Boundaries: Ranges 5-24 and Townships 4-15
Shows Areas entitled: Blood Indian Reserve, Magrath District, Lethbridge-Coaldale District, Raymond District, Taber District, Ditch Rider Units No. 1-22 (coloured), Watermaster Districts No. 1-5 (outlined in colour)
Shows Location of: Oldman River, Belly River, St. Mary River, Bow River, South Saskatchewan River, Stirling Lake, Tyrrel Lake, Weston Lake, Crow Indian Lake, Yellow Lake, Pakowki Lake, Main Canal, Low Line Canal, High Line Canal, Kipp Coulee, Middle Coulee, Etzikom Coulee, Spring Coulee, Monarch, Raley, Bradshaw, Lethbridge, Welling, Magrath, Coaldale, Wilson, Raymond, Stirling, Tempest, Chin, Cranford, Judson, New Dayton, McNab, Barnwell, Wrentham, Warner, Taber, Fincastle, Conrad, Purple Springs, Skiff, Grassy Lake, Burdett, Legend, Bow Island, Foremost, Nemiscam, Winnifred, Etzikom, Whitla, Stornham, Pakowki, Seven Persons, Redcliff, Fitzgerald, Orion, Manyberries, Medicine Hat, Dunmore
Shows Location of Reservoirs (coloured blue): St. Mary Reservoir, Jensen Reservoir, Ridge Reservoir, Taber Lake Reservoir, Horsefly Lake Reservoir, Fincastle Lake Reservoir, Grassy Lake Reservoir, Rattlesnake Reservoir, Seven Persons Reservoir, Murray Reservoir, Chin Reservoirs
Features: Roads shown in alternating blue and white dashes
Scale: 1 inch = 2 miles
Written on back: DR & WM Units (in red pencil); Exhibit No 1 (in pencil)
32 x 64 - located in lower righthand corner
Tomomi Okutake originally immigrated to Canada in 1907, and was employed with the CPR in Vancouver. He then moved to Hardiville, Alberta in 1911, and resided there until enlisting with the Princess Pat Canadian Infantry in 1917. After serving two years in Britain and France, he was honourably discharged, receiving the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Upon his return to Canada, Tomomi began his work in the No. 6 coal mine. In 1930, he travelled back to Japan to marry Tsuru Genka, and together they moved back to Hardieville where Tomomi continued his work.
The No. 8 coal mine site was moved to Lethbridge shortly after, where he continued as a miner until his retirement in 1953. Once Japanese citizens were allowed to live in Lethbridge, the couple moved into the city. Tomomi and Tsuru Okutake resided in the City of Lethbridge from 1961 until Tomomi’s passing in 1971.
Throughout his time in Alberta, Tomomi became a founding member of the Lethbridge Buddhist Temple and the Lethbridge Honpa Buddhist Temple. He also played a big part in being the interpreter or spokesperson for those who couldn’t speak English in the Okinawan community.
After Tomomi passed away, Tsuru enrolled at the Community College to learn English as a second language. She joined the Senior Centre and learned new skills such as weaving and dancing. In her final years, she lived in the Taber Long Term Care unit where she later passed away in 1990.
The Okutake family had two adopted daughters, Patricia Yuriko (Sassa) and Esther Tsuru (Ayukawa).
Scope and Content
2017.1025/001 Okutake Family Photographs: Tomomi Okutake, Tsura Okutake, Chiyoryo Ishimine, Toshiko Ishimine, Tomotaka Ishimine, Choryo Ishimine, Toshiko Higa, Chiyosei Genka, Yoneko Genka, Chiyotasu Genka, Dorothy Goshinmon, Chiyoki Okutake, Chotei Okutake, Art Okutake, Pat Okutake, Chokei Okutake, Guiso Oshiro, Vicki Okutake.
2017.1025/002 Citizens certificate, statement of service, passport, biography, etc.
2017.1025/003 Biographies of Issei Pioneers from Okinawa to Southern Alberta.