||Glossy paper cover booklet with center staple binding (12" x 9"). Cover is light green and black. It is made up of a black and white photo negative of 2 actors, Ken Mochizuki and Bob Lee in "Song for a Nisei Fisherman," taken by Rick Wong. In the center is a square text panel with the title in white letters. At the bottom right is "Northwest Asian American Theatre 20th Anniversary". 48 - page booklet recounts the history of NWAAT with photos and biographies.
||Dreams and Promises
||A-D: Glossy white business card with black printing (2" x 3.5"). At the top is "Pho Bac Restaurant, 'The best Vietnamese beef noodle soup in town' ". Three different Seattle addresses are printed in the center, with "Mr.& Mrs. Nien Pham" on the bottom right.
||envelope: opened at top
red bar down center with chinese writing
wrist watchband: 2 piece wrist watch band
silver buckle with floral design
brown alligator type leather
The photo clip of Dr. Gu(Koo) Wei Jun and Lord Lytton ( the investigation team was in Tian Jin , China
In red and black ink in Chinese.
The receipt was issued by Chee Kung Tong in Seattle. The cloth from top to bottom says: "Seattle, Yixing Co., Golden Mountain, Secret writings
Ancestors of Hong Family
This receipt proved that we have received a donation of ten big Yuan from Mr. Yaolin from Ning county.
The Chee Kung Tong is a Hongmen secret society.
They participated in the unsuccessful revolutions before the 1911 one. They were know as the Chinese Freemasons in the west.
||Receipt for a US Postal Money Order for $100.00.
Issued in Ketchikan, Alaska MOB,
||Receipt for a postal Money Order
||Velox developing paper envelope.
Manufactured by Eastman Kodak Co.
||A small red memo book with red cover and gold lettering. On the cover is: 1950 the 39th Year of the Republic of China; Mister Shang Song Eng; Meetings on the 18th of every month; Group leader - Zishu Cao.
Inside is a list of names and the shares the own. Fee is 100 dollars a month.
Zi Shu one share
Shang Song two shares
Lu chang two shares
Zhen sheng two shares
Wu yu one share
Long tu one share
Zhao zao one share
Zhao huang one share
Fang Zhao liang one share
Yu Hui yi one share
Yu Shi-jing one share
Chen Ze-min one share
Wu Shang jen one share
Li Yong cun one share
Lei Du chuan one share
||Papers from the wallet of Eng Kee Chung
A: Certificate of Registration
B: 2 - Hong Kong dollar bills
C: Photograph of the SS General MC Meigs
D: Business Cards: Min Hing Knitting Company
Sweater Manufacturers and Dry Goods Retailers
E: Business card: Mee Cheung Tailors
F: Business Card: Henry H. Nyi
G: Business Card: Lee Sik-pang, Manager Chinese Art Gallery
H: Letterhead stationary: Island Paint Co., Hong Kong.
||Music and lyrics for the song: "Brighten the Corner Where You Are"
||"The 1916 Convention Song"
||Tower of Fragmentary Embriodery: A Classified Guide to Correspomdence Styles. complied by Shen Qi of Yun-jian.
||Tower of Fragmentary Embroidery: A Classified Guide to Correspondence styles.
||Letter to Mr. Shi lin Eng of Gom Hong in Seattle. One envelope is addressed to Shi lin Eng from Yu Zho Eng of Kwong Lee Wah in Hong Kong. Another envelope is addressed to Mr. Long pei Eng.
The letter: "Greeting s to who opens up the letter! On the twenty fifth of the ninth month I received one letter for your family and a piece of red paper with the amount of one thousand and two hundred dollars. Following the instructions on your letter I gathered the money, sent it to Kuang Li Yuan Co. of Xining and delievered it to Mr. Ji da Eng. Two hundred was collected for services and twelve dollars was used for to reimburse the miscellaneous expenses according the current price. There was one thousand dollar left after the deduction. You will see it on the written record. Once we receive a message form your family, we will send it to you quickly to inform you of good news. I hope you can carry out great plans successfully in foreign land, open up various ways of making profits and have everything as you wish. Best wishes for your success. Bandits appeared in our area again. On the 11th of the 9th month. they captured more than 10 men and women at Shi keng kou. Among them there are three or four from Tang xia village, six or seven from Lai shan village. Also on the 16th they captured more than thirty men and women in total at Man-po. They are villagers in the areas of Song zi lang and Da heng village. Fourtunately, there is none of our area. The news in our province: Viceroy Mo resigned on the 18th. Jong Ming Chen (a military leader of a revolt) has returned to the Guangdong area on the 20th. our part is as usual. Since I am not able to inform you of everything, I will wait till next time to present more news to you.
To Respectable brother Shilin as face to face on the twenty-eighth day of the ninth month the year of Geng, enclosed by Yu-zho Eng of Kwong Lee Wah, Yong le street Shang-huan, Hong Kong.
||Board of directors of Chong Wa Benvelolent Assocition and staff list of the Chong Wa school.
A: 1951; Staff list; Chairman: Lu Hongkuang, Li Yong cun. Principal: Huang Jin
B: 1952; Staff list and Chaimen: Lu Hong kuang, Li Yong cun.
Principal: Huang Jin
C: 1954; Staff list; Chairmen: Chen yu dian; Li Yong cun; Principal: Chen Z.
||Chong Wa Benevolent Association
||a-f: Investment record books, Blue cloth, bound ledger with string, folded pages, red string bindings.
a: 1943-5 Ledger
b: 1945-6 Ledger
c: 1947-8 Ledger
d: 1952 Ledger
e: 1953 Ledger
Investment record of a business (Min-Xing?)
Record of Min-Xing shares
Min-Xing: a thousand dollars
Gom Hong: a thousand dollars
Wu Shi-siu: nine hundred dollars
Wu Shang-Ji: five hundred dollars
Wu Shang-huai (?): Two hundred adn fifty dollars
Wu Long-Pei: two hundred and fifty dollars
Wu Qi-Chang: two hundred and fifty dollars
Wu Shi-Bao: Two hundred dollars
Wu Shang-Xian: two hundred dollars
Lo Man (Shi-Zhen): two hundred dollars
(Note: Lo Man's share was purchased by Shi-Sui, the the share was again purchased by Shi-Zhen)
Wu Shi-Xiang: five hundred dollars
Huang Lin-an: one hundred dollars
Huang Chuan-Mao: one hundred dollars
Wu Shi-li (?): two hundred and fifty dollars
Wu Shang-You (?): three hundred dollars
||Ledger with names of expenses, personal writings, presecription for Chinese herbal medicine. The inforamtion at 18 Washington St. indicatres that the time period is between 1905 - 1911. Other busnuinesses are mentioned such as Zee Tai Wing in Hong Kong; Gom Hong, Zee Tai in Port Townsend; indicating trade among them. On page 165 there is a record saying that Gom Hong received some items and transferred them to the Zee Tai Co.
||A: Gom Hong receipt for Mr. Shi he Eng
B: Envelopes and paper: Addressed to Ah Fook.
From the Treasury Departmetn, US Revenue Cutter Service, USS Perry.
C: Addressed to Ah Fook with Zee Tai Co stamps on each.
||A: One letter and two envelopes. ".... I will not present superficial expressions" on the envelope.
"Greetings to who opens the letter!
I did not realize that it has been months since i bowed to say farewell to you. I suppose you must be dwelling in a glorious state, and the source of money has no obstruction. Pretty soon you will be able to return with glory, which will be something worth cheering and rejoicing. Wheras I come to this ... country. There is neither great opportunities nor ways to make a living . In every harbor there are heavy crowds like ants the labor market is extremely gloomy.
