Kensuke Takata

Kensuke Takata

Takata was born on 15 May 1884. He was a tea garden operator, owning his own business in partnership with his brother, Hayato Takata, at Gorge Park, Victoria, BC. His family includes Kino Takata (mother), Hayato Takata (brother), Misuyo Takata (wife; nee Misuyo Miyake), Toyoaki Takata (son), Kenji Takata (son), Toshie Takata (daughter), George Takata (son), Junso Takata (son; born on 19 October 1925), Seiji Takata (son; born on 19 February 1929), and Marie Takata (daughter; born on 11 April 1936). He lived at Gorge Park, Victoria, BC and was forcibly uprooted to Princeton, BC; Sandon, BC; Mimico, ON; and 437 Sumach Street, Toronto, ON. His listed seized property includes: 7 room bungalow, 1 small shed, 2 large tea rooms, dance hall, and 9 small summer houses owned by Kensuke Takata and Hayato Takata on Gorge Park property (owned by B.C. Electric Railway Company Limited, Victoria, BC); furniture, appliances, gardening tools, and other belongings pertaining to tea garden business; shrubs and plants [some reported stolen]; household belongings; sewing machine; stove; upright piano; garden swing.


Regularized NameKensuke Takata
Custodian Identification Number1422
NationalityJapanese national
Residence (after uprooting)Princeton, BC
Residence (after uprooting)Sandon, BC
Residence (after uprooting)Mimico, ON
Residence (after uprooting)Toronto, ON
Residence (before uprooting)Victoria


Custodian Case Files (1)


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