The T. Eaton Co. announced on January 3, 1940 that the demolition of the old Vancouver Hotel at the corner of Granville and Georgia Streets would start immediately to make room for the new store. However, since vets stayed at the hotel after the war, demolition plans must have been delayed.
In February, officials dedicated Canada's first all-Chinese-language school at 571 East Georgia.
Coal Harbour Shipyards burned on March 28.
May 1, 1940 marked the first May Day Festival in Coquitlam.
Edward Beaton Cook died at about the age of 87 on May 2. Cook had come from Ontario and settled here when the city was still known as Gastown. This pioneer contractor was responsible for buildings such as our city's first bank at the corner of Hastings and Richards. (It was called the Bank of BC but has no connection to the present bank of that name) Cook also built the Imperial Building at Seymour and Hastings as well as our city's first large apartment building, Douglas Lodge, at Granville and West 12.
Calori was born in Italy in 1860 then came to Victoria in 1882 before arriving in the new city of Vancouver in 1886.
June 16 we Vancouverites celebrated our first Father's Day.
The St. Roch was built in North Vancouver in 1928 as an RCMP patrol ship for Western Arctic operations. She sailed out of Vancouver on June 23, 1940 and sailed to Sydney, Nova Scotia and through the Canadian Arctic. When she returned to our city two years later the St. Roch became the first vessel to travel the Northwest Passage in both directions.
In case you are wondering, I did not go out and get these photos for this story. Last summer when I wrote on the Mountainview Cemetery I happened to take these photos and they have been on my computer ever since.
I hope you find the beauty around you.