In the future there will certainly be lamentations on hunger and coldness. Moreover, in my hometown, I still owe other people money and day after day the interest is getting higher. I will not be able to repay the debt in the future. This situation is really a pity. There is very little good will in the world and I have no way to borrow money but to waste my life here. Once you receive this letter please respond immediately. I hope you can include papers with the trade mark of your place.
Lian he is now dwelling in the city of Xining. He is waiting with a sincere heart hoping to follow you when you return. The papers with trade marks and good news you sent earlier I already delievered to him personally.... is now living at the rear tower of Lian's aunt. This is what I want to take this chance to inform you. Paper is too short to contain all my feelings. I will wait till next time to announce more good news. Wish you golden peace.
For Shi he to receive and examine.
Year of dong (1907)
Xue guang. "
B: One letter and one envelope.
to Mr. Shi he Eng of Zee Tai Co. Port Townsend.
"We are close to each other like brothers so I do not present superfical greetings to you who opens the letter. Thinking of you from afar, you are so high above in a glorious state, everything goes as you wish. Hands filled with gold, you are victorious in the east, wealthy and satisfied, this is truly something that should be celebrated.
On the 11th of the ninth month I came on board in Seattle and sailed until the 8th of the 10th month. I have arrived at Hong Kong and had been in peace along the way. My brother's young daughter Ya-o has a match with the son of Li Yan nan of Ji an village, Song zi lang. Li Yan nan sent money home from New York and asked for marriage several times. Your family members sent messenger asking me to write a letter immediately to ask you opinion. Do you want them to wait until you return home to marry your daughter? This is what we want to take this chance to inform you. After you receive this letter, please repond so we will not be waiting anxiously.
For Shi-he brother to examine.
On the 12th day of the 12th month of the year Xin (1912) Seal: "Stationary of Yi zhan Eng"
||4 - letters to Mr. Eng Shi-he from Eng Shi-run (?)
Three envelopes with the stamp of the Zee Tai Co. in Port Townsend.
A: Shi-he my brother, as seeing you.
Greetings to who opens the letter!
On the twelfth of the third month I received my brother's money which was mailed by Li Tai-bo. As usual, it was recorded in Li Tai-bo's newly recruited Seattle labor payments. From the last ship, I received Yao-yun brother's letter saying Jin-long has grown up, and will get married. He asked that brother's who went abroad to support and make this wonderful thing happen. My brother can send some money over, help to gather enough funds. In the area of Wu-Shiping one stone bridge has collapsed on the 25th of last month. Two persons died. Before long bandits atacked the east gate. My friend a temple guardian was strangled to death. The temple master was so afraid that it might be acquaintence. The rest is as usual. I met with Tai-bo recently, we had a conversation about your current job is not enough to revive your family. Why don't you come back soon and seek better jobs? This is my instruction.
On the 20th day of the second month the year of geng-xu (1910) Elder brother Shi-run wrote and sent.
B: Shi he my brother as seeing you. Greetings to who opens the letter.
I sent you two letters earlier mentioning that the money li Tai lent to you had entered the records as usual. I also mentioned that Jin-long has grown up and will get married, hope my brother can help somehow. I suppose you must have received my messages? I would like to take this chance to inform you of some news. I received a letter from Yao-yun recently, he is repairing pottery kiln. He also mentioned that he is running a rice shop business with Mr. Wan... In Hong Kong. He sent messages that he is waiting for our brother's to join them and share the benefit .... Once I receive a letter for you I will inform you immediatley. I wonder if you have received the previous letters or not? If you did not briefly respond to me as well. This is what I would take the chance to instruct you. Wish you great peace. in the 3rd month of geng xu (1910) Edler Brother Shi run sent.
C: For Shi he my brother to learn of, Greetings to who opens the letter.
I received your letter of July 13th. I have learned the various things described in your letter. Yao-yun brother and others have established the rice shop. In my last letter to Hong Kong I asked Yao-yun to set up an account under your name... I have received a letter from Yao-yun brother reporting that it has been set up and there is a written record for you to keep. I have included records of your rice shop shares they have received so far, and reports of extra money...
The money of your shares with Zee Tai An has been collected and transfered to the Zee Tai Wing in Hong Kong. Hope you do not worry too much. Shi guan, Shi-di, Shi hui and others have arrived at .... They reported to us that they landed safley and are in peace. This is what I wanted to take this chance to inform you. The 21st day of the 6th month of the year geng xu (1910)
Elder brother Shi run wrote and sent.
Moreover there is a great drought this year in Tang shan.
The price of rice is much higher now.
D: Shi he my brother as seeing you. greetings to who opens the letter. Now the cargo boat has arrived.
The Queen is scheduled to sail in the near future. Hope you can send the money for exporting food supplies over....
Send a letter with the payment to catch the ship immediatley. As for the matter of Jin-long's getting married I also sent letters to Shi-zaoa nd Shi bo. Hope you can manage somehow to help. I will also discuss with those two and asl them to help somehow, so we can settle this thing soon.
I wish you wealthy peace herein.
10th Month Gengxu (1910)
Elder brother Shi run wrote and sent.
||A: Letter and two envelopes addressed to Shi-he Eng from Yao-yun Eng of the Zee Tai Co. Hong Kong.
Greetings to who opens the letter!
I received what my brother sent from the Ju-chang store at Lo Province (Los Angeles?) recently: I have received the 100 dollars you enclosed and have known the various things you mentioned. I will follow the instructions in your letter, enclose the 100 dollars to which I add three dollars and sixty cents to make a grand total of one hundred and three ....
Sent it to Yi-yuan and delievered it to Guo -chiang for thier expences. Hope you do not mind. As for the matter of Shi jing's building a house ... I thought Shi Jing had report ed to you that is why I did not inform you in detail. Shi-jing built a house last year.
He spent about two thousand and five hundred dollars or so of his own money. I suppose he did not use the one thousand dollars you sent back last year either. It was Shi-jing's initial plan to repair the patio of the old house, the walkways of the main gates and small gates and to replae the teak wood doors. Those doors have been purchased, however they they are not to the likings of Guo-chiang's mother. That is why they are not replaced. Now you have separate budgets for your own family expenses. Shi-jing just had a daughter. He went back to little Lu-song around the second or third month last year. The house Ming jie built costs about two thousand dollars. I suppose you are aware of it. Shi-di returned and built a house on the 7th of the 11th month. Shi-hui tore down hhis old house on the second and started to build a ne w one. Feng - o ;must be grown up now? I plan to release her birth infomation maybe send to the Lee's at Shun-nan village. Guo chiang is now studying ....
Nowdays everything in Tang shan is getting expensive. Hope you make money saving a priority. Shi-zhu's brother and Gui wen's sister already wondering in the celestial world, which is agreat pity. Family members of all the brothers are dwelling inpeace. Hope you do not worry. I wil inform you of the rest next time. I herein wish you wealthy peace. For Shi-he brother to examine. On the sixteeth day of the tenth month the year of JI (1909) Yao-yun wrote
B: Greeings to who opens the letter.
I received a letter from brother Shi-run recently which mentioned that my brother would like to wihtdraw three hundred dollars from the money you deposited at the Zee Tai wing Store to invest on the shares of the of the Mantai store. The inforamtion about the shares will take some more days to be done. I will send another letter to inform you. Your family members are dwelling in peace. Guo chiang is studying in local village this year. Shi-jing has not yet returned to little Lu Song. Maybe he will launch forth in the seventh or eighth month. Ya-o has grown up, but has not had any arrangement for her marriage. I already asked your family members to release information on her birth time. The prices for grains and rice are going up this month. Youhad better send more money home for expenses. I selected a date which will be the twenty ninth of the fifth month for installing the beams and constructing the house. This is what I wanted to inform you. I am herein wish you a wealthy peace. For brother Shi-he to examine.
