The Hammond Cedar Products Company baseball team won the 1924
BC championship. Ace pitcher Harry Butler is second from the left
in the top row. [Click image to enlarge]
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January 16 Broadcaster Hal Davis (CKNW) was
January 26 The Red Ensign became Canada's
February 21 The Lady Alexandra was launched
in Scotland as a passenger ship to serve the B.C. coast. (And see
March 11 The Vancouver Sun bought the Vancouver
World. L.D. Taylors World had been in financial difficulty
for some time.
March 20 Sara Ann McLagan, newspaper publisher,
died in Vancouver, aged about 69. She was the first woman telegrapher
in BC, probably in Canada, came here from Ireland in 1858 at age
3. Her father taught her telegraphy. When she was 12 a major forest
fire threatened their Matsqui home, but Sara tapped a message through
to New Westminster and that brought help. At 14 she took over the
New Westminster telegraph station! She was married in 1884 to John
McLagan, founder and editor of the Vancouver Daily World. He died
in 1901, and she became the first woman publisher of a daily newspaper
in Canada. (She was also managing editor, editorial writer, proof
reader and occasional reporter.)
March 23 Department store executive Charles
Chunky Woodward was born in Vancouver.
April 27 The Cenotaph at Vancouver's Victory
Square was unveiled in a ceremony presided over by Mayor William
Reid Owen. A memorial to Vancouvers soldiers who died in France,
its inscription reads: Their name liveth for ever more / Is
it nothing to youAll ye that pass by. An annual ceremony
on November 11, Remembrance Day, sees former service members gather
here to honor their fallen comrades.
April After some time off the air, CFYC was
set up with a 25-watt transmitter in the First Congregational Church
at Thurlow and Pendrell in Vancouvers West End.
May 21 Jack Manzo Nagano, the first Japanese
immigrant in BC (and possibly in Canada), died at 69 in Kuchinotsu,
where he had been born in 1855. At 23, he worked as a cabin boy
from Nagasaki to New Westminster on a British ship, arriving in
1877. He fished for salmon on the Fraser and later worked on the
Gastown docks. He ran businesses in Yokohama, Seattle and Victoria,
and pursued several ventures, including a hotel for Japanese immigrants.
He prospered exporting salted salmon. In 1977, a mountain in Rivers
Inlet area was named for him.
May 26 Broadcaster Wally Garrett (CKNW) was
June 14 BCs most well-known architect,
Arthur Erickson, was born in Vancouver.
June 20 Canadas premier landscape architect,
Cornelia Oberlander, was born in Muhlheim, Germany. She escaped
with her family from Nazi Germany in 1939and a few years ago
returned to Germany to design the gardens for the Canadian embassy
Also June 20 Storekeeper Harry Eburne died
in South Vancouver. In February 1875 he came to BC with his foster
parents. In 1881, aged about 25, he opened the first general store
and post office at the Sea Island end of the Fraser. Originally
named North Arm, the settlement was renamed Eburne and, later, Marpole.
June 21 (And see February 21.) The Lady
Alexandra, flagship of Union Pacific's new excursion fleet,
arrived from Scotland, where she had been built. With accommodation
for 1,400 picnickers she was on the Howe Sound to Bowen Island run
until 1953. Then, moored in Vancouver harbor and named Princess
Louise II, she served as a restaurant until new American owners
towed her to California.
Also June 21 Basil Plimley was born in Victoria,
one of the few third-generation executives of a B.C. business. (The
Plimley auto dealer companies closed in 1991, after 98 years.)
June 25 HMS Hood visited Vancouver. A Tyee
Potlatch was held during the 10-day visit.
July 26 Nanny Janet Smith
was found murdered in the Shaughnessy home of her employers.
The Point Grey municipal police were summoned to 3851 Osler Avenue
in Shaughnessy Heights, the home of F.L. Baker, a socially prominent
exporter of pharmaceutical drugs, to investigate the apparent suicide
of Janet Smith, the Baker family's 22-year-old Scottish nursemaid.
The Point Grey police botched the case, and only the suspicions
of the citys Scottish community reopened it. A sensational
case followed involving the city's elite, political corruption
and widespread racism. A Chinese houseboy, Wong Foon Sing,
was accused but acquitted. The murderer was never found. This crime
and its astonishing aftermath were on Page One of local papers,
every dayrepeat: every dayfor months. See Who Killed
Janet Smith? by Ed Starkins, a very detailed account of a fascinating
crime and the extraordinary sequence of events that followed it.
July 28 In 1924 Julian Hedworth George, Viscount
Byng of Vimy had been Canadas Governor-General (they capitalized
and hyphenated the title back then) for three years, and it was
in that capacity he came to the municipality of Point Grey on July
28 to lay the foundation stone for Lord Byng High School. A young
student named Frances Dowman presented a bouquet to the GG, whod
received a lot of bouquets for his service in World War I, including
commanding the Canadian Corps in the famous attack on Vimy Ridge
in April, 1917. There were five teachers and about 100 students
(compared to more than 1,000 today), but they wouldnt get
into the building itself when school began in September. For five
months Lord Byng students attended classes in the nearby Lord Kitchener
School building, then moved into their now completed building in
March of 1925. (Incidentally, hockeys Lady Byng Trophyawarded
for sportsmanship combined with excellencewas donated by Byngs
July 29 North Vancouvers Phyllis Munday
became the first woman to ascend Mount Robson.
