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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Takahashi v. Fish and Game Commission

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The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 56 (July 13, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-223)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 56 (July 13, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-223)
"B.C. Fishermen Disapprove of Biased Action" (p. 1), "Talks on ENI to be Heard" (p. 1), "Schmoe, Rev. Andrews to Leave this Week for Hiroshima City" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 42 (May 25, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-209)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 42 (May 25, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-209)
"NLRB Turns Down Petition by Two AFL Unions for Vote Among Alaska Cannery Men" (p. 1), "Honors to GI Dead and Dedication of Monument Set" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 72 (October 3, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-59)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 72 (October 3, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-59)
"Local 7 Rejects Ousted Officials" (p. 1), Postscript to World War II: Nation's War Dead to Return Oct. 10" (p. 1), "Court Returns Greenhouses to Japanese" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 39 (June 6, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-27)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 39 (June 6, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-27)
"Many Alaska Salmon Industry Workers Sought" (p. 1), "Report Cites B.C. Removal of Japanese" (p. 1), "Okada and Satow Will Speak Here Monday Night in Buddhist Church; Report on Claims Board Bill" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 31 (April 7, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-100)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 31 (April 7, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-100)
"Brief Raps Calif. Bill "Sheer' Bias" (p. 1), "Resignation of President Rojo from Local 7 Stirs Up Confusion Among Cannery Workers' Ranks" (p. 1), "U.S. Intelligence Officer Lauds Work of Nisei GI's in Japan War" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 28 (March 27, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-98)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 28 (March 27, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-98)
"Nisei War Memorial Committee Awaits Fund Report from Tacoma; $9,053.65 Total as of March 25" (p. 1), "Two Nisei GI's Die in Crash of C-47 Plane" (p. 1), "Cannery Leaders Begin Talks" (p. 1),
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 41 (May 21, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-208)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 41 (May 21, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-208)
"B.C. Union Resolves Not to Oppose to Japanese Getting Fish Licenses" (p. 1), "Local Community Will Pay Tribute to GI Dead May 30" (p. 1),
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 49 (June 18, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-216)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 49 (June 18, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-216)
"Civil Rights Members Ask Introduction of Measure to Defeat Bias Practices" (p. 1), "Rites, Burial for Two War Dead from Area to be Held June 25" (p. 1) "Local CIO Tells Nisei Not to Sit on Fence in Matter of Picking Cannery Union" (p. 1).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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