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The Nikkei in Pre-War British Columbia

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Logging - Kagetsu Saw Mill, Interior of B.C.

Eikichi Kagetsu came from Wakayama-ken to Canada in 1906. His vision was that lumber was the future and Canada with its vast forest was the source. The timber entrepreneur formed the Deep River Logging Company in 1929 to purchase 300 acres at Fanny Bay on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. He created a settlement to house the workers and their families, mess house for the bachelors, a meeting and recreation place, and later, a language school with a paid teacher. To haul logs from the woods, a railroad was constructed and a locomotive and flat cars were purchased. The bulk of the timber was shipped to Japan, with the surplus to the domestic market, United States, and England. The events of the Pacific shattered Kagetsu's vision.

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