The Hindus of Uppertown

The author would like to thank Katherine M. Astala of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan for bringing to the ClatsopCounty Historical Society’s attention an item about Astoria Hindus in the 1914 revolt. In November of 1906 the Astoria Daily Budget touted the “first Hindoo funeral that was ever solemnized in the United States”: the cremation […]

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Harnam Singh Tundilat

Ghadriite Harnam Singh Tundilat (1882-1962)  Ghadriite Harnam Singh Tundilat (1882-1962), a Ghadar revolutionary was born, 11 March 1882, the son of Gurdit Singh, a farmer of modest means, of Kotla Naudh Singh, in Hoshiarpur district of the Punjab. He learnt to read Gurmukhi in the village Dharamsala and joined the Indian army as he grew up. […]

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Har Dayal Changed

Since Lala Har Dayal jumped bail and left the United States in 1914, he continued his work from Geneva and Berlin. When the whole operations of these Ghadarites were frustrated, the United States joined the allies in war in April 1917 and consequently arrested all those leading German and Indian trouble-makers for violating the Neutrality […]

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First Sikhs Face Major Problems

​They arrived almost unnoticed at first.  Coming mainly through Canada just after the turn of the century, the Sikhs of the Punjab could hardly have foreseen the place they and their children would earn in American life. In fact, few of the early Sikhs actually set out to immigrate to the United States. Most of the […]

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EVENTS FOLLOWING THE ARRIVAL OF THE SHIP AT BUDGE BUDGE

EVENTS FOLLOWING THE ARRIVAL OF THE SHIP AT BUDGE BUDGE“THE OFFICIAL VERSION, WHICH FAILED TO WASH”The status of passengers as on 11th Oct 1914:Total=321 Left for Panjab in special train = 59 Left behind, women & children = 3 Balance = 259 ——————————————————— Killed at Budge Budge = 16 Died from wounds in Hospital = […]

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Cultivating California Growers, Specialty Crops and Labor, 1875-1920

By, Dr.David Vaught John Hopkins University Press 1999 Baltimore and London Various Pages (116-185) Reprinted With Permission Sikhs, immigrants from the Punjab region of northwest India, constituted the labor that “blew itself” into Davisville orchards in the summer of 1908. Religious and political reformers opposed to the caste system and other practices they considered corrupt, Sikhs began […]

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Chasing Desi Dollars

​There are some 2.5 million desis (Indians) in the U.S., including the Subrahmanian family in Florida. Says mother Lakshmi, second from left: “We like to buy the best.” From the Magazine | Time Bonus Section August 2005: Inside Business Chasing Desi Dollars “THEIR ROOTS ARE ON THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT; THEIR WALLETS ARE HERE. WHY COMPANIES […]

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CANADIAN DOMICILED FREEDOM-FIGHTERS

TO THE MEMORY OFCANADIAN DOMICILED FREEDOM-FIGHTERS WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES FOR THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM.BHAI BHAG SINGH BHAI BATTAN SINGHBHAI MEWA SINGH BHAI UTTAM SINGH HAANSBHAI BALWANT SINGH BABU HARNAM SINGHPANDIT SOHAN LAL BHAI UDHAM SINGH KASELKAPUR SINGH MOHI BHAI HARDIT SINGH JATPURABHAI KARTAR SINGH NAWAN CHAND BHAI RAM SINGH DHULETABHAI PIARA SINGH LANGERI BHAI […]

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Brief Notes on Canadian Patriots

Bhai Bhag Singh and Bhai Battan Singh were murdered by Bela Singh in the Sikh Temple on September 5th, 1914.Bhai Mewa Singh killed William Hopkinson. He was hanged on 11th, January 1915. Bhai Balwant Singh was to be hanged in Lahore on March 17th, 1917 but with the special order of Michael O’Dwyer, the Lt. Governor […]

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