If you have been reading some of my past entries, you may recognize the name Leonard Frank. In 1892, Frank came from Germany to Vancouver. The 22-year-old came in search of gold, but that didn't work out. Then he won a camera in a lottery. Frank's father was a professional photographer and taught the craft to his son.
Leonard began to take pictures and never stopped. He took nearly 50,000 photos of a previous British Columbia and his photos were works of clarity and beauty. On February 23, 1944, Leonard Frank passed away at the age of 74.
Another reason that Benny may have visited Vancouver is that his wife and comedic partner, Mary Livingstone, was from Vancouver. Then her name was Sadie Marks.
June 7, 1944. A letter was written by a medical officer on his experiences in Vancouver that day. It is a moving letter apparently in which the man describes how he escaped death a dozen times. Today, it hangs on the wall of the military/medical museum at Jericho and was printed in the Canadian Medical Association Journal for December 10, 2002.
The first two photos are of the apartment building on Hastings Street where Jack Benny met Sadie Marks.
Charles was the founder of the Buckland College on Burrard Street and educated people for a decade. After those ten years, Hill-Tout moved to a farm in the Abbotsford area where he owned and operated a mill producing ties for the CPR - Canadian Pacific Railway. A devoted amateur anthropologist, Charles focused on the Salish Indians of B.C. When the CPR asked Hill-Tout to name a new subdivision in Vancouver, he chose the name Kitsilano, a modification of the name of the chiefs of the Squamish band.
History of Metropolitan Vancouver website for the information on 1944 in Vancouver. I will tell you more on Wednesday.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
Karen Magill, Vancouver, 1944, History, Marpole Midden,ethnologist, Jack Benny, Sadie Marks, Charles Hill-Tout, Salish, Musqueam