Agriculture

Many Issei (first-generation Japanese immigrants) began as sharecroppers. Others sought to buy land, but the Issei had to overcome obstacles preventing them from competing with white farmers. California and other states passed alien land laws prohibiting Asian immigrants from purchasing or leasing agricultural land. There were ways around the discriminatory laws: an Issei father could put the property in the name of his American-born child, or issei could form corporations in which a majority of the shareholders were American citizens. Despite the alien land laws, Issei farmers played a significant role in West Coast agriculture. In the years just prior to World War II, Japanese American families grew 35 percent of the produce in California. By the 1920s, Japanese Americans supplied 75 percent of the produce and half the milk to the Puget Sound region.

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Tractors (ddr-one-1-452)
img Tractors (ddr-one-1-452)
Color slide of two parked John Deere tractors in a field, appears to be an old John Deere 1940s model M and a newer 1950s Model A with a fork loader attached to the front. According to donor processed on June 20, 1951. For black and white negative please see ONLC 4821, for black and white ...
Frank on a tractor (ddr-one-1-574)
img Frank on a tractor (ddr-one-1-574)
Black and white photographic negative of Frank Hirahara sitting on an old tractor at a farm.
Kenjiro Kida in field (ddr-one-3-78)
img Kenjiro Kida in field (ddr-one-3-78)
Black and white photograph of Kenjiro Kida standing next to a sapling in a field. Above his head is written "Kida" in red ink. On the back is written "Kenjiro Kida" in pencil.
Kay Kido Threw Her Trousseau Overboard to Become American (ddr-one-3-76)
doc Kay Kido Threw Her Trousseau Overboard to Become American (ddr-one-3-76)
November 5, 1953 issue of the Mt. Adams Sun, Volume XIX, Number 6. The newspaper contains an article on the front page titled "Kay Kido Threw Her Trousseau Overboard to Become American." The article is about the Kenjiro and Miyuki "Kay" Kida process for American citizenship and their experiences living in the United States.
George Pyatt in front of downed tree (ddr-one-3-77)
img George Pyatt in front of downed tree (ddr-one-3-77)
Black and white photograph of four people, two standing on a downed tree, two sanding in front. George Pyatt standing in front of the down tree on the right side, "Pyatt" written below in red ink. Written on back of photograph: "Kay and Kida will know this one. George Pyatt in foreground."
Children on a farm (ddr-densho-28-9)
img Children on a farm (ddr-densho-28-9)
The Suguro farm was located in the Midlakes area of Bellevue, Washington. Front (left to right): Sumie and Toshi Suguro. Back: Mae Suguro, Eva Aramaki, and Mitsue Suguro.
Berry Association Committee building (ddr-densho-34-64)
img Berry Association Committee building (ddr-densho-34-64)
Mr. Geo T. Masukawa and his dog in front of the building where the Berry Association Committee met. The berry cannery would later occupy this site.
Berry cannery (ddr-densho-34-91)
img Berry cannery (ddr-densho-34-91)
This berry cannery was located at the end of Weaver Road on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Front (left to right): J. Nakata, S. Moritani, O. Koura, I. Hayashida, Mr. Masukawa, S. Sakai, Mrs. Moritani, and T. Moritani. Back: Nels Christensen, unidentified, and Mr. Matsumoto. The La Blanca is at the dock, ready to be loaded with berries ...
Current view of barn on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-35)
img Current view of barn on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-35)
An Issei couple operated a large dairy farm in a town formerly known as Days, Washington. With the advent of World War II, the they were forced to sell their farm for a fraction of its worth. This is the barn that housed most of the cows once owned by couple. Days, Washington no longer exists. ...
Current view of barn on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-48)
img Current view of barn on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-48)
An Issei couple operated a large dairy farm in a town formerly known as Days, Washington. The 1,300 acre farm had a property line that extended beyond the area shown here. With the advent of World War II, the couple was forced to sell their property for a fraction of its worth. This is part of ...
Current view of barn on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-37)
img Current view of barn on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-37)
An Issei couple operated a large dairy farm in a town formerly known as Days, Washington. The property line extended beyond the area shown here. With the advent of World War II, they were forced to sell their property for a fraction of its worth. This is the barn previously owned by the couple. Days, Washington ...
Current view of farmhouse on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-34)
img Current view of farmhouse on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-34)
An Issei couple operated a large dairy farm in a town formerly known as Days, Washington. The 1,300 acre farm also included valuable timber that grew on the property. With the advent of World War II, the couple was forced to sell their farm for a fraction of its worth. This is the original farmhouse that ...
Current view of former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-36)
img Current view of former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-36)
An Issei couple operated a large dairy farm in a town formerly known as Days, Washington. The property line extended beyond the area shown here. With the advent of World War II, they were forced to sell their property for a fraction of its worth. This is the original barn and house previously owned by the ...
Current view of barn on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-46)
img Current view of barn on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-46)
An Issei couple operated a large dairy farm in a town formerly known as Days, Washington. The farm was 1,300 acres. The property line extended beyond the area shown here. With the advent of World War II, the couple was forced to sell their property for a fraction of its worth. This is the interior of ...
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