Kiyoko Okano

Kiyoko Okano

Bird Commission case file number 580. Custodian file number 1346. (Source: lac_rg33-69_volume_28_file_0580)
Okano was born on 3 June 1914. Her maiden name is Kiyoko Yasuhara. She was a self-employed dry cleaner and dressmaker who operated under the trade name Jack’s Cleaners. Her family includes Kuma Yasuhara (mother; nee Kuma Nano; deceased at time of file), Matsuichi Yasuhara (father; deceased at time of file), Yoshio Okano (husband; address listed as Japanese Work Camp #1, Geikie, AB), Yoshiye Okano (daughter; born 4 December 1937), Edward Okano [also listed as Isao Okano] (son), Arnold Okano [also listed as Takashi Okano] (son), Hatsue Okano (sister), and T. Matsui (brother-in-law). Her home address is listed as 3084 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC. 784 West 69th Avenue, Vancouver, BC is listed as a former address. She was forcibly uprooted to Coaldale Alberta, P.O. Box 190. A letter dated June 1946 lists her address as Lethbridge, AB. Her listed seized property includes a Hoffman Pressing Machine and household belongings.


Regularized NameKiyoko Okano
Custodian Identification Number1346
NationalityJapanese national
Residence (before uprooting)Vancouver


Custodian Case Files (1)
Other Archival Files (1)


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