San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
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
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Asian Americans.
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 Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 605 North 5th Street, San Jose CA 95112, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 (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). Touch for a list and map 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.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 476 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 2, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.