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For 90 years the Delta Optimist has been serving the community of Delta with the best of local news, sports, entertainment and advertising. We are proud to be part of a vibrant community and look forward to many more years of partnership.

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Celebrating 90 years Published every Wednesday & Friday by the Delta Optimist, a division of LMP Publication Limited Partnership #207 - 4840 Delta Street, Delta, BC V4K 2T6 Phone 604-946-4451 Fax 604-946-5680 www.delta-optimist.com

Publisher: Lori Chalmers lchalmers@delta-optimist.com Editor: Ted Murphy editor@delta-optimist.com

Welcome to the Delta Optimist’s 90th Anniversary feature. Celebrating a 90-year span in any business is quite a feat these days. Over nine decades, the Optimist has chronicled Delta’s evolution from a sleepy village to the bustling and vibrant suburban municipality it is today.

Our special anniversary magazine showcases the evolution of the newspaper and the community. On the following pages you will find articles about significant events in the municipality’s history, interesting information about the newspaper’s history, along with advertisements and photos that

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The main cover photo features Edgar Dunning working at the Model 5 Linotype machine in 1945. Dunning was just 12 when his family moved to Ladner in 1922 to start the Optimist. He returned to the community in 1930 and began his lengthy career with the family paper where he took on various roles over the years. The other photos are courtesy of the Delta Museum and Archives.

Reporters: Sandor Gyarmati sgyarmati@delta-optimist.com Dave Willis dwillis@delta-optimist.com Jessica Kerr jkerr@delta-optimist.com Photographer: Chung Chow photos@delta-optimist.com Sales Manager: Dave Hamilton dhamilton@delta-optimist.com Sales Representatives: John Gallinger jgallinger@delta-optimist.com Ruth VanBruksvoort rbruks@delta-optimist.com Features Manager: Bob Ferguson bferguson@delta-optimist.com Sales Support: Linda Calendino lcalendino@delta-optimist.com Office Manager: Trish Factor pfactor@delta-optimist.com

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Table of Contents In the beginning Edgar Dunning The Bexley years Corporate ownership Nine decades of news: 1920s & ’30s 1940s to ’60s 1970s & ’80s 1990s & ’00s An evolving design Delta circa 1922 Early Optimist employees Reflections from former staff From our office to your door Awards The Optimist team Online Optimist In the community A look ahead

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will provide a glimpse into the daily life of years gone by. So help celebrate by taking a step back in time with us. We hope you enjoy reading the magazine as much as we did putting it together. Happy 90th birthday, Delta Optimist! Lori Chalmers Publisher

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Dunnings came west to Delta to open The Weekly Optimist Board of trade invitation prompted family move from Alberta

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It was 90 years ago that Vincent Clesson Dunning accepted an invitation from the Delta Board of Trade (the predecessor of the Delta Chamber of Commerce) to start a newspaper to fill the vacancy left after the demise of the Delta Times in 1914. Dunning, trained as a printer in his youth in southern Manitoba, closed the weekly Globe in Barons, 35 miles north of Lethbridge, Alberta, and sold the Sun he had started in Carmangay, 10 miles north of Barons. In January of 1922, he arrived on the West Coast, found the equipment he needed in Vancouver to produce a small newspaper and installed it in the former saloon of the Ladner Hotel, at the corner of today’s 48th Avenue and Delta

Street, just a block from where the Optimist has its offices today. The first issue of the Weekly Optimist, published on March 23, 1922, consisted of four pages. About 500 copies were printed. In February of 1923, Dunning announced in the new paper that he was leaving to look after publications he had started in Cloverdale, Langley and White Rock. He turned over ownership of the Optimist to his wife, Gertrude Dunning, whose name appears as publisher in the first issue of March that year. She became the first female publisher of a B.C. weekly newspaper. Vincent Dunning eventually made his way to California but never returned to Ladner. To reduce costs, the new publisher moved

