Essondale Patient File for Nomoto Kyichi


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Essondale Patient File for Nomoto Kyichi


Title Proper 93-5683 BOX 1300 FILE 21742
Date(s) 1944
General material designation
This file contains a textual record.
Scope and content
Nomoto Kyichi was admitted to Essondale from New Denver 17 April 1944 “in good physical health” and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He died 30 June 1944 of bronchopneumonia at age 44. New Denver was listed as his permanent residence. His occupation was as a cannery worker. His ward notes indicate that the BCSC was arranging for his wife Kiku Namoto to visit from Revelstoke the day prior to his death; she had visited once in May as well. Handwritten note dated 14 April refers to wish to apologize to Roosevelt for the emperor of Japan. Order for admission identifies patient as minister of the gospel for United Church and graduate of UBC. File includes correspondence with BCSC, United Church superintendent, life insurance companies, wife, and a parishioner. Lived in Cumberland and Steveston prior to 1942. Significant references to considerable funds in bank account, Dominion bonds and War Savings Certificates (and complaints about wife who requests access to funds).
Name of creator
British Columbia. Mental Health Services created this archive which were transferred to the BC Archives from 1987 to 2000.
Immediate source of acquisition
The digital copies of the records were acquired by the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective between 2014 and 2018.
This record was digitized selectively.



Essondale Patient File for Nomoto Kyichi
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