Chin Gee Hee

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Chin Gee Hee was born in Taishan, China back in 1844. His father was a maker of soy sauce crocks. While I don’t have the time frame he made his was to America working in a placer mine in Port Gamble, Washington, where he worked in a lumber mill.

In 1783, he arrived in Seattle he opened up the Wa Chong Company where he imported or manufactured sugar, tea, rice, cigars, opium and fireworks. He ordered a mail order bride form China. He became a central figure in the political and diplomatic defense against the anti-Chinese riots in November of 1885. In 1888, he became one of the main sources providing construction workers for the Great Northern Railway and the Seattle and Walla Walla Railroad.

In 1904, he returned to China turning over his business to his son Chin Lem where he founded the first railway in South China. He died in 1929 in Guangdong, China.

What you may not know about Chin is that his son Chin Lem was the first documented Chinese child born in the Washington Territory.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray I didn't know that info, but now I do.... have a great day, James....and I hope your father's day was the best...

Jun 17, 2019 02:43 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Wonder how many would be stumped on Jeopardy!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jun 17, 2019 04:32 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Must say I am among those who would have to say: "who knew?", but now I do! Enjoy your day!

Jun 17, 2019 04:35 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

well you had to dig deep to pull this one out. Very interesting thanks for sharing.

Jun 17, 2019 05:11 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. A neat guy and a really good read today. Enjoy the day.

Jun 17, 2019 07:03 AM #5
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Another example of how immigrants did important things in our country. I wish we still felt that way.

Jun 17, 2019 07:06 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Interesting story and it is always nice to be the first of something!  I hope that your weekend was enjoyed!

Jun 17, 2019 07:11 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning James,

This is another one of your very interesting tidbits to share with us on a Monday morning.  A

Jun 17, 2019 09:26 AM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- how very interesting!!!  It's amazing to me how accurate the documentation is from then. 

Jun 17, 2019 02:33 PM #9
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Chin Gee Hee was definitely a trailblazer for others to follow. His story is a unique one.

Jun 17, 2019 06:56 PM #10
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That was a good story about Chin Gee Hee and his son.  They made the most of a great opportunity.

Jun 17, 2019 08:53 PM #11
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear James,

The Northwest attracted a lot of Asian immigration. Many families have been there just about as long as immigrants from the eastern US.

Jul 17, 2019 06:05 AM #12
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