On the 18th day of the 5th Month the year of Geng (1910)
||A: Two envelopes addressed to Eng Shi he in Port Townsend from Eng Guo qiang. The return stamp is from: Zee Tai Wing in Hong Kong
"Father my great man: Kneeling
I gratefully report to you missing you from afar.
My great man is in sound health having everything going smoothly, and is meeting all sorts of favorable situations. As your son this is something that should be celebrated and praised. However, recently due to various great household expenses, we are not able to meet our needs. This is what grand parents and mother worry about. ( Note: A space is left before the mention of elders to show respect.)
If me great man mas money available at hand please send some more for food and expences immediately.
We not only have urgent need of money for food and expences but also have problem due to owing a cuople of hundred dollars to other households.
The reason for owing other households money is because we were short of money for food. Also I have been going to school for the last two years. And the tuition is no longer the same as it was.
If my great man received my words, trust what I said. send off money to support our household and do not dwell with the people of the Si yao ai (?) The I will enjoy the blessing of our household. At this time both young and old in our household are dwelling in peace.
Please do not worry this is what I want to deliever to you.
Herin, with great reverence I respectfully wish you golden peace.
To father , great man, kneeling.
On the 20th day of the third month the year Keng xu (1910) Your young child, Guo qiang, kowtow to make this report."
B: One letter addresed to Eng Shi-he from his nephew Eng Shang sheng. the stamps on the envelope are from: Zee Tai Wing of Hong Kong and Zee tai & Co. of Port Townsend, WA.
"Eldest young uncle, Salute to you.
With revernce the one who is making this report is your ignorant nephew.
It has been three or four years since we separated from your excellency. Presently Uncle's family and the second young uncle's are both having a lot of financial burdens because of food. The reason why we don't have sufficient food is that our brilliant sister is now grown up and is in need of new things for her age (?).
Our brilliant brother is now studying at the town school. His talentsa nd ambitions are outstanding, which truly demonstrate a great pontential. I sincerely hope my uncle in a foreign land will take every caution to preserve precious health. Once you have your gorgeous plans carried out successfully, please take some time to come back with glory and establish an account. Send money home to privide food for family members. Aunt and brother are both dwelling in peace in the residence. My uncle does not need to worry too much. Now your ignorant nephew is also working at the Hong Kong Zee Tai Wing .... I am not able to express all of my emotions. I will wait until next time to report to you the rest. This is the end of my report, and I would like to take this time to wish you Golden peace.
Submitted to Shi-he, eldest young uncle, salute to you. On the 16th day of the 2nd month the year of Keng (1910) Your ignorant nephew Shang sheng."
||Letters to Eng Shi-he from his son
||A receipt with red seals of the Chinese Revolutionary Army. "We acknowledge the receipt of five big Yuan for the military fund from Mr. Li Yao-lin. Issued by the fund raising bureau of the Chinese Revolutionary Army fund collected and processed by Li Giong chuan." Dated 15th day of the 10th month of the Xin year in heaven's course. Oct. 11, 1911.
From the way the year is indicated this may be a receipt issued by the Hongmen fundraising bureau.
||Receipt issued from the Chinese Revolutionary Army
||An envelope with printed symbol of the Republic of China. From Kam Yen of Port Gamble Wash., to Mr. Li Rujiao at Gom Hong Co. (#709 King St, Seattle, Wash.)
||Chinese letter and envelope.
The letter head is of the flags of the Kuo Min Tang.
The author of the letter in Chinese leaves a space before addressing his brother to show respect. At the end he says there is no need of a seal to deliever good wishes.
"Rujiao my brother,
Recently there is no good progress at all, so I am not able to return the favor. Moreover, the prices of various things are highly expensive. ...
In this failing situation to work as cheap labor is the only way to survive while there is no food supply. Fortunatley my humble body enjoys sound health. Both elders and childern are healthy too. Please do not worry for us. My only hope is that you will have high spirit while dwelling in a noble place and fortune will come from various sources. Hence you can send money home for the use of food supplies and put other people's gossip to silence to save your reputation.
There is no need of a seal to deliever auspices.
Your inferior brother,
May 13, the first year of the Republic of China."
||Letter to Li Rujiao from Li Rucheng
||Letter and envelope in Chinese addressed to Li Rujiao from Li Ruzhe in Hong Kong. On the back of the envelope is address of "Kim Hong & Co., Washington St., Seattle, Wash." and a stamp of the "Sam Hing Co., Fine Chinese and Japanese Tea, Imported ware, 1612 Tacoma Ave., Tacoma, Wn.,"
The letter talks of a ship arriving in Hong Kong, Li's uncle has arrived safely. The items Li sent along will be delievered to his family.
||Letter to Mr. Li Rujiao from Li Ruzhe
||The letter and envelope was sent from Little Lusong to Seattle. Baiying reported to Li Yaolin the transactions of their businesses and explained why he must wait till he returned to Lusong to return money to Yaolin.
||Letter to Li Yaolin from Li Mengzan (Baiying)
||The envelope is addressed to "Gom Hong Co., 709 King St., Seattle Washington" with a return stamp in the upper left corner from: "Lee Quong Kee, 826 PA. Ave., NW, Washington, DC."
In the letter Mr. Lee Quong Kee informed his nephew Yaolin that he had arrived safely and hoped Yaolin could journey eastwards soon to get together with them. He also mentioned that it would be a while before he could return money to Yalin. The letter is full of literary expressions.
||Letter to Li Yaolin from Li Kongguan (Lee Quong Kee)
||Envelope and business card.
Envelope is addressed to Li Yaolin, Nanking Cafe, 1511 1/2 4th Ave., Seattle, Wash., from: Sun Wah Lung Co., 1117 Tulane Ave., New Orleans, LA.,
The business card is pink and of Lee Yok of the Sun Wah Lung & Co., Chinese Groceries Medicine and Japanese Fancy goods, 1117 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, La., USA."
||Envelope and business card.
||Two envelopes and one letter.
A: The western envelope is addressed to Mr. Li You, Cook House, Port Gamble, Wash. and the return address is of the Wah Young Company, 416 8th Avenue So., Seattle, WA USA."
B: The Chinese envelope is addressed to Li Rujiao in Seattle.
C: The letter from Li Denglin to his third son Rujiao asking him to send money home immediatley because his wife is on ill health and other family members were sick. He wants Rujiao to visit his home as soon as he has enough money for a homeword journey.
||Letter to Li Rujiao from his father.
"Ever since we shifted loyalty to the side of righteousness bandits act wildly without restraint. They rob everywhere. Rice, wood and oil are much more expensive because merchant ships do not dare to travel owing to the bandits problems. Therefore, every port in our Ning county has no rice for sale. It is difficult for people to survive.
Our household is having financial difficulties and the money you sent in the mail was stolen by robbers. hence the budget of our household is extremely tight.
It is my hearty hope that you can send money back home immediately to meet the urgent need. At this time both elders and youth in our household are fine. Please do not waste your exquisite thoughts on us. I returned home recently for the New Year, and will depart for business in the first month.
Father wrote for the third son Rujiao to read and keep. It was written by me personally without using a seal. On the sixth day of the last month. "
||Letter to Rujiao from Li Denglin his father.
||Chinese envelope and letter
From Huang Shi of Liantang Village to Li Rujiao.
