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January 5 Dallas Murray Dal Richards,
named for Dr. Dallas Perry, the man who delivered him today at Vancouver
General Hospital on January 5, 1918, has been playing music for
us for 70 astonishing years.
January 24 Mary Ellen Smith was the first
woman to run and be elected an MLA in B.C. It was a byelection
in the Vancouver Centre riding. This was also the first time women
could vote in a provincial election . . . unless they were native
January A cannery in Steveston, built in 1889/90,
was converted into a shipyard. Today it is known as Britannia Heritage
Shipyard, the oldest surviving collection of cannery/shipyard buildings
on the Fraser.
February 28 Vancouver's firefighters became
the first and only Canadian members of the International Association
of Firefighters, headquartered in Washington, D.C.
February The vessel War Puget is launched,
the first for Lyall Shipyards of North Vancouver.
March 6 John Oliver, a Delta farmer who had
been minister of agriculture and railways, became premier of B.C.
Honest John presided over the establishment of government-run
liquor stores. People called them John Olivers Drugstores.
Oliver in the Okanagan is named for him. He would hold the office
of premier until his death in 1927.
April 14 Daylight Saving Time was introduced
to British Columbia. (The first season will end October 26, 1918.)
April 15 Broadcaster Jack Webster was born
April Watson Gloves was founded by John Watson and Wayne
Stanley. Every weekday, Watson cut the strong Canadian leather and
Stanley sewed it into gloves.
On Saturday,the two men would go to the wharves and sell the gloves
that they had crafted during the week to workers gathered at Vancouvers
docks. The company is still going strong, makes more than 1,000
pairs of gloves daily. See their web site here.
May 10 The blackest day in Vancouver Fire
Department history when No. 11 hosewagon en route to an alarm struck
a streetcar at East 12th Avenue and Commercial Drive, killing four
of its five-man crew.
May 14 A fire in Steveston destroyed three
canneries, three hotels, numerous residences and much of the retail
district. The Chinese and Japanese sections south of Moncton Street
were razed, leaving 600 homeless.
May 18 The first grain shipment out of Vancouver
via the Panama Canal. Five ships took 800,000 bushels of wheat to
May 24 The vote for all women for federal
elections is established by The Canada Elections Act.
May 27 The Geological
Survey of Canada opened its Vancouver office under Charles Camsell.
The GSCs website (click on name to access) says the office
was required to keep more closely in touch with prospecting
and mining development throughout the province and in Yukon Territory,
to work more closely in co-operation with the Provincial Department
of Mines, and to act as a local distribution office for reports,
maps and other geological information. The office was an immediate
success as prospectors, exploration geologists and mining engineers
availed themselves of its maps and reports, as well as its highly
relevant library and its geological expertise.
May The provincial government took over the
PGE Railway on the north shore when it ran into financial trouble.
The service had become unreliable, and the railway had shown no
sign of attempting to complete the Howe Sound portion of its track.
June 17 Benjamin Tingley Rogers, sugar manufacturer,
died in Vancouver at age 52. His handsome mansion, Gabriola, on
Davie Street was sold and Mrs. Rogers moved into Shannon, a new
mansion in Shaughnessy. (Today, Gabriola is a restaurant named Romanos
Macaroni Grill, surely one of the most beautiful eateries in North
June An eight-day strike at North Shore Shipyards,
followed by a streetcar strike and a Dominion postal workers strike
August 1 Gerald Cap Hobbis, bicycle
store owner, was born in Vermilion, Alberta.
August 2 The Vancouver Trades and Labor Council
conducted a widely observed 24-hour general strike, the first in
Canadian history, in memory of martyred labor leader Albert Ginger
Goodwin. The strike was called off in the face of a riot by returned
soldiers who broke into the Labour Temple and badly beat up two
men who were forced to kiss the flag.
September 4 Vancouvers first plane crash.
A flying-boatan aircraft with a hull-shaped fuselage for operation
from waterthe H-2, crashed in the West End after an engine
failure at 1,500 feet. Piloting the little plane was Lt. Victor
Bishop of the RAF, a seasoned pilot who had seen (and would see
more) action in the First World War. Bishops plane dropped
like a stone and fell on the roof of a house owned by Dr. J. C.
Farish at the corner of Bute and Alberni Streets. Bishop was not
seriously injured. In fact, he stepped out of the plane into the
upstairs hallway of the house and, with the assistance of one of
the residents, walked down the stairs to the front door and outside
through a gathered crowd to a waiting ambulance.
September 8 Hotelier Tommy Roberts was shot
dead by a masked intruder during a card game in Vancouver.
September 9 The Surrey Board of Trade is established.
September 24 Port Coquitlam holds a sale of
property for arrears of taxes, but there are not many buyers, and
the city retains ownership of much of the land, gradually sells
it off in the 1920s.
October 5 The Spanish flu epidemic that killed
more people during the First World War than the war itself hit Vancouver.
The first reaction was overconfidence, and even a bit of levity
as the grippe seemed to be under control. The Province
editorial cartoonist had early fun with weird ways to beat the bug.
