1452: Minoru Masu

1452: Minoru Masu


Masu was born on 09 March 1916. He was a fisherman. His family includes Yaye Nasu (mother; nee Yaye Nomura) and Oyokichi Nasu (father; deceased at time of file). He lived in Ucluelet, BC and was forcibly uprooted to Slocan, BC; Love’s Mushroom Farm Scarborough Junction, ON; 102 Centre Avenue, Toronto, ON; and 81 Montrose Avenue, Toronto, ON. His listed seized property includes: a block of a lot in Hakoda Bay, Ucluelet, BC; a house; a woodhouse; a chicken house; a vehicle, a 1928 Willys-Knight automobile; household belongings; fishing equipment; tools; food, including rice and miso; and a Japanese saw.
Sex M
Date of Birth 09 March 1916
Nationality Canadian born
Locations uprooted
Slocan, BC
Mushroom Farm Scarborough Junction, ON
Toronto, ON
Toronto, ON
C-9319 (1640-1692)
Type Person
Custodian Number 1452
Name Minoru Masu
Not Before: 26 March 1942
Not After: 30 December 1950
Case File Also Contains
This file also contains documents listing names of other Japanese Canadians, documents relating to “ex Japanese Fishing Village known as Hakoda Bay” in Ucluelet, BC, and Bird Commission documents.
Excerpt As this is an isolated spot [Hakoda Bay] I recommend that endeavours be made to get white fisherman to take up residence here. This would afford protection to the properties and bring revenue to the owners. (Excerpt from a letter sent to C.L. Drewry, Office of the Custodian)



1452: Minoru Masu


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