"Mother Huangshi's words for my child Rujiao to learn of.
It has been a few years since you traveled afar to make money. Our family members think of you often. As your mother I lean against the gate of our village eagerly awaiting your return. If you have accumulated additional money for boarding a ship please return to our village soon to satisfy our family member's longing and comfort mother's heart.
You traveled afar to make a living. You should walk along the righteous way, and not indulge yourself in peculiar things. You should be careful in doing everything and be frugal in order to accumulate gold and silver for sending home to support your wife and children.
Denglin is still a young newcomer ....
You should teach him till he becomes a capable man. You brothers should live in harmony, work together to make a living, so people will not laugh at you."
||Letter to Li Rujiao form his mother Huang Shi
||A: Letter to Li Rujiao from Li Nongxue in Oakland. The letter asks about Liangxue, Nongxue's cousin who lost contact with him.
B: An orange note with one red stamp. It says: For Ah Yao to examine. I received your letter inquiring about Liangxue, but he is not here and I am not aware of the place where he resides. Hope you will know the situation when you see my words. I am not able to mention everything and will wait till next time to bring you some good news.
C: One Chinese note with two burgundy stamps. A note in response to Rujio's inquiry about Liangxue saying they will have Ah Huan search for Liangxue.
||Letter to Li Rujiao and two notes
||A: A Chinese letter with two yang red seals.
In the letter Rujiao's son Hongyan reports to him that their fourth uncle mistreated them and forced them to move to their old house. Their grandfather, being not fair to them only took care of their fourth uncle's family and never supported them. Hongyan asked Rujiao to send money to them through uncle Ruzhe and the Huayuan store in Xining.
B: Chinese Envelope with two round red seals.
C: Chinese Letter with two red seals.
Hong yan's mother entrusted him to report to his father that their extended family had separated into different households. Their household was in need of financial support because things were more expensive and since their family are rebuilding their ancestral shrine this year, so every household must send money for the use of gold foil papers, etc. Their second uncle sent money to Grand parents often, and Rujiao never did. They urged Rujiao to send money home so their family members would not be starved.
D: Letter to Rujiao from his son Li Hongyan. 1910
His son reports that they have received the mone he sent. He also explains why the had to move to their old house according to what had been arranged by his grandfather years before. Since his mother would like to build a new home for their family they hope Rujiao can send money nore frequently.
||letter to Li Rujiao from his son Li Hongyan.
||Envelope and letter
It is possible that Hongyan entrusted different people to write letters to his father. The calligraphy styles in 1999.60.124 and 125 - 126 are different.
In the letter Hong yan reports to his father that members in their households are fine. They have received money from Rujiao. He asks Rujiao not to have a grudge against grandmother and grandfather (who forced them to move) and assures Rujiao that his grandparents are now taking good care of their household. He asks Rujiao to send more money home and not to worry too much.
||Letter to Li Rujiao from his son Li Hongyan
A Chinese letter in stylish calligraphy with three yin style red seals. To Li Rujiao from Li Ximing of Anyuan store in Xining, China.
In the letter Li Ximing tells Li Rujiao that they have received the money he sent. He says that Rujiao's father probably made the decision (to expel his wife and son from the house) in a rage. His father was actually very fond of Rujiao's wife since she was an obedient daughter-in-law. He also informed Rujiao that perhaps his father's temper has changed while he awas getting old because his father had a lot of arguments with Rujiao's brother too.
||Letter to Li Rujiao from Li Ximing of the Anyuan store.
||Chinese letter with three red stamps
"We have received your letter and two hundred big yuan. As for the issue of moving the household last year, it was initiated by father-in-law and mother-in-law. Please do not have a grudge against them, it is over.
At this time, father-in-law is planning to move to Jiang lian li. I hope you take good care of yourself and make more money for us to move together.
Father-in-law is fair to us now. Our household is in harmony. However, things in our city are highly expensive and our child Hong yan has contracted a disease with a fever. Hope you can send money and letters home more often. In front of honorable Rujiao, my husband.
Written and offered up by your unworthy wife on the third day of the sixth month.
||Letter from Rujiao's wife.
||A Chinese letter with two laundry stamps.
Stamp is "Lee Yuen, 711 3rd St., Washington DC."
The letter says:
I have received your message. I suppose you must be doing very well in your port. Hope you can come back to our homeland which is looking forward to a great future.
I am dwelling in a laundry shop at this time. Nowdays various businesses are having financial depression which I do not know the reason. Please let me know where you are and what you are doing and send me the business card.
||Letter from Ruliang to Rujiao
||Three envelopes and two letters.
The two Chinese letters and envelopes were inside the western envelope which was addressed to Li Rujiao in Port Gamble.
D: Letter to Rujiao from his son Hongyan:
Both young and old in our household are fine. Please take care of yourself. Hope your business is doing well and making a good fortune.
After we became a republic, various things are extremely expensive and bandits appear everywhere.
We owe people a lot of money because we do not have enough money to meet the needs of our household. And people are coming frequently to ask for the money we owe them. Hope you can send money back often.
E: Letter to Rujiao from his father.
the money you sent to us was robbed by bandits. We are in a difficult situation. Please send money back as soon as you receive my words.
||Letters to Li Jiao from his father and son.
||Two envelopes, one western and one Chinese and one Chinese letter.
The western envelope is addressed to Kim Yen in Port Gamble and from Port Townsend Zee Tai Co.
C: In the Letter Mr. Eng apologizes for his late response. He mentions that he planned to go back to Seattle for the new year and hoped to meet Mr. Li Yao by that time.
||Letter to Li Yao from a Mr. Wu or Eng
||Letter and envelope
A: Envelope addressed to: Li Rujiao, Gom Hong Co., Seattle, Wa from Kam Yen on Port Gamble.
B: Letter: "The letter and materials I sent to you a couple of days ago should be stored carefully. I enclose a letter for Uncle Hongyin. Hope you can deliever it to him. You ask Yiren to do it, do not ask Uncle Hong yin to do it. Inform him privately. Do not say too much."
||Letter to Li Rujiao from Kam Yen
||2 Letters and one envelope.
B: Letter from Shijin to Li yao.
A reponse to your message: I have received your letter and learned all of the messages. However, I do not have savings available at hand, so I am not able to take any actions. My nephew is still young ... let him study at home for one or two more years, then we will plan for him.
C: Another reponse to your message:
I received your letter again today and have learned all the messages. In the previous letter I mentioned that we must wait one or two more years before we carry out the plan. Moreover, I have no money available at hand now, so I am not able to take any action, not to mention he is still young. Hope you understand.
||Letter to Mr. Li Yao from Shi-jin Wu or Eng
||A & B: Envelopes, one Chinese and one western. To Mr. Li Yao, Port Gamble, from Zee Tai Co., Port Townsend.
C: Invoice: 1911, Invoice for Li Yao from the Tower of the Drunken Moon - Zui Yue Lou in Seattle for 34 dollars.
D: New Years Greeting
Bright pink paper with black Chinese calligraphy. New Year's greeting from Ruzhe in Hong Kong to Rujiao.
||Red New Year Greeting
||Envelope and letter and invoice
A: Envelope from Gom Hong Co., Seattle, Wa.
To: Kam Yen, Port Gamble, WA.
B: A letter with a red store stamp of Gom Hong Co.
You entrusted Shilin to ask for a list of your expenses as well as the amount of meals. You can bring money with you when you come over here again. Small gambling games are not available yet. If you are doing well, you can send money over. I will keep it under you share. At this time, big gambling games are ready. However, owing to the depression it is not opened yet.
