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"John" Kaichiro and Tome Nakayama Professorship

Family Tradition Inspires Gift

"John" Kaichiro Nakayama, a former Samurai warrior, emigrated from Japan to the U.S. in 1905. He lived first in Kansas City and worked in a meat packing plant. The abrasive atmosphere of the packing plant led Nakayama to seek employment elsewhere.

He moved to Nebraska where he worked with a farmer of Swedish descent raising sugar beets and cattle. Nakayama's wife Tome (whom he first met in Japan) came to this country in 1915 and they subsequently married.

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The cold winters took a toll on one of Nakayma's feet that had been severely frost bitten, forcing him to seek a warmer climate. The family was headed to Mexico but stopped in El Paso to wait for their second child to be born. While there, they learned about a parcel of land outside Las Cruces that was available. They leased this land which was a part of the old Shalem Colony settlement. Nakayama adapted the farming skills he acquired in Nebraska to the demands of the New Mexico climate. More On Nakayama Family.

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