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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Chick Chigo Kelly Tinky Chuck Yami Sho (ddr-densho-287-237)
img Chick Chigo Kelly Tinky Chuck Yami Sho (ddr-densho-287-237)
Photograph of seven men on a dock. Top row left to righ: Chick Uno, Shugo, Kelly, and Tinky. Bottom row left to right: Chuck Shimomura, Yami and Sho. Written on the album page above the image is "Chick - Shugo - Kelly - Tinky" in white ink. Written on the album page below the image is …
Bunk room (ddr-densho-287-686)
img Bunk room (ddr-densho-287-686)
Photograph of 4 mean sitting around in a bunk room. Written on the album page is "Our room was always full" in black ink.
Album 2 (ddr-densho-287-151)
doc Album 2 (ddr-densho-287-151)
Milton Maeda's brown photo album of pre-war life including photographs of travel to Salem, Oregon; Yakama, Washington; and Alaska to visit friends and work in canneries, and college life.
Monks Shimahara (ddr-densho-287-221)
img Monks Shimahara (ddr-densho-287-221)
Photograph of "Monks" Shimahara aboard a ship. Written on the album page below the image is "'Monks' Shimahara" in white ink.
Noboru Nakagawa (ddr-densho-287-217)
img Noboru Nakagawa (ddr-densho-287-217)
Photograph of Noboru Nakagawa standing aboard a ship. Written on the album page below the image is "Noboru Nakagawa" in white ink
Monks (ddr-densho-287-175)
img Monks (ddr-densho-287-175)
Photograph of Monks Shimahara sitting on a railing. Written on the album page to the right of the image is "Monks" in white ink.
Sammy Hokari (ddr-densho-287-218)
img Sammy Hokari (ddr-densho-287-218)
Photograph of Sammy Hokari aboard a ship. Written on the album page below the image is: "Sammy Hokari' in white ink.
Aboard Western Pilot (ddr-densho-287-238)
img Aboard Western Pilot (ddr-densho-287-238)
Photograph of two men on the deck of a boat. From left to right: Kaz and Chick Uno. Written on the album page above the image is "Aboard Western Pilot" in white ink. Written on the album page below the image is "Kaz - Chick" in white ink.
Three Musketeers (ddr-densho-287-231)
img Three Musketeers (ddr-densho-287-231)
Photograph of three unidentified men holding rifles on a rocky beach. Written on the album page is "Three Musketeers" 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Frank Sho (ddr-densho-287-178)
img Frank Sho (ddr-densho-287-178)
Photograph of Frank Sho standing outside a wooden building. Written on the album page to the left of the image is "Frank 'Sho'" in white ink.
Harry and Yami (ddr-densho-287-169)
img Harry and Yami (ddr-densho-287-169)
Photograph of two men standing on a dock. Left to right: Harry and Yami. Written on the album page below the image is "Harry - Yumi" in white ink.
Hank (ddr-densho-287-679)
img Hank (ddr-densho-287-679)
Photograph of Hank on a deck. Written on the album page below the image is "Hank" in black ink.
Boats (ddr-densho-287-215)
img Boats (ddr-densho-287-215)
Photograph of two boat tied up at dock. Written on the album page is "Eskimo - Genevieve H" in white ink.
Anchors Aweight (ddr-densho-287-230)
img Anchors Aweight (ddr-densho-287-230)
Photograph of two unidentfied men standing on a dock holding oars. Written on the album page below the photograph is "Anchors Aweight" in white ink.
Milton Maeda (ddr-densho-287-685)
img Milton Maeda (ddr-densho-287-685)
Photograph of Milton Maeda sitting on a railing. Written on the album page below the image is "1938" in black ink.
Floyd (ddr-densho-287-678)
img Floyd (ddr-densho-287-678)
Photograph of Floyd on a deck. Written on the album page below the image is "Floyd" in black ink.
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