Sekiji Nakada Family



Sekiji Nakada was born in 1860 in Hiroshima, Japan. Sekiji and his wife, Hana immigrated to America in 1903 according to the 1910 Federal Census.  In 1910 they were living and farming on Central Avenue near present-day Gage Avenue.

In 1914 their son, Tsumoru who was born in 1897, joined them. When he registered for the World War I draft in 1918, he reported his mailing address in Redondo Beach. This was common among the farmers who lived near the Palos Verdes border. In 1920 the family was farming near the Yamaguchi and Kajino families who were north of Lunada Bay.

Tsumoru soon married Katsuko Hatakeda who was also from Hiroshima. Their first son, Takashi, was born in 1925, followed by Michiko (1927); Joji (1931); Tsuyoshi (1934); and Motoharu (1938). The 1940 Rafu Shimpo directory shows them living in Palos Verdes Estates.

The Nakada family records of their camp residences could not be found. Michiko’s and Joji’s California death records show that they returned to California. The other children may have settled in other states with the parents but this is unsure.