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.

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Railroads (61)

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Wyoming baseball team (ddr-densho-113-12)
img Wyoming baseball team (ddr-densho-113-12)
These Issei men worked together on the railroads and in the coal mines in Wyoming.
Wyoming baseball team (ddr-densho-113-13)
img Wyoming baseball team (ddr-densho-113-13)
These Issei men worked together on the railroad in the coal mines in Wyoming.
Men working on a railroad (ddr-densho-353-43)
img Men working on a railroad (ddr-densho-353-43)
Captioned: "Snoqualmie Falls crew laying railroad tracks."
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).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 38 (September 21, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-86)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 38 (September 21, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-86)
Selected article titles: "Homes Available for 500 in S.F." (p. 1), "Southern Pacific Railroad in Need of Many Laborers" (p. 2), and "May Register Monday for Next Tri-State Semester" (p. 4).
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."
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 25 (June 18, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-25)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 25 (June 18, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-25)
Selected article titles: "History Project: Issei Railroaders in the Rockies" (p.1), "Tanno Laborers May Be Sent Home in Two Weeks: Wirtz" (p.1), "JACL Youth Survey among Chapters On" (p.1), "Supreme Court Decisions" (p.2), "Accent on Youth" (p.2), "Low Voter Registration in Hawaii May Bring in U.S. Registrars" (p.3).
C. W. McCabe's letter of recommendation for Harry Matsuoka (ddr-densho-390-32)
doc C. W. McCabe's letter of recommendation for Harry Matsuoka (ddr-densho-390-32)
A letter written by C. W. McCabe, manager at the Southern Pacific Company, recommending Tomio Ogata [Harry Matsuoka] as an employee.
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.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of …

Kenji Onishi Interview Segment 6 (ddr-one-7-62-6)
vh Kenji Onishi Interview Segment 6 (ddr-one-7-62-6)
Description of childhood home: a boxcar

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-12-2)
vh Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-12-2)
Father's arrival in the United States, working on the railroad
Sam Ogo Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-193-1)
vh Sam Ogo Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-193-1)
Family background; growing up part of a railroad workers' community

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.

Sam Ogo Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-193-2)
vh Sam Ogo Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-193-2)
Father's job working for a railroad company; a terrible accident

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.

Richard H. Yamamoto Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-191-4)
vh Richard H. Yamamoto Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-191-4)
Father's job as a redcap at the train station

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.

Richard H. Yamamoto Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-191-5)
vh Richard H. Yamamoto Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-191-5)
Description of redcap duties

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.

Roy Ebihara Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-222-2)
vh Roy Ebihara Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-222-2)
Father's work as a skilled machinist with the Santa Fe railroad
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.

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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