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Railroads

When the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act ended the immigration of workers from China, railroad companies turned to the Japanese to fill the void. Labor contracting companies such as Furuya and Tobo recruited workers for the Northern Pacific and Great Northern railways. Issei (Japanese immigrant) men were primarily manual laborers, working ten-hour days laying tracks.

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C. W. McCabe's letter of recommendation for Harry Matsuoka (ddr-densho-390-32)
doc C. W. McCabe's letter of recommendation for Harry Matsuoka (ddr-densho-390-32)
A letter written by C. W. McCabe, manager at the Southern Pacific Company, recommending Tomio Ogata [Harry Matsuoka] as an employee.
George Sunada Timeline 1919-1947 (ddr-densho-415-3)
doc George Sunada Timeline 1919-1947 (ddr-densho-415-3)
Short biographical timeline of George Sunada's life from his birth in 1919 till 1947. Primarily focused on his work at Green River railroad yards in Wyoming.
Newspaper clipping (ddr-densho-415-6)
doc Newspaper clipping (ddr-densho-415-6)
Photocopy of a newspaper clipping from the Rock Springs Rocket on the mass firing of Japanese Nationals from the railroad industry.
Redress appeal (ddr-densho-415-7)
doc Redress appeal (ddr-densho-415-7)
Copy of George Sunada's appeal for redress eligibility. Documents how his and his family's constitutional rights were violated by the federal government.
The Newell Star, Vol. III, No. 5 (February 1, 1946) (ddr-densho-284-116)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. III, No. 5 (February 1, 1946) (ddr-densho-284-116)
Selected article titles: "Closing Dates for Blocks 35, 36 Are Given" (pp. 1-2), "For Those Who May Be Released: Tentative Planning in Full Swing This Week" (pp. 1-2), "WRA Disposes of Granada Center" (p. 1), and "Recruiters Still Here: Southern Pacific Offers Work on If and When Basis" (p. 2).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 38 (September 21, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-86)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 38 (September 21, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-86)
Selected article titles: "Homes Available for 500 in S.F." (p. 1), "Southern Pacific Railroad in Need of Many Laborers" (p. 2), and "May Register Monday for Next Tri-State Semester" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. III, No. 3 (January 18, 1946) (ddr-densho-284-113)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. III, No. 3 (January 18, 1946) (ddr-densho-284-113)
Selected article titles: "Holland: Relocation Plans for All Free People Made" (p. 1), "Clarify Rules Regarding Alien Registration" (p. 1), "Southern Pacific Railroad Looking for More Workers" (p. 2), and "Student Relocation Council Services Offered Students" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Sepecial Edition (December 4, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-104)
doc The Newell Star, Sepecial Edition (December 4, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-104)
Special publication including article titles "Director Dillon S. Myer: Personal Visit Completed; Tuleans Are Complimented," "Old Friends Reunited," "Relocation Opportunity: Southern Pacific Company Bids for Tule Workers," and "Last Two Weeks."
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 25 (June 18, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-25)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 25 (June 18, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-25)
Selected article titles: "History Project: Issei Railroaders in the Rockies" (p.1), "Tanno Laborers May Be Sent Home in Two Weeks: Wirtz" (p.1), "JACL Youth Survey among Chapters On" (p.1), "Supreme Court Decisions" (p.2), "Accent on Youth" (p.2), "Low Voter Registration in Hawaii May Bring in U.S. Registrars" (p.3).
Kenji Onishi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-one-7-62-2)
vh Kenji Onishi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-one-7-62-2)
Father's work for the railroad after immigrating to the U.S.

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 …

Kenji Onishi Interview Segment 6 (ddr-one-7-62-6)
vh Kenji Onishi Interview Segment 6 (ddr-one-7-62-6)
Description of childhood home: a boxcar

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.

Tad Sato Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-82-17)
vh Tad Sato Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-82-17)
Living conditions while working for the Great Northern Railway during the war

Due to technical difficulties, this interview has audio problems in its second half.

Tad Sato Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-82-12)
vh Tad Sato Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-82-12)
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor while working for the Great Northern Railway

Due to technical difficulties, this interview has audio problems in its second half.

Tad Sato Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-82-23)
vh Tad Sato Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-82-23)
Returning to the railroad after the war

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Tad Sato Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-82-14)
vh Tad Sato Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-82-14)
Mixed reception from neighboring towns while working for a railroad company

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Tad Sato Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-82-24)
vh Tad Sato Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-82-24)
Gradually moving up in the railroad company despite discrimination

Due to technical difficulties, this interview has audio problems in its second half.

Tad Sato Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-82-13)
vh Tad Sato Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-82-13)
Working for Great Northern Railway allows some to avoid concentration camps

Due to technical difficulties, this interview has audio problems in its second half.

Tad Sato Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-82-11)
vh Tad Sato Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-82-11)
Going to work on a railroad gang in Montana

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Tad Sato Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-82-21)
vh Tad Sato Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-82-21)
Typical meals, "miso shiru" one day, bread and jam the next while working on the Great Northern Railway during the war

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Tad Sato Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-82-15)
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Spending time in neighboring towns while working for the railroad

Due to technical difficulties, this interview has audio problems in its second half.

Tad Sato Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-82-18)
vh Tad Sato Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-82-18)
Working alongside white employees of the Great Northern Railway

Due to technical difficulties, this interview has audio problems in its second half.

Tad Sato Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-82-20)
vh Tad Sato Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-82-20)
Description of the Japanese American work ethic

Due to technical difficulties, this interview has audio problems in its second half.

Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-12-2)
vh Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-12-2)
Father's arrival in the United States, working on the railroad
Fred Shiosaki Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-190-4)
vh Fred Shiosaki Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-190-4)
Growing up in a Japanese labor community in Hillyard

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

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