ENDO, Tom ( -1938), Japanese fisherman washed overboard off Santa Cruz Island in December 1938.
In the News~
December 20, 1938 [SPNP]: “The coast guard cutter Itasca was searching today for the body of Tom Endo, San Pedro Japanese fisherman washed overboard from the purse seine fishing boat Johnny Boy off Santa Cruz Island at 12:30 a.m. Death of the Japanese was reported to the coast guard by the victim's widow who was telephoned by a crew member of the fishboat Costa Rica, which has radio telephone equipment. Details of the tragedy had not been received here this afternoon. Endo's death was the second in four days from being washed overboard near Santa Cruz Island, where storm-tossed seas are reported racing high. Sam Vodopia, fisherman on the purse seiner Harmony, of 464 West Seventeenth street perished in a similar manner early last Saturday morning. His body was recovered by the Itasca which was near the scene searching for thew two overdue boats. Earlier last week a Japanese fisherman was washed off his boat and drowned near Point Fermin.”
December 21, 1938 [San Bernardino Sun]: “Fisherman washed overboard by a wave. Tom Endo, a member of the fishing boat Johnnie Boy, was washed overboard by waves off Santa Cruz Island, the coast guard reported as the cutter Itasca was ordered to the vicinity to search for his body.”
December 22, 1938 [New World Sun]: “Los Angeles, Dec. 21—In one of the heaviewst storms in 49 years, Tom Endo, Japanese and member of the crew of the fishing boat Johnnie Boy, was washed overboard and drowned yesterday.”
January 5, 1939 [SPNP]: “Mrs. Tsuruko Endo of 1608 Terminal Way, Terminal Island, today offered a $100 reward for information leading to the recovery of the body of her husband, Tom Endo who was lost from a fishing boat December 29 near Santa Cruz Island. Boats searched the area for several days following the accident.”
January 18, 1939 [SPNP]: “$100 reward for information leading to the recovery of the body of a Japanese fisherman drowned off Santa Cruz Island, 2 miles east of Gorro Rock. Phone 2949-W. Mrs. Tom Endo.”