Hy Aisenstat was born in Calgary on April 28, 1926 in Calgary. He was the son of a Russian emigre wholesale grocer. Hy started in sales then owned a small oil company. In 1955, Hy and his wife Barbara opened Hy's Steak House after getting a $3,000 loan. Five years later, Aisenstat came to Vancouver and opened Hy's at the Sands, then the Mansion (1979) and Hy's Encore.
Hy's of Canada united 12 companies with restaurants across Canada, Chicago, Honolulu, Palm Springs and Beverly Hills. Hy smoke ten Havan cigars daily and liked to call his restaurants 'saloons'. He played host to such celebrities as Marlene Dietrich, Louis Armstrong, Bob Hope and others. On August 11, 1988, Hy Aisenstat died in Vancouver.
Alexander had a unique way about him. In 1908, two South Vancouver residents came before Magistrate Alexander arguing about who owned a specific rooster. The Magistrate's solution was to set the rooster loose in the street and see which man he went to. He was an early, active member of the Royal Yacht Club. He died April 18, 1920.
Once the man got to New Westminster, he did odd jobs until 1870 when he went to work at the Hastings Mill Store. He rose quickly to the position of mill accountant then manager upon the death of Captain James Raymur. Alexander also served as justice of the peace, member of the Granville School Board and other various public positions before his death in Seattle on January 29, 1915.
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