This collection primarily consists of correspondence to Charles and Frank Torio including letters, postcards and Christmas
cards as well as miscellaneous photographs, documents, business and calling cards.
Charles and Frank Torio were the sons of Yoshichiro Torio and Suna Nakagawa. They had two siblings - Kay and George. In
the 1930s, the family was tenant farmers in Mission Valley and the three boys attended Grantville School.
During World War II, the Torio family was incarcerated in Block 330 of the Poston internment camp in Parker, Arizona. Both
Charles and Frank served in the U.S. Army, where Charles was a heavy equipment operator.
After the war, the brothers both married – Charles to Betty and Frank to Juliana – and went on to farm in Chula Vista on adjoining
properties. Charles grew tomatoes and cucumbers although later he decided to go into gardening.
Frank passed away January 6, 1995 and Charles on October 21, 1996.