Saturday, June 19, 2010
Details: Jew Joe Immigration Q/A 1906, Jew Shee-Jue Joe's Brother
Jue Joe like many Chinese immigrants dreamed of the time when they would have saved enough money to buy passage back home to China , buy land , build a house , farm , marry and raise children . Finally saving enough money , he returns home to China May 8th , 1902 . He marries Leong Shee, builds a house and farms and has two sons , San You and San Tong .. He leaves his wife and his two young sons in January of 1906 and returns to "Gum Saan", the Gold Mountain .
Why did he leave his wife and son's in China ? Why did he not remain in China ? Soo-Yin provides insight in the comment section below , as well as clarifying for us the fascinating role of Jew Shee, Jue Joe's younger brother in this story .
Jew Joe applies for a duplicate immigration certificate on his return to the USA in 1906 and is interrogated by immigration officials in this transcript document , kindly provided by Auntie Soo Jan. (Jue Joe after his return to America resumes asparagus farming in the San Fernando Valley and does well and finally sends for his whole family to join him in 1918 ,not having seen them for 12 years ) In the transcript K.S. refers to the Chinese calendar date .
Here is a transcript of the above document :
Los Angeles, Cal. March 20, 1906
Inspector J.H. Jenkins
Stenographer J.J. Brady
in re Jew Joe , applicant for duplicate certificate
Jew Joe, sworn.
Q What is your name?
A Jew Joe
Q How many names are you known by?
A Just Jew Joe
Q How old are you ?
Q Where do you live?
A El Monte
Q What is your business?
Q Did you register?
A Yes, sir
Q In what year, month and day did you register?
A I was 38 years old , in 1892 or '93
Q Did the certificate that you first got in 1892 or '93 have a picture on it?
A No , no picture; the first one no picture, but that no good I no keep , throw it away.
Q When did you register the second time ?
A K.S. 18 or 19 ; got a picture that time .
Q What became of that certificate?
A I left it in the custom house when I went to China
Q Where at ?
A San Francisco. I go home to China they keep my certificate and give me another ticket and if I come back ,everything they keep down there
Q Are you sure you left your certificate with the Chinese Bureau at San Francisco?
A Yes, sir.
Q In what year was that ?
A I was 47 years old when I went home , coming 48 K. S. 28, 1st day, 4th Moon (May 8,1902)
Q When did you return from that trip to China?
A This year
Q What month and day?
A Chinese January 3, K.S. 31, I come to San Francisco, and I come to land on the 13th ; I stay on the boat ten days .
Q What boat?
Q And you are sure you never registered but one time?
A One , that's all
Q Where were you living at the time you registered?
A St. Helena, Napa County
Q Where were you living when you threw the first certificate away?
A In Napa county. Time have to register second time every people say first one no account and I no keep, I throw it away .
Signed , Jew Joe