1616: Toshiro Matsui

1616: Toshiro Matsui

Toshiro Matsui

Matsui was born on 28 April 1912. He was a block piler employed on Acme Shingle, Shaughnessy Street, Vancouver, BC and a salesman. His family includes Toku Matsui (mother; nee Toku Durmi), Toragora Matsui (father), Masaye Matsui (wife; nee Masaye Yasulara),Teruko Matsui (daughter; born on 13 February 1939), Hiromi Sharon Matsui (daughter; born on 25 October 1942), and Kyoko Okano (sister-in-law). He lived at 784 West 69th Avenue, Vancouver, BC and was forcibly uprooted to Sandon, BC; Lemon Creek, Slocan, BC; Angler, ON; Summerville, ON; and Sheridan Nurseries, Sheridan, ON. His listed seized property includes: 784 West 69th Avenue, Vancouver, BC; household belongings; radios; public address amplifier; microphone; speakers; cameras; homemade gramophone and needle arm; gramophone records; radio parts; Japanese dishes; electric refrigerator; guitar; typewriter; smoking stand; children’s toys; photographs.
Sex M
Date of Birth 28 April 1912
Nationality Canadian born
Locations uprooted
Sandon, BC
Slocan, BC
Angler, ON
Summerville, ON
Sheridan, ON
C-9322 (437-508)
Type Person
Custodian Number 1616
Name Toshiro Matsui
Not Before: 19 March 1942
Not After: 01 October 1949



1616: Toshiro Matsui


Metadata Author: Erin Chan
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