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 (63)

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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 life ...

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
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."
Three men and a boy sitting on a logged tree (ddr-densho-34-21)
img Three men and a boy sitting on a logged tree (ddr-densho-34-21)
Left to right: Zenkichi Harui, unidentified Buddhist minister, Kaichi Seko, and an unidentified boy on a logged tree. The saw was built by Mr. Harui. The area shown is the future site of Bainbridge Gardens.
Lumber stacked (ddr-densho-299-13)
img Lumber stacked (ddr-densho-299-13)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-49-1953. 25 March 49 / NRS Project: / Lumber yard showing precut lengths / of pine, oak, sugi, and stacked uncut / lengths of bamboo and sugi. / Photographer - Orzio / Photograph by U.S. Army."
Logging crew (ddr-densho-124-30)
img Logging crew (ddr-densho-124-30)
Raisuke Tamura (left) visits an issei logging crew at Selleck, Washington. Raisuke sold Japanese goods and food to the workers living in Selleck.
Selleck sawmill housing (ddr-densho-178-8)
img Selleck sawmill housing (ddr-densho-178-8)
According to the photo donor, white sawmill workers' housing is in the background, and Japanese American workers' housing is in the foreground.
Isami Nakao - Kazuko Nakao Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-68-2)
vh Isami Nakao - Kazuko Nakao Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-68-2)
Prewar working conditions in the lumber mills: "Jap 1, Jap 2..."
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