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January 10 Parm (Richard Parmater) Pettipiece,
labor union organizer and printer, died in Vancouver, aged about
84. He was born in Ontario in 1875. Calgary's first newsboy, Pettipiece
began his printing career in 1890. In 1894 he was appointed editor
and printer of the South Edmonton News. In 1896 he began
a Revelstoke weekly, but soon sold it and started the Lardeau
Eagle in Ferguson, B.C. He came to Vancouver in 1901 and joined
the Vancouver Province. He was with that paper from 1903
to 1954. He was editor of the B.C. Federationist, a labor publication,
from 1912 to 1920. He served several terms on city council, and
was a director of Vancouver General Hospital for 27 years. Pettipiece
was also a four-term president of the International Typographical
January 25 The Vancouver Parks Board renamed
Riley Park Pool as Percy Norman Memorial Pool, to honor the long-time
January 29 Donna Yee was named Miss Chinatown
in the first beauty contest ever held in a Canadian Chinese community.
February 28 Actress Dorothy Stratten was born
Dorothy Hoogstraten in Vancouver. She was a Playboy playmate
(August 1979), appeared in just five movies, from 1979 to 1981,
then was murdered by her husband, Paul Snider, who then killed himself.
Her sad biography is at this
website. From the age of 14 to 17 she worked at the
Dairy Queen at 2109 East Hastings Street in Vancouver, graduated
from Centennial High School in Coquitlam in 1978.
April 1 Thanks to the popularity of
its radio-dispatched cabs, Tom Hawthorn wrote in The Greater
Vancouver Book, Black Top had grown to a 62-car fleet
by April 1, 1960, when it merged with 48-car Blue Cab to become
the largest taxi operation in Western Canada. Blue Cab, founded
in 1935 by A. Pashos, soon faded into memory, as all cars were painted
in Black Top's distinctive cream-and-black scheme.
April 2 The Vancouver
Opera Association founded in 1959, began its presentations
with a production of Carmen. Music critic Ray Chatelin wrote:
"When conductor Irwin Hoffman gave the downbeat and the Vancouver
Symphony played the first notes of the overture to Bizet's opera,
Carmen, on April 2, 1960, no one really knew if Vancouver
was really ready for an opera company.
Four decades later, Vancouver Opera has not
only survived, but is thriving. Through good years and turmoil,
the company has grown from one-opera-a-season into a multi-million
dollar enterprise that is in economic and artistic good health and
is giving every indication it will stay that way.
Also April 2 A Tear It Down party
was held at the Point Grey Golf and Country Club as the old clubhouse
was slated to go.
May 3 The Nitobe
Memorial Garden at UBC was opened. Thanks to UBC for
the following information: The Nitobe Garden is named for
Dr. Inazo Nitobe, a Japanese international educator. He died in
Victoria in 1933 after attending a meeting in Banff of the Institute
of Pacific Affairs. Dr. Nitobe was the Japanese representative to
the League of Nations in the 1920s, where he met Norman Mackenzie,
who later became President of UBC from 1948 to 1962. Dr. Nitobe
provided great service in trying to bridge the gap between East
and West. Hence, the gardens were named after him in commemoration.
The Nitobe Garden was designed by landscape architect Kanosuke Mori.
It opened in 1960 and is considered the most authentic Japanese
garden outside Japan. There are two parts: the Teahouse Garden,
designed for peaceful contemplation with pleasant associations;
and the Main Garden, illustrating the variety of nature and the
journey of life. The garden follows traditional principles of yin
and yang, and its layout conforms to the map of the Milky Way. The
teahouse in the tea garden was built in Japan, then dismantled and
shipped to Canada and finally reassembled by two Japanese carpenters
who came over with it. The flower arrangements inside are renewed
weekly by members of the Ikebana Association. The irises were given
to UBC by the Meiji Shrine, famous in Japan for its beautiful iris
The yatsu-hashi bridge in the iris garden has
symbolic meaning. According to Japanese legend, devils can walk
only in straight lines, so to be rid of the devils following you,
you need only cross the zig-zaggy bridge and the devil will fall
into the water. Since devils cannot stand the touch of water, you
can carry on happily for the rest of your life.
