In 1792 a Spanish exploration team taught the local native people a new song that the Spaniards had titled Malbrouck. Some members of the team wrote in their journals that the aboriginals paddle in their canoes singing this song. Today we would recognize the tune as For He's A Jolly Good Fellow.
Col. Richard Moody of the Royal Engineers named Lulu Island in 1861. Moody named the land after a sixteen-year-old singer by the name of Lulu Sweet who was touring with a visiting San Francisco musical revue.
I may have told you this story before but it is bears repeating. In 1867 John 'Gassy Jack' Deighton arrived on the shores of Burrard Inlet. He made a bargain with the mill workers that were there. He would supply all the whiskey they could drink if they would help him build a saloon. The Globe was built in 24 hours. Can you envision that day?
Maxie Michaud was our first, unofficial, postmaster in 1869. He walked here from Montreal. Now I enjoy walking but I don't know if I could do that!
This symbol of the bond between two beings stands outside of Vancouver General Hospital and was created by sculptor Martha Sturdy.
Not everyone was fond of BC. A prestigious London paper by the name of the London Truth stated that: "British Columbia is not worth keeping. It should never have been inhabited at all. It will never pay a red cent of interest on the money that may be sunk in it.” (Oh yeah?!)
Also during the 1880s, an American cavalry came upon some pamphlets from the Canadian Pacific Railway when they raided an Apache village in Arizona. The pamphlets were advertising lots for sale in Vancouver's posh Brighouse Estates.
1883 was the year that the first locomotive arrived in Vancouver - aboard a ship.
Did you know that there are beams in the Imperial Palace in Beijing that were shipped from the Burrard Inlet sawmills in 1884?
George Black, a butcher, organized horse races down a muddy Granville Street in 1886.
In 1889 Rudyard Kipling - an English poet and author of The Jungle Book - bought two pieces of property in Vancouver. Both were at the southeast corner of East 11th Avenue and Fraser Street. I wonder what is there now?
In 1893 the exclusive Vancouver Club was formed. Not long after its inauguration the club had its china and silverware repossessed since the club had run into financial difficulties. Everything, including the club's crest, was used in the restaurant of the man who had originally supplied the stuff.
The forerunner to the Vancouver Museum was started in 1894 with the donation of a stuffed swan.
I realize that I have told you some of these things before but for the tales are amusing enough to bear repeating.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
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