Japanese immigrant Seijiro 'Joe' Masui found new life in early Lodi
This photograph, taken around 1896, shows Seijiru "Joe" Masui seated on the porch outside his Hinode Company store on Main Street. The woman standing to the right was Masui's wife, Yoshino "Mary" Masui, and she scratched her face off the photograph so it would not be visible. The store was destroyed by fire shortly after this photograph was taken. Masui rebuilt it out of cement blocks at the same location in 1898. (Courtesy photo)
Posted: Saturday, April 17, 2010 12:00 am
Updated: 6:48 am, Sat Jul 3, 2010.
Seijiro "Joe" Masui was one of the early Japanese immigrants to
settle in Lodi in the 1890s.
Like many, he came first to work as a farm laborer. Eventually
Masui became one of the early merchants on Main Street, which
became known as Lodi's Japantown.
Saturday, April 17, 2010 12:00 am.
Updated: 6:48 am.