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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 20 (March 18, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-7)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 20 (March 18, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-7)
"Fort Denies GI's in Town Saturday Night" (p. 1), "Pay Differences Peril Continuance of Salmon Industry" (p. 1), "Most Japanese Unaffected by Deportation Rule" (p. 2)
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 27 (March 24, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-97)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 27 (March 24, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-97)
"Nisei War Memorial Drive Keeps on Rolling Along" (p. 1), "Top Court in Nation to Rule on Validity of Calif. Fish Code Barring "Ineligible Aliens" (p. 1), "Money to Fight Nisei Revealed" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 19 (March 14, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-6)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 19 (March 14, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-6)
"Alaska Cannery Contract Talks Start" (p. 1), "House Unit Halts Bills Preventing Alien Deportation" (p. 1), "Army Seeks More Nisei GI's to Aid Occupation of Japan" (p. 1), "Republican Majority Votes to Kill State FEPC Bill" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 21 (March 21, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-8)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 21 (March 21, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-8)
"Unions Reject Alaska Industrial Offer" (p. 1), "B.C. Students Ask Citizenship for Japanese, Indians" (p. 1), "Yoshida Urges U.S. to Stay in Japan to Insure Peace" (p. 1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 74 (October 10, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-61)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 74 (October 10, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-61)
"Nisei War Dead on Second Shipment of State Servicemen Killed in Action" (p. 1), "New Local 7 Cannery Union Officers Will be Installed on Nov. 1" (p. 1), "JCCC Promises Legal Experts for Japanese" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 34 (April 17, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-102)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 34 (April 17, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-102)
"A.V.C. Files Brief as Friend of Court in Takahashi Litigation; Assails Bias in Calif. Measure" (p. 1)," Local 7 Alaska Workers to Consider Strike Vote" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 35 (April 21, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-103)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 35 (April 21, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-103)
"Cabanilla Says: Local 7 Will Start "Throwing Punches' in Alaska Talks" (p. 1), "JACL Goes on Record as Backing Prompt Statehood for Hawaii" (p. 1), "U.S. Enters Takahashi Case" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 45 (June 27, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-33)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 45 (June 27, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-33)
"International Body Ousts Local 7 Officers" (p. 1), "Urges Board to Sift Loss in Evacuation" (p. 1), "Death of Race Ties Unit of NHA Set for Monday, June 30; Lack of Funds Forces Move, Aide Says" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 37 (May 7, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-204)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 37 (May 7, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-204)
"Japanese Canadians Will Use Their Provincial Franchise on June 15, Day of B.C. Election" (p. 1), "Washington State CIO Council Backs Local 7 in Fight against AFL Unit in Cannery Dispute" (p. 1).
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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