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2: J | j | After Ng Quong Hop died Sow Lee married JANG Jing. He had a restaurant in Fresno called Jing Gay. Sow Lee and her daughters all worked in the restaurant. Her English was not very good but she often entertained the white patrons with singing and playing Chinese musical instruments. In 1926 the restaurant was shut down and they moved to San Francisco - possibly part of the 'Driven Out' that was taking place all over California during this time period. Sow Lee never had any children with Jing, and he died in San Francisco in 1926 from a severe headache (aneurysm?) Sow Lee became ill in 1929 and she died on August 5 | JUNG Sow Lee was born in the Globe Hotel in San Francisco, California in 1871. When she was 17, she married SEU Ng Quong Hop and had seven children. SEU Ng Quong worked in a shoe factory in San Francisco. When they moved to Fresno, California he opened a shoe and fish store called the Gwong Hop Co. (maybe it was nicknamed Sole & Sole?). On the Fourth of July 1908 he was overtaken by heatstroke and he died on the 18 of July.

4: SEU Chun Hoy, also known as Mary Seu, was born in San Francisco, California on 18 Feb 1890. Her family moved to Fresno, California when she was about 2 or 3 years old. Also at that age there was an accident where she fell on some broken glass from a kerosene lamp that blinded her in her left eye. Chun Hoy was the eldest child of SEU Ng Quong Hop and Jung Sow Lee. She never went to school, never learned to read or write. Chun Hoy lived with her family in Fresno until she married LOWE Woot Cheun and moved to Hanford, California. Woot Cheun and Chun Hoy had three sons and seven daughters. They lived in Hanford until they were driven out in about 1926 and they relocated to San Francisco. She died in 1951 at the age of sixty-one.

5: Above - Mary Lowe (seated) & Her children.... Back L-R Georgia, Jane, Jessie, May, Frances, Bill, Arlene, Dickie Front Harry, Jewel Far left - SEU Chun Hoy - age 3 years Left - Mary Lowe in San Francisco c1940's Right - Seu Shee (aka Mary Lowe) in 1931 affidavit photo

7: The second child of Ng Quong Hop and Sow Lee was a boy named SEU Qwock Gar. He was born in San Francisco,California in 1892. His po po (grandmother), Sow Lee's mother, took him to China to be raised and educated. He died in China in 1918

9: The third child born to SEU Ng Quong Hop and JUNG Sow Lee was a boy. He was born on 25 May 1894, they named him SEU Quock Hong, his American name was Billy Hong Seu. As a child, he was sent to live with clansmen in San Francisco. After the 1906 earthquake and fire the woman that cared for him disappeared and at 12 years old he was on his own. Billy was a partner in two jewelry stores in Chinatown. First the Tin Yuen Co. and then the Sun Sun Co. As the manager of the Sun Sun Co., Billy planned a business trip to China. He set about the process of applying for a form 430 return certificate for Chinese Natives* before setting sail. During the course of the interview, the inspectors from the US Department of Labor accused him of not being who he said he was. They said that his true identity was Tommy Chung. With the assistance of his attorneys at the law firm of White & White, he filed an appeal on the decision. But, the date of his departure was drawing near and they still had not completed their investigation nor made a decision on his appeal. So, he was forced to board the ship and set sail for China without the form 430 return certificate and unsure whether or not he would be allowed to re-enter the United States. One month after his departure, they rendered the decision to uphold their original findings that Billy Hong Seu was actually Tommy Chong a non-native and therefore denied re-entry to the United States. *CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT (1862-1944): persons of Chinese ancestry were not allowed to become citizens of the United States. Chinese born in the USA were granted 'native status', but they had to prove their status prior to departing the United States.

11: Eventually he landed in Sierra Madre where he got a job as a chauffeur for a white man named Farnham. The man traveled a lot and he took Charlie with him as his driver where ever he went. Charlie never married but he was very fond of all of his nieces and nephews and loved to spoil them. | SEU Bun Hong aka Charlie Hong Seu was born in Fresno, California on the 18th day of March 1896. He was the fourth child and third son of SEU Ng Quong Hop and Sow Lee. Charlie left home after his father died in 1908, He was 12 years old. He wandered around California for a while doing odd jobs here and there. He worked on a ranch with clansmen for a year. He also attended the National Automotive School in Los Angeles.

12: The second daughter was born to SEU Ng Quong Hop and JUNG Sow Lee on 28 April 1898. Her name was SEU Gum Hoy. Her American name was Rose Elsie Seu. She attended Lincoln Elementary, Edison Grammar School, Fresno High School and one year of the State Normal School. On April 1, 1922 Rose married Allen Chan (aka CHAN Lam) their first child, a daughter, died shortly after birth. In 1923 she gave birth to her second child, a son. While living in the Hawaii Territory, she gave birth to twin girls. Neither baby survived. After returning to California she gave birth to her fifth child, another boy.

13: Rose and Allen built a house overlooking Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco, California. After the attack on Pearl Harbor on 07 December 1941, the US government confiscated their home as it was an ideal lookout point above the shipyards. Rose and Allen moved down the peninsula to San Mateo where they built another home.

14: SEU Dai Hoy aka Dora Mae Seu was born on 16 January 1900 in Fresno, California to SEU Ng Quong Hop and JUNG Sow Lee. She was the sixth child and third daughter. Dora attended Lincoln Grammar, Edison Elementary and Fresno High School. She married Lai Gong (aka Walter Lowe) He was a manager for the National Dollar Store. The National Dollar Store was a chain of stores owned by Joe Shoong. Mr. Shoong succeeded against all odds owning stores all over Northern California, Nevada, Salt Lake City Utah and Hawaii when the popular opinion was that Chinese were too ignorant to run a successful business. Dora and Walter settled in San Francisco and built a beautiful house on Lombard Street. Alfred Hitchcock used their home as the location for the house in the movie VERTIGO. Sadly, they never had any children.

15: The youngest child of SEU Ng Quong Hop and JUNG Sow Lee was born on the 10th of July 1902 in Fresno, California. Her name was SEU Lin Dai. Her American name was Grace Vivian Seu. She later changed her middle name to Alice. Grace married WONG Hee, aka Walter Wong. They lived in Stockton, California where he worked as a bookkeeper in a card room. They had four daughters and two sons. Grace missed her family and often brought her children to San Francisco for extended visits with their cousins.

16: This book was created by Judianne Dong. Daughter of Kirby Ku Dong Granddaughter of Arlene Judith YOOT LING Lowe Great Granddaughter of Mary CHUN HOY Seu Great Great Granddaughter of Sow Lee Jung All pictures were copied from files at the National Archives in San Bruno, California except the picture of Walter Wong which came from his daughter Leona Wong's personal collection. All biographical data was gathered from documents at the National Archives in San Bruno, California and through interviews with family members.

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