The levity soon stopped. Churches and theatres closed, late shopping
was banned. By November 14 there were 400 dead in Vancouver alone.
Not until the end of November was the worst over. (A new book on
the subject by Ian Macdonald is out: Dr. Fred and the Spanish Lady:
Fighting the Killer Flu.)
October 17 The Ubyssey first appeared under
that name. The paper began as a staid and sober weekly, but that
was soon to change. (Trivia: Actress Rita Hayworth was born the
October 19 The first president of the University
of B.C., Dr. Frank Wesbrook, died at 50. He was an immensely popular
man, and his death at such an early age was particularly saddening.
He was succeeded by Leonard Sylvanus Klinck, who would serve to
October 25 The worst disaster in coastal history,
when the Canadian Pacific Ship Princess Sophia sank. Stranded
on a reef in a severe snowstorm off the Alaskan coast, every berth
occupied, the crowded luxury coastal steamer was thought to be safe,
anchored firmly. Her captain, L.P. Locke, was one of the most
experienced and most respected mariners on the coast. The
passengers, most from the Yukon, played cards and wrote letters.
Somehow the Sophia slipped off the reef during the night
and sank. All 343 people aboard, 63 of them crew members, were lost.
The only survivor was an oil-soaked dog found later wandering on
the shore. Writers Betty O'Keefe and Ian Macdonald have written
Final Voyage of the Princess Sophia: Did They All Have to Die?
November 11 Greater Vancouver celebrates Armistice
and the end of the Great War. The streets are jammed with thousands
November 12 Adam Urias dePencier, Anglican
priest, Bishop of New Westminster, president of the Anglican Theological
College, received the Order of the British Empire from King George
December 7 A moderate earthquake tremor stopped
the clock on the Vancouver Block on Granville Street.
December 13 The Terminal City Club, a prominent
private businessmen's club, burned its mortgages and notes in a
lively and crowded ceremony. Mayor [Robert] Gale, the
Province reported, called on two of the original endorsers
of the notes, Messrs. John Ross and George E. Trorey . . . (They)
were given the original documents, whereupon matches were promptly
applied and the notes burned merrily while the orchestra struck
up Keep the Home Fires Burning.
The club, formed Dec. 5, 1892, built the Metropolitan
Building as its home in 1909, renting out upper floors for offices.
They now inhabit a handsome building at 1021 W. Hastings.
December 15 Vancouver established its first
traffic department. Constables directing traffic wore white gloves.
Also in 1918
Women got the federal vote.
The oldest magazine publishing in British Columbia,
Harbour and Shipping, began.
Bruce Hutchison, 17, began his lifelong career in
journalism as a high school sports reporter for the Victoria Times.
He will join the Vancouver Sun in 1938. Click
here for an excellent short bio.
The Opsal Steel building, originally occupied by
Columbia Block and Tool Co., was built.
The first Parent Teachers Association in Vancouver
was organized, between Dawson and Aberdeen Schools.
Land was left vacant at Cambie and Hastings Streets,
after the old provincial law courts were demolished. Funds to develop
a park there were donated by the Province newspaper, at that time
right across the street from the new park, which would be named
Victory Square (to commemorate victory in the First World War.)
The Workers Compensation Board's head office
was moved from Victoria to 402 Pender Street in Vancouver to facilitate
faster handling of claims for the majority of claimants. They will
move in 1929 to 411 Dunsmuir.
A four-cycle heavy duty marine engine was developed
by Easthope Brothers of Vancouver for the Fraser River fishing industry.
Costing about $150, the Easthope engines soon became famous.
Future city archivist Major J.S. Matthews returned
to Vancouver from war service to an estranged wife. He will remarry.
R.H. Gale became mayor of Vancouver. Hes in
the photo on our home page, the man in the middle wearing a boater
and with his leg up on the running board. (Whaddaya mean, whats
a boater, and whats a running board?) Gale would serve to
1921. Fearful that communist unions would take over workplaces and
society in general, during Gales tenure the city set up a
conciliation committee for settling disputes between itself and
its employees following formation of the Vancouver City Hall Employees
Thomas George Shaughnessy, 65, stepped down as president
of the C.P.R., but remained chairman until his death in 1923 at
Shipbuilding on False Creek was now Vancouver's largest
Dr. Robert Edward McKechnie, a distinguished surgeon,
became UBCs second Chancellor and retained that office until
his death in 1944.
Garnet Gladwin Sedgewick, a Shakespearean scholar,
joined UBC's English Department.
Realtor Henry Ceperley bequeathed Vancouver's second
Famed actress Sarah Bernhardt appeared at the Orpheum.
Huge crowds the first day tapered off when it was realized she acted
in French. (Note: the most expensive ticket was 85 cents.)
Harry Gardiner, the Human Fly climbed
up the outside of the World Building (known today as the old Sun
Frank Barnard, street car system founder and incumbent
lieutenant-governor, was knighted by King George V. A living
link of the industrialized B.C. with that of the pre-railroad and
Crown colony days.
Provincial botanist John Davidson founded the Vancouver
Natural History Society.
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