Railroads

When the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act ended the immigration of workers from China, railroad companies turned to the Japanese to fill the void. Labor contracting companies such as Furuya and Tobo recruited workers for the Northern Pacific and Great Northern railways. Issei (Japanese immigrant) men were primarily manual laborers, working ten-hour days laying tracks.

Railroads (60)

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Kenji Onishi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-one-7-62-2)
vh Kenji Onishi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-one-7-62-2)
Father's work for the railroad after immigrating to the U.S.

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Fred Shiosaki Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-190-4)
vh Fred Shiosaki Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-190-4)
Growing up in a Japanese labor community in Hillyard

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Tad Sato Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-82-14)
vh Tad Sato Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-82-14)
Mixed reception from neighboring towns while working for a railroad company

Due to technical difficulties, this interview has audio problems in its second half.

Tad Sato Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-82-20)
vh Tad Sato Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-82-20)
Description of the Japanese American work ethic

Due to technical difficulties, this interview has audio problems in its second half.

Tadashi Kanemoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-11)
doc Tadashi Kanemoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-11)
Oral history interview with Tadashi Kanemoto. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_KANEMOTO_TADASHI
Naomi Tagawa (ddr-csujad-8-69)
doc Naomi Tagawa (ddr-csujad-8-69)
Oral history interview with Naomi Tagawa. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Tagawa, Naomi
Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, September 5, 1997 (ddr-csujad-24-78)
doc Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, September 5, 1997 (ddr-csujad-24-78)
A letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin in which she writes about doing research for the Yoshida railroad workers case. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_06_004
Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, August 27, 1997 (ddr-csujad-24-75)
doc Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, August 27, 1997 (ddr-csujad-24-75)
A letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin in which Weglyn writes about the death of her husband Walter and thanks Chin for his support. Weglyn also writes about her support for railroad and mine workers. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_06_001
The Newell Star, Vol. III, No. 3 (January 18, 1946) (ddr-densho-284-113)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. III, No. 3 (January 18, 1946) (ddr-densho-284-113)
Selected article titles: "Holland: Relocation Plans for All Free People Made" (p. 1), "Clarify Rules Regarding Alien Registration" (p. 1), "Southern Pacific Railroad Looking for More Workers" (p. 2), and "Student Relocation Council Services Offered Students" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Sepecial Edition (December 4, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-104)
doc The Newell Star, Sepecial Edition (December 4, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-104)
Special publication including article titles "Director Dillon S. Myer: Personal Visit Completed; Tuleans Are Complimented," "Old Friends Reunited," "Relocation Opportunity: Southern Pacific Company Bids for Tule Workers," and "Last Two Weeks."
Tad Sato Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-82-15)
vh Tad Sato Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-82-15)
Spending time in neighboring towns while working for the railroad

Due to technical difficulties, this interview has audio problems in its second half.

Tad Sato Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-82-12)
vh Tad Sato Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-82-12)
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor while working for the Great Northern Railway

Due to technical difficulties, this interview has audio problems in its second half.

Queen Anne and Seattle Railway yard (ddr-densho-26-226)
img Queen Anne and Seattle Railway yard (ddr-densho-26-226)
Written on back "West Q. Anne and Kinnear Park and Wheeler Bridge City Dry dumping site and G. N. Ry. Yard from my houee [sic], Looking East. July - 24 1948"
Kiichi Tange interview (ddr-csujad-6-30)
doc Kiichi Tange interview (ddr-csujad-6-30)
Oral history interview with Kiichi Tange. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_TANGE_KIICHI
Akira Yokomi (ddr-csujad-8-85)
doc Akira Yokomi (ddr-csujad-8-85)
Oral history interview with Akira Yokomi. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Yokomi, Akira
Clipping titled Exposed: America's World War II concentration camps (ddr-csujad-24-124)
doc Clipping titled Exposed: America's World War II concentration camps (ddr-csujad-24-124)
An article published in Mount Holyoke Alumnae quarterly, Fall 1997. A profile of Michi Wegyln that details her writing of the book "Years of Infamy" as well as her efforts to try to get redress for Japanese American railroad workers who were fired during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese ...
The Newell Star, Vol. III, No. 5 (February 1, 1946) (ddr-densho-284-116)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. III, No. 5 (February 1, 1946) (ddr-densho-284-116)
Selected article titles: "Closing Dates for Blocks 35, 36 Are Given" (pp. 1-2), "For Those Who May Be Released: Tentative Planning in Full Swing This Week" (pp. 1-2), "WRA Disposes of Granada Center" (p. 1), and "Recruiters Still Here: Southern Pacific Offers Work on If and When Basis" (p. 2).
Mara Mihara Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-194-1)
vh Mara Mihara Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-194-1)
Father's work as a redcap for a railroad company

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

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