For More Information:

Bangarth, Stephanie "The long, wet summer of 1942: the Ontario Farm Service Force, small-town Ontario and the Nisei." (2005) Canadian Ethnic Studies.  Vol. 37, no. 1.

Chatham-Kent Japanese internment camps to be commemorated with heritage markers. (Aug. 13, 2018). CBC News.

Hester, Jessica Leigh "The town that forgot about its Japanese internment camp." (Dec. 9, 2016) CityLab.

Hind, Jerry "Japanese-Canadian internment a less-than-glorious part of our history". (Nov. 15, 2013). Chatham This Week.

Japanese History in Ontario: World War II: Discrimination and Internment. (2018).  VITA Toolkit - OurDigitalWorld.

On the Passing of Yoshio (Yon) Shimizu 1924 – 2016. National Association of Japanese Canadians.

Rhyno, Art "The Nisei farm camps of Southwestern Ontario" (Winter 2010). Spotlight on Essex County.

Shimizu, Yon "Exiles: An Archival History of the World War II Japanese Road Camps in British Columbia and Ontario" (1993). SWODA: Windsor & Region Publications. 9. 

Vic High Grad Receives Diploma 70 Years Late. (2012). CTV News story on Yon Shimizu receiving Grade 12 Diploma that could not be given in 1942.


Yon Shimizu kindly allowed the Leddy Library to scan photos from his collection which can be found in the Southwestern Ontario Digital Archive (SWODA)

Period Sources

"An Unfortunate Occurrence".  The Essex Free Press June 11, 1943.

"Chatham Juveniles Crush Japanese Softballers 15-0". The Chatham Daily News Sept. 12, 1942.

"Kent Farms Plan to Hire Jap Families". The Chatham Daily News June 19, 1942.

"Japanese Riots". The Windsor Star June 8, 1943. (Editorial)

"Music to Their Ears". Petrolia Advertiser Topic July 20, 1942. (War Bond Ad)

"Police rush to Essex, disperse anti-Jap crowd".  The Windsor Star June 7, 1943.