Choju Matsushita

Choju Matsushita

Matsushita was born on 08 May 1890. He was a fruit farmer. His family includes Hatsu Matsushita (wife; nee Hatsu Yoshida) and Lily Matsushita [also listed as Nobu Matsushita] [“legally adopted” on 04 June 1938 “from the family of Yoshida Kiyomatsu”] (adopted daughter). He lived on Rural Route No. 2, Como Lake Road, New Westminster, BC [also, Burquitlam, BC], was forcibly uprooted to Hastings Park, Vancouver, BC and Lemon Creek, Slocan, BC, and was exiled to Japan on 02 October 1945. His listed seized property includes: dwelling houses, barn, garage, fruit house, wood shed, and rhubarb house on 9 1/2 acre farm [related to the Veteran’s Land Act]; fruit and berry crops, including 4 acres of strawberries, 1/8 acres of red currants, 1/2 acres of asparagus, 3/4 acres of raspberries, 1/2 acres of rhubarb, and 50 tree plants; farm machinery and tools; horse (mare); vehicle, 1926 Ford; household belongings; gramophone.


Regularized NameChoju Matsushita
Custodian Identification Number1626
NationalityJapanese national
Residence (after uprooting)Lemon Creek, BC
LabelExiled to Japan
Residence (before uprooting)New Westminster


Custodian Case Files (1)


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