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 (201)

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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".
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".
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".
Orca Cannery (ddr-densho-383-290)
img Orca Cannery (ddr-densho-383-290)
Written on album page below photograph: "Orca Cannery '31".
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."
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 66, No. 13 (March 29, 1968) (ddr-pc-40-13)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 66, No. 13 (March 29, 1968) (ddr-pc-40-13)
Selected article titles: "Role of mediator in civil rights pictured for JACL" (p. 1), "Fishing area name 'Japanese Point'" (p. 1), "Nisei a 'White' to Eyes of NAACP Man" (p. 1), "San Francisco to dedicate Japan cultural-trade center" (p. 1), "JACL Role in civil rights: interpret the problem" (p. 1), "New Nihonmachi to rise north of …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 7 (February 12, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-7)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 7 (February 12, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-7)
Selected article titles: "Warren's 1942 Stand Demanding Evacuation Hit" (p.1), "Agricultural Exploits of Early Day Issei in San Luis Obispo, Watsonville, Role in Monterey Fishing Told History Project" (p.1, 4), "Great Lack of Communication between Nisei and Sansei Note by Psychologists" (p.1), "Utah Governor Signs Mixed Marriage Bill" (p.1), "'Nisei: the Pride and the Shame'" (p.2, …
Harbor Boat Building Company (ddr-csujad-43-22)
img Harbor Boat Building Company (ddr-csujad-43-22)
Photograph number 1095 of Harbor Boat Building Company. California Marine Curling and Packing Company can be seen off to the right side. Negative scan. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ter_01_039
Asunto (ddr-csujad-42-8)
doc Asunto (ddr-csujad-42-8)
A medical certificate issued by Dr. José Gómez García in Mexico. It certifies that Fumio Fred Takano has been diagnosed with appendicitis and necessitates the surgical intervention immediately. It appears that Fumio became ill when fishing Tuna in Mexico. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tak_01_08_001
Permit of local board for registrant to depart from the United States (ddr-csujad-42-7)
doc Permit of local board for registrant to depart from the United States (ddr-csujad-42-7)
A permit issued by Los Angeles Local Board. It certifies that Fumio Fred Takano's departure from the United States is "not likely to be called for military service." He works for Del Monte Cannery, San Diego, California, and requests the permit to visit Mexico for fuel supplies when fishing tuna. See this object in the California …
Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, December 22, 1942 (ddr-csujad-44-195)
doc Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, December 22, 1942 (ddr-csujad-44-195)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Includes reports on several issues facing the community, including the Monterey fishing problem and unemployment. A new, independent committee is formed to address these issues. Also includes discussion of acquiring the property located at 424 Adams Street in Monterey, the cost of remodeling the club …
California Marine Curing and Packing Company (ddr-csujad-43-23)
img California Marine Curing and Packing Company (ddr-csujad-43-23)
Photograph number 1097 of the California Marine Curling and Packing Co. [Company] on Terminal Island. Two men are pictured walking to the building while another man is pictured standing by a car. Negative scan. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ter_01_041
Jimmie Omura Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1002-11-9)
vh Jimmie Omura Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1002-11-9)
Memories of working in an Alaska salmon cannery as a teenager

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life …

Shig Miyaki Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-259-3)
vh Shig Miyaki Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-259-3)
Helping on fishing boats as a teenager

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Mako Nakagawa Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-66-1)
vh Mako Nakagawa Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-66-1)
Father's background: eking out a living in an Alaskan cannery
Toshio Moritsugu Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-318-3)
vh Toshio Moritsugu Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-318-3)
Growing up in Hawaiian fishing village called Fish Camp

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the …

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