English Language Tombstones

The graves listed below are Japanese burials marked with English language stones. These markers are listed in an abbreviated form on our main Japanese Burials page for reference purposes only. Here, they are fully transcribed as they appear in the cemetery.

The markers are listed by row, and plot numbers are included at the start of each listing. In some cases, information from additional sources has been included beneath the transcription. Use your browser’s “Find” tool to locate a specific name.

Nishimoto tombstone Auburn Pioneer Cemetery
Photo by Christina Russo

Row 1 (starting at the North end)

  1. Okura, Toichi. 1879 – 1941. Father.
  2. Okura, Mitsuno. 1885 – 1950. Mother
  3. Kato, Tora. 1895 – 1937.
    Other information: nee Tora Yamagata (first husband was Tokujiro Wakimura, second husband was Enichi Kato.)
  4. Kato, Sam. 1926 – 1937.
    Other information: First name at birth was “Kazumi.” He was Tora’s youngest son with her first husband.
  5. Kato, Tom. 1928 – 1937.
    Other information: First name at birth was “Yoshimi.”
  6. Kato, Betty. 1929 – 1937.
    Other information: First name at birth was “Yeniko.”
  7. Kato, Mary. 1931 – 1937.

    Kato Family. The Kato Family's original marker and two remaining jizo statues (there were four originally) are located in the northwest corner of the cemetery next to the arched pedestrian entrance. The family has a newer marker (in Romaji/English) located in Row 1.

  8. Okura, Betty Jean. Mar. 10, 1926 – Nov. 12, 1934.
  9. Yamamoto, Risaburo. 1888 – 1934. Father.
  10. Yamamoto, Cho. Mother.
    Other information: nee Cho Tsuji.
  11. Yamamoto, Toshiko. 1920 – 1934. Sister.
  12. Yamamoto, Isamu. Brother.
  13. Arima, Suyeko. 1927 – 1928.
    Other information: Appears as Alice Arima in Washington’s death index, d. Oct. 20, 1927.
  14. Omura, Infant. April 24, 1932.
    Other information: First name was Koichi per Washington’s death index.
  15. Iwai, Ikichi. 1849 – 1919.
  16. Iwai, Tadaomi. 1918 – 1919.
  17. Iwai, Ishiro. 1876 – 1944.
  18. Iwai, Shina. 1889 – 1973.
  19. Iwai, Sunao. 1915 – 2001.

Row 2 (starting at the North end)

  1. Konishi, Kazuye. 11-10-1931; 3-25-38.
    Other information: Son of Koji and Iwa Konishi.
  2. Omura, Kotaro. Nov. 17, 1877 – Mar. 17, 1935.
  3. Omura, Masaru. Aug. 24, 1933 – Mar. 4, 1972.
  4. Omura, Kimi. Mar. 23, 1904 – June 2, 1985.
    Other information: nee Kimi Yagi.
  5. Omura, Ko Ei. Feb. 9, 1929.
    Other information: Position of date on stone implies it’s a birth date; no death date listed. No records available on Ko Ei.
  6. Arima, Takeo. 1922.
  7. Shigaya, Kinsuke. Sept. 3, 1921; June 20, 1922.
    Other information: Son of Yasumatsu and Mitsu Shigaya. His paternal grandmother was named Tsurue Hirose; he may be related to the Hirose Family buried in the cemetery.
  8. Nishimoto, Takishiro. 1883 – 1967.
  9. Nishimoto, Misuno. 1894 – 1985.
  10. Nishimoto, Harumi. Aug. 12, 1917 Aug. 12.
  11. Nishimoto, Harue. Aug. 12, 1917 Aug. 14.

Row 3 (starting at the North end)

