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Learn about immigrants who built Snoqualmie at Dave Battey talk

A crew of immigrant Japanese works on a railroad for the Snoqualmie Falls Lumber Company, the future Weyerhaeuser mill, about 1930.   - Photo courtesy Snoqualmie Valley Historical Society
A crew of immigrant Japanese works on a railroad for the Snoqualmie Falls Lumber Company, the future Weyerhaeuser mill, about 1930.
— image credit: Photo courtesy Snoqualmie Valley Historical Society

Snoqualmie historian Dave Battey tells the story of local immigrants in a special presentation, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the Snoqualmie YMCA.

Battey tells the story of immigrant Japanese labor in the local lumber industry, and their families. He covers early challenges for Japanese immigrants, the growth of the Japanese communities at the Snoqualmie Falls and White River mills, and internment after Pearl Harbor.

He shares additional information on George Abe, who was valedictorian of his Snoqualmie High School class of 1935, and a good friend of the Swenson family, Battey’s relations. Abe went on to become a highly decorated World War II soldier in the European theater and was Battey’s battalion executive officer when he served in the Washington National Guard.

The presentation was originally created by a young man working part-time at the Weyerhaeuser Archives and contains data provided by the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Society, plus photos from the archives.

No registration is needed. The Snoqualmie YMCA is located at 35018 S.E. Ridge St.

 

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