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January 10 The first meeting of the United
Nations was held in New York City.
January 26 Homeless Second World War veterans
occupied the old (and vacant) Hotel Vancouver, two blocks east of
the present hotel. There was an extreme housing shortage.
January 31 Fletcher Challenge Canada Limited
February 7 The great American bass Paul Robeson
performed at the Orpheum today, and 3,000 fans in the sold-out theatre
kept him coming back for more and more. The Suns Stanley
Bligh, in a warm review, commented: In addition to his great
success in the artistic field, the eminent Negro has won an outstanding
place in the world by his firm stand on the question of racial equality,
his knowledge of languages, international economics and his wide
sympathy for the oppressed peoples of the whole globe.
That sympathy would later get him into troubleand
Vancouver was involved. Well explain when we add 1952.
February 14 ELEVEN HUSH-HUSH TROOPS
DOCK HERE was the headline on a story in the Vancouver Sun
about the arrival from Australia of 11 Canadian soldiers who had
served in the Pacific war. The war was over, but these men were
still under orders not to talk about their military activities.
We know today what four of them had been doing. They
were Chinese Canadian soldiers from B.C., and had served with a
"secret Chinese Guerrilla unit" in the East Indies. The
story of the fight Chinese Canadians had to wage to be accepted
into our armed forces is too long to tell here. Not one was drafted;
they were all volunteers, and served with distinction.
The four men were Sgt. Norman Lowe and Sgt. Louis
King of Vancouver, Tpr. Douglas Mar of Port Alberni and Sgt. D.
Jung of Victoria. That latter NCO would be Douglas Jung. He was
22 at the time, went on to become the first Chinese Canadian veteran
to receive a university education under the auspices of Veterans
Affairs, and the first Chinese Canadian lawyer to appear before
the B.C. Court of Appeal. In 1957 he became Canadas first
Chinese Canadian MP. He won the Burma Star in the war. You can learn
and at the Chinese Canadian War Museum at the Chinese Cultural Centre.
Also February 14 Charles Cotterrell died in
Vancouver, aged 68. He had retired from the CPRwhere he had
been assistant general managerin December, 1945 as a result
of illness. He was with the railway for 47 years, had lived in Vancouver
for the last 25 years. He was the immediate past president of the
Vancouver Board of Trade, elected January 1945.
February 24 Author/teacher Robin Fisher was
born in New Zealand. He is the author of, among other books, a 1991
biography, Duff Pattullo of British Columbia. See this
March 21 TCG, one of the biggest companies
in B.C., and the sponsor of 1946 in The History of Metropolitan
Vancouver, had its origins in one automotive replacement glass store:
Central Auto & Window Glass Shop opened its doors for business
on March 21, 1946. The shop was at 26 McInnis Street (rear of Fogg
Motors) in New Westminster. See this
April 15 Mr. Good Evening died.
Thats how Earle Kelly was known to thousands of radio listeners
in British Columbia from 1929 to 1946. Gord Lansdell has written
a fine tribute to him at this
site. It begins: Earle Kelly was widely known
as Canada's first personality broadcaster. Born in Australia
to Irish parents, he had been a major in the Intelligence Corps
of the Australian Army, and prior to coming to Canada had worked
as a journalist in several Commonwealth countries. On his way to
an eastern Canadian newspaper in 1925, he stopped in Vancouver,
where he joined the Daily Province, later progressing to
the position of night editor. Starting in 1929, Kelly's Good
evening on the Province's own station CKCD distinctively
boomed forth in what was to become a 17-year tradition of nightly
newscasts, seven days a week in British Columbia. . . . Read
more on the site.
April 22 It snowed in Haney, perhaps the latest
date on record for that town. And heres a coincidence linked
to that snowfall that we really like, related by Nicole Parton,
widow of the late Province columnist Lorne Parton. This
story is almost unbelievable, she says, but is completely
Shes recalling their first date (back when
she was Nicole Strickland) in 1973. On that first date,
Nicole writes, Lorne (who was 15 years my senior) asked me
when I was born. I replied that my birthday was April 22, 1946.
His jaw dropped, and for a few moments he stared at me in amazement,
unable to speak. Then I've got something to show you,
he said, pulling out his wallet. With trembling hands, he extracted
a small black-and-white photograph he'd taken as a boy of 15. He
was living in Haney at the time, and on the Easter Monday he took
the photograph, there was a late snowfall. Thinking how beautiful
the Spring trilliums were as their noses poked through the snow,
Lorne pressed the date into the snow with gravel: April 22, 1946.
When the photos were developed, he tucked that particular picture
into his wallet without really knowing why. He carried the photo
in his wallet for 27 years, until our first date in 1973. When he
pulled the photo from his wallet, we both had a sense that we were
destined to be together.
