The collection documents personal and business records of Ishibashi family, one of the pioneer Japanese farmers on the coastline
of Palos Verdes Peninsula, California. The Ishibashi's is a three-generation produce farmer, started approximately in 1910
and closed in 2012.
Kumekichi Ishibashi was born in Hidaka, Wakayama in Japan in 1874 and came to the U.S. for the purpose of dekasegi (labor
abroad) in 1899 when he was 26 years old. Kumeichi started farming in the Portuguese Bend in Rancho Palos Verdes, near San
Pedro in 1906. In 1910, along with C. Hayashi and K. Ozaki, Kumeichi started leasing a 50-acre land parcel from the Palos
Verdes Company, at a rental of $6 per acre for one year. Kumekichi married Take Hanaoka who was also from Hidaka, Wakayama
in 1911 in San Francisco. Kumekichi and Take had five children, Masaichi, George, Yasuko, Kay and Akira. Take died in 1928.
The eldest son Masaichi took over the business and worked with Kumekichi. Masaichi married Miye (May) Washimura from San Jose
in 1937. Miye's father Kumataro was a fish merchant. After World War II broke out, the company from which their land was leased
ordered them off of the property.
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