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.

Industry and employment (392)
Timber (80)

80 items
Lumber stacked (ddr-densho-299-13)
img Lumber stacked (ddr-densho-299-13)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-49-1953. 25 March 49 / NRS Project: / Lumber yard showing precut lengths / of pine, oak, sugi, and stacked uncut / lengths of bamboo and sugi. / Photographer - Orzio / Photograph by U.S. Army."
Postcard photograph of four men with rifles (ddr-densho-383-428)
img Postcard photograph of four men with rifles (ddr-densho-383-428)
Postcard from Tsunezo Tokuda to Clara Pokiswinski. Tsunezo Tokuda pictured second from left. Written on back of postcard: "How are you? [To] Miss Clara Pokiswinski, Mukilteo, Wash."
Postcard photograph of logging crew (ddr-densho-383-429)
img Postcard photograph of logging crew (ddr-densho-383-429)
Postcard from Tsunezo Tokuda to Clara Pokiswinski. Written on back of photograph: "J.T. [To] Miss Clara Pokiswinski, Mukilteo."
Large group of men outside sawmill (ddr-densho-383-379)
img Large group of men outside sawmill (ddr-densho-383-379)
Kameki Inouye pictured in group. Written on mat frame: "Grandfather Inouye, sawmill".
Barneston's Japanese Community (ddr-densho-381-175)
doc Barneston's Japanese Community (ddr-densho-381-175)
A report prepared for the Seattle Water Department that discusses the history of Japanese immigration and community in Barneston, Washington, including a transcript of Yoshi Hibiya's oral history.
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 …

Fumiko M. Noji Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-72-2)
vh Fumiko M. Noji Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-72-2)
Father's arrival in United States, working in a lumber camp
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
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
Isami Nakao - Kazuko Nakao Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-68-2)
vh Isami Nakao - Kazuko Nakao Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-68-2)
Prewar working conditions in the lumber mills: "Jap 1, Jap 2..."
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