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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Scow filled with fish (ddr-densho-383-243)
img Scow filled with fish (ddr-densho-383-243)
The scow was used to collect fish from boats and transport them to the canneries.
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."
Man next to oyster delivery truck (ddr-densho-39-47)
img Man next to oyster delivery truck (ddr-densho-39-47)
Japanese Americans were active in oyster farming in the Puget Sound area before World War II.
Three oyster farmers (ddr-densho-39-49)
img Three oyster farmers (ddr-densho-39-49)
Japanese Americans were active in oyster farming in the Puget Sound area before World War II.
Oyster processing building (ddr-densho-39-21)
img Oyster processing building (ddr-densho-39-21)
Original museum description: Photograph, black and white glossy of a building on pilings in the water. It was used in the oyster business. This could be at Willapa Bay in southwestern Washington. Some fingerprint and gray mark on photo. (Info from original museum description)
Oyster farm living quarters (?) (ddr-densho-39-50)
img Oyster farm living quarters (?) (ddr-densho-39-50)
Japanese Americans were active in oyster farming in and around the Puget Sound area before World War II.
New Washington company truck (ddr-densho-39-24)
img New Washington company truck (ddr-densho-39-24)
Before World War II, Japanese Americans worked in the oyster farming business in the Puget Sound area.
New Washington Oyster company truck (ddr-densho-39-23)
img New Washington Oyster company truck (ddr-densho-39-23)
Original museum description: Photograph, black and white glossy of a building of an oyster farm complex and a truck backed into the doorway of the building. The truck's sign says "New Washington Brand Oysters." The photo has a smudge mark on the building's roof and is turning brown. This might be at Willapa Bay in southwestern …
New Washington Oyster Company (ddr-densho-39-48)
img New Washington Oyster Company (ddr-densho-39-48)
Japanese Americans were active in oyster farming in the Puget Sound area before World War II.
Tugboat used in oyster farming (ddr-densho-39-22)
img Tugboat used in oyster farming (ddr-densho-39-22)
Original museum description: Photograph, black and white glossy of a tugboat with a tow line slowing pulling something (a barge?). There is someone standing in the boat. There is a forest in the background. Photo has turned brown. There are spots on the photo. This might possibly be Willapa Bay in southwest Washington at an oyster …
Cannery workers (ddr-densho-391-19)
img Cannery workers (ddr-densho-391-19)
Photograph of four cannery workers dressed for work. Second from the left is Kiyoko (Maeda) Yoshioka.
Woman at fish hatchery (ddr-densho-359-520)
img Woman at fish hatchery (ddr-densho-359-520)
The caption under the photograph in the album reads "Mrs. Otsuka at fish hatchery in Bonneville". Jeanette Otsuka
Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-145-2)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-145-2)
Reasons for Japanese immigrant participation in the cannery system

This interview focuses on the narrator's experiences working in the Alaska salmon cannery system in the 1930s.

Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 32 (ddr-densho-1000-145-32)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 32 (ddr-densho-1000-145-32)
Description of the physical layout of the Waterfall cannery, separate lodging for different ethnic groups

This interview focuses on the narrator's experiences working in the Alaska salmon cannery system in the 1930s.

Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-145-8)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-145-8)
Description of cannery jobs: vacuum-packing the cans, cooking the fish, stevedoring

This interview focuses on the narrator's experiences working in the Alaska salmon cannery system in the 1930s.

Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-145-5)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-145-5)
Isseis' roles as contractors in the canneries

This interview focuses on the narrator's experiences working in the Alaska salmon cannery system in the 1930s.

Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-145-25)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-145-25)
Unionization issue begins to affect the cannery system

This interview focuses on the narrator's experiences working in the Alaska salmon cannery system in the 1930s.

Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-145-4)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview IV Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-145-4)
Reasons for Issei involvement as contractors in the cannery system

This interview focuses on the narrator's experiences working in the Alaska salmon cannery system in the 1930s.

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