Kanao Inouye (born 1916, died 1947). At his family’s urging, Inouye left Kamloops to attend Vancouver Technical College and in 1938 traveled to Japan to further his education. However, it was not the kind of education his family would not have hoped for. Inouye was conscripted into the Imperial Japanese Army in 1942 and, due to his flawless English, became an interpreter. As a sergeant, he was posted at a Hong Kong prison that housed Canadian soldiers. It was there that Inouye gained notoriety as the Kamloops Kid; a reputation for brutality against his fellow countrymen. Prisoners feared his unusual cruelty. He randomly beat them, claiming it was in retaliation for abuse in Kamloops.
After the war, the Kamloops Kid was charged with war crimes and sentenced to death. His dying words were the unrepentant military cheer “banzai.” (Canada’s History magazine)
Jean Baptiste Lolo (born 1798, date of death unknown), also known as St. Paul or Chief St. Paul, or Chief Lolo, was an employee and interpreter with the Hudson’s Bay Company in pre-Confederation British Columbia, Canada. First serving in the region at Fort Fraser in the New Caledonia fur district, he acquired the nickname there of St. Paul because of his affection for that saint. He was the right-hand man of John Tod and followed him to Fort Kamloops, where Tod was Chief Trader from 1841 to 1843, and remained in that region for the rest of his life. He acquired such great respect among the local Secwepemc people as to become regarded as a chief (Wikipedia).
Kenna was born on June 4, 1938 and died in Kamloops on July 26, 1991. She grew up on an orchard in Oyama, B.C. and married John in 1960. They had two sons and moved to Kamloops in 1967.
Her political career included:
Three terms school trustee.
Member Cariboo College Board.
Voted Kamloops’ Woman of the Year.
Six years as Alderman.
Kamloops’ first female Mayor.
Kenna succeeded in making Kamloops a better place to live. Her popularity amongst voters was confirmed that she was a sincere servant of the people.
She was instrumental in:
Promoting Kamloops as Tournament Capital of B.C.
Building Riverside Coliseum.
Bringing the 1993 Summer Games to Kamloops.
She was very concerned about environmental issues and was a strong advocate for water and air quality in our community.
She always encouraged people, including herself, to be the best they could be. (from Stu Cartwright)
Tom is a Kickboxing Champion and instructor at Chinese Gung Fu and Kickboxing School
Photo compliments of the Kamloops Museum
Clexlixqen (Louis) was a Secwepemc chief (b 1828, Kamloops; d 12 Apr 1915, Kamloops). He was a guide, trader and farmer and one of the wealthiest members of the Kamloops First Nation of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) people. After becoming chief in 1852 he converted to Catholicism and was active in supporting schools and other church activities on the reserve. He also played a leading role in asserting Secwepemc land claims and in trying to create an alliance among the Interior First Nations to pursue the land issue. He took part in a delegation to Great Britain to see Queen Victoria and in 1909 was a founding member of the Interior Tribes of BC. A painted portrait of Chief Louis hangs in the current Kamloops Chief’s office. (from B.C. Encyclopedia)