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Children sitting behind a store (ddr-densho-25-102)
img Children sitting behind a store (ddr-densho-25-102)
(Left to right): Unidentified, unidentified, unidentified, Mae Iseri, Henry Miyoshi, Alice Iseri, George Iseri, Fred Miyoshi, unidentified.
Mae Iseri Yamada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-267)
vh Mae Iseri Yamada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-267)
Nisei female. Born August 22, 1918, in Thomas, Washington. Grew up in Thomas, where parents ran a grocery store and farm. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Married in camp, and went to work in Weiser, Idaho, and Ontario, Oregon. After the war, returned …
Letter from a Nisei woman to a friend (ddr-densho-25-51)
doc Letter from a Nisei woman to a friend (ddr-densho-25-51)
In 1942, Mae Iseri wrote this letter to a family friend, Mrs. Frink, in Seattle.
Notice to report to work (ddr-densho-25-78)
doc Notice to report to work (ddr-densho-25-78)
Mae Iseri received permission to work as a recreation leader at Pinedale Assembly Center.
Incarceree luggage tags (ddr-densho-25-14)
doc Incarceree luggage tags (ddr-densho-25-14)
Japanese Americans were allowed to take only what they could carry to the camps. In most cases, a person could take two bags. Each bag was marked with an identification tag. These tags belonged to Mae Iseri who was initially detained at the Pinedale Assembly Center in California. Mae and her family were later incarcerated at …
Camp worker's paycheck (ddr-densho-25-16)
doc Camp worker's paycheck (ddr-densho-25-16)
Mae Iseri was originally from Thomas, Washington, where her parents ran a small store and berry farm. After being held at the Pinedale Assembly Center in California, Mae was detained at the Tule Lake concentration camp, California, where she worked as a physical education teacher. This was her first paycheck, which she never cashed.
Application for relocation assistance (ddr-densho-25-58)
doc Application for relocation assistance (ddr-densho-25-58)
This application for relocation assistance was filled out on February 15, 1946, by Mae Iseri, under her married name of Mae Yamada. The application lists herself and her two sons. They wished to relocate to Kent, Washington, and were granted $25.
JACL certificate of identification (oath of allegiance) (ddr-densho-25-15)
doc JACL certificate of identification (oath of allegiance) (ddr-densho-25-15)
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Issei were required to carry government-issued identification documents because of their alien status. The Nisei, who were American citizens, did not have to carry such documents. However, the JACL encouraged Nisei to carry identification papers voluntarily. This document belonged to Mae Iseri. The document featured an oath of allegiance that …
JACL affidavit (ddr-densho-25-25)
doc JACL affidavit (ddr-densho-25-25)
Mae Iseri signed this affidavit when she became a member of the JACL. By signing, she swore allegiance to the United States, renounced allegiance to any other country, and condemned the "infamous machinations" of the Japanese government.
JACL oath of allegiance (ddr-densho-122-877)
doc JACL oath of allegiance (ddr-densho-122-877)
Example of Oath of allegiance required by JACL for membership, for Sedako Mae Iseri (information redacted)
Hand-drawn map of prewar Auburn, Washington (ddr-densho-25-99)
doc Hand-drawn map of prewar Auburn, Washington (ddr-densho-25-99)
This map was drawn by Mae Iseri Yamada. It shows some of the Japanese-owned farms in the Auburn area before World War II.
Family photograph (ddr-densho-25-89)
img Family photograph (ddr-densho-25-89)
The Iseri family. Front (left to right): Mae, Matahichi, George, Kisa with Dan on lap, Alice, and Masato. Back row: Mitsuo (Mike) Tom and Mun.
Family portrait (ddr-densho-25-3)
img Family portrait (ddr-densho-25-3)
The Iseris were a prominent Japanese American family in the White River Valley. Front (left to right): George, Matahichi, Oscar (in front of Matahichi), Dan, and Kisa holding Carl. Back: Alice, Tom, Mitsuo (Mike), Mun, Masato, and Mae. Matahichi Iseri and his wife, Kisa, started farming in Thomas around 1914. They also ran a small grocery …