The Crescent Beach Hotel destroyed by fire. (City of Surrey)
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January 3 The comic strip Pogo, a huge
hit in the States where it had started October 4, 1948, debuted
in the Vancouver Sun.
January 12 First family moved into Fraserview
January 13 Hedley Hipwell was returned for
a fourth term as President of Greater Vancouver Tourist Association.
Hipwell also headed the BC Automobile Association. Both groups shared
February 14 Nancy Hodges presided over the
opening of the BC Legislature, the first female speaker in the British
Commonwealth. She was a well-known Victoria journalist and womens
rights advocate, served as an MLA from 1941 to 1953. She was appointed
to the senate in 1953, the first MLA from BC to achieve that.
February The Crescent Beach Hotel burned down.
March 15 A new passenger terminal opened at
Vancouver International Airport.
April 13 The
Ridge Theatre opened at 3131 Arbutus in Vancouver.
Spring Vandals painted White Rock's white
rock black, enraging citizens who had to pay for the clean-up.
May Patricia Kronebusch became Cloverdale's
first Rodeo Queen.
June 14 Michael Costello, now head of BC Hydro,
was born in Montreal.
June 21 Mayor Thompson received the deed to
Hadden Park, on behalf of the children to whom Harvey Hadden has
June 26 North Korea invaded South Korea, and
the Korean War began.
August 7 From the Province came a story
about a submachine-gun being used in a Vancouver robbery. Masked
bandits held four B.C. Electric employees at bay with a sub-machine
gun early today in a ticket office raid which netted only $59. It
was the first time such a weapon had been used in a city holdup
. . . Police said the raid on the B.C. Electric carbarns bullpen
at Thirteenth and Main was staged by two men at 3:30 a.m., when
most streetcars were in for the night and about 15 minutes before
the morning shift was due to arrive. (Note the difference
in style: in 1950: sub-machine gun. Today: submachine-gun.)
August 12 Van Waters & Rogers Ltd. was
incorporated in Vancouver. It was the Canadian affiliate of a company
founded in 1924 in Seattle by George Van Waters and Nat S. Rogers.
Today, the companydealing in industrial chemicalsis
known as Univar
Canada, the sponsor of 1950 in The History of Metropolitan
August 15 The Royal Canadian Mounted Police
began policing British Columbia when the B.C. Provincial Police
force was dissolved after 92 years of service. All their duties
were assumed by the RCMP.
Also August 15 Princess Anne was born.
August 22 The first Canada-wide rail strike
began. It ended by government order August 30.
August 29 Eccles-Rand Limited personnel checked
out Vancouver's first atomic bomb shelter, which their firm had
built in an unidentified Shaughnessy backyard.
September 1 A national CPR strike hit Port
Coquitlam hard, as many residents worked in marshalling yards there.
Also September 1 Park Royal Shopping Centre
opened in West Vancouver, the first regional shopping centre in
Canada. Originally on the north side of Marine Drive, it later expanded
to the south. (Northgate Mall opened this same year in Seattle.)
September 17 The last run of Vancouvers
open-air streetcars and an end to the astonishing career of tour
guide Teddy Lyons. These famous observation cars were built by the
B.C. Electric in 1909 in their New Westminster shops, and Portage
La Prairie-born Teddy was a spieler aboard #124 from
1911 to 1950, an astonishing 39 years. He pointed out interesting
sights, told corny jokes (Pointing up at seagull: Theres
the richest bird in Vancouverhe just made a deposit on a brand-new
Cadillac), passed along local history . . . he was famous,
he was perfect. Someone calculated Teddy had travelled 930,000 kilometres
through the city during his tour-guide career. Hamming it up to
the end, Teddy yanked out a hankie to dry his tears for photographer
September 21 Vancouvers city engineer
John Oliver said he feared that, unless the provincial and dominion
governments contributed to the cost of the Granville Street bridge,
the project would cost $3 million more than the original $8 million
estimate. (In 1939 the cost had been estimated at $4 million.) As
it happens, neither government came through and the final cost to
the city by the time the bridge opened in February 1954 was $16
September 29 Vancouvers Sunset Memorial
Centre, at 404 East 51st Avenue, was officially openedvia
a telephone call from Hollywoodby singer Bing Crosby. Bing
was awfully fond of B.C., used to come up here often to relax and
fish, but he was filming. A year later he managed to visit the centre
and drew a huge crowd. (The name today is the Sunset Community Centre.)
September 30 Over the protests of local people
a B.C. Electric tram made the last run between New Westminster and
Chilliwack. A settlement is made in which B.C. Electric contributed
to the cost of establishing bus transportation. Businesses complained
mail was slower.
September The fall assizes opened with the
first Chinese juror, Jack Chan, on jury duty.
October 2 Clarence Wallace was sworn in as
B.C.s lieutenant governor, succeeding Charles Arthur Banks.
Also October 2 The comic strip Peanuts
November 8 The Province reported that
Captain Gerry Lancaster had written a history of the
port of Vancouver. Its at the Vancouver Public Library, call
number NW 387.1 L24p.
November 11 The West Vancouver Memorial Library
opened. An earlier library had been opened in 1921 but closed during
November Sargit Singh and Bob Bose of Surrey
won the Canadian championship in potato judging at the Royal Winter
Fair in Toronto.
December 19 Book salesman extraordinaire Dave
Kerfoot was born.
Also in 1950
Japanese Canadians are finally allowed to return
Hugh Pickett, with partner Holly Maxwell, took over
the management of Famous Artists Limited. Pickett eventually bought
Maxwells share of the business, would run it to 1982 when
he sold it to Jerry Lonn of Seattle.
Irving House, once home to Capt. William Irving and
his family, was purchased by the city of New Westminster for use
as a historic centre. Its still that today, a fascinating
A modern sewage plant was installed at White Rock,
and 1,200 homes and businesses were connected with the disposal
Four-room Gleneagles School, the first in the area,
opened near Horseshoe Bay.
Zoning problems in Surrey grew more acute as farmers,
businesses, industry and residents found their interests conflicting.
It became necessary to establish a town planning committee at Municipal
The Vancouver Sun established Camp Gates on
Bowen Island for its paper carriers, named for Herb Gates, the circulation
Thirteen kilometres of double-lane road to the top
of Mount Seymour was completed.
The first diesel train came to White Rock. In the
1950s there will be three trains a day (9 am, 1 pm and 9 pm) and
residents will set their watches by them.
Influential Canadian artist Jack Shadbolt built a
house on Capitol Hill in Burnaby.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church was built at 154 East
10th. Its a heritage building today.
Vickers Haywood died, the last survivor of the original
Vancouver City Police. Haywood had been hired by Chief Constable
Stewart in 1886.
At the British Empire Games in Auckland, New Zealand,
North Vancouvers Bill Parnell won the mile event, setting
a new Games record with a time of 4:11.0. Parnell also won bronze
in the 880yd (1:53.4). See this
Vancouvers Jack Varaleau, a member of the Canadian
Olympic weightlifting team from 1948 to 1952, won a gold medal in
weightlifting at the British Empire Games.
J.V. Clyne, a prominent Vancouver lawyer, was appointed
to the B.C. Supreme Court.
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