Sports

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Object id: 
LF.40468

B&W photograph depicts fish on a rocky shore with fishing poles.

Hand written caption on original negative sleeve read, "Fish caught in Salmon River" with caption: "(Along the 'P.G.E.' in the old days, taken out of the PGE file).

Date: 
[1894 - 1920]
Source: 
Landauer, Barbara
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Object id: 
LF.40467

B&W photograph depicts two men on the bank of a river with a trout jumping out of the water in the foreground.  P.G.E. Ry stands for the Pacific Great Eastern Railway.

Date: 
[1894 - 1920]
Source: 
Landauer, Barbara
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                CL:         So looking back at life in those days what do you have to say about it?
 
                RL:         I think we’re very lucky, I was very lucky. I lived in the city where my grandmother used to walk from Haro Street down through the forest to Stanley Park and the English Bay, there were no streets. And I was just telling them, looking here out the window, that I went to King George High School. I walked from Denman and Comox where we lived pretty well, all the way up to King George which is Burrard and home for lunch and back up again and back down again. And then after that we would walk along Denman and along Georgia and into Stanley Park and out to Point Grey and play grass hockey for an hour after school. And then walk all the way back. And that’s the kind of, nobody was spoiled in those years because you did those things.
 
CL:         No.
 
Unidentified man: And you were taught how to swim by the famous Joe Fortes.
 
RL:         Oh yes, Old Black Joe [Joe Fortes was a well-loved swimming teacher and lifeguard at English Bay. Many people respectfully called him ‘Old Black Joe’].
 
CL:         Is that right, eh?
 
RL:         Yeah, yeah. He taught my aunt, he taught my aunts to swim, he taught me to swim.
 
CL:         So what were the sports? Grass hockey was popular then?
 
RL:         I happened to be one of those that was interested in sports. There weren’t too many, I don’t think there were many Jewish girls who were interested in sports. My father had been a baseball player in the United States, so he always taught me…That’s a funny story. I went to Lord Roberts. I was probably the only Jewish girl in Lord Roberts and I was short and fat and not the most popular of all. And this was in the lower grades and baseball was the great game. And so whenever they picked the side, you know, you stood there and you’d be chosen.
 
Unidentified woman: Yeah right.
 
RL:         I’d be the last one to get chosen. So, but my father always loved to play ball with, you know, he’d pitch a ball and I’d catch it, because I wasn’t a boy and he was frustrated. So it’s what we did. Anyway, one day the pitcher, something happened to the pitcher so I said, “Well, I’d like to try pitching.” And they sort of laughed, “Ha, ha, ha.” Well, I put a strike out every time I threw a ball.
 
Unidentified woman: [Laughs].
 
RL:         Suddenly I became from the least desirable to the most desirable. But that wasn’t the end of the story. We were playing Dawson School and I guess Dawson School was gone by now. You don’t even know where it is, do you?
 
CL:         That was up here too, wasn’t it?
 
RL:         Yeah, on Burrard Street.
 
CL:         I remember, sure.
 
RL:         We were playing Dawson School and I had never told my father of the success that I had had. I was a little ashamed of it in a way because, you know, [I didn’t want to tell]. I was hot, as hot as you can imagine. Every one of those things was a strike I was putting in. Suddenly, I look up over the fence and who’s standing on the other side…
 
Unidentified woman: Your father!
 
RL:         My father. I blew, I couldn’t throw a ball. They put me out in the field again. But no, I always loved sports. Basketball I played for, basketball for high school. I played grass hockey for high school.
 
Unidentified man: You played it at UBC?
 
RL:         Yeah, I played basketball for UBC. I loved…Oh, tennis, we used to get up at four o’clock in the morning and walk down to Stanley Park and play for two hours before school and then walk up to school.

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Object id: 
LF.39776

B&W photograph depicts people playing a game of baseball on a grassy field at an Alaska Pine Co. Ltd. workers retreat.

Date: 
July 16, 1951
Source: 
Landauer, Barbara
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Object id: 
LF.39766

B&W photograph depicts people playing a game of baseball on a grassy field at an Alaska Pine Co. Ltd. workers retreat.

Date: 
July 16, 1951
Source: 
Landauer, Barbara
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CP:         Now what activities did you participate in as a child?
 
RW:       Well, I liked swimming, I liked riding my bike. When it came to sports at Kitsilano High I was in the semi-finals in the running broad jump, in four different items, so very active physically.
 
