Timber

Japanese immigrants (Issei) replaced Chinese workers after the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act went into effect. Laborers were recruited by contracting companies to cut timber and work in sawmills. In rare instances, Issei women joined their husbands, living among the other workers in segregated shantytowns.

Timber (67)

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Port Blakely sawmill (ddr-densho-34-84)
img Port Blakely sawmill (ddr-densho-34-84)
Torazo "Slab Harry" Nakao (in the white hat) and his co-workers at the Port Blakely sawmill on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Port Blakely is located on the southeast end of Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Harry Ueno Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1002-7-2)
vh Harry Ueno Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1002-7-2)
Returning to the United States in 1923, working in a lumber mill

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life ...

George Morihiro Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-182-6)
vh George Morihiro Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-182-6)
Helping father deliver sake to neighbors; father's work in the sawmill industry
Japanese men in suits (ddr-csujad-25-2)
img Japanese men in suits (ddr-csujad-25-2)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Five photographs are pasted on the page. The photographs appear to be taken in Washington in the early 1900s. Include Japanese men in suits. Also includes a photograph of a timber mill. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_07_01_002
Port Blakely sawmill (ddr-densho-34-69)
img Port Blakely sawmill (ddr-densho-34-69)
This sawmill employed many Issei during the early 1900s. Port Blakely is located on the southeast end of Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Issei workers at Selleck camp (ddr-densho-124-29)
img Issei workers at Selleck camp (ddr-densho-124-29)
These workers are sitting outside their housing at the Japanese camp in Selleck, Washington. Selleck was the site of the Pacific States Lumber Company.
Issei man at Selleck camp (ddr-densho-124-14)
img Issei man at Selleck camp (ddr-densho-124-14)
Raisuke Tamura standing on a tree stump at the Japanese camp in Selleck, Washington. This camp housed Japanese laborers who worked for the Pacific States Lumber Company. Raisuke sold Japanese goods and food to the people living in Selleck.
Minoru
vh Minoru "Min" Tsubota Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-149-5)
Parents' early businesses, running a small grocery store in Seattle and then a sawmill in Kent, Washington
Group of men, women, and children (ddr-densho-353-21)
img Group of men, women, and children (ddr-densho-353-21)
Sawmill workers in Port Blakely. Caption in album: "The sawmill drew many workers."
Two men cutting down a tree (ddr-densho-353-153)
img Two men cutting down a tree (ddr-densho-353-153)
Note on the back: "Cutting timber with a long saw." Near the Columbia River.
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