There are many fish in the pond. Originally,
UBC brought in one thousand goldfish to inhabit it. Unfortunately,
the bald eagles and great blue herons living around UBC ate all
the goldfish. UBC then acquired 100 expensive Japanese carp, or
Koi, much bigger than goldfish! Unfortunately, the brightly-coloured
koi did not reproduce and so a number of local Fraser River carp
were introduced. They have reproduced and their numbers are now
quite substantial (but great blue herons still come on occasion
to fish for baby carp).
May 19 A statue of Lord Stanley, after whom
Stanley Park was named, was unveiled today by Governor General Georges
Vanier in the park . . . and thereby hangs a tale. On October 19,
1889 a letter was written (were not sure by whom) promising
a suitable monument to commemorate the naming and dedication by
Governor General Lord Stanley of Stanley Park. The city archivist,
J.S. Matthews, discovered that letter in 1950, more than 60 years
after it was written, and realized the promise had not been fulfilled.
So he began a fund-raising campaign. It took another 10 years, but
finally he raised enough money to commission the work.
An observer at the 1889 dedication wrote: Lord
Stanley threw his arms to the heavens, as though embracing . . .
one thousand acres of primeval forest, and dedicated it to the use
and enjoyment of peoples of all colours, creeds, and customs, for
all time. It was that expansive gesture that English sculptor
Sydney Marsh captured. Made of bronze and granite, the statue is
eight feet tall.
June 1 Maxie (Maximillian) Michaud, hotelier,
died in Langley, aged about 86. He was born c. 1874 in Point Levis,
Quebec. Michaud walked here from Montreal. He bought the Brighton
Hotel (at the foot of today's Windermere St. in Vancouver) in March
1869 from Oliver Hocking, and changed its name to the Hastings Hotel,
promising Travellers can be accommodated at all hours with
good beds and meals. A good stock of liquors and cigars. Michauds
hotelwhich also served as an early post officebecame
a popular spot with holidayers from New Westminster. He was not
exactly married to his companion, Frisadie, who charms
all sojourners at the End of the Road.
Also June 1 Hockeys Lester Patrick died.
of Hockey website says: Beginning in 1903, Lester
The Silver Fox Patrick played a significant role in
hockey history for nearly half a century. As a player, he was one
of the top rushing defensemen of his day and a team leader. Patrick
was also an inspirational coach and a respected team administrator.
Along with his brother Frank, he pioneered the construction of artificial
rinks and [in 1911-12] formed the Pacific Coast Hockey Association.
That web site has an excellent brief biography.
June 15 BC Ferries began life officially as
B.C. Highways and Bridges Toll Authority Ferries. The
authority began with two vesselsthe MV Tsawwassen and
the MV Sidneywhich shuttled on the one route between
Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island. There were 225 employees.
Today there are 35 vessels and 47 ports of call. See
June 18 Canadian Indian people living on reserves
get the right to vote in federal elections.
June 29 Frank Patrick, hockey player and builder,
died in Vancouver, aged 74. He was born December 21, 1885 in Ottawa.
He moved to Nelson, B.C., with his family in 1909, and with his
brother Lester brought professional hockey to the West Coast. The
brothers built the first two artificial ice rinks in Canada. He
was inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 1966 and later
into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. The Legends
of Hockey website says: Frank was responsible
for an incredible number of rule changes and innovations, shaping
the modern game and influencing other sports with his keen mind
and leadership. In his prime with the West Coast league he founded,
he served as league president, coach, manager and star defenseman,
all at the same time. See that
web site for an excellent brief biography.
July 3 Vancouver Fire Department historian
Alex Matches writes: The first five-alarm fire, largest in
the history of the department, occurred July 3, 1960, when fire
destroyed the B.C. Forest Products plant and lumber storage facility
on the south shore of False Creek. The fire covered an area equal
in size to four city blocks and took many hours to put out. Every
available firefighter and piece of equipment was called out, including
both fire boats. Twelve firefighters were injured.
