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J. Egashira Collection ddr-densho-46
img Dairy barn (ddr-densho-46-1)
Kamezo and Miye Nakashima operated a 1,300-acre dairy farm in Days, Washington. The Nakashima children hand-milked the cows twice a day, in the early morning and afternoon. Days, Washington no longer exists. The site previously known as the Nakashima dairy farm is currently near the town of Arlington in Snohomish County.
img Dairy farm (ddr-densho-46-2)
Kamezo and Miye Nakashima were from Saga-ken, Japan. They settled in Days, Washington in the early 1900s. Their 1,300-acre farm was largely self-sustaining and the Nakashimas purchased only dry goods. Produce such as corn, potatoes, lettuce, and fruit were grown on the farm. The property line of the farm extended far beyond the tree line shown …
img Issei clearing land (ddr-densho-46-3)
Karoku (George) Nakashima helps clear the land on his family's dairy farm. Clearing farmland was an arduous task, since many areas were heavily wooded and riddled with stumps or were swampland. Issei were unable to purchase land in their own names due to alien land laws (and were prohibited, until 1954, from becoming American citizens). In …
img Workers in a cornfield (ddr-densho-46-4)
The Nakashima farm was largely self-sufficient at its peak. Kamezo Nakashima grew corn for the family's consumption as well as for the dairy cows. This image shows workers preparing the cornstalks as feed. The stalks were chopped into small pieces and then placed in the farm silo (behind the tractor). The Nakashima children stomped down the …
img Issei couple in their garden (ddr-densho-46-5)
Miye (left) and Kamezo Nakashima in their garden on their dairy farm. Days, Washington no longer exists. The site previously known as the Nakashima dairy farm is currently near the town of Arlington in Snohomish County.