Hideo Takenaga and Kenji Kadonaga

Image shows view of two young men dressed in coveralls and jackets and sitting on the ground at the bottom of a hill with low growing vegetation.  Identified from left to right: Hideo Takenaga and Kenji Kadonaga., Library has digital image only, courtesy of Diane Takenaga., Hideo Takenaga was born to Genemon Takenaga and Oso Wakamatsu. Hideo was a member of the Palos Verdes Young Men's Association, a club consisting of the sons of the farmers that belonged to the San Pedro Vegetable Marketing Company. He later worked as president of the San Pedro Vegetable Marketing Company. The Takenagas lived in Gardena on 190th street and Normandie and later in Torrance near 218th street before moving to the Peninsula in August 1925.  They leased a farm on an ocean bluff south of what is now the Lunada Bay area (Ranch 29?).  In an interview with Palos Verdes Peninsula News on December 19, 1941 after the outbreak of the war, Hideo expressed his support for the United States saying, "We all are stunned by the news as you are. We are at war and you will find the local Japanese people ready to help in any possible manner. We have not been questioned by any federal, county, state or city officials and our people are aligned with the United States 100%."  Hideo and his family were sent to Poston, Arizona. After the war and their release from Poston, the Takenaga family returned to Southern California. Hideo first leased a farm in the Pico Rivera area with his father but moved to La Mirada near Imperial Highway and raised cauliflower., Kenji Kadonaga was born to Shichinosuke and Natsu Kadonaga. He had siblings, Shigeru, Torao George, Ryoji, Keizo, and Kiyoshi. Kenji was vice president of San Pedro Vegetable Marketing Cooperative Association in 1941. He died in 1944 of Pulmonary Tuberculosis in Poston, Arizona during internment.
Abstract/Description: Image shows view of two young men dressed in coveralls and jackets and sitting on the ground at the bottom of a hill with low growing vegetation. Identified from left to right: Hideo Takenaga and Kenji Kadonaga.
Subject(s): Takenaga, Hideo (1911-1961)
Kadonaga, Kenji (1912-1944)
Palos Verdes Peninsula (Calif.)