Fred Shizutaro Toyota (1885-1959) worked as a labor contractor heading the Japanese labor camp for the Nevada Consolidated
Copper Corporation from 1912 to 1941. He arrived in the United States from Hiroshima Prefecture in 1905. In 1916 he married
Kame Tetsumura, another Hiroshima native who came to join her husband in the United States the following year. Together they
had five children. Kame and her children worked tirelessly to prove Fred's innocence and seek justice during his internment
from 1941 to 1944 on false charges. The collection consists of personal and financial document of the family, numerous correspondence
including letters of appeal, as well as records relating to the labor camp Fred headed. Materials are in both English and
Fred Shizutaro Toyota was born March 18, 1885 and a native of Hiroshima Prefecture. He arrived in the Untied States in 1905.
After working as an interpreter and foreman for various railroad companies, he was put in charge of a Japanese labor camp
of about 250 men for the Nevada Consolidated Copper Corporation at Ruth and McGill, Nevada in 1912. He remained in this position
until 1941, when he was arrested and interned on the suspicion of loyalty to an enemy nation, stemming from the fact that
he had been sending money back to Japan on behalf of some of his workers. In the span of December 1941 to Janauary 1944, he
was interned at Fort Missoula, Montana; Fort Sill, Oklahoma: Fort Livingston, Louisiana; and Santa Fe, New Mexico. He died
on May 22, 1959 from a lingering illness.
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