Monday, August 4, 2014

More Tricks for 46

On July 7, 1946, Vancouver's first Jewish Home for the Aged - the Louis Brier Home - was opened by comedian and humanitarian, Eddie Cantor. Cantor also gave a benefit performance.

“Early Sunday on July 7, the stage and screen star and his snowy-haired wife, Ida, officially opened the Home at 1190 West Thirteenth, which was gaily decked in flags for the occasion.” This is from the website, the Jewish Bulletin. However, the original link seems to no longer be active.

Today, the Louis Brier Home is located at 1055 W 41st and some of today's photos are from there.

On July 13, British Columbia had a visit from Canada’s new Governor General, Field Marshal Viscount Alexander of Tunis. This popular, genuine war hero, was this country's last British GG.

In 1937, at the age of 45, Alexander had achieved the rank of major-general in the British army. He was the youngest to achieve that honour. He had a distinguished record in World War II, including commanding the rearguard during the Dunkirk evacuation, which made him the last man to leave France. Alexander also led the invasions of Sicily and Italy and was commander-in-chief in the Mediterranean in 1942.

As if that isn't impressive enough, the Governor General became the only white man in the history of the Pacific Coast to become a native chief with full tribal rites. While he was here, Alexander received a Kwakiutl thunderbird headdress and ceremonial blanket, and became Chief Nakupunkim.

On July 28, 1946, Beth Israel Cemetery opened.

The Cascades Drive-In Theatre opened in Burnaby on July 30, 1946. Cars began arriving two hours before the movie began to play and the first show was the 1944 movie, Home in Indiana. The theatre closed in 1980 and the site is now occupied by the Cascade Village Condominium project.

A Vancouver police officer who had been on the force since 1927, Walter Mulligan, became head of the department Criminal Investigation Bureau. Mulligan went on to become Chief of Police in 1947. I have written on Mulligan a few times, once here, once on the demise and once on the inquiry into his misdeeds. Mulligan has also been mentioned a few times. He was a man who played an important part in this city's history.

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

I hope you find the beauty around you.