The Japanese people first came to Syracuse in 1914. Most farmed on the John R. Barnes property. They built a Buddhist church and also had several good baseball teams. Several served in the armed forces during World War II. The Japanese culture has contributed much to the community. In addition, a few Greek families moved to Syracuse and became excellent farmers. Several Hispanic families also moved into the community and worked either at defense plants or on the farms; however, only a few became permanent residents.
The Depression years were hard, but the community survived with plenty of flour, salt pork, potatoes, and bottled fruits. Almost everyone had a garden, chickens, pigs, and a cow. World War II brought more change. Jobs were plentiful at defense plants; many farmers worked their farms only part time, taking full-time jobs at Hill Field or the Naval Supply Depot. One hundred twenty Syracuse young men served in the armed forces.