August 9 A painting by John Innes, a well-known
Vancouver artist, of President Warren Hardings speaking appearance
before a huge crowd in Stanley Park, a painting commissioned by
the Vancouver Sun, was presented today to the U.S. National Museum.
(See July 26, 1923.)
August 21 The planet Mars was closer to Earth
than it had been for many years. That lent exciting credence to
the Provinces Page One story: Mysterious signals
picked up at Point Grey wireless station during the past few weeks
culminated this morning in a recognized group of sounds which lead
the operators to believe that Mars has succeeded in establishing
communication with the earth. Four distinct groups of four dashes
came in over the ether at 7:12 a.m., when Mr. W. T. Burford was
on duty. These dashes were not in any known code but started on
a low note, gradually ascending and concluding with a zipp.
The signals were not sent by spark nor continuous wave and the theory
that Mars has at last managed to get through is gaining
September 19 A Miss World"competition
with 25 competitors was hosted aboard HMS Hood in Topsail Bay, Newfoundland
The winner was Miss Honolulu, followed by Miss Vancouver in second
place and Miss Melbourne in third.
September 27 50-watt CKFC went on the air
from the First Congregational Church at Thurlow and Pendrell in
Vancouvers West End, the same location cited for CFYC. (See
April listing above.)
September 28 Two US planes landed in Seattle,
having completed the first flight around the world.
October 21 CFYC carried a speech made by Prime
Minister Mackenzie King from the Denman Arena, considered to be
Canada's first federal political broadcast.
October 29 From the Province: A
westbound Canadian Pacific Railway train heading for Vancouver was
hit by an explosion . . . and among the five dead were Doukhobor
leader Peter Verigin, 65, and John McKie, the newly elected MLA
for Grand Forks." The cause of the explosion was never officially
determined, but some speculate it was intentional and that Verigin
was the target. The paper commented: "With the death of Peter
Verigin . . . the breakup of one of the greatest communistic organizations
in the world is forecast here . . .
November 11 Business executive (Rivtow) Lucille
Johnstone was born in Vancouver. She has become a legend in B.C.
November 11 The first reference to a football
game in Vancouver: two teams, one junior and the other senior, were
put together at UBC.
Also in 1924
22-year-old Nat Bailey hawked peanuts at local baseball
games, then transformed his 1918 Model T truck into a travelling
lunch counter, parking every Sunday at Lookout Point on SW Marine
Drive. Hungry sightseers crowded around, paid a dime for a hot dog,
a nickel for an ice cream. On a hot summer day in 1924, one customer
leaned out of his car and shouted, Why don't you bring it
to us? That was the inspiration. Four years later, in June
of 1928, Nat Bailey would proudly welcome guests to the first White
CFXC, founded by radio-shop owner Fred Hume, began
broadcasting out of a tiny room in the back of his shop in New Westminster.
St. Luke's Home was built at 309 East Cordova. Today,
its a heritage building.
A.E. Austin became president of the Vancouver Real
Capilano Park came into being through The Vancouver
Board of Trade; the land was donated by the B.C. Electric Company.
Charles Campbell, who sold the World to Robert Cromie
this year, started the Evening Star. Victor Odlum, 44, became publisher
and editor-in-chief. Now Vancouver had four dailies. A month and
a half later Campbell sold the Star to Victor Odlum.
The United Church of Canada Act was passed in Parliament,
uniting the Methodists, Congregationalists and Presbyterians into
the largest Protestant Church in Canada.
Michigan-born Edgar Stewart Robinson, 27, was named
head of the Vancouver Public Library. He would run the system for
33 years. See British Columbia Historical News Spring 2003, Page
The Hammond Cedar Products Company baseball team
of the Dewdney League won the BC baseball championship this year.
Harry Butler was the star pitcher. Harrys son Tom, long famous
in Vancouver public relations circles and now living in retirement
on PEI, sent us a picture of the team. Harry Butler is second from
the left in the top row. Dad played for the team starting
in 1921, Tom writes, and, like all his teammates, had
a job in the sawmill at 40 cents an hour . . . but he got a $5 bonus
for every game he pitched and won.