For newphew Li Rujiao, on the 14th of the 7th month. Gom Hong & Co., in Seattle, Golden Mountain.
You sent a total of one hundred forty and twenty-three cents. The total of your expenses is one hundred forty-three and twenty five cents. the amount of over expense is three dollars and two cents. For nephew Li Rujiao
the 3rd year of the Republic of China
the 14th of the 7th month.
In the envelope were 6 mother of pearl buttons with metal rings and clips.
||Letter and invoice to Mr Li Yao from Gom Hong & Co.
||Envelopes: To: Cook House. Port Gamble, Washington. The envelopes tucked inside one envelope indicated that they had traveled more than one stop to reach the recipient.
A: From Li Rushe in Hong Kong to Li Rujiao
B: From Wing Cheong Kut, Hong Kong, China
To: Gom Hong, 709 King St., Seattle, Wash.
C: From Gom Hong Co.
D: Receipt: We received seventy-five Hong Kong dollars from Li Rujiao through Shilu Eng of Gom Hong Co. to Li Ruzhe of Wing Cheong Kut. This is the proof. The year of Renzi, 29th of the 4th month, Li Ruzhe.
E: Letter: "The queen of India arrived in Hong Kong on the twenty nineth of the fourth month. We have learned the good news you sent and received the seventy-five big yuan...
At this time our city is selling goods to gather funds for military expenditure. Everyone is enthusiastic. We have nearly a hundred taels. When we are short of some supplies people of every village will provide them. Please do not worry."
||three envelopes and one letter.
A: From Zee Tai Co., Port Townsend, Wash., to Kim Yen, Cook House, Port Gamble, Washington, March 11, 1912
B: Chinese envelope To: Li rujiao From: Eng Yarong.
C: Printed return envelope to: Zee Tai Co., No. 330 Water Street,Port Townsend, Wash., USA, PO Box 27
D: Letter: To Li Yao from Eng Shibao.
"I received one letter from my friend yesterday, and have learned everything. My friend is dwelling in an abundant state, the source of wealth flows smoothly. This is something that should be celebrated. Last month I sent a message through Li Xiangchong brother...
He must be busy with his clothes store, so I have not received any response. I asked him about this letter, he said there was no response sometimes...
At this time Port Townsend in doing poorly in business, I am sure you are aware of it.
For my friend Li Yao to examine.
The 10th of the 3rd month, the first year of the Republic.
Eng Shibao. "
||Envelopes and letters to Li Yao
||Envelope and letter
A: Western envelope from Zee Tai Co., Port Townsend, Wash., April 15, 1912
To: Lee Yew, Port Gamble. Wash.,
B: letter: Eng Shibao tells Lee Yew that he has received the letter and money Lee sent to him. He was delighted that Lee was doing well. He told Lee that he was fine and would continue to send Lee more news.
||Letter and envelope to Li Yew (Li Yao) from Eng shibao
||Envelope and business card
A: Western envelope with large Qing dynasty postage stamp, addressed to Lee You Esq (?), Port Gamble, Wash., USA. Cancelation stamp of Canton, China
B: Business card in Chinese and English
"Hop Yuen Loong, No. 27 Burd Street, Hong Kong, China. In Chinese: He Yuan, Golden Mountain Store, Specializing in buying and selling ginseng, young antlers, delicate cinnamon."
||Envelope and business card
||Envelope and letter
A: Envelope with Canadian postage stamp, To: Gom Hong Co., 418 Washingtron St., Seattle, Wash., Cancelled: April 24, 1909, Victoria BC. From: Ching Wo Yuck Kee Co., Chinese Restaurant, Victoria BC.,
B: Letter to Li Rujiao from Huang Tingshu.
"Great Uncle, Greeting's!
Your fortune must be increasing day after day and whatever you encounter will become an an auspicious good thing.
I retuned to the foreign land from Hong Kong. I did not realize that it would take eighty dollars to see a foreign eye doctor. At this time I still owe him more than twenty dollars. So I am writing to ask if you would lend me twenty dollars or so. If you trust my words please send money to me immediately. I will really appreciate it. I promise to return the money to you in the near future.
The year of Xuanyuan the sixth of the third month.
||Envelope and letter
||Envelope and letter.
A: Envelope To: Get Kee Co., 109 1/2 Adams St. Port Townsend, Wash.,
B: Letter: Mr Li Yao is planning to quit his job, but he has no other place to live. So he asks Mr. Eng if there is any boarding place for him.
Dated the first year of the republic, the fourth day of the eighth month.
||Letter to Eng YuChuan from Li Yao.
||Envelope and letters
A: Envelope: From PAF, Bellingham, Wash., To: Mr Lee You, The Cook House, Port Gamble, Wash.,
B: Letter to Li Rujiao
"Rujiao my brother,
I received your letter and have learned the message. As for the business you mentioned I am not able to take any action at this time because I have no funds available. Moreover I am still young and not familiar with the business world. If I have any good opportunity here, I would have been wealthy and would not leave you alone. He Rei is my good friend. Unfortunatley he is a loafer. I am afraid that he will not do well in business.
The current situation of this port is not good. It would be three ot four months before the tavern can be reopened. If we can make it there will be some progress in business. I will be leaving soon. You may send letters to Hua Xiang after the fourth.
Hope you are well.
The first year of the Republic
The first of the ninth month."
||Envelope and two letters to Li Rijiao from Li Denglin
||Envelope and letter to Li Rujiao
A: One western envelope with two green one cent stamps, From P.A.F. So. Bellingham.
To: Lee You, the Cook House, Port Gamble, Wash.
"Rujiao my brother,
I have arrived. The fish jobs have started. Although you would like to do it at the end of spring time, the head of the workers has not agreed yet. Moreover, we have too many workers now, so we definitely cannot accept new persons. The current situation of this port is poor. I am not able to talk futher more.
The 16th day of the 7th month,
||Envelope and letter
||Envelope and letter to Lee Yow
A: Western envelope from: Wah Yuen Lung Kee, 426 8th Ave. South, Seattle, Wash., USA
To: Lee Yow, Cook House, Port Gamble, Wash. Dated August 19, 1912.
"Lew Yow brother, I received your message in regard to investigating if Li Liangxue is here or anywhere else. I asked around, but no one ever heard of this name. There is a person from Portland named Huang wenli. He also helped to ask around, but no one has seen the name Li Liangxue. the first year of the Republic, the seventeenth day of the eighth month.
||Envelope and letter
||Letter to Lee Yaw (Li Yao; Li Rujiao) from Li Xian yong
A: Envelope: Li Xian yong. Pacific Dry Goods Co., To: Lee Yaw, Cook House, Port Gamble, Wash.,
B: Letter: On the letterhead is: "Pacific Coast Dry Goods Co., Manufacturers of Ladies Muslin Underwesr, Waists, Kimonos, Matinees, Fancy Silk garments, Hosiery, Notions, Etc. We make a Speciality of the Finest China dn Japan Silks, Grass Linens, pongee silk, etc., 1335 Third Ave. Seattle, Wash.
"My brother entrusted me with finding a job opportunity, but no one is hiring a labor now. At this time, Nanking tower is looking for a receptionist. I wonder if you would like this job or not. The wage is forty-six dollars per month plus some miscellaneous
benefits. If you like to toke it please come soon. Please respond to me quickly even if you cannot take it.
For my brother Li Rujiao,
the 16th day of the 8th month,
||Envelope and letter
||Envelope and letter
Letter to Lee Yaw (Li Yao) from Liu Xian yong
A: Envelope to: Lee Yao, Cook House, Port Gamble, Wash., From: Pacific Coast Dry Goods Co., 1335 Third Ave., Seattle, Wash. Dated August 19, 1912
B: Letter: On Pacifc Coast Dry Good Co., letterhead.
