1568: Otomatsu Ishii

1568: Otomatsu Ishii

Otomatsu Ishii

Ishii was born on 20 November 1874. He was a self-employed fisherman. His family includes Asu Ishii (wife; nee Asu Kajikawa), Asoa Ishii (son; born 3 January 1934), and Toshiko Ishii (daughter). His home address is listed as Rendezvous Island, Redonda Bay P.O., BC. He was forcibly uprooted to Slocan, BC and exiled to Japan on 24 December 1946. His 168 acres of property on Rendezvous Island were seized and sold to Mrs. Laura Henshall. A document in the file indicates that the house “suffered the attention of vandals, said to be from a near-by Indian Reserve” and that “everything movable, including windows and doors, was reported to have been stolen.” OtHer listed seized property includes his boat, the “Asa,” sold to Francis Millerd & Company Limited, 8 sacks of rice, 150 pounds of sugar, canned goods, dry goods, garden tools and household belongings.
Sex M
Date of Birth 20 November 1874
Nationality Naturalized Canadian
Locations uprooted
Slocan, BC
Date exiled to Japan 24 December 1946
C-9321 (1255-1346)
Type Person
Custodian Number 1568
Name Otomatsu Ishii
Not Before: 23 March 1942
Not After: 08 June 1947



1568: Otomatsu Ishii


Metadata Author: Lindy Marks
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