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When the former Yugoslavia bleeds, Watsonville aches. The war is far away, in a region smaller than the state of ... [Read more]

"No arrests: for nobody cares." "Horse Stealing - Hardly a night passes in Pajaro that horse thieves do not visit ... [Read more]

Matt Tarpy was born in 1826 to Patrick and Bridget Tarpy in the poverty-stricken bogs of County Mayo, Ireland. The ... [Read more]

The advent of the Pajaro Property Protective Society on February 26, 1870, marked the beginning of a year long frenzy ... [Read more]

This short history of the Watsonville Japanese-American Citizens League has been prepared to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the organization's ... [Read more]

Practitioners of the world's oldest profession have always been found on the streets of Santa Cruz County. Neither the denizens ... [Read more]

The town of Watsonville sits nestled in a beautiful pastoral valley alongside the meandering Pajaro River in southern Santa Cruz ... [Read more]

It has been said that Whiskey Hill is the spot where the residents of the Pajaro Valley went to quench ... [Read more]

Watsonville Municipal Airport is owned and operated by the City of Watsonville, and located in the northern portion of the ... [Read more]

The cultivation of strawberries, which has become such a large and extensive business here, had a very small beginning. [Read more]

The Hall that Apples Built, by Ross Eric Gibson
At 2 1/2 million boxes of apples in 1909, the Pajaro Valley was producing and shipping more apples than any ... [Read more]

As the Pajaro Valley Fruit Exchange is, like a single American coin, but "one of many" of the institutions engaged ... [Read more]

The making of beet sugar is preeminently the industry of Watsonville. Some years ago Claus Spreckels, the famous Sugar King, ... [Read more]

Watsonville has never been, in any sense of the word, a sporting community. During the fairs that were for several ... [Read more]

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Many a heart was broken on Valentine's Day when the flagship Charles Ford & Co. store in Watsonville closed its ... [Read more]

James Wellesley Gally was born December 8, 1828, at Wheeling, West Virginia. He studied medicine, specializing in dentistry, which he ... [Read more]

Oscar Thomas "O.T." Jackson, by Phil Reader
As a young man, he had cut hair for a number of years at a small barber shop in the ... [Read more]

In Watsonville there is an elementary school named for a teacher who once said, "I never knew a child I ... [Read more]

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Chapter 3:
Uneasy Settlement: The War Years

Japan's fateful decision to drop bombs on Pearl Harbor did more than destroy ships and planes - it also exploded the tenuous hold that Japanese immigrants and their descendents had on their adopted country, the United States.

For Issei and Nisei, ..." [More]

Excerpted from Nihon Bunka/Japanese Culture: One Hundred Years in the Pajaro Valley by Jane W. Borg and Kathy McKenzie Nichols