Industry and employment

At the turn of the century, Japanese immigrants (Issei) came to the United States to work on the rapidly expanding plantations of Hawaii and the farms, lumber mills, railroads and canneries of the Pacific Coast. They quickly realized this type of work was not going to bring them wealth, and many began looking for more promising opportunities. Farming, fishing and small businesses were often seen as the answer.

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Workers packing school lunches (ddr-densho-63-5)
img Workers packing school lunches (ddr-densho-63-5)
Mitsuko Hashiguchi is in the foreground and Norma Warner is in back. Mitsuko is packing cold packs and Norma is packing hot foods at Bellevue High School. They had to begin cooking and packing at 5 a.m., and the lunches had to go out at 9 a.m. to be delivered to the schools. Mitsuko's husband was …
Bellevue School District worker (ddr-densho-63-4)
img Bellevue School District worker (ddr-densho-63-4)
Borghild Ringdall, the woman who began the school lunch program in Bellevue, gave Mitsuko Hashiguchi a job with the school district. Mitsuko knew her from before World War II.
Issei machinists (ddr-densho-12-17)
img Issei machinists (ddr-densho-12-17)
These Issei men worked for Joe Moyer in his machine shop on First Avenue. Left to right: unidentified, unidentified, Mr. Yoshikane, Tajuro Kunitsugu, unidentified, unidentified, and unidentified.
Letter from the Office for Emergency Management, War Manpower Commission (ddr-densho-319-574)
doc Letter from the Office for Emergency Management, War Manpower Commission (ddr-densho-319-574)
Letter and informational materials about the shortage of manpower available to employers during World War II.
Set of correspondence regarding sale of Godefroy Manufacturing Co. (ddr-densho-319-234)
doc Set of correspondence regarding sale of Godefroy Manufacturing Co. (ddr-densho-319-234)
A series of letters sent regarding the sale of black hair dye to the incarcerated Japanese American community.
Men working on a railroad (ddr-densho-353-43)
img Men working on a railroad (ddr-densho-353-43)
Captioned: "Snoqualmie Falls crew laying railroad tracks."
Seizaburo Mukai's Jackson Theater (ddr-densho-353-95)
img Seizaburo Mukai's Jackson Theater (ddr-densho-353-95)
Seizaburo Mukai also ran the Atlas, the Circle, and the Rialto theaters.
Block of Japanese businesses (ddr-densho-353-102)
img Block of Japanese businesses (ddr-densho-353-102)
Identified businesses are the dentists Dr. H Kato and Dr. S. Higashida upstairs, with the Welcome Hotel, Sanyo 10 cent store, Gosho Drugs, and the Jackson Street Sanitary barber shop on the street level.
Men hauling produce in a truck (ddr-densho-353-49)
img Men hauling produce in a truck (ddr-densho-353-49)
Captioned: "Produce hauled to the Pike Place Market on a new Mack truck."
Jiro Kaneko's Pacific Printing Company (ddr-densho-353-87)
img Jiro Kaneko's Pacific Printing Company (ddr-densho-353-87)
The Pacific Printing Company was located at 611 Main Street.
Star Laundry wagon (ddr-densho-353-72)
img Star Laundry wagon (ddr-densho-353-72)
Star Laundry was located at 1229 Jackson Street. A note on the back indicates the driver as Mr. Shimono.
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