William Reid Owen • 1924

[b. Nov 25, 1864, Ontario; arrived Vancouver 1899;d. Mar 22, 1949, Vancouver.]

Vancouver’s mayor in the mid-decade of the Roaring Twenties was strongly identified with one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, Mount Pleasant. At the time he became mayor, Owen was a realtor and insurance agent there, and earlier had been its first blacksmith. His years in office were the first really good years economically since the postwar slump. Both public and private sources moved to develop recreational facilities and entertainment centres, building parks and golf courses. The number of movie houses grew rapidly. Owen was the first Vancouver mayoralty candidate to use radio in his campaign. He gave a ten minute speech over Station CJCE. Before becoming mayor, Owen was on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver General Hospital and held an insurance policy with the VGH as beneficiary worth $10,000.

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