Sensuke Okuma

Sensuke Okuma

Okuma was born in 1919. He was a self-employed dry cleaner at his own business, West End Cleaners, Vancouver, BC, which closed down at the beginning of May 1942. His family includes Masu Okuma (mother; deceased at time of file), Keijiro Okuma (father; deceased at time of file), Wai Okuma (wife), Nobuko Okuma (daughter) and Masae Okuma (daughter). The family rented rooms 210 and 211 at the Winter Hotel, 201 Abbot Street, Vancouver, BC. His address is listed as 1219 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC. Forcibly uprooted to House No. 57, East Lillooet, BC on 5 June 1943. Address of Pritchard, BC as of 03 May 1947. Property seized includes a sewing machine and household belongings. A Victory Bond and shares in Associated Cleaner Compnay remained in his possession.


Regularized NameSensuke Okuma
Custodian Identification Number1287
Residence (before uprooting)Vancouver


Custodian Case Files (1)


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