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Monday, November 17, 2014

11 - Treasury Department - 16 May 1936

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Story so far: Grandma Cecile has begun planning her trip to visit her relatives back in her home village of Nieder-Mohrau, Czechoslavkia. She has been making arrangements for her travel, including checking on visa requirements.

By now it is the middle of May. She may or may not have yet received the sad letter from Minna, announcing the death of her niece, Elfrieda. It's back to the business of planning the trip.

Grandma Cecile receives a letter from the Treasury Department - the Internal Revenue Service. She must have asked them about whether or not she needed to be concerned with taxes. Not sure if she was thinking about taxes in the United States or abroad, but the answer is fairly simple.

Again, the subject of whether or not she is a citizen comes up. She does have a passport, so she must have been naturalized by then.

Here is the letter: 
Salem, OREG. May 16, 1936



Mrs. Cecile Beitel,
Box 207 Rt 1,
Stayton, Oregon.

Dear Mrs. Beitel:

If you are an American Citizen you will not need to attend to any Income Tax Report, but I would suggest that you carry your Citizenship papers with you. Are you an American Citizen?

Yours truly,
Thomas C. Frazier 
Deputy Collector
Post Office Bldg
Salem, Oregon
the letter

I've been on several trips abroad, but never have thought to be concerned with matters of the Treasury, so this letter seems odd to me. Maybe she knew she was going to be staying a while, or thought she'd be working while she was there? Maybe she was just being thorough. 

Story to be continued...... 
To read Post "12 - Postcard From Sr Agnes - 21 May 1936" click here