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Gertrude Dunning is shown in this photograph from the 1940s with her three sons: Edgar (left), Bill (middle) and Eric (right). the printing plant and the home she shared with her three sons to a two-storey building owned by Edgar Fenton beside the Odd Fellows Hall on Delta Street. Its neighbours were a jewelry store and the Royal Bank of Canada on the north and Craig’s Bakery on the south. The three Dunning boys particularly appreciated the bakery for they could count on getting baked goods that had not been sold. The printing equipment

was installed in the south half of the lower floor with the front part of the north side rented to various businesses. Walter Creech sold real estate there until 1927 when Neil McDiarmid, retired after 26 years as Delta’s municipal clerk, opened a general insurance office in the space. Other people rented it in the 14 years the Optimist occupied the building. See Dunnings page 5 The Delta Optimist 90th Anniversary

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Dunnings came west to start Optimist The upper floor provided the Dunning home of three bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and big pantry, but no bathroom. The only toilet for the family was located on the lower floor, which meant a jaunt outside and down the stairs when nature called. The Fenton building was home until 1938, when the Dunnings were able to purchase the former Methodist Church property where the post office is now located. The printing equipment was moved into the church building — which prompted comments from other pub-

lishers about expecting high and noble thoughts from the publication — and the Dunnings moved into the former manse. Edgar, the oldest of the three Dunning boys, officially began work at the Optimist in 1930 after two years in northern B.C., part of that employed by the Prince Rupert Evening Empire and its competing newspaper, the Daily News. The eldest Dunning boy served the paper in many capacities over the years, including reporter, editor, printer and pressman, as well as bill collector, before taking over as publisher

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Edgar Dunning officially began working for the Optimist in 1930. in 1942. He sold part interest in the paper to Ernie Bexley in 1964 and later divested all his holdings, but rejoined the Optimist family as

a columnist in the early 1990s. He continued to write his popular weekly Rambling column until his passing in 2010 at the age of 100.

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Oldest Dunning boy had long association with newspaper Iconic Edgar continued to write column until he was 100 By Sandor Gyarmati Edgar Clesson Dunning is a name that will always be synonymous with the Delta Optimist. Born in Elbow, Saskatchewan, on Jan. 7, 1910, Dunning came to Delta as a 12-year-old when his dad, Vincent Dunning, started the Weekly Optimist at the invitation of the Delta Board of Trade. Not only was Dunning there at the beginning way back in 1922, but he continued his relationship with the newspaper until passing away in the fall of 2010 at the age of 100. In fact, his last Rambling column, a popular weekly staple of the paper, ran on the day he died. Dunning, who had two younger brothers, Bill and Eric, graduated from King George High School in Ladner. In his younger years, Dunning worked in central B.C. at the Premier Gold Mine before ending up at a newspaper in Prince Rupert. He moved back to Ladner in 1930 to learn the printing business and begin a lengthy career at the Optimist where he served in a variety of capacities. Dunning not only had a long career as a journalist, but he played an important role in the 6

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When he was editor of the Optimist in 1955, Edgar Dunning was interviewed for the CBC Radio program Canadian Scene. He described life in what was then the small rural town of Delta. Dunning witnessed and reported on the many changes in Delta, including the dramatic transformation that began following the opening of the George Massey Tunnel four years after that radio interview. growing community of Delta, founding and supporting a host of organizations. As he grew older and provided a vital link to Delta’s past for new generations, he was

often referred to as a “treasure” or an “icon” and was revered by many. Dunning’s razor-sharp memory for historical details was accompanied by charm and a

wry smile, all matched by a quick wit, making him Delta’s favourite storyteller. “To me, Edgar was just an absolutely consummate gentleman who had an astounding memory and great talent and commitment to his community,” Delta South MLA Vicki Huntington said shortly after his passing in 2010. Mayor Lois Jackson said those he worked and spent time with cherished Dunning’s jovial, good-humoured personality, and his personal and intimate knowledge of Delta’s history and ability to share it was truly touching. “Edgar’s lifelong dedication to the betterment, heritage and preservation of Delta is remarkable,” Jackson said. George Affleck, general manager of the B.C. and Yukon Community Newspapers Association, said Dunning was an important figure in the industry. Dunning joined the B.C. Weekly Newspapers Association in 1931 and was its youngest president. He also served as director of the Canadian Weekly Newspapers Association and was chairman of the B.C. Weekly Newspaper Advertising Bureau. See Edgar page 7 The Delta Optimist 90th Anniversary