"Letter in response to your message.
I have received your letter and learned the message. I will notify Nanking tower as you instructed. I am afraid that they are not able to wait for you to take this position. I am not certain about the other position of receptionist. I will let you know if there is any opening available.
Fr Li Rujiao brother
the nineteenth day of the eighth month.
||Envelope and letter
||Envelope and letter to Lee Yaw
A: Envelope addressed to: Lee Yaw, Cook House, Port Gamble, Wash. Dated August 29, 1912
From: Pacific Coast Dry Goods, 1335 Third Ave., Seattle, Wash., USA.
B: Letter: on Pacific Coast Dry Goods letterhead.
"In response to your message,
I received you letter that mentioned that Li Hongrong got on a ship on the twenty-fifth of the sixth month. However, I have not seen him arrived, and it is already the twenty ninth of the eighth month. If there is a new comer the customs will notify us. Perhaps there is a delay of the departure time. But Li Shengce has arrived at the Customs. Ruzhe should have notified Uncle Xihuai about it, but I am not sure about it. So I will inform Uncle Xihuai immediately that a new comer has arived. He should come to the court immediatley to prevent any further delay.
For Li Rujiao, the twenty-ninth of the eighth month, yours ignorant,
||Letter and envelope.
||Two Envelopes and two letters
A: Western envelope to Gom Hong Co., 709 King St., Seattle, Wash., From: Wing Cheong Kut, 135 Connaught Rd., Hong Kong, China.
B: Envelope to Mr. Li Jujiao from Li Juzhe, Wing Cheong Kut, Hong Kong.
C: Letter: a list of measures for making western style suits. Information on sleeve length, width and waist in two styles in western measurements.
"I received the letter you sent on the eleventh of the tenth month in the new calendar on the twenty ninth of the ninth month from the ship "Queen" I have learned all messages and received the twenty dollars and sixteen cents. I will ask brother Huayin to deliever the letter and money to your family immediately.
I have enclosed the measure for making suits with my letter...
I will return to the United States to make money in future years. At tihs time, bandits are causing a lot of chaos and robbery is getting wild. This is for your information.
The year of Ren
the seventh month of the tenth
||Envelopes and letters
||Envelopes and letters
A: Western envelope from: Woy Ying Yuen, 66 Wing Lock St., Hong Kong, China. To: Gom Hong Co., King St., Between 8 & 7th , Seattle, Wash.,
B: Chinese Envelope From: Li Rudun, to: Li Rujiao
C: Letter from Li Rudun to LiRujiao
"Since I returned home in September, I have seen our familuy members. Both young and old are fine. However, after we shifted to a new politcal systembandits appear everytwhere robbing people.
It is very difficut to travel along water ways. Grains are getting expensive...
Now we are very short of money and hav enowhere to borrow it. Hope you can gather two or three hundred dollars for me to meet the very urgent need. Do not give me any excuse. We are brothers. I will not say it unless it is an emergency. If you care about your siblings please do it for me and send it directly to Hong Kong. As for our fifth brother Denglin, please do your best to promote him.
Wong Ying Yuen Co.
66 Wing Lock St.
Hong Kong, China
for Rujiao my younger brother
Your ignorant older brother Rudan wrote and sent the seventeenth of the second month
||Envelopes and letters
||A-E five Chinese Envelopes
F- K western style envelopes
A: From Li Rujiao . Port Gamble to Li Mengren
B: From: Li Ruzhe, Wing Cheong Kut, Hong Kong to Li Rujiao
C: From: Xinning to Li Rujiao, Gom Hong Co.
D: To: Li Yao
E: To: Li Rujiao, From: Ruliang. Washington
F: To: Li Rujiao, Gom Hong Co.709 King St., From: Ruliang
G: From: Lee Yun, Port Gamble, To: Lui Wo Ching Co. PO Box 22, Guaymas, Mexico
H: To: On Yuen Co., Nom Ching St., Sai Ning See, Sun Ning City, Canton, China, From: Lee Yew, Cook House Port Gamble, Wash.
I: To: Shizhen Eng, Gom Hong, 709 King St.,
J: To: Quong Kee & Co., 323 PaAve., NW Washington DC
K: To: On Yuen &Co., Li Ximing, Sun Ning City Canton, China.
L: From: Get Kee & Co., 109 1/2 Adamas St., PO Box 205 Port Townsend, Wash.,
M: From Pacific Coast Dry Goods Co, 1335 Third Ave., Seattle To: Lee Yau. Cook House. Port Gamble Washington.
N: From: Pacific Coast Dry Goods Co.,
O: From Gom Hong Co., To: Kan Yen, Port Gamble.
P: From: Gom Hong to Kim Yen, Port Gamble.
Q: From Zee Tai & Co. PO Box 27, 330 Water St., Port Townsend, Wash., To: Kam Yen, Cook House, Port Gamble, Wash.
R: From: P.A. F, Bellingham, Wash., To: Lee Yaw, Cook House Port Gamble.,
S: To: Gom Hong Co., 709 King St., Wash.,
T: From: Tie Fung Wo Co., Wines and Liquors, Oakland, CA, To: Li Rujiao, Pacific Coast Dry Goods
August 10, 1912
U: From: Wing Cheong Kut, Hong Kong, To: Li Rujiao, Mo Rongjun, Pacific Coast Dry Goods.
V: From: Wing Cheong Kut, To: Gom Hong Co.
W: From: Canton, China, To: Gom Hong & Co.
X: From: Sun Ning City, Canton, China, To: Gom Hong.
Y: Lay Wo Ching & Co., Guaymas, Mexico. May 16, 1913, To: 418 8th St., Seattle, Wash.
Z: Per SS Empress of Japan, To: Gom Hong & Co., 418 Wash. St., Seattle, Wash.,
||Envelopes from/ to Mr. Li Rujiao
||Letter to Li Rujiao from Shizhen (Eng) at Gom Hong Co., 22nd of the ninth month, the year of Xinhai, (1911).
Shizhen had received the fifty dollars Rujiao sent to him through uncle Yuheng.
||Unused Chinese envelopes, white with red band down the center.
||One business card printed in blue with drawing of a young woman on the front. "Pacific Dry Goods & Co., (Telephone Elliot 3991J) 1335 Third Ave., Seattle, Wash., Manufacturers of Fine Ladies' Muslins, Underware Waists, Kimonos, Dresses, fancy Silk Garments of All Kinds. Hosiery, Notions, Silks, etc..
||Pacific Coast Dry Goods Co.
||A printed receipt with a blue stamp of the date and hand written name and amount. From Port Gamble, Aug. 31, 1911 stating that "The balance of your credit is $26.00..."
||REceipt to Lee Yew from the Puget Mill Co.
||A First National Bank of Seattle Check made payable to Lee Gee Jack for the sum of $20.16. in Hong Kong currency. It is a duplicate check.
||First National Bank of Seattle
||A list of names with small sums, a record without any indication about what it is.
||A store receipt to Mr. Li Yao from Gom Hong Co.
Written in Chinese with a store stamp, and two decorative stamps. Issued to Li Yao from Gom Hong Co. in Seattle on the 19th of the 12th month in 1911 the year of Xinhai.
||An invoice on a portion of writing paper to Mr. Li Yao from the Drunk Moon Tower (Zuiyuelou) in Seattle dated the 25th of the last month of the year Geng for $21.00
||Invoice from Drunk Moon Tower
||An invoice written in Chinese with one personal stamp and two decorative stamps. The invoice lists the amount of money Li (Lee)Yao sent to the store and the amount of various expenses (money forwarded to Hong Lang, Shizao, Drunk Moon Tower, etc.) Li Yao owes a total of two dollars and twenty cents. There isa n instruction from Shibao Eng on the back of the invoice asking Li to send money to the Zee Tai Co.
