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)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Takahashi v. Fish and Game Commission

252 items
Cannery in Orca, Alaska (ddr-densho-383-124)
img Cannery in Orca, Alaska (ddr-densho-383-124)
Written on photograph: "Northwestern Fisheries Co. Orca, Alaska. H.W. Stewart".
Scow filled with fish (ddr-densho-383-243)
img Scow filled with fish (ddr-densho-383-243)
The scow was used to collect fish from boats and transport them to the canneries.
Prince William Sound (ddr-densho-383-139)
img Prince William Sound (ddr-densho-383-139)
Written on album page below photograph: "Prince William Sound From our Room, 1931".
Northwestern Fisheries Company cannery (ddr-densho-383-249)
img Northwestern Fisheries Company cannery (ddr-densho-383-249)
Written on album page below phtotograph: "Hunter's Bay - Alaska '30".
Orca Cannery (ddr-densho-383-290)
img Orca Cannery (ddr-densho-383-290)
Written on album page below photograph: "Orca Cannery '31".
Perry Smithers ship docked at pier (ddr-densho-383-168)
img Perry Smithers ship docked at pier (ddr-densho-383-168)
Written on album page below photograph: "'Perry Smithers' at Orca".
img "Seakist" boat in Alaska (ddr-densho-383-241)
The "Seakist" was a cannery tender boat. A scow filled with fish is pictured alongside the "Seakist."
Cannery workers (ddr-densho-391-19)
img Cannery workers (ddr-densho-391-19)
Photograph of four cannery workers dressed for work. Second from the left is Kiyoko (Maeda) Yoshioka.
Mr. Nagamatsu (ddr-densho-287-222)
img Mr. Nagamatsu (ddr-densho-287-222)
Photograph of Mr. Nagamatsu standing on a dock in front of a cannery. Written on the album page below the image is "Mr. Nagamatsu, Our Boss" in white ink.
Horseshoes (ddr-densho-287-687)
img Horseshoes (ddr-densho-287-687)
Photograph of two men playing horseshoes. Written on the album page is "It's on! It's off!" in black ink.
Hippo and Kenny (ddr-densho-287-325)
img Hippo and Kenny (ddr-densho-287-325)
Photograph of Hippo Kawahara (left) and Kenny (right) sitting on wood beams on a dock. Written on the album page below the image is "Hippo - Kenny" in white pencil.
Sitting on railing (ddr-densho-287-176)
img Sitting on railing (ddr-densho-287-176)
Photograph of an unidenifed man sitting on a railing. Written on the album page above the image is "1934" in white ink.
Shinji Kozu (ddr-densho-287-216)
img Shinji Kozu (ddr-densho-287-216)
Photograph of Shinji Kozu onboard a ship. Written on the album page is "Shinji Kozu" in white ink.
Frank Miyamoto (ddr-densho-287-227)
img Frank Miyamoto (ddr-densho-287-227)
Photograph of Frank Miyamoto standing on a dock. Written on the album page below the image is "Frank Miyamoto" in white ink.
Hippo Kawahara (ddr-densho-287-233)
img Hippo Kawahara (ddr-densho-287-233)
Photograph of Hippo Kawahara sitting on a dock in front of a large pile of fishing nets. Written on the album page is "'Hippo' Kawahara" in white ink.
Waterfall Cannery (ddr-densho-287-179)
img Waterfall Cannery (ddr-densho-287-179)
Photograph of a large group of people mean outside the Makat Packing Corp Building. Written on the album page to the left of the image is "Water-fall 1933" in white ink.
From the Oil Dock (ddr-densho-287-214)
img From the Oil Dock (ddr-densho-287-214)
Photograph of several boats at dock and a cannery in the background. Written on the album page below the image is "From the Oil Dock" in white ink.
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 42 (June 17, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-30)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 42 (June 17, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-30)
"House Immigration Unit Favors H.R. 3566, JACL-ADC Reports" (p. 1) "54 Nisei Leave for Alaska Canned Salmon Work" (p. 1), "Vote for Claims Board Measure, Rep. Twyman Tells Colleagues" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 33 (April 14, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-101)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 33 (April 14, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-101)
"Pacific Northwest Trade Helps Orient Recovery, NWA Aide Says" (p. 1), "House Will Hear Legislations on Naturalization April 19" (p. 1), "Orders Halt on Hearing Against CIO" (p. 1), "JACL to File Brief with Top Court to Back Takahashi in Fish Case" (p. 2).
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