Umajiro Hamamoto

Umajiro Hamamoto

Hamamoto was born on 20 January 1897. He was a fisherman employed by Imperial Cannery, Steveston, BC. He also grew berries and vegetables on his farm. His family includes Uta Hamamoto (mother; nee Uta Shimada), Yashuici Hamamoto (father; in Japan), Itono Hamamoto (wife) and Yasuo Hamamoto (son). His home address is listed as Box 118, Steveston, BC. He was forcibly uprooted to Sunnyside Ranch, Grand Forks, BC, care of C.V. Meggitt. His farm and home, located at 674 Railway Avenue, Steveston, BC, was seized and sold to Mary Rose Ransford and Robert Gilbert Randford. Offers were also made by the Director of the Veterans’ Land Act, Pete Miloglav, and Herbert Joseph Trimble. His other listed seized property includes fishing nets, a piano, and a coal stove.


Regularized NameUmajiro Hamamoto
Custodian Identification Number1396
NationalityNaturalized Canadian
Residence (after uprooting)Grand Forks, BC
Residence (before uprooting)Steveston


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