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Bow Tank – McGettrick Discharge Certificate

Bow Tank Certificate of Discharge
“Bow Tank, Discharge Certificate,” 1896, Chinese Exclusion Act case files, RG 85, National Archives-Seattle, Bow Tank file, Seattle, Box 1260, Case 36207/1-11.

Bow Tank was arrested on 4 April 1896 at Richford, Vermont. His hearing was held 24 October 1896 before Commissioner Felix W. McGettrick. He was issued a Certificate of Discharge. Witnesses: Moy Loy; E. S. Harris; Back Fook, Back Lee, New York.
The total cost for the hearing was $26.70. That included drawing the complaint, issuing the warrant of arrest, subpoena for two witnesses, etc.
Because Bow Tank had a McGettrick Discharge Certificate from 1896 the immigration authorities were suspicious of his credentials when he left the U.S. in 1916 and when he returned in 1919. Eventually his paperwork was approved. In 1919 he was a salesman for Quong Hing Lung Chong Kee and Company at 114 Park Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland.
[More about McGettrick Certificates in the next post.]

Gim Bing – Photo with Queue

Gim Bing 1908
“Gim Bing, Statement of Registered Chinese Laborer…Intention of Returning,” photo, 1908, Chinese Exclusion Act case files, RG 85, National Archives-Seattle, Gim Bing file, Seattle, Box 1091, Case 9347/9-3.

Photos of Gim Bing, 1908, side view showing queue.
On 3 October 1898, E. L. Brunton and George H. Barber swore in an affidavit that they were well acquainted with Gim Bing, a gardener for Mr. Hill in the city and county of Walla Walla, Washington. They both had known him for more than three years. Gim Bing was a creditor of Moy Loy to the extent of $1,374.48. He had a certificate of residence #46770, granted in Portland, Oregon in 1894.

In 1903 Gim Bing was 38 years old, a laborer, and had been in the United States for twenty years.

By 1927 Gim Bing had made five trips to China. His last return was in 1927.