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January 1 The sale of whipping cream was forbidden
in British Columbia, a result of World War II rationing restrictions.
January 4 Effective this date boys who had
reached the age of 17 were allowed to enlist for training in active
units or formations of the Canadian Army. They were paid 70 cents
January 6 Future premier Mike Harcourt was
born in Edmonton, Alberta.
January 18 Vancouver-based writer Daniel Wood
March 2 RAF/RCAF war ace Buzz
Beurling, King of the Air over Malta, visited Vancouver.
For a fascinating look at his career (he wasnt your everyday
war hero!), and lots of photographs, see this
March 5 Broadcasting executive Ted Smith was
March 18 Construction began on the Fort
Columbia, first of the Victory ships to be built by Burrard
Dry Dock. With oil-fired boilers they were cheaper to run than coal-fired
North Sands ships, although some Victory ships were built to run
on either. The company will build 34 of the Second World War ships
in a little over two years.
Edelweiss Credit Union was established in Vancouver
to serve the area's German community. It eventually became part
of Prospera Credit Union.
March 31 Oklahoma! premieres on Broadway.
March Construction began on the last North
Sands ship. It will take three-and-a-half months. When Burrard Dry
Dock laid the keel of the SS Fort St. James, the first of
its North Sands 10,000-ton cargo vessels, on April 23, 1941 it took
nine months to complete. Despite thousands of workers new to the
ship-building industry, mass production techniques quickly enabled
the formation of an efficient workforce.
Also March The canoe called Houmiltichesen,
built by Jericho Charlie (Chin-nal-set), was presented as a gift
to the City of Vancouver by the B.C. Loggers' Association and the
Consolidated Red Cedar Shingle Association of B.C. They had purchased
it from August Jack Khatsahlano, his stepson.
May 3 From the Province, Page 6:
City police Sunday seized two cameras and a
quantity of film from persons taking photographs in prohibited waterfront
A Lt.-Cdr. of the U.S. Navy lost his camera
and film when he was stopped by police at Prospect Point in Stanley
Two girls, photographing each other at the
North Vancouver ferry wharf, were required to turn over their picture-taking
A man reported to be taking pictures of English
Bay from Queen Mary School grounds, Fourth and Trimble, could not
be found when police searched the district Sunday.
May 11 Olympic skiing champion Nancy Greene
was born in Ottawa.
May 15 Six paintings by Emily Carr went on
sale at an exhibition of works by Carr and others at the 33rd Annual
Exhibition of the B.C. Society of Fine Arts at the Vancouver Art
Gallery. The Carrs were priced at $50 each.
June 6 Theatre director Bill Millerd was born
in West Vancouver.
June 13 Sir Gerald Burrard, a descendant of
Harry Burrard, the friend of George Vancouver after whom Burrard
Inlet was named, presented a telescope to the city. (Gerald Burrard
is famous for his knowledge of weaponry. He has written on shotguns,
June 26 The cornerstone was laid for HMCS
Discovery on Deadmans Island, Stanley Park. For pictures
and stories of Discovery and other Vancouver-based military
locations, see this
June Burnaby endorsed a closed shop
for civic employeesthe third municipality in Canada to do
so, and the first in B.C. (A closed shop is one in which the employer
hires only union members in good standing.)
July 6 Cinematographer Bob Asgeirsson was
July 14 Langley Memorial Hospital was incorporated.
July Canadian mining tycoon Sir Harry Oakes
was murdered in the Bahamas.
August 19 First annual exhibition of the Vancouver
August 25 At rededication ceremonies in Stanley
Park, the official party was driven by Frank Plant, who had driven
Lord and Lady Stanley and Mayor and Mrs. Oppenheimer to the original
dedication 55 years earlier! The 1889 ceremony was re-created at
the same spot. Playing the role of Mayor David Oppenheimer was his
great-nephew David Oppenheimer . . . of Oppenheimer Brothers!
September 3 Italy surrendered.
September 8 Southam bought the Vancouver
September 13 The West Vancouver Parks Board
Also September 13 Broadcaster, videographer
Jim Morrison was born.
