Monday, April 16, 2012

Stranger than Fiction

The first two homes I am showing you I don't have any information on except for the fact that they are heritage homes.

In 1923 or '24 there were reports in the local newspapers that the Point Grey wireless station had picked up messages from Mars and it was believed that the Martians were trying to contact us.

The Lansdowne Track in Richmond was built on a peat bog and opened in 1924. The bog acted like a sponge and this caused the horses to run slower at high tide.

On January 8, 1925 a man was attacked by a shark in the First Narrows.

Also in 1925, the Vancouver chapter of the Klu Klux Klan used the Tait Mansion as their headquarters. They paid a rent of $150 a month. Now this mansion is a hospice for sick kids and is known as Canuck Place. This is a beautiful building that was featured previously. click here if you want to read that entry.

1925 was the year that Rudolph Valentino judged a tango competition in Vancouver.

Arthur 'Sparks' Holstead was granted a license to operate a 10-watt radio station in Nanaimo in 1923. In 1925 Holstead packed the transmitter in a suitcase, brought it to Vancouver and went on the air. Today we know the station as CKWX.

This was built in 1910 and was originally home to Mitchell and Cahill Grocers.
The first seaplane flight from Montreal to Vancouver occurred in 1925 and it took eight days.

In 1926 the Joe Fortes Memorial Fountain was placed in Alexandra Park. As you may remember from a previous entry Fortes was a much loved lifeguard. Much of the cost of the fountain was raised by local schoolchildren donating pennies. By the way, the fountain was carved by sculptor Charles Marega and there is a photo of it on the entry. (you have to scroll down)

A Wurlitzer pipe organ was shipped from the factory in Tonawanda, New York in 1927. This instrument had thirteen sets of pipes and it arrived here safely for installation in the new Orpheum theatre. And today it has the distinction of being the only pipe organ in Canada that is still in the theater it was originally installed in.

On October 17, 1927 a business magazine entitled the Journal of Commerce ran an editorial against skyscraper buildings in Vancouver. The writer would be horrified if he could see the city's skyline now!

On January 1, 1928 Ivy Granstorm made her first entry into the Polar Bear Swim. (People wade into the icy waters of English Bay every New Year's Day. Personally I have never done it and don't plan on trying) Granstorm was sixteen years and had been born blind. She was to partake in the Polar Bear Swim for seventy- seven consecutive years.

I hope you find the beauty around you.

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