Industry and employment

At the turn of the century, Japanese immigrants (Issei) came to the United States to work on the rapidly expanding plantations of Hawaii and the farms, lumber mills, railroads and canneries of the Pacific Coast. They quickly realized this type of work was not going to bring them wealth, and many began looking for more promising opportunities. Farming, fishing and small businesses were often seen as the answer.

Industry and employment (346)

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Ten cent store (ddr-densho-353-80)
img Ten cent store (ddr-densho-353-80)
Heitaro Matsumoto's ten cent store, located at 902 Yesler Way. Note on back: "Meiji 38 Apr, went to Fife, then hotel in Seattle, Taisho 7 Feb."
A group on a truck (ddr-densho-353-51)
img A group on a truck (ddr-densho-353-51)
Family, neighbors, and a dog on a truck. Captioned: "Aiko and brother on running board, mother in driver's seat, Hideo Akachi (Mrs. S. Osawa's brother) on fender, died young."
Numoto family farm (ddr-densho-353-60)
img Numoto family farm (ddr-densho-353-60)
Captioned: "The Numoto family working on their thriving strawberry farm. The water tower is reminiscent of the days before a city water system existed."
img "Eddie Owada, Matsu" (ddr-densho-201-311)
Two Japanese American men in the snow, one in a chef's uniform. Caption on front: "Eddie Owada + me." Caption below photograph: "Eddie Owada, Matsu."
img "Fort Snelling Cooks" (ddr-densho-201-312)
Five men in cook's uniforms. Caption on front: "Fort Snelling Cooks."
Work ceremony (ddr-densho-325-149)
img Work ceremony (ddr-densho-325-149)
Sumito Horiuchi participating in a work ceremony.
Work ceremony (ddr-densho-325-152)
img Work ceremony (ddr-densho-325-152)
Sumito Horiuchi accepts a watch during a work ceremony.
Job award ceremony (ddr-densho-325-147)
img Job award ceremony (ddr-densho-325-147)
Sumito Horiuchi accepting a watch at a work ceremony.
Work ceremony (ddr-densho-325-151)
img Work ceremony (ddr-densho-325-151)
Sumito Horiuchi participates in a work ceremony.
Employee group photograph (ddr-densho-325-148)
img Employee group photograph (ddr-densho-325-148)
Sumito Horiuchi is in the front row second from the left.
Letter from the Office for Emergency Management, War Manpower Commission (ddr-densho-319-574)
doc Letter from the Office for Emergency Management, War Manpower Commission (ddr-densho-319-574)
Letter and informational materials about the shortage of manpower available to employers during World War II.
Set of correspondence regarding sale of Godefroy Manufacturing Co. (ddr-densho-319-234)
doc Set of correspondence regarding sale of Godefroy Manufacturing Co. (ddr-densho-319-234)
A series of letters sent regarding the sale of black hair dye to the incarcerated Japanese American community.
Power of attorney (ddr-densho-308-7)
doc Power of attorney (ddr-densho-308-7)
International Oyster Co., Ltd grants Kanamatsu Kanazawa power of attorney in connection to its dealings with Padilla Oyster Beds and Padilla Point Oyster Company. Kanazawa helped to start the oyster business in the Pacific Northwest when he learned that the cooler waters accelerated the growth of oysters. Oysters grown in the Pacific Northwest could reach commercial ...
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 35 (May 13, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-22)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 35 (May 13, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-22)
"Jackson St. Area Will Have Its Face Cleaned" (p. 1), "Masaoka Raps Bias Against Japanese" (p. 1), "Pictures Depict Life in Camp" (p. 1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 49 (July 15, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-36)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 49 (July 15, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-36)
"Accept Business Permit Applications to Japan" (p. 1), "JACL Goes Ahead to Speed Plans to Honor Nisei at Arlington" (p. 1), "Commons OK's Board to Sift Ouster Losses" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 4 (January 14, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-3)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 4 (January 14, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-3)
"Sees Complications in Return of Nisei Stranded in Japan" (p. 1), "Anti-Bias Group Eyes Removal of Race Restrictions" (p. 1), "Aliens Now May Apply for Business" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 41 (June 13, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-29)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 41 (June 13, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-29)
"House Unit Hears Masaoka's Plea for National FEPC Legislation" (p. 1), "H.R. 3771 Asks U.S. Citizenship for Alien Parents of GI's, Vets" (p. 1), "Equal Rights for Nisei in Trade Sought" (p. 1).
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