Jisaku Okada

Jisaku Okada

Okada was born on 22 August 1879. No occupation is listed for him, but he held a diploma in “Steam Heating Massaging” which he requested be sent to him at Slocan City, BC, leading officials to believe he had taken two “steam heating Therapeutic machines” with him when he was forcibly uprooted. His family includes Shiyo Okada (mother; nee Shiyo Kubo; deceased at time of file), Josaku Okada (father; deceased at time of file), Mary Mitsuko Okada (daughter; born 23 July 1926), Paul Hideo Okada (son), and Mrs. Fusako Yoshimoto (daughter). His home address is listed as 1539 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, a rented seven room house. He was forcibly uprooted to Slocan, BC on 5 June 1942. His address as of 6 February 1947 is listed as 232 Sterling Road, Toronto, ON. His listed seized property includes household goods, two vibrators, one blood pressure machine, and one box of machine tools, all sold on his daughter’s file. He kept twenty-four chickens at his home in Vancouver.

Metadata

ForenameJisaku
SurnameOkada
Regularized NameJisaku Okada
Custodian Identification Number1302
NationalityNaturalized Canadian
ResidenceSlocan, BC

Collections

Custodian Case Files (1)

Terminology

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