Captain Ernest C. Hoy's plane taking off
from an airfield near Bowness, Alberta, on its return flight to Vancouver,
August 11, 1919.
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January 30 The Native Daughters of B.C. was
formed in Vancouver. The group's objective was to pay tribute to
the pioneers and history of the province. Today, they operate the
Hastings Mill Store Museum at the north foot of Alma Street.
March 3 U.S. pilot Eddie Hubbard flew into
Vancouver (landing his float plane at the Royal Vancouver Yacht
Club) with the first sack of airmail from Seattle. He had a passenger:
William Boeing. It had taken them two days to get here. This was
the worlds first international airmail delivery.
June 1 Leonard Klinck became president of
UBC. He would serve to 1944.
June 3 A general strike began in Vancouver.
At its height more than10,000 workers were on strike, including
some civic employees. In North Vancouver shipyards closed and streetcars
July 19 A great Peace Celebration and Parade
were held in Vancouver, including a Thanksgiving service in Stanley
Park, led by Premier Pattullo and Vancouvers Mayor Gale.
Early August Capt. Ernest C. Hoy, DFC, of
Vancouver took off from Minoru Park on Lulu Island and flew to Calgary.
Said in one sentence, it sounds unimpressive. These days a trip
like that takes about an hour and a quarter. For Captain Hoy it
took 16 hours and 42 minutes. His flight was the first ever made
across the Canadian Rockies. This was also the first airmail delivery
across the Rockiesfrom Richmond to Golden, Calgary and Lethbridge.
August 29 The original Lumbermens Arch
(note the plural) was moved to Stanley Park from its original location
at Pender and Hamiltonwhere it had been erected for the 1912
visit of the Duke and Duchess of Connaught. It was dedicated today
in the park to its designer, Captain G.P. Bowie, who was killed
at Ypres on July 7, 1915. Eventually it began to deteriorate and
was demolished December 3, 1947, to be replaced by the present,
much simpler version.
Also August 29 Twenty-five-year-old prisoner
Alex Ignace was the first person hanged at Oakalla.
Summer The shady Henry Green, who never answered
personal questions and refused to have his photograph taken, convinced
social leader Mary Isabella Rogers to help underwrite his subscription
orchestra. That was the origin of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
(Green is called shady because in later years he will
skip town with orchestra money.)
September 22 Edward, Prince of Wales, 25,
visited Vancouver. There was a civic reception and a military ball
in the Arena in the evening with tickets at $5. He visited other
areas of Greater Vancouver and opened the New Westminster Exhibition.
Prior to the ball he attended a dinner as a guest of the Vancouver
Club. Members went to great lengths, e.g., painting the ladies
lavatory, providing an electrical display of the Prince's motto
Ich Dien, arranging for HRH's favorite flowers (sweet peas),
and engaging the services of Mr. Copley's orchestra, tucked away
in the dining room's bay window. (The Prince later went on to become
King Edward VIII, but abdicated in 1936.)
September The new Rotary Clinic for Chest
Diseases was officially opened to provide free medical care for
children. This was an outpatient clinic for the treatment and prevention
of tuberculosis, the dreaded white death so prevalent
early in the century.
November 1 The first train arrived at 7:00
p.m. at the brand-new Canadian National Railway station facing Main
Street in Vancouver. First to leave (also today) was the Transcontinental
Express, headed for Toronto. Today the building is called Pacific
Central Station, and it's on Station Street.
November 19 The newspapers today published
a five-page section showing lots for auction by the City of Vancouver,
lots seized for non-payment of taxes. Some of the lots were seized
for overdue taxes totalling less than $10. There were more than
TWO THOUSAND pieces of property on the list.
November 20 The death by suicide in Vancouver
of former newspaper publisher, MLA, cabinet minister and first University
of B.C. chancellor Francis L. Carter-Cotton, 75. He walked into
English Bay and drowned himself. He had suffered two serious strokes
in 1919, one just weeks before his death.
Also in 1919
Kathryn Gretzinger's documentary A Level Playing
Field, which won the 1999 Best Network Radio Feature category at
the Radio and Television News Directors Association awards, and
the Jack Webster Award for Best Radio feature, told the story of
a group of Chinese soccer players. They formed a team in 1919, went
on to play in the "mainstream" league and ended up winning
some major tournaments. This was the Chinese boys first chance
to compete on a level playing field. Before the team they were treated
as outsiders, second-class citizens in Vancouver.
The Vancouver Real Estate Board, which had suspended
operations during World War I, resumed its activities and has been
operating ever since.
A new Town Hall was built in the Brighouse area of
Richmond, replacing one that had burned to the ground in 1912.
Japanese employment in the fishing industry in the
Lower Fraser reached its highest level, with 3,267 licences, about
half of those issued.
A commercial fishing licence for the Fraser River
Eggs at the Farmers Market in New Westminster
cost $1 a dozen. Times were good for Surrey farmers, as prices forced
up by the war had not yet fallen.
Arthur Mars became mayor of Port Coquitlam. His brother
James had held the office earlier.
Shaughnessy Hospital opened on Oak Street.
Blythe Rogers, the eldest son of B.C. Sugar Company
founder B.T. Rogers, built the stylish Tudor home originally called
Knole at the northwest corner of 57th and Marine, shortly
before his death at the age of 26.
David William Poppy, who had been reeve of Langley
Municipality from 1908-13, became reeve again.
The Jones Tent and Awning building went up at 2034
West 11th Avenue. It will become a heritage building.
Thomas Adams established the Town Planning Institute
Henry Angus became a member of the UBC faculty. The
Henry Angus Building (Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration)
was named for him.
The Kiwanis Club of Vancouver was established. In
the Lower Mainland today there are 17 branches with more than 10,000
The annual publication Scarlet & Gold began,
produced by and for veterans of Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Vancouver
Work on filling in False Creek east of Main Street
Ivor W. Neil, who had been operating a sightseeing
bus and taxi service in Vancouver since 1915, took over Goodman
Hamre's White Rock bus service.
Cooper & Smith Towing began operations on the
Fraser River. In 1932 it will become Westminster Tug Boats Inc.
Abstract painter and teacher Gordon Smith was born.
Columnist and playwright Eric Nicol was born in Kingston,
Ontario. He will come to Vancouver with his family as a child.
The building of the Peace Arch began with land clearing.
It will open in 1921.
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