Historic Hood River
“Letters from Old Mexico”
The forced removal of Japanese and Japanese-American farmers as well as the departure of men and women in the military or otherwise engaged in the war effort left a profound labor shortage which Mr. Marble documented in his annual report. He described in some detail how Mexican farm-workers were recruited to work in Hood River County along with workers from elsewhere in the US (Arkansas and Mississippi are specifically mentioned). He estimates 600 Mexican workers were placed at about 3,000 jobs or 30,540 person-days of work in the 1942 season, including thinning, cherry harvest, and pear/apple harvest. Placements included men, women and children (though predominately men). The report goes on to discuss problems observed in this program which might be addressed in future years.
This image was captioned, “Letters from Old Mexico. Letters Thumbtacked to Wall.” I’ll bet it felt good to see an envelope with your name on it tacked to the wall.