  1. Yamada, Maki M. Apr. 25, 1917; Mar. 7, 1984. Age 66. (Maki and Mae's son Doug Yamada to their left)
  2. Yamada, Mae S. Aug. 22, 1918; Nov. 22, 2010. Age 92.
    Other information: nee Mae Sadako Iseri.
  3. Konishi, Thomas. December 1, 1920; September 23, 2006
  4. Takehara, Josephine M. June 25, 1922; March 21, 2006.
  5. Kometani (reserved for).
  6. Tanabe (reserved for D. & A.).
  7. Tanabe, Bob Akira. December 28, 1933 – March 1, 2008.
  8. Tanabe, Noriko. June 3, 1932 – July 25, 2005.
  9. Terada (reserved for).
  10. Terada (reserved for)
  11. Terada (reserved for)
  12. Terada, Katsuhei. Jan. 27, 1863 – Apr. 17, 1924. Father.
  13. Terada, Toyo. June 7, 1871 – Feb. 25, 1940. Mother.
  14. Terada, Tamotsu. 1935 – 1936. Grandchildren.
  15. Terada, Yoshiko. Jan. 9, 1938. Grandchildren.
  16. Nishizaki, Elaine Fumiko. July 6, 1964 – May 29, 1979. Daughter.
  17. Nishizaki (reserved for)
  18. Tanabe, Suehiko. 1902 – 1998.
  19. Tanabe, Hatsuye. 1907 – 1981.
  20. Terada, Minoru. Oct. 10, 1905; July 21, 1979. “Papa.”
  21. Terada, Yayeko. Feb. 22, 1908; June 8, 1989. “Mama.”
  22. Nishimoto, Joe T. 1918 – 2001. Together Forever.
  23. Nishimoto, Helen K. 1920 – 2008. Together Forever.
    Other information: nee Helen Kimiko Hiramatsu.
  24. Hama, Takejiro. Mar. 3, 1922; Sept. 12, 2009. Beloved Husband.
  25. Hama (reserved for). “We lived together in happiness, now we rest together in peace.”
  26. Yamashita, Rev. Kiyoshi Seishin. Feb. 14, 1920; Jan. 20, 2015.
  27. Yamashita, Marrie Nobuko Hata.
  28. Mukai, Noritsugu. Mar. 3, 1907; Feb. 26, 1983.
  29. Mukai, Shizuko Y. Jan. 12, 1914; Nov. 12, 1994.
  30. Yamashita, Tokio. Dec. 10, 1912; Oct. 29, 1996.
  31. Yamashita, Mary Ishida. Oct. 10, 1916; Sep. 10, 2016.
  32. Yamashita, Iroku. Feb. 12, 1878 – Feb. 1, 1943.
  33. Yamashita, Some. Mar. 1, 1891 – May 16, 1960.
  34. Yamashita, Yoshio. 1921 – 1924.
  35. Yamashita, Toshie. 1927 – 1932.
  36. Murarkami, Katsuma. 1883 – 1970.
  37. Murarkami, Suma. 1896 – 1964.
  38. Takamura, Rev. Giryo. 1893 – 1934.
  39. Takamura, Mary Chise. 1907 – 1999.
    Other information: nee Mary Chise Natsuhara.
  40. Shimasaki, Natsuyo Imaoka. Nov. 1, 1887 – Dec. 7, 1951.
  41. Shimasaki, Utaro. Sept. 12, 1885 – June 24, 1956.
    Other information: The Shimisaki's had two young sons who died prior to internment: Masoyoshi d. Mar. 3, 1920 and Arthur Masamichi d. Nov. 26, 1931. Neither boy has a tombstone in the cemetery but they are probably buried here with their parents.

Row 4 (starting at the North end)

  1. Hirose, Ruby S. 1904 – 1960.
  2. Hirose, Shusaku. 1872 – 1947. Father.
  3. Hirose, Tome. 1879 – 1934. Mother.
  4. Hirose, Fumi. 1906 – 1925. Daughters.
  5. Hirose, Tomo. 1912 – 1928. Daughters.

Rows 5 – 7 run east to west along the back (south) border of the Cemetery. Row 5 is the north-most row. Row 7 is furthest south (next to the chain-link fence).

Row 5 (starting at the East end)

  1. Natsuhara, M. 1913 – May 23.
    Other information: Full name was Masaru Natsuhara. She was one of twins. She died about five weeks after birth; her sister survived.
  2. Natsuhara, Mr. Z. 1840 – 1915.
    Other information: First name Zenzaburo. This marker is a cenotaph placed by their son Chiyokichi.
  3. Natsuhara, Mrs. T., 1845 – 1925.
  4. Natsuhara, May Haruko. Jan. 22, 1918 – Oct. 19, 1961.
  5. Natsuhara, Frank S. 1911 – 1915. Father.
  6. Natsuhara, Shizuko. 1920 – 1979. Mother.
  7. Natsuhara, Chiyokichi. 1876 – 1967. Father.
  8. Natsuhara, Sen. 1885 – 1979. Mother.
    Other information: nee Sen Furukawa.
  9. Natsuhara, Jack Y. May 29, 1919 – Nov. 2, 2011.

Row 7 (starting at the East end)

  1. Tsuji, Denkichi. 1870 – 1937.
    Other information: Specific date of death was 09/14/1937.
  2. Okura, Kiyoshi. Feb. 26, 1912 – Mar. 1, 1912.
    Other information: Baby of Toichi and Mitsuno Okura.

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