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Title: Saikai, Joseph (Yamoto settlement).
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Subject: Ingraham, James Edmundson, 1850-1924.
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Ir. Joe Saihk was born in Japan about fifty-one
years ago. He fell on sleep in the sanatorium at Ashville,
T. C., about ten o'clock on the night of August 21, 1923. More
than half of his useful and honorable life was spent in various
parts of this country. The past twenty years he made his home
at Yamato, in our own county, where he was engaged with his
brother, Hr. John Kamiya, in the truck-growing business. At
the time o his death, he, with his wife and several children,
was a faithful member of the Delray Methodist Church.

His interest in the produ e business originally
oroui -t him to the port of New York where, for a time, he
looked after shipments from his native land. He spent some
time in Hawaii and particularly upon the Pacific Coast, where
he did a valuable and constructive work in organizing market-
ing and lecturing among his fellow 'countrymen and other agri-
culturalists of California. This work in the West was recog-
nized and endorEed by leaders and officials as mf far reaching
benefit and helyfulv1ss.

brother Saihi was a life-long student, intelli-
gent andecholarly. He had an ambition for knowledge. He was
one of the worthy products of our missionn Schools. Perhaps
his first contacts with the Christian religion came through
the Congregational Missio.::- College at Kioto, Japan now
Doshisha University where he was a student and from which
he graduated before coming to America, Later he studied at
Yale University7 and received his :.C.3. degree from the iNew
York `Jhiversit-, in June of 1903. A specialist in his own
field, he was also a careful student of public questions and
his discussions of M.issions and the relations between America
and Japan, in personal conversations, revealed a mind partic-
ularly well informed, eminently. fair, just, wise and intelli-
gent.

About the time of brotherr Baikai's graduation
from the Iew York University, ,r. Ingraham, now president of
the F.E.C. Rr. was looking for a competent leader in the devel-
opiment of the trucking possibilities of the East Coast. Upon
the recommendation of the university professor, ..r. Ingraham
sent Mr. Saikai into what was then a. p..-t of Dade County to
encourage the development of the pineapple industry. brother
LaSikai, .with the associates which he gathered about him,
Promoted and established the prosperous Japanese colony at
Yamato. For twenty years he has given this work his untiring
efforts and to the hour of his death has held the honor and
esteem, ioth of the RR Cc: .--n and of his nei : ors and friends
throughout the community where he was known. ITow he rests from
his labors and his works follow after. He named his settlement
Y-t,-to after a province in Japan. It was once the name of his
whole native land, before the later, or more modenn name,
.I rippon, or Japan was adopted. The name carries us back to the
ci. *~:, misty origin of the "Sunrise -iingdom", some 700,:r800





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years before Christ, to the place, Yamato, where 'tis reputed
the ancient Japanese gods descended to the earth to bring
forth a new and remarkable people amdnr: the sons of men.

Brother Saikai was a kind and affectionate father
and husband. Once during the twenty years at Yarnato he returned
to Japan for his bride, the wife of his bosom., who today,
toJgether with her five young daughters, mourns his passing. He
was as faithful a;.j true to his Lord aud his Church as he was
to his -family, his friend and his 'lu.iness associates. An
honorable and useful life has been li-ed before cur -es. A
Christian gentleman, having faithfully served his day and
generation, has at last laid down his burden. 11 too soon,
so it may seem to us, his tired and wasted body lies before us.
But as we tenderly lay it from our sight, let us not sorrow as
others who have no hope, but rather let us look to his Lord and
ours for both comfort and strength and go forth to exemplify
in our own lives the truth and fidelity to duty which still
lives in the example our brother has left us.


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