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.

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Logging crew (ddr-densho-124-30)
img Logging crew (ddr-densho-124-30)
Raisuke Tamura (left) visits an issei logging crew at Selleck, Washington. Raisuke sold Japanese goods and food to the workers living in Selleck.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three men and a boy standing next to a fallen tree (ddr-densho-34-26)
img Three men and a boy standing next to a fallen tree (ddr-densho-34-26)
Left to right: unidentified boy, Kaichi Seko, unidentified Buddhist minister, and Zenkichi Harui.
Three men and a boy sitting on a logged tree (ddr-densho-34-21)
img Three men and a boy sitting on a logged tree (ddr-densho-34-21)
Left to right: Zenkichi Harui, unidentified Buddhist minister, Kaichi Seko, and an unidentified boy on a logged tree. The saw was built by Mr. Harui. The area shown is the future site of Bainbridge Gardens.
A group in front of a house (ddr-densho-353-33)
img A group in front of a house (ddr-densho-353-33)
Shoichiro Katsuno at Pontiac (now the Windermere/Sand Point area) Written on back: "House built by Mr. Katsuno c.1913. Paid only for glass, nails, stovepipe, all the wood was free for clearing the land, knew how to make cedar shakes from work in sawmill earlier."
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