It was the spring of 1949 and Commercial Drive -- after two long decades of Depression and War -- was reveling in the first flush of postwar prosperity: the stores were full and people finally had money to spend. No doubt, it was this very prosperity that drew Robert Harrison to the corner of First … Continue reading Shoot Out At First & Commercial
The one-and-a-half storey house at 1761 Grant was built under a $2,250 building permit issued to W.H. Creitz at the beginning of January 1910. By May it was on the market, described as having seven rooms “with every up-to-date convenience built in.” It was “not an ordinary house; come and see it; if you see it, … Continue reading Drugs and Booze: The Rowdy History of 1761 Grant Street
I was researching something this morning and came across the following story from "The Vancouver Daily World" of 10th January 1910 which illustrates what parts of Grandview and Vancouver were like at that time: ***** "A daring attempted holdup was made on a laundry driver Saturday night at 6 o'clock, when three men pointed three … Continue reading Daring Hold-Up In Grandview!