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Funeral procession (ddr-densho-25-4)
img Funeral procession (ddr-densho-25-4)
Horse-drawn funeral procession for Heiju Iseri of Thomas, Washington.
Mae Iseri Yamada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-267)
vh Mae Iseri Yamada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-267)
Nisei female. Born August 22, 1918, in Thomas, Washington. Grew up in Thomas, where parents ran a grocery store and farm. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Married in camp, and went to work in Weiser, Idaho, and Ontario, Oregon. After the war, returned …
John Kanda Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-116-1)
vh John Kanda Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-116-1)
Early years, growing up in the Thomas-Auburn area, Washington

This interview is part of a collaborative effort of the Puyallup Valley Japanese American Citizens League and Densho.

Issei-run store (ddr-densho-25-11)
img Issei-run store (ddr-densho-25-11)
Matahichi and Kisa Iseri ran a small store and berry farm in Thomas, Washington. Matahichi first opened the store in the family's garage shown here.
Man and three children at riverside (ddr-densho-201-319)
img Man and three children at riverside (ddr-densho-201-319)
Japanese American man and three children at riverside. Caption on front: "White River Judo Picnic Lakota Beach Washington, 1928. Masao Yamashita, me, Thomas Hikida, Tatuo Yonetani."
Testimony of Thomas S. Takemura (ddr-densho-67-153)
doc Testimony of Thomas S. Takemura (ddr-densho-67-153)
Written testimony of Thomas S. Takemura of Tacoma, Washington. Incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and then moved to Illinois. This testimony was presented at the CWRIC hearing in Seattle, Washington, on Wednesday, September 9, 1981, in the section titled "Veterans." Personal information excised by Densho.
Testimony of Thomas P. Takayoshi (ddr-densho-67-284)
doc Testimony of Thomas P. Takayoshi (ddr-densho-67-284)
Written testimony of Thomas P. Takayoshi. Incarcerated in the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. This testimony was submitted for the CWRIC hearings in Seattle, Washington, September 9-11, 1981. Personal information excised by Densho.
Testimony of Thomas T. Shigio (ddr-densho-67-175)
doc Testimony of Thomas T. Shigio (ddr-densho-67-175)
Written testimony of Thomas T. Shigio of Auburn, Washington. Incarcerated in the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. This testimony was presented at the CWRIC hearing in Seattle, Washington, on Wednesday, September 9, 1981, in the section titled "Economic Loss and Harassment." Personal information excised by Densho.

Narrator Mae Iseri Yamada

Nisei female. Born August 22, 1918, in Thomas, Washington. Grew up in Thomas, where parents ran a grocery store and farm. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Married in camp, and went to work in Weiser, Idaho, and Ontario, Oregon. After the war, returned …
Testimony of Thomas Y. Kometani (ddr-densho-67-321)
doc Testimony of Thomas Y. Kometani (ddr-densho-67-321)
Written testimony of Thomas Y. Kometani. Incarcerated in the Pinedale Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. This testimony was submitted for the CWRIC hearing in Washington, D.C., on July 14, 1981.
Testimony of Thomas Scott (ddr-densho-67-203)
doc Testimony of Thomas Scott (ddr-densho-67-203)
Written testimony of Thomas Scott. This testimony was presented at the CWRIC hearing in Seattle, Washington, on Thursday, September 10, 1981, in the section titled "Family Impact and Justice." Personal information excised by Densho.
Bill Hirabayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1014-4)
vh Bill Hirabayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1014-4)
Nisei male. Born September 12, 1923, in Thomas, Washington. Grew up in small town of Thomas, where family was part of the White River Valley farming corporation. During World War II, removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. After leaving camp, moved to Chicago and managed a large estate farm. Eventually …

Narrator George Iseri

Nisei male. Born April 23, 1920, in Thomas, Washington. Grew up in Thomas where father ran a general store. During World War II, removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center, California, and the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Left camp to work in Weiser, Idaho, and opened a service station. Eventually moved to Ontario, Oregon.

Narrator Bill Hirabayashi

Nisei male. Born September 12, 1923, in Thomas, Washington. Grew up in small town of Thomas, where family was part of the White River Valley farming corporation. During World War II, removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. After leaving camp, moved to Chicago and managed a large estate farm. Eventually …
Issei-owned store (ddr-densho-25-9)
img Issei-owned store (ddr-densho-25-9)
Matahichi and Kisa Iseri sold imported and dry goods from Japan as well as general merchandise to the Japanese American community in the White River Valley. When they started the business, the Iseris used their garage, as seen here. Later, they built a bigger store in front of their property.
Opening celebration, White River judo dojo (ddr-densho-25-7)
img Opening celebration, White River judo dojo (ddr-densho-25-7)
Matahichi Iseri and his wife, Kisa, were very supportive of youth activities, and in 1927 they converted part of their warehouse into a judo dojo. This dinner was held to celebrate the opening of the dojo.
The Leonard Store (ddr-densho-25-10)
img The Leonard Store (ddr-densho-25-10)
The Leonard Store was an important business in the White River Valley. Leonard introduced modern conveniences such as post office boxes and phones to the community. He also catered to the local Nikkei and imported various goods from Japan. Matahichi Iseri, a prominent Issei, worked for Leonard who promised to make him a partner in the …
Man cutting spinach (ddr-densho-25-100)
img Man cutting spinach (ddr-densho-25-100)
Nasoji Kume cutting spinach for the cannery. (Identification on the photograph.)
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