September 23 A great news item appeared in
the Province: When Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Valleau purchased
a home on Burke Street in Burnaby they proceeded to build a home.
That was last February. Just the other day when Mr. J. H. Treaves
purchased a lot, he discovered he owned the Valleau home. Arrangements
for the transfer are being completed, and Mr. and Mrs. Valleau will
soon have title to their home. They had mistakenly built their home
on the adjoining piece of property.
October 4 Frederick William Howay (born Howie),
judge and historian, died in New Westminster, aged 75. He was born
November 25, 1867 in London, Ont. His father moved to B.C. in 1869,
was joined by his wife and three children in 1870. Frederick practised
law, becoming a county court judge (1907-37). He wrote books and
articles establishing him as the leading B.C. historian of his generation.
He was president of the Art, Historical and Scientific Association
of Vancouver (1910-15), a precursor of the Vancouver Museum. He
was a member for 20 years (1923 to his death) of the Historic Sites
and Monuments Board of Canada, and a UBC senator from 1915 to 1942.
His British Columbia From Earliest Times to the Present (1914)
was the standard history of B.C. into the 1950s.
October 6 Vancouvers water supply was
October 21 England-born Percy W. Evans, cement
and fuel supplier, died in Los Angeles, Calif. With his brother
Ernest and cousin George Coleman, Constance Brissenden writes,
he came to B.C. from England in 1888. The trio opened a fuel
and cement firm, Evans, Coleman and Evans, on Columbia Street. They
built the city's first deep-sea dock. They sold the firm in 1910
to a group of prominent business people including William Farrell
and Frank Barnard. With his brother, Percy also owned Vancouver's
Stanley and Manitoba hotels with interest in the Plaza Theatre building.
He was a director of B.C. Telephone and other communications concerns.
November 11 After being silent for some time
because of wartime shortages, Vancouvers famous Nine OClock
Gun resumed firing. There were a few more days of silence, then
it was back to regular operation.
November 13 Newspapers reported that the Dominion
Bank Building, the 15-storey office structure at the northwest corner
of Cambie and Hastings, had been purchased by Samuel J. Cohen, president
of the Army & Navy Department Stores Ltd., and would be remodelled
as a modern department store after the war. Wonder whatever happened
to that idea? (Samuel Cohen's granddaughter, Jacqui Cohen, says
that it was never intended to be a department store. He bought
it because the price was right.)
December 25 Edmund Shorey Knowlton, pioneer
druggist, died in Vancouver, aged about 75. He was born c. 1868
in Newboro, Ont., came to B.C. in 1896. He opened Knowlton's Drug
Store in 1897, moved to a succession of sites on Westminster (now
Main St.) and Hastings until settling in in 1911 at 15 E. Hastings.
Knowltons opened a second drug store in West Vancouver by
1948. In 1965, the name was changed to Knowlans Drugs, but its original
name was restored in 1970. He served as a president of the Pharmaceutical
Association of B.C. (The famous 1907 film of Vancouver shows one
of the Knowlton locations.)
Also in 1943
Kitsilano Beach was used for rehearsing commando
beach assaults. Still, the receding danger of attack brought a gradual
reduction in local defences to release trained personnel for the
Canadian Army in Europe, which was now in continuous action.
Burnaby Hospital had a humble beginning. A group
of Burnaby citizens interested in building a local hospital met
and formed a fund-raising committee; $6,000 was raised by door-to-door
canvass. That prompted the city to provide more funds and the hospital
was on its way. (Burnabys population at the time was 35,000
and average weekly wage was $33.81).
The Vancouver Foundation was established. The key
figure in its creation was W. J. VanDusen, lumber magnate and philanthropist.
Whitford Julian VanDusen came from Tara, Ontario where he was born
July 18, 1889. His long, solid work in the lumber industry from
1912 to 1969 (much of it beside H.R. MacMillan) is deservedly overshadowed
by his remarkable philanthropy. The Vancouver Foundation now distributes
about $60 million annually, and supports a wide range of issues
from arts and culture, to environment, education, health and children,
youth and family issues. Today it is Canada’s largest community
foundation with an endowment fund worth roughly $800 million. (VanDusen
also paid for and donated the land now occupied by Vancouvers
VanDusen Botanical Garden. He died here December 15, 1978.) The
Foundation is the sponsor of 1943 in The History of Metropolitan
The Southlands Riding Club was incorporated. Today
it sits on just over seven hectares in the heart of the community.
