Timber

Japanese immigrants (Issei) replaced Chinese workers after the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act went into effect. Laborers were recruited by contracting companies to cut timber and work in sawmills. In rare instances, Issei women joined their husbands, living among the other workers in segregated shantytowns.

Timber (72)

72 items
Port Blakely sawmill (ddr-densho-34-84)
img Port Blakely sawmill (ddr-densho-34-84)
Torazo "Slab Harry" Nakao (in the white hat) and his co-workers at the Port Blakely sawmill on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Port Blakely is located on the southeast end of Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Harry Ueno Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1002-7-2)
vh Harry Ueno Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1002-7-2)
Returning to the United States in 1923, working in a lumber mill

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not ...

George Morihiro Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-182-6)
vh George Morihiro Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-182-6)
Helping father deliver sake to neighbors; father's work in the sawmill industry
Japanese men in suits (ddr-csujad-25-2)
img Japanese men in suits (ddr-csujad-25-2)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Five photographs are pasted on the page. The photographs appear to be taken in Washington in the early 1900s. Include Japanese men in suits. Also includes a photograph of a timber mill. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_07_01_002
Shig Imai Interview Segment 3 (ddr-one-7-49-3)
vh Shig Imai Interview Segment 3 (ddr-one-7-49-3)
Father's work with the Oregon Lumber Company

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Men and women in front of sawmill (ddr-densho-353-22)
img Men and women in front of sawmill (ddr-densho-353-22)
Mukilteo sawmill. Caption in album: "Japanese sawmill workers greet a new bride."
A group in front of a house (ddr-densho-353-33)
img A group in front of a house (ddr-densho-353-33)
Shoichiro Katsuno at Pontiac (now the Windermere/Sand Point area) Written on back: "House built by Mr. Katsuno c.1913. Paid only for glass, nails, stovepipe, all the wood was free for clearing the land, knew how to make cedar shakes from work in sawmill earlier."
Scenic photographs (ddr-csujad-25-24)
img Scenic photographs (ddr-csujad-25-24)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Three scenic photographs are pasted on the page. Include railroads, a house cart, and lumber mills. The photographs appear to be taken in Washington in the early 1900s. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_07_01_024
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-294)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-294)
A page from a photo album including Japanese family photographs. Some photographs are taken at the beach. One of the photographs depicts a Japanese man riding a horse. The photographs are taken in the early 1900s. Location is unknown. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_10_01_002
Port Blakely sawmill (ddr-densho-34-69)
img Port Blakely sawmill (ddr-densho-34-69)
This sawmill employed many Issei during the early 1900s. Port Blakely is located on the southeast end of Bainbridge Island, Washington.
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