Rinkichi Isobe

Rinkichi Isobe

Isobe was born 6 September 1884. He was a fisherman employed by Manito Cannery in Kimisquit, BC. His gasboat license was #5791. His family includes Shizu Kumagai (common-law wife), Toshiko Kumagai (daughter), Hiroshi Kumagai (son), Matsuye Kumagai (daughter), and Yasuyuki Kumagai (son). The names of his father and mother are not provided. He rented two rooms at 1603 Franklin Street, Vancouver, BC, in the home of Mr. S. Matsuzaki. He was forcibly uprooted to Sandon, BC on 9 April 1942. His listed seized property includes a boat named “R.I.” which was purchased by Canadian Fishing Company Limited. His household belongings were sold under duress and the items he left behind were unable to be found.


Regularized NameRinkichi Isobe
Custodian Identification Number1289
NationalityNaturalized Canadian
Residence (after uprooting)Sandon, BC
Residence (before uprooting)Vancouver


Custodian Case Files (1)

Shared Surnames

NameSee also
Rinkichi Isobe
Rinkichi Isobe
Yoshio Isobe


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