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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
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Rotary Club of Lethbridge fonds

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Date Range
1918-1989
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
2.5 m. of textual records. -- 84 photographs. -- 2 sound recordings.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of minutes of executive and general meetings of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge, financial records, newsletters, club histories, correspondence, membership records, scrapbooks, certificates and awards of merit, constitution and bylaws, records of local Committees, and materials fro…
Date Range
1918-1989
Fonds
Rotary Club of Lethbridge fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Copy Location
Additional material located at P19901048000-GM, P19921034000-GM
Creator
Rotary Club of Lethbridge
Physical Description
2.5 m. of textual records. -- 84 photographs. -- 2 sound recordings.
History / Biographical
The Rotary Club of Lethbridge was founded in 1918 as a local branch of Rotary International. Rotary is a community service club involved in a variety of projects benefitting the community.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of minutes of executive and general meetings of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge, financial records, newsletters, club histories, correspondence, membership records, scrapbooks, certificates and awards of merit, constitution and bylaws, records of local Committees, and materials from provincial, national and international conventions. Includes photographs of conferences, club-sponsored social activities, portraits of club presidents, and recordings of an interview with Paul Harris, founder of Rotary, and a 1978 citizenship banquet sponsored by Rotary.
Notes
Title based on the contents of the fonds.
Finding Aid
File list available.
Related Material
Material related to the Rotary Club of Lethbridge can also be found in the Art Putland fonds.
Category
Family and personal life
Collection
Archive
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