1500: Tomojiro Suzuki

1500: Tomojiro Suzuki

Tomojiro Suzuki

Tomojiro was born on 18 November 1877. He is also named in the file as Thomas Suzuki. He was a farmer employed by Kawase at Number Four Road, Steveston, BC. His family includes Mitsu Iwasaki (common-law wife) and Yasue Iwasaki [possibly Yasui Iwasaki] (step-daughter; Mitsu’s daughter from a previous marriage). He and Mitsu were married in 1918 in what documents in the file refer to as a “Japanese” marriage; because this marriage was not registered, documents from the RCMP refer to Mitsu as Suzuki’s common-law wife. His home address is listed as P.O. Box 186, Steveston, BC. He was forcibly uprooted to Kamloops, where he died on 12 May 1942. His listed seized property includes a house built on property owned by the Atagi brothers, Hisao Atagi and Kaoru Atagi, as well as household belongings.
Sex M
Date of Birth 18 November 1877
Nationality Japanese national
C-9320 (998-1013)
Type Person
Custodian Number 1500
Name Tomojiro Suzuki
Not Before: 16 March 1942
Not After: 07 February 1947



1500: Tomojiro Suzuki


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