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The Takahashi Family Papers comprise of photographs from a family photo album, correspondence between the immediate Takahashi family, correspondence between Florence Griffen and her mother-in-law, Lois Griffen, transcripts of the correspondence, Yae Takahashi's original artwork, Dorothy Treakle's school report cards, Florence's short autobiography, newspaper clippings, church and Peace Corps papers, Poston incarceration camp Christmas cards, and more. All of this collection has been digitized and some of the material is available online.
Yoshizumi George Takahashi (1879-1959) was an Issei (first-generation Japanese American) who immigrated to the United States in 1907 from Tokyo Prefecture, Japan. He settled in Dinuba, Tulare County, California, where he worked as a vineyard and truck farmer. He later married Yaeko "Yae" Kawakami (1889-1975) in the same year she immigrated to the U.S. also from Tokyo Prefecture, Japan in 1914. They had seven children they named Frank Isao (1915-1986), Rose "Rosie" Fukiko (1917-2007), Albert Takeshi (1918-2017), Howard Akira (1920-2006), Florence Sumire (1923-2018), Dorothy Yuriko (1927-), and Margaret Yukiko (1929-). The family was incarcerated at Poston incarceration camp in Parker, Arizona for three years during World War II before being released. Two of George and Yae's sons, Albert and Howard, enlisted for military service as privates. George and Yae continued farming in Spanish Fork, Utah before moving once more and settling in Los Angeles, California.
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