Dated the 30th of the last month of the first year of the Republic of China.
||Zee Tai Co.
||One opened western style envelope with small black squares of an unknow substance in it. Possibly Chinese herbal medicine
11 rectangular sheets 10 x 4.5" of red colored paper.
Probably used at New Years and were pasted to the top of an entrance to bring auspicious positive energy to the household.
||Chinese Opera Lyrics
The lyrics depict the tragic ending of a famous Chiense love story "Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai" Liang Shanbo fell sick and died after he learned that Yingtai was arranged to marry into another family. On the day of her wedding Yingtai visited Liang's grave to offer sacrifices and mourn over her lover's death. According to legend the grave opened upon hearing her wailing and she jumped in to join her lover.
||Xinxijiao Yingtai ji dian
||12 pieces of Chinese paper money in a wrapper.
Each "piece" of money is a paper square folder with a piece of gold foil inside. This ghost money was burned as an offering to various spirits.
||Chinese Paper Money
||One Chinese lottery ticket
Printed in green ink it has the opening lines of the Thousand Character Classic and has several holes punched in it. At the top is a black stamp "Sheng Chang"
||A Handmade booklet of 13 pages.
On the cover is Shijibu, "division of times and dates".
This geneology contains information about Lee You Lim's family members including birth dates and times of his ancestors as well as the locations and directions they were buried. Couples information was written on the same page with words Tong Yuan -( Same Fate).
||Geneology of Li Rujiao's (Lee You Lim )Family
||Chinese Medicine Prescriptions
A: Prescription for male to enrich Yang energy with Gejie and YinYanghuo.
B: Prescription for female to regulate yin functions wtih Baishao and Cuscuta Seeds.
||Chinese Medicine Prescription
||Two identical prescriptions for cooking with pork feet.
A handmade booklet with white paper and string binding. The text predicts the life of a man's life. The man was born in 1877 (the year of Dingmao) He was 55 years old when the horoscope was produced.
||Gaoxuanjing (A Mirror Hanging High) Chinese Horoscope
||Two Chinese Horoscopes
A: A handmade booklet with white paper and string binding. The text predicts the life of a man. The man was born in 1897 (the year of Dingyou) He was 24 years old when the horoscope was produced.
B: Also a Horoscope but for a woman 45 at the time and was probably born in 1877. It is written on a single piece of paper.
||Gao Xuan Jing (A Mirror Hanging High) Chinese Horoscope
||A note with a name and address. In English and Chinese. In English is: H R Yaung 824 8th Ave So. Minneapolis, Minn. In Chinese is: "Tan Guanghao"
||Letter to Gom Hong from Fan Yick Co. in Cuba.
A: Envelope to Gom Hong Co., 709 King Street, Seattle, Wash., USA. From: "Fan Yick Co., Ciego deAvila Cuba."
B: letter: To: Shanglian Wu (Eng) from his father in law. "Shanglian's Father in law said he developed a chronic headache after living in Cuba for 8 - 9 years. He hoped Shanglian could send him 20-30 dollars to meet his urgent need."
C: Invoice: Invoice to Yutang Wu (Eng) 1928 from the Guangxinglong store in Seattle.
||Western style envelope with purple stamped address: Li Long Say, San Jose No. 28 Altos, Habana, Cuba"
||Letter to Yutang Wu (Eng)
A: Western Style envelope to:
Goey Cong Yeck , 413 Trent Alley, Spokane Washington, USA. From: Jam Ka Kon Sol, Dragones No. 70 (Bajos) Habana, Cuba
B: Letter: August 1928, To: YuTang Wu (Eng)
"Yutang my nephew,
I am now living on the Island of Cuba. It is very difficult to make a living while we are having a financial depression here. I spent months to seek a position, yet there is no way to find it...
I have developed a chronic cough for months and have had to spend all of my money seeking treatments. Wanderding to a foreign land and living with illness, my sufferings are beyond description ...
Hope my nephew can lend me a hundred dollars or so for me to seek urgent medical treatments...
I will return the money after I recover and attain employment
August 16, 1928
Sent from Cuba"
||Letter and Envelope from Cuba
||Invoice to Gom Hong from Kobe Japan
From: Xinhehe Zhengji in Kobe Japan
Items will be shipped by the "President McKinley"
Items include: Chinese ink, Kaiming Brand, 4 boxes.
meduim size River Scallops, Canned Abalone, 6 boxes, canned shrimp, 4 boxes.
||Invoice to Gom Hong Co.
||Invoice to the Gom Hong from Kobe Japan
From Xinhehe Zhengji in Kobe, Japan
Items will be shipped by the SS African Maru
Items included: Bean sauce, 30 buckets, one hundred and two dollars.
Invoice has amounts for various expenses.
||Receipt to Shunliyuan store, From: Heng Fong on the eighth of the tenth month of the year of Yi Chou.
Heng Fong were manufacturers of cooking oil.
||Receipt from Heng Fong Store
||Receipt to Mr. Shanglian Wu (Eng) issued by Xushan Gong so. A printed receipt in Chinese for a donation.
||List of Shareholders
In Chinese a business record produced by Shanglian and Shidi with 31 names.
||Brown piece of paper with record of income and expenses. Small sums dating from August 19 - September 26 of unknown year.
||Printed store advertisement on brown paper in Chinese and some English
Kwong Yick & Co. (Kuang Yi)
941-943 Grant Ave.
PO Box 2477, San Francisco.
Ad lists new arrivals and items coming soon. Items listed include: bamboo shoots, dried lichee, ginger, green beans, canned seafood, teas, and gifts.
||Kwong Yick Co.
||Gom Hong & Co. Record
One long piece of paper listing merchandise in Chinese. Items include - Oolong tea, abalone, almonds, sesame, spices, bowls, teapots.
||Paper note with names of medicines in English
"Ungentene for burns and olive oil for healing'
||Three Chinese lottery tickets with notes about money owed. These were inside an envelope.
B: Sept. 19, Yuyao owes ten dollars; Sept 21 owes four dollars.
C: Caida, the 20th Twenty five dollars, 21st, eight dollars.
D: Oct. 19, Shilin owes thirty-six dollars.
||Letter and two envelopes
C was placed in B: a red striped Chinese envelope which was placed in A: a western style envelope addressed to Gom Hong Co., from: Jida Wu, Jinlong Village, Taishan, stamped: Kwong Lee Yuen in Canton, China.
C: "Father, Great Man, Kneeling, I report to you respectfully that everyone in the household is in peace. Please do not worry ar all. I wonder if you have any idea about what to do with the money you sent to Guanglihua in Hong Kong recently.
Uncle Xin plans to go to Hongmao...
Uncle Xin would like to borrow five hundred dollars from Great Man with his field as an acknowledgement of indebtness. He will also pay interest. I would like to know if Great Man agrees or not? If Great Man agrees please let me know soon. Great man sent money to Guanglihua in Hong Kong. I wonder if you want to build a new house? You will need to send more money over if you want to build a house because it is not enough. Various things are pretty expensive nowdays.
However, since Uncle Xin is frugal and upright, it would be fine to lend him money.
This letter is short, yet my thoughts of you are numerous. I am not able to fully express what I want to say. I hereby wish you respectfully Golden Peace.
Little son, Jida Wu, reports respectfully.
