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Letter from Tomoji Wada to H. L. Byram, County Tax Collector, October 27, 1942
Wada, Tomoji, 1882-1974: author
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California State University, Dominguez Hills, Archives and Special Collections
CSU Japanese American Digitization Project
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A letter from "T. E. Wada," that is, Tomoji Wada to H. L. Byram, County Tax Collector. It claims that his property tax should be refunded if his property no longer belongs to him after the mass removal and incarceration. He wrote the letter from the Poston camp in Arizona, where he was incarcerated. It appears that his daughter, Mary Wada, wrote for him. She also wrote a letter to the Anglo California National Bank, requesting a money order to pay the tax, at the same time. The withdrawal slip and receipt issued by the Anglo California National Bank are found in items: csudh_wad_0189 and csudh_wad_0190.
Tomoji Wada was an interpreter, bookkeeper, operator of a grocery store, and manufacturer of tofu and mochi on Terminal Island, California prior to World War II. He established a tofu manufacturing plant at the Poston camp in Arizona during the war, and became a gardener after returning from the incarceration camp to Los Angeles, California. The collection consists of receipts, ledgers, taxes, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, journals, guidebooks, immigration materials, and incarceration camp records pertaining to Tomoji Wada and his family. Materials include born-digital objects created and transferred from the donor.
1 page, 11 x 8.5 inches, handwritten
World War II--Economic losses
Identity and values--Issei
Geographic communities--California--Terminal Island
Industry and employment--Small business--Grocery stores
Parker, Arizona
Incarceration Camps--Poston (Colorado River)
CSU Dominguez Hills Department of Archives and Special Collections
California State University Japanese American Digitization Project
Tomoji Wada Family Papers

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