Kurazo Tsurui

Kurazo Tsurui

Tsurui was born on 16 January 1884. He was a cook at, and part owner with wife of, the restaurant at 237 1/2 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC. His family includes Toyo Tsurui (wife). He lived at 237 1/2 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC and was forcibly uprooted to New Denver, BC, where he died on 14 May 1943. His listed seized property includes: restaurant furniture and other belongings.


Regularized NameKurazo Tsurui
Custodian Identification Number1434
NationalityJapanese national
Residence (after uprooting)New Denver, BC
Residence (before uprooting)Vancouver


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