Takeichi Okamoto

Takeichi Okamoto

Okamoto was born on 17 April 1897. He worked as a fisherman and lived in a two room cabin at British American Cannery at Fort Essington, BC. His family includes Nayo Okamoto (mother; deceased) and Ichinosuke Okamoto (father). He was not married and had no children at time of file. His home address is listed as Port Essington, BC. He was forcibly uprooted on 24 April 1942 to Solsqua, BC. A handwritten letter from Okamoto, dated 3 March 1946, indicates his return address as care of Coldstream Ranch, Vernon, BC. His listed seized property includes a boat named “B.A.69.,” and five fishing nets for different kinds of fish. The vessel was purchased by H.Bell-Irving & Company Limited.


Regularized NameTakeichi Okamoto
Custodian Identification Number1298
NationalityNaturalized Canadian
Residence (before uprooting)Port Essington


Custodian Case Files (1)


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