Some odd stuff has happened in Vancouver's past.
Here's a sampling (click to view):
· 1900 to 1922
· 1923 to 1930
· 1931 to 1935
· 1936 to 1940
· 1941 to 1946
· 1947 to 1954
· 1955 to 1960
· 1961 to 1965
From 1900 to 1922
For more details on these items see the Chronology for the
- In 1900 the Canadian Pacific Railway financed
a film to promote Canadian immigration to the west. It took two
years to film because the film-makers werent allowed to
- In 1901, on June 23, there was snow in South
- In 1902 movie goers in Vancouver were informed
they could see THE ERUPTION OF MOUNT PELEEBY ELECTRICITY
at the Electric Theatre on Cordova Street. (This was a reconstruction,
in a studio, of the actual 1902 Mount Pelee disaster. The film
makers used a table-top model with flour bursting out of it.)
- In 1903 W.S. Holland shot and killed a timber
wolf at the corner of Burnaby and Cardero Streets in the West
- In 1905 the first auto club race around Stanley
Park was held. Eleven cars started, five finished. All the finishers
- In 1908 Jeff, the Boxing Kangaroo
amused big crowds in Vancouver at the Pantages Theatre.
- In 1909 world heavyweight boxing champ Jack
Johnson fought an exhibition bout in Vancouver with boxer Victor
McLaglen, who would later become an Oscar-winning movie actor.
- In 1909 Vancouver took its first mechanized
ambulance out for a test drive and ran over and killed an American
- All the grey squirrels in Stanley Park today
are the offspring of a gift of eight pairs from New York City
- In 1910 a man in Surrey was fined $10 for speeding
in his 1907 Marion car. He was travelling at 12 miles per hour.
- In 1910 Vancouvers Cedar Cottage neighborhood
got its name from an Interurban train stop there. The station,
in turn, was named for the Cedar Cottage Brewery.
- In 1910 a young English actor named William
Pratt arrived in Vancouver, got work as a carpenter helping to
build what became the PNE. Later he moved to Hollywood and changed
his name to Boris Karloff.
- In 1912 a group of Vancouver businessmen conceived
a plan to build a 15-metre high dam across the Second Narrows.
Port Moody, which would have been flooded, protested.
- In 1912 an English revue company called Karnos
Comedians performed in Vancouver. Included in the cast: Charlie
Chaplin and Stan Laurel.
- In 1914 the mayor of Vancouver banned performances
by visiting English music-hall performer Marie Lloyd. At one point
in her show she had lifted her floor-length gown up two inches
to reveal a watch on her ankle. The shameless hussy!
- In 1917 the Province reported that BC
women had now won the right to vote. The story was located deep
within a report from the legislature, preceded by some news on
- In 1917, during a business trip to Portland,
Vancouver businessman Alvo von Alvensleben was arrested. It seems
British intelligence officials had sent a list of "dangerous
German spies" to the U.S. Justice Department, and Alvenslebens
name topped the list!
- In 1918 RAF pilot Lt. Victor Bishop crashed
his little H-2 flying boat down onto the roof of a
West End doctor. He stepped out of the plane into the upstairs
hallway of the house and, with the assistance of one of the residents,
walked down the stairs to the front door and outside through a
gathered crowd to a waiting ambulance.
- In 1919 more than two thousand pieces of Vancouver
property were listed in the newspapers for sale by auction. They
had been seized for non-payment of taxes, some for amounts less
- In 1920, in November, construction on the Peace
Arch was stopped to allow time for the concrete to set. It would
not resume until June, 1921.
- In 1920, in Surrey, loggers found an eagles
nest so big it was too large for a farm wagon to haul away.
- In 1920, in Port Coquitlam, a fire destroyed
the firehall and half the buildings in the downtown. The fire
had started in the fire chiefs kitchen above the firehall.
- In 1921, Henry Green, musical director of an
orchestra that became the genesis of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra,
skipped town, with the orchestras money, never to be heard
- The statue (erected in 1921) in front of Vancouvers
CPR station of the angel bearing a fallen soldier heavenward is
an exact replica of statues in Winnipeg and Montreal.
- In 1922 Joe Fortes, celebrated English Bay lifeguard,
died, aged about 57. His funeral at Holy Rosary Cathedral was
the most heavily attended in Vancouver history to that time, with
thousands outside the packed church.
- In 1922 visiting vaudeville entertainer Benny Kubelsky, performing
at the (old) Orpheum Theatre, met a young Vancouver girl named
Sadie Marks. They met again in Seattle in 1926 and were married.
We know them better as Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone.
1923 to 1930 »