Concerns about a labor shortage in 1949 prompted the owners of PictSweet farm in Skagit County to, for the first time, fly in laborers from Puerto Rico. The 100 or so field workers were paid $7 a day to pick corn, strawberries and raspberries.
Concerns about a labor shortage in 1949 prompted the owners of PictSweet farm in Skagit County to, for the first time, fly in laborers from Puerto Rico. The 100 or so field workers were paid $7 a day to pick corn, strawberries and raspberries. PHOTO COURTESY OF WHATCOM MUSEUM OF HISTORY & ART
Concerns about a labor shortage in 1949 prompted the owners of PictSweet farm in Skagit County to, for the first time, fly in laborers from Puerto Rico. The 100 or so field workers were paid $7 a day to pick corn, strawberries and raspberries. PHOTO COURTESY OF WHATCOM MUSEUM OF HISTORY & ART

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