One consequence of the fire: it spelled the end for
that corner of Vancouver's industrial landscape. The city chose
to rezone the land for housing and parks.
July 15 Harry Jerome Jr. was one of the greatest
sprinters Canada has ever produced. Today, running at a meet in
Saskatoon for the University of Oregon, Jerome set the world record
of 10.0 seconds flat in the 100 metres.
August 9 Vancouver experienced the hottest
day in its 74-year history. The high was 33.3 degrees. (94? F).
August 10 The Canadian Bill of Rights was
proclaimed. Read it here.
Also August 10 CHQM-FM 103.5 signed on with
an easy listening format, carrying much of its AM station's programming.
It was the first privately-owned FM station in the city. See this
August 23 Empress of Japan II was the
largest liner ever to dock in Vancouver.
August 25 Premier W.A.C. Bennett opened the
Second Narrows Bridge. The cantilevered span of the main arch, at
1,100 feet, was at the time the second longest in Canada. Because
19 men died during construction of the bridge it has been officially
renamed the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing.
September 22 From the Province of September
22, 1960 in sports writer Clancy Loranger's column: Monday's
meeting of Mounties shareholders to vote on the sale of the
baseball club to Milwaukee was hardly a sweetness and light session
. . . There was one impressive bit, though. General manager Bob
Freitas pointed it out: Not one shareholder, the so-called little
guy' who invested his 25 or 50 bucks, asked what would happen to
his money. Nobody even asked me privately, said Bob
in wonder. All they are interested in was keeping baseball
September 27 (James) Lyle Telford, former
mayor (1939-40), died, aged 71. He was born June 21, 1889 on a farm
near Valens, Ontario. A newcomer to the civic political arena,
Donna Jean McKinnon writes, Mayor Telford was, however, no
stranger to politics, having represented the CCF in the provincial
legislature. In this election he offered help for the forgotten
man, tapping into the frustration of the voters after nearly
a decade of poverty. Once elected, Telford resigned from the CCF
because he felt civic office should be free of party politics. Despite
his obvious working class following, Telford won the mayoralty with
fewer than 2,000 votes in a campaign with six other candidates.
His challenges to the status quo and his socially unacceptable situation
as a divorced man, combined with economic improvement and the changed
political climate of wartime, combined to end his civic career at
the next opportunity.
October 1 Nigeria gained its independence.
October 3 Helena Rose Gutteridge, suffragette,
feminist, trade unionist, tailor, socialist and politician died
in Vancouver, aged about 80. She was born c. 1880 in London, England,
came to BC in 1911. She organized the B.C. Women's Suffrage League.
Her interest in the working class woman led to trade union activities.
She soon took a leading role in the Vancouver Trades and Labor Council.
Gutteridge joined the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF).
She became a champion of affordable housing. In 1937, she was elected
Vancouver's first woman alderman. Irene Howards biography
The Struggle for Social Justice in British Columbia: Helena Gutteridge,
the Unknown Reformer, published in 1992 by UBC Press, won the
University of British Columbia Medal for Canadian Biography.
October 13 George Randolph Pearkes was sworn
in as B.C.s lieutenant governor, succeeding Frank Ross.
October 28 The Walter Koerner Library opened
October 31 At 4:45 p.m. CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver
signed on as Vancouver's first independent TV station. Studios were
temporarily established at Richards and Davie Streets until the
main studios in Burnaby could be completed. The transmitter was
on Burnaby Mountain. Initially, the signal was poor. Although it
reached all of downtown Vancouver, it was inferior to that of incumbent
stations CBUT (CBC) and KVOS-TV of Bellingham, Washington, across
the border in the U. S. Lee Bacchus, in The Greater Vancouver
Book, writes: A 34-year-old former newspaper photographer
named Art Jones launched CHAN-TV (Ch. 8)now better known as
BCTV. Viewers could also watch All-Star Wrestling with Fred
Asher and Brad Keene, Ted Peck's Tides & Trails, Buddy Clyde's
Dance Party, a children's show with the avuncular Ron Morrier
and a prime-time schedule weighted down with such U.S. series as
The Rifleman and 77 Sunset Strip. See
December 3 Artist J.W.G (James Williamson
Galloway) Macdonald died in Toronto. Originally a designer
and teacher, Tony Robertson wrote in The Greater Vancouver
Book, he was brought to Vancouver by C.H. Scott and encouraged
by Scott and F.H. Varley to turn to painting. Again, like many of
his contemporaries, Macdonald was very interested in and involved
with discovering the spiritual values of the landscape and the power
of revelation in their artistic depiction. He was unable to remain
in B.C., but never lost his love for the landscape, particularly
the mountainous area around Garibaldi Park. In 1926 Macdonald
was appointed head of design at the Vancouver School of Decorative
and Applied Arts. Says the Canadian Encyclopedia: "One
of the most important teachers in modern Canadian art history, he
and Varley founded the innovative BC College of Arts (1933-35)."
