the Sells Agency and Beulah has been appointed in my place. Inasmuch as Beulah has a position now and the children are independent of financial help from me, you can guess what I am planning to do at an early date. As you know, there are still many trails and mountain province which I know better than any one else and nothing would suit me better than to be back over there before too long. I ran around over them for two years with the Healds and now I hope the time spent with them will pay dividends. This will be some weeks yet in materializing but I have definitely made up my mind.
You have probably heard that the Army is opening a school to train men to take over as military governors of the provinces in the Philippines as we take them back. I had a very interesting talk with General DeWitt in San Francisco on Thursday and he seems quite enthused about the thing and so am I. One of these days we will stop "dillydallying" and settle down to business and when we do, the whole nation of about ninety million people had better look out.
I want to say I am very happy you are coming down and we can be close together as we have big job to do; I am sure you will want to do your share. Tell Dorothy and the kids hello for me and I will be looking for all of you.