April 30 As its part in the civic Diamond
Jubilee (60th anniversary) celebrations the Vancouver Parks Board
hosted a dinner at the Pavilion for nine Jubilarians,
all born in Vancouver in 1886 after incorporation.
June 4 L.D. Taylor, former mayor, died in
Vancouver, aged 88. Born July 22, 1857 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Taylor
arrived in Vancouver September 17, 1896. As Daniel Francis
2004 book Mayor Louis Taylor and the Rise of Vancouver makes
plain, Louis Denison Taylor was a very interesting fellow indeed.
In 1896 he hurriedly left Chicago, where he was in banking, with
criminal charges pending against him in connection with accepting
deposits when, the charge read, he knew his bank was insolvent.
And for a brief period he was married to two women at the same time!
He only looked like Caspar Q. Milquetoast.
Taylor, Donna Jean McKinnon writes, was
one of the most popular mayors of Vancouver, serving seven times
between 1910 and 1934. It was his flamboyance that usually got L.D.
back into office, most often during a period of growth and enthusiasm,
following a nose-to-the-grindstone administration. A tireless promoter
of the amalgamation of Point Grey, South Vancouver and Vancouver,
he was, however, not in the mayor's chair when amalgamation finally
occurred in 1929. That honor went to Mayor Malkin, who slipped into
office in between Taylor's two 4-year terms. Taylor was called a
courageous, capable administrator and initiator of many civic improvements.
He opened the airport at Sea Island, and supported the development
of the city archives. Between periods of public office, Taylor published
and edited mining newspapers and produced a paper called The Critic,
essentially an editorial leaflet on contemporary public issues.
Being American-born, Taylor's property qualifications were challenged
twice during his public life. The first came in 1915, when Justice
J.J. Clement ruled Taylor lacked property qualifications to serve
public office. A by-election a month later returned him. The second
challenge came in 1933, but there was no disruption of his term.
In that final term the earliest and harshest years of the Great
Depression were stripping Vancouver of its possessions and its dignity.
Taylor let it be known that unemployed men were expected to go to
provincial work camps or have their relief payments cut off. But
Taylor's image with those who supported him in that stand became
tarnished when he suspended Chief of Police C.E. Edgett for inefficiency.
The next mayor-to-be blamed Taylor for bankrupting the city and
that, along with an impression that he was too old for the job,
was enough to defeat Taylor in the next three elections.
June 5 Pat Jacobsen, future CEO of TransLink,
was born in St. Thomas, Ontario.
June 8 CKNWs John Ashbridge was born.
Its Ashbridges rich baritone you hear on the PA during
June 23 An earthquake felt mostly on Vancouver
Island stopped the clock on the Vancouver Block, just as a 1918
quake had done.
July 1 This Dominion Day was the first national
holiday since the end of the war, and Vancouver celebrated with
a spectacular parade, in the world's largest outdoor theatre built
at Brockton Point. 250,000 people attended.
Also July 1 Steveston held its first Salmon
Festival, and Sophie Kuchma, the first Salmon Queen, was crowned.
Sophie won the title by selling most tickets to the festival at
10 cents each.
July 7 Vancouvers first Jewish home
for the aged, Louis Brier Home, was opened by comedian and humanitarian
Eddie Cantor, who gave a benefit performance in its support. Early
Sunday on July 7, this
web site says, the stage and screen star and his
snowy-haired wife, Ida, officially opened the Home at 1190 West
Thirteenth, which was gaily decked in flags for the occasion.
We recommend to those old enough to remember Eddie Cantor to read
the Jewish Bulletin web item cited. Its a fond reminiscence.
Today the Home is at 1055 West 41st Avenue.
July 13 Canadas new Governor General,
Field Marshal Viscount Alexander of Tunis, was visiting British
Columbia. He was our last British GG, and one of the most popular,
a genuine war hero. Alexander had become a major-general in the
British Army in 1937 at age 45, the youngest of that rank, and had
a distinguished record in World War IIincluding commanding
the rearguard during the Dunkirk evacuation, where he was the last
man to leave France. He led the invasions of Sicily and Italy, and
was commander-in-chief in the Mediterranean from 1942.
All of which perhaps explains why he became the only
white man in the history of the Pacific coast to become, with full
tribal rites, a native chief. While he was here, Alexander received
a Kwakiutl thunderbird headdress and ceremonial blanket, and became
July 28 Beth Israel Cemetery was consecrated.
August 30 The Cascades Drive-In Theatre opened
in Burnaby. Cars arrived two hours before the showing of Home
in Indiana (a 1944 movie) was to begin. The theatre closed in
1980; the site is now occupied by Cascade Village condominium development.
August Walter Mulligan, a Vancouver police
officer with the force since 1927, was named head of the departments
Criminal Investigation Bureau. Mulligan will become chief of the
department in 1947.