He was one of the first abstract painters in Canada. See
Also December 3 Camelot premiered on
December 5 Canada admitted her 2-millionth
immigrant since the Second World War. She was 16-year-old Anette
Toft from Denmark. She had travelled from Denmark with her mother
and brother, was en route to Calgary to rejoin her father, a dental
December 7 William Carey Ditmars, contractor,
died in Vancouver, aged 95. He was born, Constance Brissenden
writes, November 12, 1865 in St. Catherines, Ontario. Ditmars
arrived in Vancouver from Toronto early in 1891, and worked as an
accountant for John Doty Engine. He moved back to Toronto (1894-97),
then joined a new Vancouver bridge-building firm, Armstrong &
Morrison. In 1903 he became a full partner, building the Granville,
Cambie and Fraser Street bridges. He laid the substructure for Lions
Gate Bridge in 1937. Ditmars was president of Vancouver Granite,
supplying granite facing for bridge piers. In February 1899 he bought
a tiller-steered Stanley Steamer for partner W.H. Armstrong, the
first automobile in Vancouver. Cost f.o.b. Vancouver was approximately
$1,000. He received Vancouver's Good Citizen Award in 1928.
December The Lyric Theatre on Granville Street
closed. It had opened in 1891 as the Opera House and on March 17,
1913 re-opened as the Orpheum (not the present theatre), with vaudeville
acts. On July 26, 1935 it opened again as the Lyric with talking
Also in 1960
The first successful optical laser constructed
by Maiman [it was in 1960], consisted of a ruby crystal surrounded
by a helicoidal flash tube enclosed within a polished aluminum cylindrical
cavity cooled by forced air. The ruby cylinder forms a Fabry-Perot
cavity by optically polishing the ends to be parallel to within
a third of a wavelength of light.
Words to get your pulse pumping! Actually, the first
practical laser did get a lot of scientific pulses pumping. The
local angle: the man who developed it, Los Angeles-born Dr. Theodore
Maiman, moved to Vancouver. To quote an SFU
site: A Californian by birth, Maiman received
his doctorate in physics from Stanford University in 1955, and then
went on to work at the Hughes research laboratories, where he developed,
demonstrated, and patented the laser that eventually earned him
Great Northern Way was named in honor of the railway
company that donated much of the land the street is on.
Vancouver police reported that 84 bootleggers were
in full operation in Vancouver.
Eric Hamber died in Vancouver, aged 79. He was born
April 21, 1880 in Winnipeg. Hamber was a star rower as a young man.
He came to Vancouver in 1907 as manager of the Dominion Bank,
writes Constance Brissenden. In 1912 he married Aldyen Irene
Hendry, daughter of John Hendry. He was a captain in the 72nd Seaforth
Highlanders. Hamber worked for B.C. Mills, Timber and Trading, and
was appointed president in 1916. He was BCs lieutenant-governor
from 1936 to 1941, chancellor of UBC from 1944 to 1951. The Hambers
were prominent in society and in philanthropic circles. Eric
Hamber HS was named for him, as were a provincial park and an island
off the BC coast. The Special Collections Room at the Vancouver
Public Library is named for Aldyen Hamber.
