Otoichi Otani

Otoichi Otani

He was born on 25 November 1887. He was a general labourer and gardener employed by Frank Brown, Lynn Creek, BC. His family includes Hatsue Shingu (mother; deceased at time of file), Saburo Otani (father; deceased at time of file), Chieno Otani (wife; nee Chieno Shingu; deceased at time of file), Toshio Otani (son; born on 19 December 1927) and Kikuye Otani (daughter; born on 14 November 1931). He lived in Lynn Creek, BC and was forcibly uprooted to Slocan, BC and Guelph, ON. His listed seized property includes property with house, woodshed, and two other small buildings at 1335 Frederick Street, Vancouver, BC; and household belongings.


Regularized NameOtoichi Otani
Custodian Identification Number1660
NationalityJapanese national
Residence (after uprooting)Slocan, BC
Residence (after uprooting)Guelph, ON
Residence (before uprooting)Lynn Creek


Custodian Case Files (1)


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