Thursday, May 11, 2017

May 27 & June 21, 1943: Summer Work

Letter from Opa to INS


1011 More Street
Manhattan, Kansas
May 27, 1943
St. 16645

U.S. Immigration and
Naturalization Service
Kansas City, Missouri


During the summer months, i.e. from May 24 till September 15, 1943, I shall be working as assistant laboratory instructor for the Electrical Engineering Department of Kansas State College. The work will be 48 hours per week at a compensation of $28.60 per week.

I am planning on continuing and finishing my studies at Kansas State College in the coming school year.

Very truly yours,

Thomas W. Doeppner
Response from INS to Opa


U.S. Department of Justice
Immigration and Naturalization Service

June 21, 1943

St. 16645
Doeppner, Thomas Walter

Mr. Thomas W. Doeppner
1011 Moro Street
Manhattan, Kansas

Dear Sir:

Information has been furnished this office by the Kansas City office of this Service that you will be working full time as an assistant laboratory instructor for the Electrical Engineering Department of the Kansas State College during the summer months from May 1943 to September 1943.

This full time employment during the vacation period will be satisfactory to this Service. You will, of course, be expected to resume your studies at the beginning of the next academic year.

Sincerely yours,

Earl G. Harrison, Commissioner
T.B. Shoemaker, Assistant Commissioner

Opa is working the same laboratory assistant job through the summer, and luckily he is able to do it full time (more than!). His pay is about the same rate as when he did it part time. 

This letter exchange shows how much easier it is for Opa to work and provide for himself now that he has a student visa. According to this letter, he just has one more year left of school! Wow- time has flown!

Also- brace yourselves. I'm not sure exactly when he met my Grandmother, but by this point she is definitely in the picture. We'll be introducing her soon.

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