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Edgar kept on ‘Rambling’ until the end In 1961 he was appointed editor of the Pacific regional edition of CBC Radio’s Neighbourly News, a program that ran for 26 years. Following the death of Eric in 1971, Dunning assumed the duties of executor of his brother’s estate, which included the Coquitlam Herald and Maple Ridge Gazette, where he was active in managing. Also active in Delta life, Dunning was a former president of the Delta Board of Trade, now the Delta Chamber of Commerce. Dunning was also one of the founding members of the Delta Historical and Museum

Society, and its first president when the museum opened with much fanfare in the old municipal hall building in Ladner in 1969. He was involved with many groups, including the Kinsmen Club of Ladner, which he helped form in 1935, becoming its president four years later. He was named a life member of the club in 1961 and in 2009 received Kin Canada’s highest honour when was named a Hal Rogers Fellow. He was also one of the founders of the Delta Community Band Society. Dunning married Elsie

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Ernie and Bea Bexley spent time in Hawaii after selling the Optimist in 1990.

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Ltd. in 1990. Bexley retired after the sale, enjoying his time on the golf course in Beach Grove and Hawaii. He died in 1998 at the age of 82. In an article for the Optimist’s 70th anniversary in 1992, Bexley said when he arrived in South Delta, the community was generally isolated from the rest of the Lower Mainland. He said the first few years proved difficult as a small population limited the number of pages the newspaper could publish.

He pointed to the residential and commercial growth in Tsawwassen in the early 1970s as the catalyst for the increase in the Optimist’s size. Bexley said the paper grew along with the community. The Bexley years at the Optimist were truly a family affair, with wife Bea, son Peter and daughter Lynn all employed at the paper. With an increase in the number of staff and circulation in the early 1980s, the Optimist office next to the post office on Ladner’s 48th

Avenue was no longer adequate. Bexley moved the operation in 1986 to a location it occupied on Ladner Trunk Road until 2006. Bexley was heavily involved in the community during his tenure at the Optimist. He served on Delta council and was president of the Delta Chamber of Commerce and the Tsawwassen and Ladner business associations. He was also a member of the parks and recreation commission, the Rotary Club of Ladner and the Masonic Order. The Delta Optimist 90th Anniversary

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Optimist part of Glacier chain Family run for first 70 years, newspaper has been owned by LMP for the last two decades Publishing was founded that year, bringing together a diverse group of a dozen Greater Vancouver newspapers under one banner. The Optimist continues as part of that chain, which is now owned Glacier Media Group. Although the Optimist is part of a larger entity, the newspaper maintains its autonomy and small town feel. The chain’s head office, which is in Vancouver, provides direction and co-ordination, but leaves

the day-to-day operations to the publishers. For the first 11 years of Lower Mainland Publishing’s ownership, Tsawwassen resident Tom Siba served as publisher, succeeded by Randall Taylor in 2001. When Taylor left in 2007, current publisher Lori Chalmers took over. Chalmers, who is also publisher of the Richmond News, arrived in Delta from the Vancouver Sun. The other newspapers in the LMP

Publisher Lori Chalmers chain are: Vancouver Courier, North Shore News, Surrey-North Delta Now, Burnaby Now, Abbotsford Times, Chilliwack Times, Coquitlam Now, Langley Advance, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times and the New Westminster Record.

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Oil hopes dashed in first issue Speculators disappointed test well in Boundary Bay fizzles The first edition of the Weekly Optimist on March 23, 1922 carried a big story at the time, one which could have drastically altered the community’s future: Speculators were counting on oil flowing from the Boundary Bay area. The front page story read: “Prospects of Oil Flow at Boundary Bay Well — Uncapping Took Place on Sunday and visitors were many.” The story noted 1,000 people, many being Vancouverites, showed up for the uncapping of a test well “with the hope that there might

be sufficient force from local Royal Bank being the gas and oil below to robbed of $40,000 to blow out the accumula$100,000 worth of setion of mud and water, curities. It was estimatbut, so far, that expeced that it took thieves tation has five hours not been to work realized.” their way Optimist through Some of the years through the other an 18stories inch brick that ran in that iswall to reach the vault. sue included the Odd Many of the stories Fellows and Ladies that ran throughout the enjoying their annual decade weren’t dissimibanquet and a meeting lar to what community being held in Smith’s newspapers publish Theatre by a group today, including what interested in forming a was discussed by the local baseball league. school board. However, The following issue ran short information pieces a huge story on the on locals, such as who

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returned from a trip or who held an informal birthday party, are no longer seen in today’s papers. One of the biggest stories of the decade was the near destruction of Ladner’s Chinatown due to a fire. An article in July of 1929 reported: “Fanned by a tremendous wind, the fire burned like lightning through the dry wood and the damage was all done before fire fighting equipment of Vancouver could reach the scene. Calls for help came soon after the blaze was discovered.”

