Fishing and canneries

Japanese Americans found work at salmon canneries along the Columbia River in Oregon and Washington, and their labor was welcomed in Alaskan towns such as Ketchikan and Petersburg as early as the 1890s. They traveled by ship to the cannery towns, where they slowly developed small communities whose population swelled with the yearly arrival of workers. Issei (Japanese immigrant) entrepreneurs started the oyster industry from scratch in Puget Sound. Japanese American oyster farms became thriving businesses before World War II.

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Fishing and canneries (252)

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New Years celebration (ddr-densho-123-3)
img New Years celebration (ddr-densho-123-3)
New Years celebration hosted by Mr. Mamizuka, a labor contractor at the Alaska fishing and cannery company. His friends/co-workers are seated around the table. (L to R): unknown, Mr. Saburo, Mr. Masaki, Matsujiro Mamizuka, Mrs. Mamizuka, Bette Inui (who lived upstairs), Mr. Taoka, unknown, Mr. Ueno (?).
Tugboats at Lummi Island (ddr-densho-353-144)
img Tugboats at Lummi Island (ddr-densho-353-144)
For several years, Kiichi Setsuda was president of the Japanese American Fertilizing and Fisheries Company at Lummi Island, near Bellingham.
Man at fish hatchery (ddr-densho-359-524)
img Man at fish hatchery (ddr-densho-359-524)
Unidentified man poses at the Bonneville fish hatchery.
A parade float (ddr-densho-353-326)
img A parade float (ddr-densho-353-326)
Captioned: "A float for a parade, sponsored by the Japanese fishing tackle dealers association."
Women at fish hatchery (ddr-densho-359-520)
img Women at fish hatchery (ddr-densho-359-520)
The caption under the photograph in the album reads "Mrs. Otsuka at fish hatchery in Bonneville".
Mr. Fujita and others on boardwalk (ddr-densho-383-335)
img Mr. Fujita and others on boardwalk (ddr-densho-383-335)
Written on album page below photograph: "Fujita-san, Our boss '31".
Waterfront with gulls (ddr-densho-383-135)
img Waterfront with gulls (ddr-densho-383-135)
Written on album page below photograph: "Lunch Time For Seagulls".
Two men on ladder to pier (ddr-densho-383-169)
img Two men on ladder to pier (ddr-densho-383-169)
From top down: Toshimi Nishimura and Mr. Fujita, the cannry boss. Written on album page below photograph: "Tosh and Mr. Fujita".
Mr. Fujita on deck of ship (ddr-densho-383-83)
img Mr. Fujita on deck of ship (ddr-densho-383-83)
Written on album page below photograph: "Mr. Fujita, Cannery Foreman at Hunter's Bay, 1930".
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