From Takagi family archives
Photo #A16_4

Front: Mr. Katayama; George Ikujiro Takagi, age 19
Back: Takisaburo Takagi (George's uncle); Mr. Okasaki or Okazaki?; Hatsutaro Katayama

When: about 1909

Where: Oregon?

We know very little about my grandfather's early years in the U.S. I believe this photo was taken when he worked in railroad construction (as did many Japanese in the Pacific Northwest at this time). This is the earliest photo I've found of him in the States.

In 1907, Ikujiro Takagi arrived in Seattle from Japan via Canada. (At some point he took on the first name "George.") By 1910, he had apparently settled in Hood River, Oregon. The federal census for that year lists farmhands "I. Takaki," age 19, and "T. Takaki" (Takisaburo?) boarding with a Japanese farmer in Hood River.

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