September 19 C.D. Howe, the Minister
of Everything (in this case, Transport), officiated at a ceremony
in honor of the arrival of the first plane from Australia, and establishment
of an air route around the world through the Commonwealth.
October 1 Charles Arthur Banks was sworn in
as B.C.s lieutenant-governor, succeeding William Woodward.
October 11 Quoted in the Province,
Cecil Alton, chairman of a special advertising committee of the
Vancouver Tourist Association, said: At least 1,000,000 American
tourists will have visited Vancouver this year . . .
October 23 Restaurateur Umberto Menghi was
born in Pontedera, Tuscany, a village halfway between Florence and
Pisa. He will open his first restaurant, Umbertos (in the
famous little yellow house on Hornby Street), in 1973.
October 28 Effective today, milk sold in Vancouver
had to be pasteurized.
November 4 Robert Davidson, artist, was born
in Hydaburg, Alaska. See this
November 23 Boys band leader Arthur Delamont
was named Mr. Good Citizen of 1946, a popular decision. We had always
associated Delamont with the Kitsilano Boys Band (founded in 1927),
but that group was just one of seven he was leading when this award
was made: They also included the bands of West Vancouver, North
Vancouver, Point Grey, Grandview, Fairview and the University of
B.C. The Hereford-born Delamont had once played with a Salvation
Army band in England, led by the composer Edward Elgar.
December 10 West Vancouver voted to discontinue
the ferry service to Vancouver.
December 13 George Alexander Walkem, shipbuilder,
died in Burnaby, aged 64. He was born July 8, 1872, in Montreal.
After graduating from McGill, Walkem joined the Royal Engineers,
serving in Egypt and Palestine. He moved to Vancouver in 1898.
He was president of West Coast Shipbuilders, Vancouver Iron Works,
West Coast Salvage and Construction and Gulf of Georgia Towing.
He was elected reeve (mayor) of Point Grey in 1923, was MLA for
Richmond-Point Grey from 1924 to 1928 and for Vancouver from 1933.
His ashes were scattered over English Bay from the tug George
The parking meter came to Vancouver, charging one
nickel for one hour's parking.
With the war over, Vancouver Airport was returned
to civic control.
This year marked the arrival of the first scheduled
overseas airline, Australian National Airways (which later became
4,000 people of Japanese descent were sent back to
Following five years as a pilot in the RCAF, Jack
Bell became the first commercial grower of cranberries in B.C. He
planted three acres. Every October, says one web site,
the cranberries are collected by a unique method called a
wet harvest. The cranberry fields are flooded with millions
of litres of water. Then a gas-powered machine with spinning frames
moves through the field, knocking the berries from their vines.
The berries float to the surface and farmers use rakes to push them
onto conveyor belts and into collection wagons. This method is much
quicker than the old method of picking the small berries off their
vines by hand.
W. C. Atherton became president of the Vancouver
Real Estate Board.
Earle Birney began teaching literature at UBC. He
will continue to 1965, starting along the way (1963) Canadas
first creative writing department.
Riga, Latvia-born (1901) musician Harry Adaskin,
one of a prominent musical family, came to Vancouver from Toronto,
where he was a founding member of the Hart House Quartet, and established
UBCs faculty of music. He will head the department for 12
years, spend 15 more there as a professor. In his autobiography
(two volumes: A Fiddlers World (1977), A Fiddlers
Choice (1982)), Adaskin wrote he had only to see a persons
hands to completely know him. For more, click
Alexander, Manitoba-born Gathie Falk, artist, came
to Vancouver with her family. She was 18. Someone wrote that Falk
has "revealed the magic found in everyday objects and sites
for more than 30 years." Theres humor, excitement and
discovery in her work. See an excellent short bio here.
The first sail-past of the West Vancouver Yacht Club
(at Sandy Cove).
The Norsal, which made its maiden voyage in
1922, was sold to the J. Gordon Gibson lumbering family. Gibson
will rename her the Maui Lu, sail her to Hawaii.
The last working sailing ship in B.C waters, the
Pamir, is towed out of Vancouver harbor with a load of coal
The Registered Nurses Association of B.C. (RNABC)
obtained its first certification at St. Paul*s Hospital in 1946.
The first female physician was appointed at Essondale
Native Voice, a bi-monthly publication from
the Native Brotherhood of British Columbia , began publishing.
The famous 2400 Motel on Kingsway opened.
A US-based chain of convenience stores called 7-Eleven
adopted that name this year to reflect the fact the stores were
open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Today, virtually all 7-Elevens are open
24 hours a day.
This was a year of shortages everywhere. In Cloverdale
and White Rock (still a part of Surrey) 264 people were waiting
Troll's restaurant opened in Horseshoe Bay. (A new
building would be erected in 1963.)
The number of visitors to Bowen Island reached an
all-time high of 101,000 this year.
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