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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Bill and Sao (ddr-densho-287-170)
img Bill and Sao (ddr-densho-287-170)
Photograph of two men in front of a large pile of fishing nets. From left to right: Bill and Sao. Written on the album page below the image is "Bill - Sao" in white ink.
Halibut caught by Norman (ddr-densho-287-228)
img Halibut caught by Norman (ddr-densho-287-228)
Photograph of a 210 pound 6 foot 4 inch halibut with a man standing next to it. Written on the album page below the image is "Halibut Caught By Norman" in white ink.
Fishing boats hauling in the day's catch (ddr-densho-299-11)
img Fishing boats hauling in the day's catch (ddr-densho-299-11)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-49-1021. 8 Feb 49 / NRS Project: / Japanese fishermen haul in nets / off the coast of Odawara, Japan, / as the small boats are drawn to the / master ship, which is powered by / a deisel [sic] engine. When all boats / are together, the nets are emptied / and …
Japanese fisherman hauling in Tuna (ddr-densho-299-17)
img Japanese fisherman hauling in Tuna (ddr-densho-299-17)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-49-1018. 8 Feb 49 / NRS Project: / Japanese fishermen lay nets off the coast / of Odawara, Japan, for the day's tuna catch. / Photographer - Orzio / Photograph by U.S. Army."
Power of attorney (ddr-densho-308-7)
doc Power of attorney (ddr-densho-308-7)
International Oyster Co., Ltd grants Kanamatsu Kanazawa power of attorney in connection to its dealings with Padilla Oyster Beds and Padilla Point Oyster Company. Kanazawa helped to start the oyster business in the Pacific Northwest when he learned that the cooler waters accelerated the growth of oysters. Oysters grown in the Pacific Northwest could reach commercial …
Tugboats at Lummi Island (ddr-densho-353-144)
img Tugboats at Lummi Island (ddr-densho-353-144)
For several years, Kiichi Setsuda was president of the Japanese American Fertilizing and Fisheries Company at Lummi Island, near Bellingham.
A parade float (ddr-densho-353-326)
img A parade float (ddr-densho-353-326)
Captioned: "A float for a parade, sponsored by the Japanese fishing tackle dealers association."
Waterfront with gulls (ddr-densho-383-135)
img Waterfront with gulls (ddr-densho-383-135)
Written on album page below photograph: "Lunch Time For Seagulls".
Mr. Fujita on deck of ship (ddr-densho-383-83)
img Mr. Fujita on deck of ship (ddr-densho-383-83)
Written on album page below photograph: "Mr. Fujita, Cannery Foreman at Hunter's Bay, 1930".
Mr. Fujita and others on boardwalk (ddr-densho-383-335)
img Mr. Fujita and others on boardwalk (ddr-densho-383-335)
Written on album page below photograph: "Fujita-san, Our boss '31".
Two men on ladder to pier (ddr-densho-383-169)
img Two men on ladder to pier (ddr-densho-383-169)
From top down: Toshimi Nishimura and Mr. Fujita, the cannry boss. Written on album page below photograph: "Tosh and Mr. Fujita".
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".
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".
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