With the end of the war, the Boeing aircraft factory on Coal Harbour was primarily inactive. On November 5, 1945, it was sold to B.C. Packers. The intent was likely to use the building as housing for their fishing fleet. “The big building, the main Boeing plant before the war added the Sea Island hangar and shops [in Richmond], would be used for the present as a net and gear storage loft . . . The building has a 132-foot frontage on West Georgia, extending back to the water's edge.”
December 8, 1945 was the day that Vancouver lost one of the men who made this city great - Jonathan Rogers. Last month, I wrote a whole series on Rogers and here is one of the entries.
Also in 1945, Seattle brewer, Emil Sick, bought the Capilano Stadium. It was run down and in poor shape and didn't open until June 15, 1951.
The United Fisherman and Allied Workers union was organized in 1945.
Lansdowne racetrack was sold to the B.C. Turf and Country Club.
The first Cloverdale Rodeo was staged in 1945.
D. MacKay ended his six-year term as chief of the Vancouver Police Department and was succeeded by A.G. McNeill.
Walter Moberly Elementary School - built in 1911 - burned down in 1945. It as rebuilt in 1946 at 1000 East 59th Avenue.
W.H. Malkin stepped down as chair of the Board of Directors of the British Columbia Cancer Society. He was replaced by Dr. A. Maxwell Evans. Evans served in that position for the next 33 years.
The B.C. Power Commission was formed in 1945. This was good news to many British Columbians because the commission began extending electricity into rural areas.
This was the year that the city agreed to provide $1 million to build a new main library to replace the Carnegie building, which was built in 1901. The new library, however, wouldn't open until 1954.
Foon Sien Wong, a spokesman for Chinese rights, began the fight to get the vote for Chinese Canadians.
Mary Pack was dismayed by the lack of services for physically handicapped children in Vancouver. She started the B.C. Spastic Society, which would later become the B.C. Division of the Canadian Arthritis and Rheumatism Society in 1948.
1945 was an interesting year, a year full of changes. I want to thank the History of Metropolitan Vancouver website for the above information.
I hope you find the beauty around you.