Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip,
November 1947 (BBC)
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January 27 Liverpool-born Walter Mulligan,
42, a Vancouver police officer for 20 years, became chief of the
January 31 The centennial of Congregation
Schara Tzedeck will happen in 2007, but the building associated
with itthe synagogue at Oak and West 19thgot its start
January 31, 1947, when Vancouver mayor Gerry McGeer officiated at
the sod-turning ceremonies. The synagogue was dedicated as a memorial
to Jewish war veterans.
Schara Tzedeck (SHAW-ra TZED-ek) was known in 1907
as BNai Yehuda (Sons of Israel), and worshippersthere
werent manyhad to meet in rented halls or private homes.
By 1911 the Jewish community here had grown large enough to warrant
building a 600-seat synagogue at the corner of Heatley and Pender.
In 1917 they changed their name to Schara Tzedeck (Gates of
They would be in that building for more than 30 years.
By then many of the citys Jews were living near and around
Cambie and Oak Streets, so this new synagogue was built to be closer.
By the end of World War II, historian Cyril Leonoff
writes, the Jewish community had completely deserted Strathcona.
Vancouver lawyer Jack Kowarsky wrote a history of
the congregation in 1984, its 77th anniversary (the number 7 is
considered especially lucky), and says Schara Tzedeck was the largest
synagogue west of Montreal. Its still the largest Orthodox
synagogue in Vancouver.
February 1 Winnipeg-born Bob Smith made his
debut as host of the CBC radio show Hot Air. Virtually all
the jazz recordings Bob played were from his own collection. He
would host Hot Air out of the CBC’s Vancouver studios for
35 years. Hot Air—the host today is Paul Grant—is Canada’s
longest-running radio program. Neil Ritchie has been producing the
show since 1980.
Bob Smith would host the show until 1982, when he
left because of the onset of Parkinson’s Disease. Paul tells us
a series of staff announcers then hosted the show, including Harvey
Dawes, Bruno Cimolai and Gordon Hunt, until he took over April 8,
1995. (Bob died in 1989.) Hot Air has always showcased
BC jazz musicians, says Paul, and has (so far) released
three compilation CDs from material taken from our studio sessions.
February 10 An era ended as the last ferry
across Burrard Inlet to West Vancouver ran, then returned to the
downtown terminal. The last ferry to North Vancouver would be in
March 31 The Eburne Post Office closed. It
had been active since 1892.
April 19 Writer Daniel Francis was born in
Vancouver. He wrote about 80 per cent of the entries in the splendid
Encyclopedia of British Columbiaten years of research
and writingso for many thousands of us in years to come his
take on the provinces people, places and events will be a
major source of information. In the 1980s Francis was a contributor
to The Canadian Encyclopedia, and editorial director of the
Horizon Canada (illustrated history) project. Said Terry
Glavin in the Georgia Straight: The EBC is lively,
serious, profusely illustrated, authoritative, funny, and a thing
we should all be proud of . . . No household in British Columbia
should be without one. Francis is also the author of the 2004
biography Mayor Louis Taylor and the Rise of Vancouver.
April 28 A Trans Canada Airlines Lockheed
Lodestar disappeared in southwestern B.C. with 15 people on board.
None survived. Not until September, 1994, more than 47 years later,
was the crash site discovered on Mt. Cheam near Chilliwack.
May 10 Vancouver school children circulated
a petition calling for an end to wartime taxes on candy. In response,
the price of chocolate bars was lowered from eight cents to seven
May 13 Broadcaster Rick Honey was born.
May 23 Writer and broadcaster Gary Bannerman
born in Nova Scotia.
June 15 Environmental commentator Patrick
Moore was born in Port Alice. The fact that Moore was one of the
founders of Greenpeace, and served as its president for many years,
but now as a director for the Forest Alliance is a spokesman for
the industry enrages the more fiery of the anti-logging groups.
One group created a web site titled Patrick Moore is a Big Fat
Liar, listing ten lies. It wasnt up long before
Moore created a responding site titled, of course, Patrick Moore
is NOT a Big Fat Liar and rebutting their charges one by one.
The tide is turning, he wrote in www.greenspirit.com,
against the anti-science extremist element in the environmental
movement. Its time for people in the political center who
base their opinions on science and reason to take the movement back.
June 24 US pilot Kenneth Arnold was flying
above Cascade Range in Washington State when he spotted nine silver
disc-shaped objects in the sky ahead. These objects performed incredible
aerial manoeuvres unlike anything Arnold had ever seen. He reported
his sighting to the media, likening the discs to saucers, and the
Flying saucer era began.
July 31 The BC Bus Terminal opened.
August 6 Saskatchewan-born Art Seller moved
his little airplane company from Vancouver to Langley. Theres
a terrific web site about Art at this
site. It reads, in part: To take advantage of
the postwar flying boom, almost as soon as he got home in 1945,
in partnership with Harold Foster, whom he later bought out, he
formed Royal City Flying Club at Vancouver Airport. It had one war
surplus Tiger Moth. Later, a second Moth was added. Vancouver airport
was becoming crowded so, in 1947, he decided to move to Langley.