The ninth year of the Republic of China
Twelfth day of the Eleventh month."
||Letter and Envelopes
||Letter and envelope and invoices to Shidi Wu (Eng)
A: Chinese envelope with red stripe, from: Yaoyun Wu, Yuzhanhao, Hong Kong. To: Shidi Wu
B: Invoice: a pieve of paper with written Chinese - "Mr. Shanglian Wu, expense of 25 dollars for treating eyes, treating parasite (gouchong) 10 dollars.
C: Invoice: To Shidi Wu (Eng) From: Yaoyun Wu in Hong Kong. List of expenses for about 1,868 dollars.
D: Invoice: To: Shidi Wu, from the Gom Hong Co., 1921. List of expenses is 390.70 dollars for things such as pork and transportation.
E: Letter to Shidi Wu from Yaoyun Wu in Hong Kong, 1921. To: Shanglian (Shidi)?,
"We shipped goods to the United States on October 16. Please notify TongYi Zhan to take care of the goods when they arrive in Seattle. Your overexpense is one thousand five hundred dollars and sixteen cents. Please send the money to meet expenses immediatley."
||On brown paper envelope with invoices.
A: Envelope, From: Yee Gan & Co., Hong Kong, to: Gom Hong & Co.
B: Declaration of Shipper of Food and Drug Products, from Canton, China on September 21, 1926.
C: Records of items shipped to Gom Hong from China, dated the 19th of the eighth month, year Bingyin (1926).
D: Invoice to Fusheng Co issued by the IYisheng store in Changsha, China, on the 7th of the eighth month, 1926.
E: Invoice to Fusheng co. ( to purchase items on behalf of the Gom Hong) from the Guanshengchang store in Henan China on the 10th of the eighth month, 1926.
F: Invoice to Fusheng Co./Gom Hong Co., from Fulongsheng sytore in Guangzhou, China, 1926.
G: Invoice to Gom Hong from Xiangde store in China.
H: Invoice to Fusheng/Gom Hong from Fulongsheng store in Guangzhou City, China. 1926.
I: Invoice to Fusheng/Gom Hong from Fulongsheng store in Guangzhou City, China. 1926
||Gom Hong Invoices
||Envelope of Gom Hong Co. invoices and records.
A: Envelope to Gom Hong Co., from: Yee Gan, Hong Kong.
B: Consuption Entry Form issued to Gom Hong by BR Anderson, Custom House Brokers, 202 - 4 Colman Building, Seattle, January 20, 1927.
C: List of grocery goods - such as sea cucumber, straw mushrooms, bamboo, plum sauce, duck kidney, duck feet.
D: List of items imported by the Gom Hong Co. from Kuangxianglong store in Hong Kong.
E: Invoice with list of items to Fusheng issued by Guangmei xiang store.
F: Invoice to Fushengstore issued by the Cuixiangcheng store, Novemeber 24, 1926.
G: Invoice to Fusheng Store issued by the Yuen Hing Loong store in Macau, November 1926.
H: Invoice to Fusheng issued by Henglongxingji in November 1926.
I: Invoice to Fusheng issued by Guangshengyuan Store in Hong Kong, November 1926.
J: Invoice to Fusheng issued by Chengtaichangji in November 1926.
K: Invoice to Fusheng issued by Heyihao in November 1926.
L: Invoice to Fusheng store issued by Fulongsheng in November 1926.
M: Invoice to Fusheng issued by Guangshengchang in November 1926.
N: Invoice to Fusheng issued by Julilongji in Hong Kong 1926.
O: Invoice to Fusheng issued by Yishenjiangyuan in China 1926.
||Letter to Shangsong, Gom Hong Co. from Yao yun Wu (Eng) in Hong Kong
"Greetings to who opens the letter,
The Tobacco (or opium ?) was not able to be delievered by the same ship due to the funeral of the British Queen. There was a holiday so we could not make it. Perhaps we will send it through the 'President' ship or send it to Shanghai and mail it by Airplane. Hope you understand the situation. The (shipment) was ready to go days ago, however, we spent some time on translating (Chinese) to western language, so it went over the deadline. At this time, the American embassy in Hong Kong does not accept all of the overdue papers. Please take the papers back, we will process them in the future. I will report to you again on how to deal with it. I think it is not safe if the (?) letters were found in the shop. I am planning to make papers for export soon. However, the situation is very difficult everywhere. River Bay Port also does not allow the entry of Chinese. I will report to you the rest next time. Wish you wealthy peace.
To Gom Hong
I have paid more than four thousand dollars for the over expense of the Gom Hong, also included is the record from the provincial city. Please send money to meet urgent need."
||Note in Chinese:
"On the edge of the Earth, at the end of Heaven.
When can we expect to meet?
Falling flowers, flowing water - Always I lament over the everchanging of meeting and parting."
||One long letter on Chinese writing paper.
For Shihuo My Uncle to Examine
We used to share our happiness in the same village. Now on the edge of the earth, at the end of heaven, we toil for fame and profit. We can only lament: What else can I do? What comforts me is that you are living with success and your plans are developing smoothly. I launched my journey to the US by boarding a ship in Hong Kong. Fortunatley the waves were smooth along the way, so I have arrived at the port safely. Please do not worry about me.
||Letter in Chinese on parchment paper to Shihuo from his nephew.
"It has been six years since uncle was forced by your mother to wonder the southern land. Now we have no chance to get together. Besides you will enrich your intelligence and knowledge much more than I, who live like a snail in rural areas, and never goes any further than ten li. I have very little to see and hear, and the situation is getting worse. It is lamentable that time will never return, sun and moon move like flowing water. I have been busy on common things for half my life.... What I hate the most is having this filthy reputation of opium. In addition to that, for years, no matter which war we fought, we were cornered again and again. These shameful situations are unberable to recall. I have been here for one month now. Whenever I see Halls of Tongs standing like forests, wild flowers growing together in patches, people rejoincing over food and wine in dailey life, how can I not be moved?
In my view point it seems to the the place I should dwell.
I received my father's letter recently, he demands I go over to Seattle. I plan to follow his order to launch forth in the now near future. My uncle asked me to come to the US before. Now it is quite easy to go with Chinese civilian's identification., the customs will not stop us. I only need to follow the rule to take care of my lung and liver problems.
Hope I can make it as early as possible, then we can expect to meet again, and do noyt need to miss each other in two lands.
How fortunate! How fortunate!
To Uncle Shihuo for examination."
||Letter to Father-in-law of (Shanglian Wu Eng?)
" Great Father-in-Law, I report respectfully in front of you: It has been more than one year since I stopped seeing your kindly face. I take delight in knowing that you are blessed with health and peace, encountering auspicious things. I had been dwelling in a rural area doing nothing for years without acquiring any skill. I have planned to go abroad to seek employment since long ago.. Someone suggested that I go to Manila, howeverall the brothers in Manila wrote to stop me, hence I quit in the middle of the process. Last winter, my father happened to return home, I discussed with him about the journey to the United States and proceeded with the plan.
Fortunately, things went as I wished. I therefore launced forth on the sixteenth of the 12th month boarding the "Siberia" from Hong Kong. There was no rough seas along the way, we went smoothly and arrived at the great port on the 17th of the 11th month. The identification paper I used was a merchant's identification paper which was signed and approved at the embassy. I entered the por t freely. There was not even a physician there to examine us. The total expense was about two thousand and three hundred Hong Kong dollars. There was no expense other than this. While I was still at home, I had met mother-in-law several times and was often looked after by her, which I deeply appreciate."
||Letter to Uncle Jinhua of Shanglian Wu (Eng)