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.
3 boxes,plus oversized materials
[1.5 linear ft]
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