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San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Mr. Peckham

 
 
Mr. Peckham Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 11, 2013
1. Mr. Peckham Marker
Inscription. Because of the Alien Land Laws in California, Mr. Peckham held land in his name for those of Japanese, Chinese, Filipino and other Asian ancestries ... until the oldest native born child in the family turned 21. He would then transfer the land to that child ...

There were many times when my dad would come home with vegetables given to him by his insurance customers and it was too much for just our family and so my mother or he would “bag” the vegetables and I would jump on my bicycle with beans or tomatoes or nappa or whatever and bike it to the Peckham home.

I will be eternally grateful for the stands that Mr. Peckham took because he was berated as a “J__ lover” in the 1930s, 40s and even 50s.

Norman Y. Mineta
 
Location. 37° 20.943′ N, 121° 53.672′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is at the intersection of North 5th Street and Jackson Street, on the left when traveling north on North 5th Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 605 North 5th Street, San Jose CA 95112, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nihonmachi (a few steps from this marker); Tom & Mary’s Snack Shop & Dr. Watanabe’s Office
Mr. Peckham Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 11, 2013
2. Mr. Peckham Marker
The marker is mounted on the left side of the bench.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Taihei Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson Drugs (within shouting distance of this marker); Dobashi Market (within shouting distance of this marker); Kawakami Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Second Buddhist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Gran Oriente Filipino Masonic Lodge (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in San Jose.
 
Regarding Mr. Peckham. During World War II, Norman Mineta was detained at the Heart Mountain Interment Camp. After the war he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He went on to a distinguished career of public service. Mineta was a Councilman and Mayor of San Jose, U.S. Representative (1975-1995), Secretary of Commerce in the Clinton administration and Secretary of Transportation in the George W. Bush administration. San Jose's Mineta International Airport is named in his honor.
 
Categories. Asian Americans
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 404 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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