Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Continuation of 1943

Built in 1910, 1435 Commercial Drive was originally known as Belmont Block.

On July 14, 1943, the Langley Memorial Hospital was incorporated.

In July of 1943, Canadian mining tycoon, Sir Harry Oakes was murdered in the Bahamas.

The first annual exhibition of the Vancouver Gladiolus Society happened on August 19.

Frank Plant drove Lord Stanley, Lady Stanley, Mayor Oppenheimer and his wife to the original dedication ceremonies of Stanley Park in 1888. On August 25, the Park held rededication ceremonies and once again Plant drove. As well, David Oppenheimer - great-nephew of Mayor David Oppenheimer - portrayed the mayor.

On September 8, Southam bought the Vancouver Daily Province.

Frederick William Howay (born Howie) died in New Westminster at the age of 75. Howay is known as a judge and historian. He started his life on November 25, 1867 in London, Ontario. His father came to B.C. in 1869 and his wife and children followed a year later.

Frederick practised law, served as a county court judge from 1907 to 1937 and wrote books and articles establishing him as the leading B.C. historian of his generation. Howay served as president of the Art, Historical and Scientific Association of Vancouver - the precursor to the Vancouver Museum - from 1910 to 1915. From 1923 until his death, Howay was a member of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and a UBC senator from 1915-1942.

Published in 1914, British Columbia from Earliest Times to Present by Frederick William Howay was the standard history of B.C. into the 1950s.

On October 6, Vancouver's water supply was chlorinated.

Percy W. Evans, his brother Ernest and cousin George Coleman came to B.C. from England in 1888. The trio opened a fuel and cement firm - Evans, Coleman and Evans - on Columbia Street. These enterprising gentlemen built the city's first deep-sea dock.

Percy and Ernest owned the Stanley and Manitoba hotels as well as an interest in the Plaza Theatre Building. A director of B.C. Telephone, Percy's other interests lay in communications. In 1910, Evans, Coleman and Evans was sold to a group of prominent business people including William Farrell and Frank Barnard.

Percy died in Los Angeles, California on October 21, 1943.

Thanks goes to the History of Metropolitan Vancouver website for the above information.

I hope you find the beauty around you.

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