[This undated, unidentified family portrait was included in the file. The people in the photograph are almost identical to other photos in the file: Fung Shee (mother), Seid Quay Foon (daughter), Sher Lun (adopted son), Seid Juck (father), and baby (probably born in 1916-17; not mentioned in the file). The photo was taken about 1917.]
Fung Shee and her daughter, Seid Quay Fong (or Foon), arrived at the port of Seattle, Washington on 3 June 1915 and were admitted four days later. Fung Shee’s husband, Seid Juck, was a merchant and manager of the Wing Yuen Company at 208 First Street in The Dalles, Oregon.
The file tells a complicated story. Seid Juck and his first wife adopted a son, Sher Lun. After Seid Juck’s wife died, his first cousin, Seid Dai, who was visiting in China from The Dalles, arranged for Fung Shee, a widow without children, to live in Seid Juck’s home and take care of Sher Lun. Seid Dai (sometimes referred to as Seid Ah Dai) was a fruit rancher and contractor for laborers for the Seufert Cannery in The Dalles, Oregon.
Fung Shee was thirty-one years old in 1915 and had bound feet. W. F. Watkins, Chinese and Immigrant Inspector in Portland, Oregon, explained the marriage situation in his report to J. H. Barbour, Inspector in Charge. Watkins said that Seid Juck and Fung Shee’s marriage was arranged by Seid Ah Dai and was “consummated by the bride coming to Seid Juck’s home to live.” “… according to Chinese custom, nothing additional in the way of ceremony is necessary when the bride is a widow.” Seid Juck arrived in China in October 1912 about a year after the marriage to Fung Shee took place. He returned to The Dalles in May 1913 with his son Sher Lun. His daughter, Quay Foon, was born four month later in China. Seid Sher Lun, age 11 in 1915, was attending school in The Dalles in Grade 2A in Miss Sebring’s class.
Seid Juck’s marriage name was Seid Sing Gee. He was 52 years old in 1915. Other members of the Wing Yuen Company were Seid Wah My, salesman and buyer; Seid Lup, silent partner; Seid Wah Yim, bookkeeper and salesman; Seid Sui, silent partner; and Seid Sing, silent partner. The company’s annual sales were $5,000.
F. A. Seufert, Jr. was a witness for Seid Juck’s 1912 trip to China. Seufert had known Seid Juck for about 12 or 14 years. He swore that Seid Juck was a bonafide merchant and performed no manual labor except that was necessary in the conduct of his business at the Wing Yuen Company.
Arthur Seufert, age 37, was born in San Francisco and lived in The Dalles, Oregon for 35 years. He was a member of his family’s salmon cannery, Seufert Brothers Company, and swore he knew Seid Juck and his partner, Seid Wah Yim, for several years. The brothers both gave favorable and positive statements for Seid Juck.
There is no information about Fung Shee in the file after 1915. In 1926, a letter in the file states that their daughter, Seid Quay Foon, age 14, applied for and received a Certificate of Identity.
6 thoughts on “Seid Juck Family Portrait – The Dalles, Oregon”
Fascinating reconstruction of a slice of one family’s history! I have a hunch that my Seid forefathers are related to Seid Juck……
I’m so happy that you made the “maybe” connection. Contact the National Archives at Seattle to see if your Seid ancestors are in the Chinese Exclusion Act case files. There might be some clues to connect the families. The Seid family was very well known in Portland.
Shoutout to Jacqui and others at NARA Seattle for their conscientious labor of love in delving into stories hidden in Chinese Exclusion Act case files……your work is much appreciated! Raymond 🎉💕🙏😊
Thanks Raymond. Jacqui and Eric Gleason have done a great job preserving the Wing Hong Tai Company building in The Dalles, OR.
Trish Hackett Nicola
CEA Blog Editor
Hi Trish, Seid Juck is my great grandfather on my father’s side. Seid Juck’s son, who passed away in the late 90s, had one of his last wishes to find his father’s immigration papers. I’m happy to say we have found them by way of the NAS. My father has a copy of this photo and so I googled it and saw the footnote that the original photo is at the NAS, which ironically, I live in Seattle. We are happy to have made this reconnection. I believe it was my father who told Raymond to contact the NAS to find the immigration papers from his father as it was likely there. There are many other Seid family members who are searching for their ancestor’s immigration papers.
Thank you, Edward, for the contact when you were at Seattle NARA……I have since procured copies of my grandfather’s immigration papers……I am so happy to hear you have found Seid Juck’s immigration papers, and a big thanks goes out to Trish for her tireless effort in constructing these amazing immigrant stories for all to see…….