He might almost be considered the father of the present day bustling
Langley Airport for in 1947 it was only a grass fieldan emergency
landing strip for Trans Canada Airlines, with no buildings other
than a couple of old farm privies Art used as offices. Business
was good. The company grew. On August 6 1947 it changed its name
to Skyway Air Services . . . Theres lots more, and its
August 11 Vancouver mayor Gerry McGeer died,
aged 59. His death came as a shock: hed been in office just
a little over seven months. The vigorous and ebullient McGeer passed
quietly, lying on a sofa in the den of his home at 4812 Belmont.
Clad in pyjamas, covered by two blankets, he was found by
his driver, Police Constable Andy Sculley, (who) had gone to pick
up the mayor and take him to his office at City Hall.
August 26 After the Canadian army had
vacated most of Ferguson Point, where a gun battery and camp had
been located in 1938-45, military historian Peter Moogk writes,
someone thought that the former officers' mess there would
make a splendid home for the commander of the military district.
So it was converted to serve this purpose.
But now that the war was over, the public attitude
was that they wanted all of Stanley Park back, including unrestricted
access to Ferguson Point. The park is federal government property
leased to the city, but in the interests of good public relations,
the commander, Brigadier E.C. Plow, left. Newspapers of the time
said he had been evicted. Not so, says Professor Moogk,
just reporters putting a dramatic spin on events.
The house has now been incorporated into the restaurant on the
Brigadier Edward Chester Plow had an interesting career. He was
born September 28, 1904 in St. Albans, Vermont, and in 1925
joined the RCHA (Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, the senior unit
in the Canadian Army). During the latter part of the Second World
War, he was the armys Senior Artillery Officer. A military
web site has this: During this period the role of the artillery
was one of great importance and this arm of the service aided materially
in the success of the battles in the victory in Europe. The successful
and telling employment of artillery was in no small measure attributable
to the technical knowledge and sound counsel of Brigadier Plow who
demonstrated himself to be an unusually able and efficient officer.
Following the war Plow served in various capacities in Germany,
Canada [cited above] and the UK, and was General Officer in Charge,
Eastern Command, Canada, from 1950 to 1958. He was Lt.-Governor
of Nova Scotia from 1958 to 1963., and a director of the Canadian
Imperial Bank of Commerce from 1963 to 1974. He died April 25, 1988,
August Not really local, but irresistible:
A Mayne Island woman cut open a fish today and found a photograph
of a beautiful woman in the fishs belly.
September 13 The Sun reported today
that the City of Vancouver had conducted a survey and discovered
that more than 18,500 automobiles were driven in downtown Vancouver
every day, and there would be more than that if there was
sufficient parking space. The survey determined that 6,000
of those drivers used their cars for transportation to work in the
downtown. Another 12,500 persons drive down for shopping,
business calls and sales calls.
Today? Jason Lam of the Citys Traffic Engineering
Department gave us figures for 2003 showing that an average of 273,410
vehicles entered downtown every day, nearly 15 times the 1947 total.
But that 1947 survey covered more than traffic. It
also revealed that the average shopper would be willing to pay 10
cents an hour for parking, 15 cents for two hours "and 35 cents
for all-day accommodation." We had parking meters back then,
and the rate was five cents for an hour. (And the average wage was
about $175 a month.)
October 6 Michael Geller, president and CEO
of Burnaby Mountain Community Corporation, was born in Blackpool,
England. He came to Canada at age 4. Geller is overseeing the development
of a residential community to be integrated with the SFU campus,
with housing, shops and services for up to 10,000 people. This
will create, Geller says, an environmentally responsible,
technologically advanced community, and an everlasting endowment
to the university. I'm confident that in years to come Burnaby Mountain
will be recognized as one of the most extraordinary places to live
and work, given its magnificent setting and access to SFU's facilities
October 10 Province headline: BIGGER
HASTINGS TRACK - GIANT DIPPER DOOMED
The Happyland Giant Dipper will be torn down
to make way for a new 5 1/2 furlong racetrack costing $200,000,
to be built at Hastings Park in time for the races next summer.
The announcement was made today by Mackenzie Bowell, president of
the Pacific National Exhibition. The present track is a half-mile
affair (four furlongs). The new track will be pear-shaped.. Estimated
at $200,000 at present costs, the price of the new track may rise
before it is completed . . . McGill street will be re-routed immediately
north of the present race track and a cement retaining wall, 23
feet at the highest point, will be built. Head of the stretch of
the new track will be approximately where the popular Giant Dipper
is now. The present concrete and steel grandstand will remain, but
a new roof will be built. There will be more room in front of the
stands. The track, cutting down from the dipper site and providing
for a longer stretch run, will angle to cut through the centre of
the present jockey's house. Then making a sweeping turn, it will
go through the L barn site and through two other old
barns now where the back stretch will be. Frank Peterson, track
expert for Bay Meadows and Portland Meadows, who examined dirt samples
at Hastings track a week ago, believes that if the new track is
dug down two feet, packed with Lulu Island peat then top-dressed
with dirt and silt from the Fraser River bed, it will be among the
finest and safest in North America. Mr. Bowell is doubtful if a
new Giant Dipper will be built.
