Monthly Archives: July 2015

Chew Tong & Choy Fung Ho Marriage License, SF, 1904 recorded copy

Chew Chow Marr License SF 27 Sept 1904

“Chew Tong & Choy Fung Ho Marriage License,” 27 September 1904, #E1171, Liber 134, page 250; Chinese Exclusion Act case files, RG 85, National Archives-Seattle, Portland file, Box 37, Case 1006/48, Chew Tong & Choy Fung Ho.

This is the official version recorded on 28 September 1904, City and County of San Francisco, State of California.

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Lawrence Leong – Witness for Edward Leong

Lawrence Leong Affidavit
“Lawrence Leong, Witness Affidavit,” 10 June 1940, Edward Leong (Leong Kwong Yin) Case File; Chinese Exclusion Act case files, RG 85, National Archives-Seattle, Box 814, Case 7030/13183.

Lawrence Leong’s affidavit tells us that he was born in Berkely [sic], California on 29 August 1906 and Edward Leong is his brother. Edward was born in San Francisco on 6 December 1908. Their father, Leong Geet, died in January 1933 and their mother, Sam [Sum] Shee, died on 11 July 1937. Both died in San Francisco.

Certified copies of the birth certificate for Edward Leong and the death certificate for his mother, Leong Sum Shee, are included in the file.

Jick Chan – Interpreter

Jick Chan interpreter
Ham Go, Application for Laborer’s Return Certificate, 9 August 1933; Chinese Exclusion Act case files, RG 85, National Archives-Seattle, Case 7032/2380.

Jick Chan [James Jick Chan] was a Cantonese translator/interpreter for the U. S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in Seattle for many years. The obituary for his son, Warren Chan, who died in Seattle on 15 June 2015, mentions his father’s service.

See Obituary: “Former judge Warren Chan, 92, Wing Luke Museum co-founder” for more information on the family.
Warren Chan’s obituary appeared in The Seattle Times on Monday, June 29, 2015, page B1 & B2.

Ham Go – Application for laborer’s return certificate

Ham Go Return Certificate Application
Ham Go, Application for Laborer’s Return Certificate, 9 August 1933; Chinese Exclusion Act case files, RG 85, National Archives-Seattle, Case 7032/2380.

As a laborer, Ham Go received Certificate of Residence #143225 in 1894 when he was living in Boston, Massachusetts. He owned a $1000 Liberty Loan Bond that he purchased on 8 August 1933, one day before filing his application for a laborer’s return certificate.

Lee Jin Yee (Ruth Lee) – Pre-Investigation Form & Reference Sheet

Pre-Investigation form for Lee Jin Yee
Lee Jin Yee, Preinvestigation form, 23 May 1927; Chinese Exclusion Act case files, RG 85, National Archives-Seattle, Portland Case 5017/404.

Lee Jin Yee (Ruth Lee) age 5 years, 4 months old; The application was signed by her father, Lee Chun Yuen. They were living at 4427 2nd St., Portland, Oregon.

Reference Sheet for Lee Jin Yee
Lee Jin Yee, Reference Sheet, 1927; Chinese Exclusion Act case files, RG 85, National Archives-Seattle, Portland Case 5017/404.

Many case files include a reference sheet but they usually are not as extensive as this one. Lee Jin Yee’s father, two brothers, and three sisters are listed with their case file numbers. A search can be made for these files for more family information.

Anastasia Hu (Hu Pao Jung) – Nursing Student

photo of Anastasia Hu
Anastasia Hu, Photo for Precis of Investigation, 23 May 1932, RG 85, National Archives-Seattle, Case file 7028/229

Anastasia Hu (Hu Pao Jung) (Sister Claudine), Section 6 Student, received a non-quota immigration visa to attend a 4-year course of study at St. John’s Training School for Nurses, St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Illinois. Anastasia Hu was born in P’ingyin, Shantung, China and attended the Franciscan Mission School in P’ingyin and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tsinan in preparation for nursing school.
Several other young Chinese women arrive with Anastasia to attend nursing school at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield: Clara Chi (7028/227), Mary Chang (7028/28), Anna Ting (7028/230), Agnes Wang (7028/231). Anastasia Hu arrived in Seattle on 22 June 1932 and returned to China on 19 October 1936 after completing nursing school.

Letter to American Consul regarding Anastasia Hu
Anastasia Hu, Letter to American Consul, 28 January 1932, RG 85, National Archives-Seattle, Case file 7028/229.