Lansdowne Race Track closed. The stables and track
continued to be used as training facilities.
A B.C. government-owned ferry service began between
Tsawwassen and Victoria. Within a year it will take over the Black
Ball Ferries operation in Horseshoe Bay.
Highway #17 to the Tsawwassen ferries opened.
During construction of the Trans-Canada Highway through
the Fraser Valley, a man named Charlie Perkins stood guard over
his ivy-covered fir tree, directly in the path of the new road.
He had dedicated the tree to fallen comrades in World War I, and
the public outcry resulted in the engineers curving the road around
it. That may be a unique circumstance in the construction of a national
highway. You can see that curve on the Trans-Canada to this day.
The Garibaldi Lift Company was formed to develop
Whistler as a ski mountain. There was no road, no hydro, no water
supply and no money at the time.
Brentwood Mall opened in Burnaby. At 30 acres it
was the largest of its kind in B.C. at the time.
The Quilchena Golf Club, which had had a clubhouse
at 29th and Maple Crescent, moved to Richmond.
Architectural historian Harold Kalman noted something
about the building at 6415 Victoria Drive, built in 1960, that the
rest of us might not: In this day of sprawling mega-stores,
he wrote, we sometimes forget that the post-war common supermarket
represented an ambitious architectural program. The Super-Valu chain,
which originally erected and operated this building, developed the
best local solution. Large glued-laminated timber arches provide
a broad expanse of unobstructed, column-free space. Note the remarkably
small metal connectors, which bear the full weight of the structure
where the arches meet the ground. The building is now a discount
outlet that sells used articles donated to charities.
The Queensborough highway bridge was built. The
City of New Westminster built this $4-million bridge over the North
Arm of the Fraser, wrote Robert Harris in The Greater Vancouver
Book, for access to its suburb of Queensborough at the
east end of Lulu Island, and to the Annacis Industrial Estate to
the south. It has since become a feeder to Route 91 and the 1986
Alex Fraser (Annacis) Bridge. Queensborough was a toll bridge until
bought by the provincial government in November 1966.
An early Queensborough bridge has had an interesting
history. It was built in 1913 by B.C. Electric Railway for rail
access to the industrialized end of Lulu Island. Cars could use
it, too. The bridge continues in rail freight service to Annacis
Island, but was closed to highway traffic in 1960, after the high-level,
four-lane Queensborough Bridge was built a little to the west.
A Lulu Island-Sea Island bridge was demolished this
year. The bridge was the first over the Middle Arm of the Fraser,
was built at the north end of No. 3 Road, joining Sea Island to
the Bridgeport area of Lulu Island, as an extension of the first
A south wing was added to UBCs Main Library.
St. Pauls Hospital opened BCs first biomedical
St. Pauls Hospital performed its first open-heart
The British Columbia Womens Hospital and Health
Care Centre (named Grace Hospital and under the direction of the
Salvation Army at the time) celebrated its 50,000 birth. (It would
mark its 100,000th in 1977 and 200,000th under its present name
The farms at Riverview (Mental) Hospital were transferred
to the control of the BC Agriculture Ministry.
CKWX started the kind of open-line broadcasting so
popular in Metropolitan Vancouver today. Barrie Clark was an early
The Vancouver Stock Exchange Review, a monthly
publication from the Vancouver Stock Exchange, began. It provided
a summary of trading in equities and options, included trading statistics
and cumulative figures, listing changes, financings and related
The average person in the Vancouver area was eating
23 dozen eggs (276) a year in 1960. By 1997 that would drop to 15
Local golfing great Stan Leonard won the Western
The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club purchased Tugboat
Island, a 28-acre park at Silva Bay, as an offshore station.
MacLean Park, a block-square park bounded by Heatley
and Hawks Avenues and East Georgia and Keefer Streets, was relocated.
The new park replaced the original at Union and Jackson, which had
been taken over for Vancouver's first urban renewal housing. Named
in 1912 after Vancouver's first mayor, J.A. MacLean, it was the
first supervised playground for children in Vancouver. Today, seniors
use the new parkwhere houses, apartments and a
bakery once stoodfor daily tai chi.
