Photos related to working at the <NN> Cannery from Janet and Harvey Henry's personal collection.
Janet Henry was born in Seattle, Washington. In 1980, she got a job at the cannery in Larsen Bay, Alaska, where she worked in the Egg House. She met her husband, Harvey, at Larsen Bay, and starting in 1981 traveled with him every summer to work in the cannery at South Naknek. She worked in the Egg House, was a waitress in the mess hall, and worked in the laundry. After having her first daughter, Janet was able to bring her to work with her, and her two daughters have fond memories of growing up around the cannery. The Henrys were fortunate to be able to have their family at the cannery with them. During the winter, Janet and her husband, Harvey, and their two daughters lived in Deming, Washington, where they settled permanently in 1995, after they stopped working in Alaska canneries.
Harvey Henry was born in Bellingham, Washington, and in 1976, at age eighteen, he began working in the Alaska salmon canning industry. Throughout his career, he worked seasonally at canneries in Larsen Bay, Excursion Inlet, Uganik, and South Naknek, Alaska. Harvey held a variety of positions through the years, including seamer man, filler man, can shop machinist, first machinist, and shop machinist. His work involved making sure the machinery and equipment used in the cannery was operating properly, that the canning line ran smoothly and efficiently, and in some cases meant fabricating parts when they were not otherwise readily available. During the winter, Harvey and his wife, Janet, and their two daughters lived in Deming, Washington. Harvey stopped working in Alaska canneries in 1995.