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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Sam Ogo Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-193-2)
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Father's job working for a railroad company; a terrible accident

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.

Sam Ogo Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-193-1)
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Family background; growing up part of a railroad workers' community

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.

Richard H. Yamamoto Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-191-4)
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Father's job as a redcap at the train station

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.

Richard H. Yamamoto Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-191-5)
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Description of redcap duties

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.

Roy Ebihara Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-222-2)
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Father's work as a skilled machinist with the Santa Fe railroad
Katsugo Miho Interview I Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1022-1-4)
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Growing up in the town of Kahului, Hawaii: significance of railroading and stevedoring
Kenji Onishi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-one-7-62-2)
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Father's work for the railroad after immigrating to the U.S.

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Kenji Onishi Interview Segment 6 (ddr-one-7-62-6)
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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)
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Living conditions while working for the Great Northern Railway during the war

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tad Sato Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-82-21)
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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

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

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

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