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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Hiroshi Shin (ddr-densho-471-121)
img Hiroshi Shin (ddr-densho-471-121)
Hiroshi Shin poses for a portrait. Caption on the picture reads: "To Toshiyuki / Hiroshi Shin at Tule Lake".
Semmy (ddr-densho-287-171)
img Semmy (ddr-densho-287-171)
Photograph of Semmy holding a piece of lumber next to a river. Written below the image on the album page is "Semmy" in white ink.
Eug (ddr-densho-287-683)
img Eug (ddr-densho-287-683)
Photograph of a man sitting on a railing. Written on the album page below the image is "Eug" in black ink.
Mr. Tanaka (ddr-densho-287-223)
img Mr. Tanaka (ddr-densho-287-223)
Photograph of Mr. Tanaka standing on a dock. Written on the album page below the image is "Mr. Tanaka, Book-keeper" in white ink.
Halibate (ddr-densho-287-245)
img Halibate (ddr-densho-287-245)
Photograph of two unidentfied people standing next to a 210 pound 6 foot 4 inch halibate. One of the people is sitting on the other's shoulders.
Sam Hattai (ddr-densho-287-234)
img Sam Hattai (ddr-densho-287-234)
Photograph of Sam Hattai standing on a dock. Written on the album page is "Sam Hattai" in white ink.
Mits Kashiwaga (ddr-densho-287-224)
img Mits Kashiwaga (ddr-densho-287-224)
Photograph of "Mits" Kashiwagi sitting atop some fishing nets. Written on the album page below the image is "'Mits' Kashiwagi" in white ink.
Man on railing (ddr-densho-287-250)
img Man on railing (ddr-densho-287-250)
Photograph of an unidentified man sitting on a railing that is covered in fishing nets.
Wash Can Crew (ddr-densho-287-326)
img Wash Can Crew (ddr-densho-287-326)
Photograph of eight unidentfied people call sitting on a tractor. Written on the album page below the image is "Wash - Can Crew" in white pencil.
Samuel Hokari (ddr-densho-287-225)
img Samuel Hokari (ddr-densho-287-225)
Photograph of Samuel Hokari sitting on a railing. Written on the album page below the image is "Samuel Hokari" in white ink.
Pitching Fish (ddr-densho-287-682)
img Pitching Fish (ddr-densho-287-682)
Photograph of men standing in a pile of fish. Written on the album page below the image is "Pitching Fish" in black ink.
Butcher Crew (ddr-densho-287-680)
img Butcher Crew (ddr-densho-287-680)
Photograph of 10 men posing together on a deck. Written on the album page above the image is "The Butcher Crew" in black ink. Written on the album page below the image: "Yano - Osumi - George Bozo - Yoshi - Masak -- Hippo - Kenny - Ed" in black ink.
Sammy (ddr-densho-287-177)
img Sammy (ddr-densho-287-177)
Photoraph of Sammy Hokari sitting on a log near a body of water. Written on the album page to the left of the picture is "Sammy" in white letters.
Masak (ddr-densho-287-681)
img Masak (ddr-densho-287-681)
Photograph of two men standing on a dock. Written on the album page below the image is "Masak - 1938" in black ink.
Sam Kozu (ddr-densho-287-220)
img Sam Kozu (ddr-densho-287-220)
Photograph of Sam Kozu sitting aboard a ship. Written on the album page below the image is "Sam Kuzo" in white ink.
Chick Uno (ddr-densho-287-219)
img Chick Uno (ddr-densho-287-219)
Photograph of "Chick" Uno outside holding a rifle. Written on the album page below the image is "'Chick' Uno" in white ink.
Art Joe Mits I Chop (ddr-densho-287-180)
img Art Joe Mits I Chop (ddr-densho-287-180)
Photograph of five men posing around a car. From left to right: Art, Joe, Mits Kashiwagi, Milton Maeda, and Chop. Written on the album page below the image is "Art - Joe - Mits- I - Chop" in white ink.
At the Cannery (ddr-densho-287-229)
img At the Cannery (ddr-densho-287-229)
Photograph of 5 men standing outside the Waterfall Cannery. Front row left to right: Sad, Bill, and Hippo Kawahara. Back row from left to right: Monkey and Horse. Written on the album page below the image is "Monkey - Horse - Sad - Bill - Hippo" in white ink.
Nachi (ddr-densho-287-684)
img Nachi (ddr-densho-287-684)
Photograph of Nachi sitting on a railing. Written on the album page below the image is "Nachi" in black ink.
The Cannery (ddr-densho-287-212)
img The Cannery (ddr-densho-287-212)
Photograph of a cannery. On the image in the lower left corner "Otto S." is written. On the image in the lower right corner "Waterfall. Alaska." is written. Written on the album page below the image is "The Cannery" in white ink.
Chick Uno (ddr-densho-287-226)
img Chick Uno (ddr-densho-287-226)
Photograph of "Chick" Uno outside by a river. Written on the album page below the image is "'Chick' Uno" in white ink.
Seine Boats (ddr-densho-287-213)
img Seine Boats (ddr-densho-287-213)
Photograph of several boats tied up a dock. Written on the album page below the image is "Seine Boats" in white ink.
At the dock (ddr-densho-287-235)
img At the dock (ddr-densho-287-235)
Photograph of an unidentified man sitting on a pile of fishing next on a dock. Written on the album page below the image is "1933" in white ink.
Monks Shimahara (ddr-densho-287-232)
img Monks Shimahara (ddr-densho-287-232)
Photograph of "Monks" Shimahara standing next to a pile of fishing nets. Written on the album page is "'Monks' Shimahara" in white ink.
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