The clubhouse, once an abandoned fisherman's net storage hut on
Deering Island, was dismantled and carried piece by piece, by members
on horseback, to its present site.
Victor Odlum, 62, soldier and newspaper publisher,
was named Canadas first ambassador to China. He served to
Hockeys Lynn Patrick joined the New York Rangers,
coached by his father Lester Patrick, and scored 13 goals in his
H.R. Butler was club champion this year of the old
Shaughnessy Golf Club.
Toronto-born Elmore Philpott, 47, joined the Vancouver
Sun, began a political affairs column that lasted to 1961.
The book The Ports of British Columbia by
Agnes Rothery appeared.
Responding to the war crisis, Jim Lyon
wrote in The Greater Vancouver Book, Vancouver's shipyards
turned out hundreds of cargo vessels and warships and by the peak
year of 1943 the work force had grown to more than 25,000. This
number did not include several thousand more employed in support
industries such as boilermaking and the manufacture of steering
engines and winches. In just four years West Coast yards built more
than three million tons of new shipping and repaired, converted
and refitted a similar amount. In 1943 alone Burrard Drydock completed
33 cargo vessels, North Vancouver Ship Repairs completed 15, West
Coast Ship Builders turned out 17 and the remaining yards in British
Columbia launched four. The vessels, of 10,000 tons and 4,700 tons,
were produced at remarkable speed, some completed in just 65 days.
Construction began on Burkeville, west of Airport
Road in Richmond. Harold Kalman, architectural historian, has written:
Burkeville was laid out and built by the federal government
during the Second World War to provide 328 houses for workers employed
at the Boeing Aircraft plant. It was named for Stanley Burke, president
of Boeing. The streets are named after airplane manufacturers. The
plain, no-frills dwellings came in several standard sizes. Most
have been altered to fit the needs of two generations of residents.
After the War, Boeing sold the houses to returning veterans. The
tightly-knit community, already encircled by airport uses, is currently
threatened by the intended further expansion of roads and runways.
Ironically, the plain, no-frills dwellings were designed
by McCarter and Nairne, who gave us the Marine Building. The name
of the development was chosen in a competition among Boeing employees.
Activities of the Ukrainian Labour-Farm Temple Association
were once again allowed. In 1940 the ULFTAs community hall
at 805 East Pender in Strathcona was seized (one of 108 across the
country!) because of the association's opposition to Canadian involvement
in the war. At the time, journalist Kevin Griffin has written, the
ULFTA supported the Soviet Union which had yet to join the Allied
effort against Nazi Germany. Now, in 1943, the ban was lifted. (In
1946, the ULFTA would change its name to the Association of United
John Henderson (1880-1968) began 21 years service
as a Vancouver School Trustee. He would be named Vancouver's Good
Citizen in 1961 because of his long service in a score of organizations
and for many personal deeds. An elementary school is named for him.
Advocate, a bimonthly published by the Vancouver
Bar Association, began publication.
Vancouver artist Lutz Haufschild was born in Germany.
Sports publicist Norm Jewison (no relation to the
movie director) was born in England. He grew up in Montreal and
moved to Vancouver in 1977 to become public relations director for
The precursor of the Vancouver Volunteer Centre was
formed in 1943. It was initially charged with mobilizing women for
the war effort and providing accommodation for children evacuated
from Britain and for those whose mothers worked on the assembly
line. The Women's Voluntary Service, as it was known at the time,
began by helping 37 agencies and registering 267 volunteers. By
the end of the war approximately 10,000 volunteers were involved.
Vancouver-based E.J. Ryan Contracting, one of Canada's
largest contractors, filed for bankruptcy.
On her husband R.J. Sprotts death, Anna Ethel
Sprott became president of the Sprott-Shaw Schools of Commerce,
Radio and Telegraphy. She was the founder of the West Coast Radio
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