Otomatsu Ishii

Otomatsu Ishii

Ishii was born on 20 November 1874. He is also listed as Otomatsu Ishida. He was a self-employed fisherman. His family includes Asa Ishii (wife; nee Asa Kajikawa), Asao Ishii (son; born 3 January 1934), Hisako Ishii (daughter), Harue Ishii (daughter), Yoshinobu Ishii (son), George Ishii (son), 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.


Regularized NameOtomatsu Ishii
Custodian Identification Number1568
NationalityNaturalized Canadian
Residence (after uprooting)Slocan, BC
LabelExiled to Japan
Residence (before uprooting)Redonda Bay


Custodian Case Files (1)


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