Shotaro Ohashi

Shotaro Ohashi

Ohashi was born on 2 January 1889. He was a fisherman employed by B.C. Packers, Sunnyside Cannery at Port Essington. His family includes Yetsu or Tatsu Ohashi (wife; in Japan) and Matsujiro Ohashi (brother). His mother and father are listed as deceased at time of file and no names are provided. His home address is listed as Port Essington, BC where he lived with his brother. He was forcibly uprooted to Hastings Park. Three Valley, BC is listed as an address, but it was crossed out and “c/o CPR. Bull River, BC” is listed instead. He sent a letter with a return address of Golden, BC in February 1946. He was exiled to Japan on 17 June 1946. His boat “Shiga” and fishing equipment were sold under duress to B.C. Packers. He once used the last name Deguchi to take a trip to Japan.


Regularized NameShotaro Ohashi
Custodian Identification Number1308
NationalityNaturalized Canadian
LabelExiled to Japan
Residence (before uprooting)Port Essington


Custodian Case Files (1)


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