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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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".
Selleck sawmill housing (ddr-densho-178-8)
img Selleck sawmill housing (ddr-densho-178-8)
According to the photo donor, white sawmill workers' housing is in the background, and Japanese American workers' housing is in the foreground.
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."
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 …

Shig Imai Interview Segment 3 (ddr-one-7-49-3)
vh Shig Imai Interview Segment 3 (ddr-one-7-49-3)
Father's work with the Oregon Lumber Company

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Isami Nakao - Kazuko Nakao Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-68-3)
vh Isami Nakao - Kazuko Nakao Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-68-3)
Description of prewar "Jap Village" in Port Blakely, Bainbridge Island, Washington
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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