Friday, July 29, 2011

1932 and Beyond

One of the things I like about summer is that there are so many nice things out and about. Like cars. I don't know much about them but some of them look really great.

Today I am going to tell you about more events in 1932.

On August 1, 1932 the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), forerunner of the NDP, as founded in Calgary. Its first leader was James Woodsworth.
Also in August, the 20th to be precise, Vancouver beer parlours were allowed to be open from 9:30am to 11:30pm.

On September 17 Vancouver's new coroner's court and city morgue opened at 238-240 East Cordova. Now it is the Vancouver Police Museum which I have written on.

On October 18 Iona Campagnolo was born on Galiano Island. She was the first woman to be appointed to the position of B.C.'s lieutenant governor.

October 1932 was also when construction began on homes in the British Properties in West Vancouver. This gave 150 men jobs during the depression.

In October the province established relief camps for single, unemployed men. By 1934 there were more than 6,000 of them.

Some former employees from the newspaper the Star started their own paper. Among the employees of  the new paper the News at 614 West Pender were Gus Sivertz and J. Edward Norcross. The paper folded after five months.

On December 8 H.H. Stevens walked around Stanley Park on his 54th birthday. He continued this annual walk for forty years until 1972. He died at the age of 94 on June 14, 1973.

On December 20 Burnaby defaulted on a loan and the city went into receivership where it stayed until 1942. North Vancouver also went bankrupt.

In the 1932-33 season Vancouver will ship out 96,869,841 bushels of wheat, making it the world’s largest grain port.

Vancouver racer Percy Williams ran in the 1932 Olympic Games, but pulled up short with a severe muscle injury. He would never race again.

The Richmond Review newspaper began publication in 1932.

Oreste and Agnes Notte opened a bakeshop at 14th and Granville. Originally from Italy the Nottes came here from Victoria. In 1935 they would move their bakery - Notte's Bon Ton - downtown. It is still in business today.

The only floating post office in the British Empire, the M.V. Scenic, began service. She served until 1968 and was known as the Burrard Inlet T.P.O (travelling post office.)

The Burrard Inlet Tunnel & Bridge Company went bankrupt. The ownership of the first Second Narrows Bridge  eventually passed to the Crown and would be closed for four years. Despite all the accidents the bridge had undergone, there were no injuries.

In 1919 Cooper and Smith Towing started operations on the Fraser River. In 1932 they became Westminster Tug Boats Inc. and began to specialize in boat handling in the Burrard Inlet.

Lena Cotsworth Clarke began the York House School, a private girls' school in Vancouver.

St. Mary The Virgin Anglican Church in New Westminster was damaged by fire but was successfully repaired.

I hope you find the beauty around you.

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