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Gold rush didn’t last too long What began Tuesday afternoon was over by Wednesday evening The stories were many and varied in the Optimist as the municipality gradually grew during the 1930s. Coverage included complaints by local potato growers over prices, a “softball epidemic” striking Delta as many teams were formed, concerns about water rates and a call for a bridge to Vancouver. Mill rates were always big news. In 1938, the Optimist reported Delta was the location of one of the shortest gold rushes in the history of the

province. It started on from the assayers late Tuesday afternoon in Wednesday afternoon. May and was all over The samples contained, by Wednesday evening. according to the report, “It all startabout 0.1 ed when ounce George of gold Optimist through Westwood, the years to the who was ton. This working would with Robert Genge, give a ton of the ore a Aubrey Cammadge and value of 35 cents, the Samuel Cory in digging price of gold being 35 a ditch along the Point cents an ounce... More Roberts Road near the than twenty claims Delta municipal gravel were staked on Wednespit, turned up some day by Delta residents, ‘flaky yellow stuff’ all of whom hoped that which they thought was the gravel in the area gold... would contain high val“Then came the report ues of gold.”

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The following year the Optimist reported on the opening of Delta’s new school center, the Ladner Junior-Senior High School. Also in 1939, the Optimist reported Delta received news of the Second World War calmly and was determined to do its part. “As this shock wore off residents of Delta faced the realities of the situation with a grim determination to do their share in the Empire’s struggle against Nazism,” an Optimist article stated.

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1922-2012 Delta Optimist’s 90thAnniversary It only cost two bits to see the motion pictures at Ladner’s Parish Hall, according to this Optimist ad from 1931. Home Gas attempted to attract customers by extolling the virtues of its product in this 1933 ad, while an Optimist subscription campaign (yes, you once had to pay for delivery of the paper) in 1938 was intended to create some interest.

Congratulations Delta Optimist Congratulations to the Delta Optimist for reaching an incredible 90 year milestone! From your inception as “The Weekly Optimist” in 1922 to the publication you are today, the Delta Optimist is an integral community newspaper known by many as the voice of Delta.

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Air field supported war efforts

Some of the stories under the name Vancoucovered by the Optiver Wireless Station. mist during the 1940s Also reported was the included Ladner being drive to have a crossing established as a Second built linking Delta with World War air training the rest of the Lower field under the British Mainland, including the Commonefforts of wealth Air the LowTraining Optimist through er FraPlan. the years ser River In 1945, Crossing VJ Day was Improveheralded by siren blasts ment Association. It throughout Delta. The was a group of volunBoundary Bay Airport teers that originally had also had its biggest air been part of the Delta show yet with 20,000 Board of Trade before people in attendance. forming an independent The airport was transassociation in 1948. ferred to the Royal The group was formed Canadian Corps of Sigwith Paul Dirks as its nals in 1949 and began president and George operations as a signals Massey, who visualized intelligence station having a tunnel when

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A Second World War air training field was established at what’s now known as Boundary Bay Airport. he moved here in the mid-1930s, as the vicepresident. Stories also ran about the community’s unhappiness over the level of service with the Ladner ferry across the Fraser River. During the 1940s Delta

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The biggest story of the 1950s was the construction and opening of the George Massey Tunnel. When the project was announced in 1956, the Optimist reported an elated Clarence Taylor, president of the board of trade, predicted the tunnel would usher in a new era of prosperity and growth for Delta. “The next few years should show an expansion in this district that will be little short of phenomenal. There will be many problems that accompany this expan-

sion but I feel that we are fully capable of dealing with them when they come,” Taylor said. The four-lane, $23-million crossing was also seen as great Optimist through news in the years that it would relieve the steadily increasing traffic strain on other routes, including the Patullo Bridge. Elected Delta’s Social Credit MLA in September 1956, ardent tunnel promoter George Massey would proclaim, “When it is finished, 600,000 residents of the Vancouver area will never have to go

