Hideo Onotera

Hideo Onotera

He was born on 08 April 1914. He was a fisherman and a farmer, working on his and his brother’s berry farm. His family includes Tsuruyo Suto [possibly Tsuruyo Onotera] (mother), Tamotsu Onotera (father), Tatsuo Onotera (brother), Masa Onotera (wife), and Larry Onotera [also listed as Yasuo Onotera] (son; born on 17 November 1941). He lived on Rural Route No. 1, New Westminster, BC and at the Patricia Hotel, Vancouver, BC. He was forcibly uprooted to Kaslo, BC, Penticton, BC, and Greenwood, BC. His listed seized property includes a 7 acre property with two houses, a net house, chicken houses, and shacks at Rural Route No. 1, New Westminster, BC [sold to The Director, The Veterans’ Land Act]; 600-700 small fruit trees (“black currents etc.”); 300 strawberry plants; household belongings; a boat, the “Go-Getter”; a deer head; farming equipment and supplies; “Jap rip saw[s]”; “Jap tubs”; “Jap. rice bowls”; “Jap. tea bowls”; “Jap. saucers”; “Jap. soup bowls”; “Japanese and Canadian books”; a radio; and a record player.


Regularized NameHideo Onotera
Custodian Identification Number1654
NationalityCanadian born
Residence (after uprooting)Kaslo, BC
Residence (after uprooting)Penticton, BC
Residence (after uprooting)Greenwood, BC
Residence (before uprooting)New Westminster
Residence (before uprooting)Vancouver


Custodian Case Files (1)


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