This is not directly connected to Metropolitan Vancouver,
but its a nice 1924 tale and it affected all our lives, so
. . . from the Buffalo News: Thanks to an Indio resident
and a Buffalo News reader, we can acknowledge a debt of gratitude
to a little known source. That invaluable white (sometimes yellow)
line that bisects all our streets and highways was the inspiration
of an Indio woman. Dr. June McCarroll, a general practitioner in
Indio during World War One years, is credited with the idea. According
to the newspaper clipping sent from Cheektowa, N.Y., the idea came
after Dr. McCarroll's car was sideswiped by a truck. Determined
to do something about drivers who crowded others off the road, she
noted that a bulging joint down the middle of the road kept motorists
on their own side. So she suggested to the Town Council that a line
be painted down the center of the street. Like many councils, this
one considered the idea ingenious but impractical. It took the good
doctor many years, and the support of women's clubs all over California
and finally the California Highway Commission, before the idea was
tested in 1924. Fortunately, Dr. McCarroll lived to see her idea
become reality. Untold numbers also lived because the physician
cared enough to pursue her goal. Our thanks to Jim McGraw
for sending this item along.
William Reid Owen, the first blacksmith in the Mount
Pleasant neighborhood, became mayor of Vancouver. He had been the
first mayoralty candidate to use radio in his campaign.
Lansdowne Track in Richmond opened, named for a former
Governor General. The peat bog on which the track is built acted
like a sponge and horses were known to run slower at high tide.
The rumrunner Beryl was hijacked in the Gulf of Georgia.
J.M. Fromme became reeve of North Vancouver District.
Hes called the Father of Lynn Valley, because
he built the first house there in 1899.
The first neon lights came to Vancouver, installed
by enterprising Granville Street merchants.
Anne Sugarman became the founding president of the
Vancouver Council of Jewish Women.
The Vancouver Jewish Community Chest was organized.
M.Y. Williams, a Canadian geologist, began the collection
that today is the UBC Geological Museum.
Forest Lawn Cemetery opened.
Hazing was banned at UBC.
Minoru Park, shut down during World War I, was re-opened
and renamed Brighouse Park.
Hastings Golf Course opened. It lasted to 1954 when
the British Empire Games took over the space.
Scotland-born baker James McGavin moved to Vancouver,
will later begin McGavin Bakeries.
The Kinsmen Club of Vancouver was founded.
Henry Avison, the first employee of the Vancouver
Park Board, died in Prince George at age 69. He cut Stanley Parks
first trails (one is named for him), was its first zoo keeper (the
zoo was a bear tied to a tree), designed the parks
first gardens, and lived in a lodge by its entrance.
North Vancouver High School, which had opened in
1910 and was for many years the only high school on the north shore,
moved to its own building at 23rd and St. Georges.
The Burrard Inlet Tunnel and Bridge Company ran into
legal and financial difficulties. By 1924 the municipalities of
West Vancouver, Vancouver and the two North Vancouvers owned all
the stock in the company.
The Pacific Coast Hockey Association folded. The
PCHA had been founded in 1911 by Frank Patrick and Lester Patrick
with three teams: the New Westminster Royals, the Victoria Aristocrats,
and the Vancouver Millionaires. It merged with the Western Canada
Hockey League this year.
Capt. John Cates returned from the BC interior to
Bowen Island to construct a house and run a hotel at Crescent Beach.
Harbour Navigation built the Harbour Princess (the
old one). She carried passengers and freight to Wigwam Inn (up Indian
Arm), and was the first diesel-powered passenger boat on the coast.
Curling became an Olympic sport for the first time
in Chamonix, France. (France, Great Britain and Sweden were the
only countries to participate.)
UBCs Hart House Quartet was founded.
England-born Charles Edward Findlater, choir director,
31, who had come to Vancouver in 1918 to teach voice and piano,
founded the Wesley Sunday School Choir.
Alexander Russell Lord, educator, began teaching
at Vancouvers Normal School. In 1950 he retired as principal.
Awarded the Fergusson Memorial Award in 1950 for his outstanding
contribution to education in B.C., an elementary school in
Vancouver is named for him.
Ranjit Mattu, star athlete, born in 1916 in the Punjab,
came to Vancouver. He graduated with a BA from UBC as a star athlete
in rugby and football. He coached Canadian high school football
and later junior football to 1949. His team, the Vancouver Blue
Bombers, were the Dominion Champions of 1947, the first such championship
won by Vancouver.
Sam Randall, thoroughbred race promoter, took over
the operation of Lansdowne Park on Lulu Island, beginning a 21-year
Architect Francis Mawson Rattenbury, 57, (his most
well-known Vancouver building is the Courthouse, now the Vancouver
Art Gallery) fled Victoria for his native England with his 30-year-old
mistress, Alma Pakenham. Their affair was scandalizing the residents
of the city, who were positively . . . Victorian. A little over
10 years later Rattenbury was murdered in England by a young lover
Thomas Reid became reeve of Surrey, would hold the
post for 10 years.
Archimandrite Antonin Pokrovsky founded the Holy
Resurrection Church in Vancouver. (An archimandrite in the Eastern
church is "the superior of a large monastery or group of monasteries.")
For an intensely interesting story about the church in Vancouver,
Charles Brakenridge became the Vancouver city engineer.
He will become the longest-serving in that role, holding the post
for 22 years until 1946.
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