As we continue our look at 1935 I am posting photos of the interesting things I have seen around the city. If you watched the opening or closing ceremonies of the 2010 Olympics you will recognize this structure. Though it was all lit up then!
On June 11, 1935 the first of the 'baby bonds' which were meant to finance the building of the new city hall were issued.
James (Mickey) O'Rourke put on his Victoria Cross and military medals and carried the Union Jack as he led 1,000 striking waterfront workers in what became known as the Battle of Ballantyne Pier on June 18, 1935.
On July 20 public tennis courts were opened opposite Exhibition Park.
July 26 was a great day for entertainment. The Lyric Theatre opened to feature movies. This theatre on Granville Street had opened in 1891 as the Vancouver Opera House and in 1913 became the Orpheum. The Lyric closed in December of 1960 and was demolished to make room for the Pacific Centre.
During the summer of 1935 the Grouse Mountain Highway and Scenic Resort found itself unable to pay its bills, including $20,000 in taxes to the District of North Vancouver. The property and everything on it reverted to North Vancouver and that district closed the road to Grouse Mountain. It remained closed for many years.
Also during that summer a forum for amateur talent, the Kitsilano Showboat, started. It is still running to this day.
In September a horseshoe pitch opened in Burnaby. It had been built by residents on relief and those working off delinquent taxes.
October 5 was the day that ground was broken at Strathcona Park for the new city hall.
In December J.S. Ross who happened to have been the first editor for 1886's Vancouver Daily News, died.
On November 15 a young man by the name of John Cullen bought his first record, a song called Don't Give Up the Ship by Dick Powell. Cullen went on to become Boy Disc Jockey, Jack Cullen and his collection of records, transcriptions and discs will become one of the world's largest while his late-night CKNW show, The Owl Prowl, was hugely successful.