Naka Oikawa

Naka Oikawa

He was born on 22 August 1890. He was a sawmill hand employed by Fraser Mills, New Westminster, BC. His family includes Kimi Oikawa (mother; in Japan), Yuji Oikawa (father; deceased at time of file), Kimiye Oikawa (wife), Toshiko Oikawa (daughter; born on 22 July 1926), Nobuko Oikawa (daughter; born on 07 November 1927), Tetsuo Oikawa (son; born on 07 January 1930), and Haruo Oikawa (son; born on 29 June 1931). He lived at Fraser Mills, New Westminster, BC and was forcibly uprooted to Kaslo, BC. His listed seized property includes a house built on land owned by Fraser Mills; household belongings; a sewing machine; a washing machine; carpenter’s and farmer’s tools; 12 chickens; and a cat.


Regularized NameNaka Oikawa
Custodian Identification Number1642
NationalityJapanese national
Residence (after uprooting)Kaslo, BC
Residence (before uprooting)New Westminster


Custodian Case Files (1)


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