Maple Grove Park (on Yew between West 51st Avenue
and Marine Drive) became the site of Vancouver's first recreation
program for blind children.
Dr. Murray Newman, the Vancouver Aquariums
first Director, attended the first International Aquarium Congress
in Monaco, and visited the Berlin Aquarium and the British Museum
of Natural History. From these observations, Newman
wrote, plus visits to Marine Studios in Florida came the concept
of a new kind of facilitya living aquatic museum which would
tell the story of the aquatic habitats of Western Canada from the
open ocean to the headwaters of the Fraser River. The enlarged
aquarium would open in 1967.
Artist Alan Storey was born. He is,
writes Tony Robertson, a sculptor, inventor, installation
and mixed-media artist working mostly in large and fanciful moving
constructions, the best known of which is the pendulum in Vancouver's
HSBC building. His work is playfully serious and seriously playful.
The figurehead of the Empress of Japan (a
ship that sailed into Vancouver harbor many times between 1891 and
1922) was rescued from its Stanley Park location, where it had been
exposed to the elements for decades, and given to the Maritime Museum
for safekeeping and restoration. It is now on display in the Museum.
It is a much more impressive work than the fibreglass reproduction
now in the Park.
A bronze sculpture titled Fertility, by Jack
Harman, was installed at UBCs Lasserre Building.
Theatre Under The Stars, which had been presenting
musical productions at Malkin Bowl, since the 1940s, closed. It
would be reopened by enthusiasts in 1969.
The United Players was born as the St. James Drama
Group, created by the St. James United Church Women. They perform
at the Jericho Arts Centre.
Author David Watmough, born in London, England in
1926, moved to Vancouver. (He had been in the US since 1952.) He
became a Canadian citizen in 1967. Watmough has written numerous
connected (and celebrated) works of fiction about his fictional
counterpart, Davey Bryant. See
Calgary-born (April 28, 1926) Hy Aisenstat, restaurateur,
moved to Vancouver and opened Hys at the Sands. The son of
a Russian emigre wholesale grocer in Calgary, Aisenstat worked in
sales, then owned a small oil company. In 1955, with wife Barbara
(born March 20, 1934 in Kirkland Lake, Ont.), he opened Hy's Steak
House in Calgary with a $3,000 loan. After his arrival in Vancouver
he would vastly expand his restaurant empire.
Bellingham, Washington-born (June 10, 1894) Buda
Hosmer Brown (née Jenkins) was elected Social Credit MLA
for Vancouver Point Grey. She was appointed minister at large (without
portfolio), the first woman in a W.A.C. Bennett cabinet since Tilly
Anglican minister Stanley Higgs became chaplain of
the Haney Correctional Institute. He would hold that office until
Poet and photographer Roy Kiyooka (born January 18,
1926 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan) came to Vancouver.
Blanche Macdonald (née Brillon), entrepreneur
and native rights activist (born May 11, 1931 in Faust, Alberta)
opened a modelling agency and self-improvement school in Vancouver.
She would later expand into fashion, esthetics and make-up artistry
Pearl Steen, women's activist (born in 1893 in Victoria),
who had had a distinguished career of public service, was the sole
Canadian woman delegate to the UN General Assembly in 1960. She
also became the only woman director of the PNE this same year, and
would be on the board until 1968.
Rufus Palmer Steeves died in Cloverdale, aged about
68. He was born in 1892 in Woodstock, New Brunswick. He was a Canadian
officer during the First World War and a former prisoner of war.
Steeves was later principal of General Gordon High School and a
co-founder of the Kitsilano Boys Band. He was the husband of prominent
CCF politician Dorothy Steeves (1895-1978).
Mildred Valley Thornton, Vancouver artist and art
critic, born in 1890 in Dresden, Ontario, was made a Fellow, Royal
Academy of Arts.
Peter Toigo, Powell River-born entrepreneur (born
September 9, 1932), bought downtown Powell River from MacMillan
Bloedel and built the towns first shopping centre. In 1982
he would buy the White Spot Restaurant chain.
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