CP:         Yes, I can see that.
 
RW:       Certainly when it came to university because we lived on Cornwall Street near the pool and didn’t have a, I didn’t have a car, in order to get to university I had to hike from the beach right up to Broadway everyday and back again.
 
CP:         That’s a hike up that hill [laughs].
 
RW:       A lot of physical activity there, I can tell you.
 
CP:         Absolutely.
 
RW:       And later on I joined a carpool and it was better.
 
CP:         Well, you’ve answered several of the questions I was going to ask you.
 
RW:       As far as Jewish items are concerned I was active in Young Judaea at the time. I think I was president at the time. And participated in a lot of activities. Oh, I used to like tennis particularly. I played a lot of tennis in Kitsilano beach…
 
CP:         Yes, of course.
 
RW:       And at English Bay too.

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                  HS:           Other things like big presents like my mom and dad would go away and come back and Audrey and I were each given an English bike, a Raleigh, and they were beautiful.
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               HW:       I was always a good, good athlete. When, in the early years, when we used to go to the rink in Winnipeg. Do you know Winnipeg at all?
 
 
CL:         Oh yeah, born in Winnipeg, brought up in Winnipeg.
 
HW:       Oh yes, well, you know the Drewery’s? Yeah, right by Drewery, alongside of the brewery. We used to go there Saturday night, all the Jewish crowd at that time. We’d all skate together. The Weidmans, the Wodlingers, the Zimmermans, the whole flock. And we’d skate there until whatever time, 11, 11:30 and about every three or four weeks we’d have a hockey game between the Weidmans and the Wodlingers. We had a team each.
 
CL:         [There was enough of you].
 
HW:       We had to bring in one boy only from Selkirk that was one of Sam Wodlinger’s, he was a goalkeeper for the Selkirk team. He used to come and play goal for us. Weidmans had a full compliment. We used to play…and all these Jewish people stayed to see these games, you know, after the skating time was over we’d take over the ice and have a game.

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                Judy Zaitzow was interviewed with her sister Dorothy Grad and Michael Zaitzow.
 
                DG:        Yeah, let me go back a little bit to our growing up years. Some of the activities that we did that which we haven’t talked about. Lillian and Judy were both excellent tennis players. Judy to this day still plays tennis. She never put her tennis racquet down. I put mine down and picked it up again at age 40 and played for about 15 years until I wrecked a knee. But Judy has carried on doing that. But I think these are sort of important activities that sort of carry on. And there’s a core of people who have carried on. I know some people sort of picked it up later on.
 
 
JZ:          But we were interested in tennis because our mother was a tennis player.
 
DG:        Yeah.
 
JZ:          And she got to the city finals in about 1912 or something so I mean, you know, that’s how we picked it up. But I used to, that was another activity we used to do in Stanley Park. They boys, we’d go down and play tennis with the boys when we were growing up.
 
DG:        Yeah, yeah, the boys were good tennis players.
 
JZ:          You know like Norman Archek and…
 
DG:        Will Becker.
 
JZ:          Will Becker who built western indoor tennis, I mean, you know, and he to this day plays brilliant and one of his kids was on the tour. And…Norman and who else played? Izzy Diamond played, we all played. I mean, we all went and played tennis when we were kids and I just never stopped. I stopped for about five years while I had children.

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                ID:          I know that you were instrumental in getting the Gleneagles Golf Course going, tell me about that and the Richmond Golf Course.
 
                EL:          Well, the Gleneagles Golf Course, we’d reached a stage where we had quite a few fellows playing and they were playing at the public golf course and a bottle of scotch got you on and if you didn’t have a bottle of scotch you had to go line up under an umbrella and Dave Sears came to me and said, “This estate has Gleneagles for sale.” I think they wanted 52 or $53,000 for it and I called two or three meetings at our house with Dave Sears and there was Alfie Evans, Meyer Brown, Norman Brown, the whole crowd was there then and the interesting thing was that we had a hell of a time persuading them that if they put up $500 a piece you might buy it and while this as going on they were investigating and searching title. I put up $500. A friend of mine ran the trust company at that time, I went to see him and he incorporated a group there and he held the shares in trust and over a period of time we were able to collect enough money from guys to pay off $50,000. That was the beginning of the golf course. We bought this property with 30 lots surveyed complete.

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