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Date Range
1912-2012
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
20171025
Physical Description
2 cm of textual records, over 200 photographs
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…
Date Range
1912-2012
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Okutake family
Physical Description
2 cm of textual records, over 200 photographs
History / Biographical
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.
Accession No.
20171025
Collection
Archive
Less detail
Date Range
1937-1989
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
20171124
Physical Description
0.30 m of textual records; over 400 photographs
Scope and Content
001: Photographs on two poster papers (5 lake photos and 10 military photos) oversized 002: 32 photographs from Reed Ainscough- military, South Alberta Light Horse, Cadets 003: Reed and Chris Ainscough- Newspaper cutouts, wartime money, correspondence, railway tickets, 10 photographs, notebooks, ph…
Date Range
1937-1989
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Ainscough family
Physical Description
0.30 m of textual records; over 400 photographs
History / Biographical
History/Biographical: William T. Ainscough (Born 1854,) and his wife Margaret moved to Alberta in 1899 with their six children from Utah. They had a total of 15 children, 9 lived to adulthood; Mary Elizabeth (md. Ernest Quinton), Ada Ann (md. Alfred Mandel), William George (md. Zina Peterson), Elmer Earl (md. Evelyn May Bradbury), Lewis Franklin (md. Leah Hanson), Charles Owen (md. Marguerite Dalley), Lillian Hortense (md. 1. William Canning 2. Dave Munson), Scott Thomas (Died 10 years old from raptures appendix), and Stanley Russell (md. Leona Stoddard.) William George Ainscough (Born May 15, 1885,) served in WW1 as Captain with 13th Canadian Mountain Rifles. After the war, he worked as a general road foreman in Southern Alberta. He married Zina Peterson and had five children; Rex William (Born August 3, 1912 and Died November 12, 1925), Hugh Scott (md. Violet Lutz), Reed Wilson (md. Buck Craig), George Alan (md. Jean Suffern), Grant Lee (md. Jacqueline Cross). Reed W. Ainscough (Born June 2, 1918,) son of William George Ainscough and Zina Peterson, joined the 93rd Field Battery in 1940. His battery served in Normandy and in North West Europe. (In July 1942 he took a leave to marry Buck Craig.) After the war he returned to Fort Macleod and took command of the 93rd Field Battery. He also commanded the Fort Macleod Cadet Corps and formed three other Cadet Corps – Pincher Creek, St. Pauls, and St. Marys Corps on the Blood Reserve. Reed was very active within the community. He was awarded the Fort Macleod “Citizen of the Year” award in 1958. In June 1959 he moved to Medicine Hat as District Manager of Canada Life. He became Commanding Officer of the South Alberta Light Horse from 1964 to 1968. In 1969, he moved back to Lethbridge as Manager of the Canada Life Office. Reed was also very active in the Alberta Heart Foundation in 1964, joined the Provincial Board in 1970, and served as Provincial President in 1981 and 1982. When Lethbridge hosted the 1975 Canada Winter Games he served as Chairman of the Ceremonies Committee. Reed was appointed to the Senate of the University of Lethbridge from 1981-1987 and served in the Board of Governors for two years. Reed and Buck had two sons Craig and Chris. (For more information on the Ainscough Family see file 2016.1070/019)
Language
English
Scope and Content
001: Photographs on two poster papers (5 lake photos and 10 military photos) oversized 002: 32 photographs from Reed Ainscough- military, South Alberta Light Horse, Cadets 003: Reed and Chris Ainscough- Newspaper cutouts, wartime money, correspondence, railway tickets, 10 photographs, notebooks, photocopy of notebooks 004: 1940 Notebook military Reed Ainscough 005: Photo album 163 photos 006: Photo album 152 photos 007: Photo album 89 photos 008: 93rd Field Battery Reunion 1989- member list, minutes, correspondence, program, newspaper cutouts and photocopies, 85 photographs
Accession No.
20171124
Collection
Archive
Less detail