Tomizo Onodera

Tomizo Onodera

Onodera was born on 7 May 1886. He was a self-employed confectioner. His family includes Machino Onodera [possibly Machino Yonenoshi] (mother; nee Machino Sobe; deceased at time of file), Ke Yonenoshi (father; deceased at time of file), Fukami Onodera (wife; nee Fukami Kumachi), Hajime Onodera (son), Utako Onodera (daughter), Tom Onodera (son). His home address is listed as 2013 West Fifth Avenue, Vancouver, BC, which he owned. He sold confections, groceries, and tobacco at his store at 3207 Main Street, Vancouver, BC. He was forcibly uprooted to New Denver, BC, to Iron Springs, AB, and to Draper Street, Toronto, ON. A letter dated 28 March 1942 was addressed to him care of the superintendent of a labour camp at Valemount, BC. A letter he wrote on 26 April 1942 listed his address as Albreda, BC. His listed seized property includes his home which was purchased by Robert Harley, some stocks, fixtures and merchandise from his store, and household belongings.


Regularized NameTomizo Onodera
Custodian Identification Number1344
NationalityJapanese national
Residence (after uprooting)New Denver, BC
Residence (before uprooting)Vancouver


Custodian Case Files (1)


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