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A decade of growth in Delta In the decade after the George Massey Tunnel opened, the Optimist reported how civic politicians grappled with a flood of development applications and differing ideas on what should be allowed. In the early 1960s, Delta council fired planner Bob Williams, who was reportedly a disciple of the “stop sprawl” school. Unhappy about the decision, then alderman Carl Liden stated developers had been asking for Williams to be axed for some time. In 1964, the future of

Delta was a hot topic as politicians endorsed a consultant’s report recommending North Delta and South Delta be promoted primarily as Optimist through the years singlefamily residential communities. Growth, in fact, was so rapid in those days that when a 1,000-home Ladner subdivision was proposed in the spring of 1969, then mayor Dugald Morrison said Delta was “overwhelmed” with new housing and needed to digest what it already had.

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The school board farmland by the provcouldn’t keep up with ince to support it. The the flood of new stuconstruction of municidents and pal hall frontneeded to build ing Highway 17 more schools, was also one of often opening the big stories several in a of the decade. single year. Then reeve It was the Clarence Taylor decade B.C. told the Optimist the future Ferries opened hall would be its terminal in “light, functionTsawwassen Harness racing al and attracand Highway ceased at Pattive.” 17 was added erson Park in Other stories to the landthe late 1960s. included the scape. Other big stogrand opening of the Tsawwassen Golf ries were the construcand Country Club, while tion of the superport the last harness race at Roberts Bank and at Paterson Park took the expropriation of place in the late ‘60s. thousands of acres of This ad was originally published in the Wednesday, May 25, 1966 edition.

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Rough introduction for ALR Delta MLA gets earful as NDP attempts to protect farmland The biggest story to the response from local kick off the 1970s was farmers, property ownthe official opening of ers and developers was the coal port at Roberts overwhelmingly negaBank. It was an excittive. ing time as thousands “I am against Bill 42 attended the ceremony, because it transfers and including then prime centralizes power. It minister Pierre Trudeau puts it in the hands of and then a five-man, premier nameless, W.A.C. faceless Optimist through Bennett. the years commisThe 55sion that is acre bulk not elected loading facility, referred by the people. That is to as the Roberts Bank not putting power in the superport, had an hands of the people; it estimated cost of $9 is taking power out of million. Operated by the hands of the peoWestshore Terminals, ple,” said local farmer a wholly-owned subsidMike Guichon at one of iary of Kaiser Resourcthe many public meetes, the port was one ings that year. of the largest deep-sea The person receiving facilities in the world. the most criticism was Another story of huge Carl Liden, Delta’s NDP significance in the MLA. Liden didn’t get 1970s was the introduc- much mercy at a heated tion of the Agricultural public meeting in March Land Reserve, which of 1973 at Sacred covered over 8,000 Heart Church, where hectares (46 per cent) more than 1,000 people of Delta’s land base. showed up to voice their When the highly contro- anger. At that gatherversial Bill 42, the Land ing, farmers and landCommission Act, was in- owners were critical troduced in early 1973, of the New Democrats,

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Spetifore farm in eye of storm The Spetifore property ALR during that period, made news throughout the commission opthe 1980s, from its posed only the Spetifore removal from the Agriparcel, the Optimist cultural reported. Land In an inReserve Optimist through terview in early the years 1981, ownin the er George decade to Spetifore a record-breaking public cited several reasons hearing for a housing for the exclusion, indevelopment in 1989. cluding poor soil quality. The Social Credit He said the land was cabinet overruled the classified by the ALC in Agricultural Land Comthe lower soil ratings, mission and removed and he also pointed out the property from the the property was in a ALR. Out of more than salt area built up from 8,200 acres of land in the Strait of Juan de B.C. pulled out of the Fuca.