October 15 A late-night radio show called
Owl Prowl began on CKMO, with a brash young deejay named
Jack Cullen. The show had been called DX Prowl (DX in radio parlance
means distance), but Jack and a cohort, Frank Iaci,
renamed it. The show started October 15, 1947, Jack
recalled in 1994. It ran from 10 p.m to 1 a.m. It was much
more hit-parade oriented than today . . . I was a movie buff, and
I subscribed to all the music and entertainment papers: Billboard,
Variety, Metronome, Downbeat . . . and I used all this stuff.
I sold my own spots ($1.50 or $2): Id hustle by day, broadcast
by night. The show clicked so quick. In six months I was laughing
. . . I was making about $1,000 a month. In 1948 that was good.
In 1949, lured away by Bill Rea, Cullen would take Owl Prowl
October 20 The Vancouver Council of Churches
October 29 Gordon Houston, president and CEO
of the Vancouver Port Authority, was born in Rothesay, Scotland.
Capt. Houston (he pronounces it hoostn), who had been harbour
master in Prince Rupert, was the unanimous choice of both the selection
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November 6 Woodwards Department Store
expanded, opened an extension.
November 14 Vancouvers William Munavish,
safecracker, became the first Canadian to be declared an habitual
November 18 Interviewer and writer Eleanor
Wachtel was born. Her CBC Radio interviews with writers are justly
November 20 Princess Elizabeth and Prince
Philip were married.
November 21 After a test period, Vancouver's
first FM station CBU-FM 105.7, officially went on the air. At the
beginning, programming was a simulcast of CBR AM 1130. See this
December 3 The old Lumberman's Arch was demolished.
Originally erected at Pender and Hamilton for the 1912 visit of
the Duke of Connaught, it was moved to Stanley Park and dedicated
on Aug 29, 1919, to its designer, Captain G.P. Bowie, who was killed
during World War I. There were fears it might collapse and injure
December 29 Liberal Byron Boss
Johnson became premier of B.C. Boss was a nickname reflecting
Johnson's Danish heritage, not related to political domination.
He headed a coalition government that had high hopes. Great
things are in store for the people of British Columbia, he
said. There isnt room here to explain how those great things
didn't happen, but the coalition's problems led directly to the
rise of the Social Credit party and a fellow named William Andrew
Cecil Bennett. Johnson would serve to August 1, 1952 and his defeat
Also in 1947
Vancouver-born composer Jean Coulthard was invited
to teach music at the University of British Columbia, a position
she maintained until her retirement in 1973. Her citation, upon
receiving a 1994 Order of British Columbia, reads in part: Jean
Coulthard's belief that a composer has a special responsibility
to the community resulted in works designed to be accessible to
the wider public, including works for students. She has brought
British Columbia recognition in the musical field that has made
possible the achievements of younger composers whom she taught and
Chinese citizens got the vote back. They had lost
The new BC Tel building at Seymour and Robson was
named for the late William Farrell, first president of the company.
Elizabeth Clarke was a nurse at the Vancouver Hospital
for Crippled Children in 1947, who loved to read stories and poems
to her little charges. One young boy was excited at seeing a sparrow
on the windowsill by his bed, and that inspired Ms. Clarke to write
the poem Bluebird on Your
Windowsill. She later set it to music. People loved
it, and Vancouver recording pioneer Al Reusch cut a version with
Don Murphy. Then the Rhythm Pals performed it, and eventually the
song was recorded by Doris Day, then by Bing Crosby and others.
It became the first Canadian song to sell a million copies. Ms.
Clarke gave every dime of her royalties to childrens hospitals
The junior football Vancouver Blue Bombers became
Dominion champions, a first for the city. Coach was Punjab-born
Ranjit Mattu, a star athlete here in the 1930s and later.
A pugnacious reporter from Glasgow named Jack Webster,
29, left the newspaper world of Scotland (where hed started
at age 14) and England and came to Vancouver to work at the Sun.
Calgary-born Clyde Gilmour, 35, began contributing
film reviews to CBC Radio in Vancouver. He had worked on various
newspapers in western Canada and during the war served in the navy
as news correspondent. Gilmour married Barbara Donald this year.
Derby Veteran's Rehabilitation Centre opened in Burnaby.
It began as part of the Shaughnessy Hospital complex to assist
veterans reintegrate following the acute care phase of their recovery
by offering physical and occupational therapy programs as well as
job retraining and rehabilitation. The complex was transferred
to the province in 1974 and in 1988 a new George Derby Centre would
be opened as an intermediate care facility with 300 priority access
beds for veterans.
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