Agriculture

Many Issei (first-generation Japanese immigrants) began as sharecroppers. Others sought to buy land, but the Issei had to overcome obstacles preventing them from competing with white farmers. California and other states passed alien land laws prohibiting Asian immigrants from purchasing or leasing agricultural land. There were ways around the discriminatory laws: an Issei father could put the property in the name of his American-born child, or issei could form corporations in which a majority of the shareholders were American citizens. Despite the alien land laws, Issei farmers played a significant role in West Coast agriculture. In the years just prior to World War II, Japanese American families grew 35 percent of the produce in California. By the 1920s, Japanese Americans supplied 75 percent of the produce and half the milk to the Puget Sound region.

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Current view of barn on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-37)
img Current view of barn on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-37)
An Issei couple operated a large dairy farm in a town formerly known as Days, Washington. The property line extended beyond the area shown here. With the advent of World War II, they were forced to sell their property for a fraction of its worth. This is the barn previously owned by the couple. Days, Washington …
Current view of farmhouse on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-34)
img Current view of farmhouse on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-34)
An Issei couple operated a large dairy farm in a town formerly known as Days, Washington. The 1,300 acre farm also included valuable timber that grew on the property. With the advent of World War II, the couple was forced to sell their farm for a fraction of its worth. This is the original farmhouse that …
Current view of former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-36)
img Current view of former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-36)
An Issei couple operated a large dairy farm in a town formerly known as Days, Washington. The property line extended beyond the area shown here. With the advent of World War II, they were forced to sell their property for a fraction of its worth. This is the original barn and house previously owned by the …
Current view of barn on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-46)
img Current view of barn on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-46)
An Issei couple operated a large dairy farm in a town formerly known as Days, Washington. The farm was 1,300 acres. The property line extended beyond the area shown here. With the advent of World War II, the couple was forced to sell their property for a fraction of its worth. This is the interior of …
Brookville Gardens (ddr-densho-109-64)
img Brookville Gardens (ddr-densho-109-64)
Left to right: Mrs. Terayama, Kameo Yamamoto, Haruaki Yotsuuye (driving).
Letter sent to Kayuko Uno at Pinedale Assembly Center (ddr-densho-324-70)
doc Letter sent to Kayuko Uno at Pinedale Assembly Center (ddr-densho-324-70)
Correspondence from Carl Prato regarding management of the Uno's farm while they were incarcerated.
Letter regarding seed purchases (ddr-densho-324-73)
doc Letter regarding seed purchases (ddr-densho-324-73)
Correspondence and receipts regarding seed purchases for the Uno farm.
Letter sent to Kinuta Uno at Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-324-71)
doc Letter sent to Kinuta Uno at Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-324-71)
Correspondence from Carl Prato regarding sale of the Uno's farm and equipment.
Soto Rd and Orchard Ave (ddr-densho-357-282)
img Soto Rd and Orchard Ave (ddr-densho-357-282)
Hanako Terakawa's caption: "View from top of tank, Soto Road + Orchard Ave."
Horse and buggy (ddr-densho-357-35)
img Horse and buggy (ddr-densho-357-35)
A horse and buggy drive down a dirt road in rural farmland.
Orchard (ddr-densho-357-106)
img Orchard (ddr-densho-357-106)
Four unidentified people sit on the back of a car in an orchard. Original caption is illegible.
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."
A group on a truck (ddr-densho-353-51)
img A group on a truck (ddr-densho-353-51)
Family, neighbors, and a dog on a truck. Captioned: "Aiko and brother on running board, mother in driver's seat, Hideo Akachi (Mrs. S. Osawa's brother) on fender, died young."
Numoto family farm (ddr-densho-353-60)
img Numoto family farm (ddr-densho-353-60)
Captioned: "The Numoto family working on their thriving strawberry farm. The water tower is reminiscent of the days before a city water system existed."
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