||The Ishikawas lived in Suite 4
of the Mauritz Apartments at 1225 W. 11th Street in Vancouver
from June, 1977 until the landlady (whom they had never met)
showed up at the end of September, 1978 in search of rent, and
upon discovering Fumiyo's pregnancy, immediately evicted them,
without the legally required notice.
||Thankfully, Fumiyo's friend
Reiko was able to quickly find them an apartment in the West End
of Vancouver, Apt. 201 of a 15-story building at 1146 Harwood
Street, called The Lamplighter. Smaller and more expensive than
the Mauritz, it had a pool and a sauna, which were pleasant, but
the neighborhood was dreadful. At least children were welcome,
rare in Vancouver.
||Monique was born on October
25th, 1978 at Grace Hospital. The hospital has since been
swallowed up by a Woman's Hospital and a vast hospital complex
between 28th and 32nd Streets along Oak Street.
||This picture was taken by the
staff at Grace Hospital before Monique left.