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Tada Eikichi

 Tada Eikichi was born in 1864, in Kobe, Hyogo County, Japan. Although Tada family had been a well-known landlord, but the family members lived a very simple frugal life. What was praiseworthy was their enthusiasm for public good. The family had taken care of up to sixty beggars nearby, training them to earn their own living. Inheriting generosity from his forefathers and being deeply influenced by them, Tada Eikichi had done his best to work for social public welfare throughout his life. It is believed that he was the "man who was glad to serve public affairs" among those entrepreneurs during the period of Japanese occupation.

In 1897 Tada crossed the sea to Taiwan and established "Chiyoda Chamber of Commerce" in Taipei Sakae-cho (Hengyang Road now), engaging in sales of electrical materials. He moved to Tamsui in 1905 to work as a seller in the sales center in Tamsui Customs. Next, he invested in and operated groceries business and contract business of supplies for government organizations. Then, he founded "Tamsui Kosan Combination", encouraging Tamsui people who were half-farming and half-fishing and women to engage in household sideline at leisure.

In October, 1920 he served as a councilor of the first Tamsui Street Council and reelected for five times in a row. Then, he was elected as president of Tamsui Production and Sale Combination, president of Tamsui Sideline Production and Sale Combination, president of Tamsui Harbor Construction Expectation Alliance, president of Tamsui Chamber of Commerce, president of Tamsui Fishery Combination, the fourth Tamsui Street Mayor, committee member of DKB Harbor Survey Society Undertakings, special councilor of Taipei Prefecture Livestock Products Association, income survey committee member of County Departments under Tax Section, Taipei Prefecture, president of Guarantee Responsibility Tamsui Buildings Credit Cooperative.

In 1930 he was appointed as the fourth Mayor of Tamsui Street, the first Japanese taking the post and already sixty-six years old. In 1933 he handed in his resignation half year earlier. Although he served as mayor for only three and a half years, many achievements during his term in office are worthy of documentation, especially those related to transportation and education. After Japan"s defeat in 1945, Tada family was repatriated back to Kobe, Japan. It is said that he felt depressed in his remaining years, not keeping in touch with the Japanese who had lived in Tamsui.