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Double murder shocks Tsaw. A grisly double murder in Tsawwassen and an effort to turn Burns Bog into the next Pacific National Exhibition were among the big stories of the 1990s. A 1992 murder trial saw teenagers Derik Lord, David Muir and Darren Huenemann all convicted in the slayings of Huenemann’s mother and grandmother in an inheritance plot. Only Muir has since been released. In 1999, two years after the Burns Bog Conservation Society presented a 25,000-name petition to the B.C. government to preserve the bog, a proposal was

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Protests dominate landscape The community was effort fell just short, galvanized early in the although voters made 2000s when Fraser their feelings known Health announced plans in the 2005 provinto shut down Delta Hos- cial election by almost pital’s ER voting overnight. her out. It sparked Optimist through Roddick’s the years main rallies and a recall oppocampaign against benent, councillor Vicki sieged Liberal MLA Val Huntington, lost that Roddick, who refused election, but would to resign even though come out victorious it initially appeared the four years later against recall had reached its Liberal cabinet minister target. Wally Oppal. “That isn’t why I went More protests followed into this business,� she in 2008 when thoutold the Optimist. “I sands attended a rally took on the job because dubbed the Spirit of I felt I owed that to the South Delta. It was origcommunity.� inally supposed to be It turned out the recall a rally against higher

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The hospital would see its ER maintained around the clock, although it lost its acute care status for several years. Perhaps the most significant story of the decade going forward was the signing of the Tsawwassen First Nation treaty.

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1928 This October 25, 1928 edition of the Weekly Optimist is typical of that era. The front page features display and classified ads, no photographs and small headlines.

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1985 This February 1, 1985 edition of the Delta Optimist Week Ender marked a switch to a tabloid format as well as the introduction of spot colour.

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Happy 90th Birthday to the Delta Optimist The Business Improvement Association of Tsawwassen congratulates the Delta Optimist for 90 years serving the community.

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A different Delta back in ’22 When the Optimist began in 1922, Delta was community of 3,500 that lived off the Fraser River, Chilukthan Slough and the land surrounding the waterways. Fish canneries were abundant in the early ’20s because of the large numbers of sockeye salmon in the Fraser. And even though the number of cases being shipped from local canneries was declining rapidly by 1922, they still employed a large number of the municipality’s residents. Farming was the other large industry of the

era. Delta’s fertile soil attracted many people to the area, and by 1922 the farms stretched from the Fraser to East Delta. When the fishing and farming industries became successful in Delta, others moved in and tried their luck. A sawmill was constructed and ran until 1929. Pacific Milk Company opened a creamery, operating it until 1928. Another company believed it could find oil and natural gas in Boundary Bay, although it shut down by the end of 1922, when all four wells that were drilled came up dry.

New industries brought new people, which meant more settlements further from the river. The big store was Lanning, Fawcett and Wilson. Located on Chisholm Street, it sold everything from clothing to groceries, claiming to have “everything necessary to furnish the home.” Municipal hall was located in the centre of the community, at the corner of Delta and Bridge streets, in the building that now houses the Delta Museum. At the time, it was also home to the jail, which was located downstairs. The roads in 1922 were

rock and gravel, mainly because there were few cars. The main form of transportation at that time was horses, so there was no immediate need for paved roads. The only road that was paved was Trunk Road, which was paved in 1920. A boardwalk was constructed to allow residents to get around without being splashed by the horses, but it was torn down in 1925. For anyone wanting to travel to Vancouver or New Westminster, they could hitch a ride on the 40-car sternwheeler that plied the Fraser River.

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Richmond and South Delta. The group’s efforts resulted in the construction of the George Massey Tunnel. Eccles died a few weeks before the 1956 announcement that a tunnel would be built and his ashes were scattered on the Fraser River at the site of the tunnel. One of the most interesting characters Dunning remembered was reporter George Palmer, who left the Optimist in the 1940s to write for the Moscow Daily News in Russia. Saying Palmer, an ardent communist, was a good writer and reporter, Dunning recalled that as soon as he applied for a passport “all the excitement broke out” at the office. “In those days, anybody applying to work in a communist country alerted the RCMP, so everyone of us connected with Palmer at the Optimist was investigated by the police, with Palmer too,” he said.

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Over its 90 years in business, the Optimist has seen its fair share of employees come through the doors. In the fall of 2010, just weeks before his death, longtime newspaperman Edgar Dunning sat down to reminisce about some of the more interesting staff members from the early days of the paper. “The staff always told me how much they enjoyed working at the Optimist during my period,” he said during the interview in his Ladner home/office. “We had some good ones.” Still able to remember the names of many employees during his days at the helm, Dunning said many reporters and editors hailed from England and came to Delta to hone their skills. One such former editor, Linton Eccles, became active with the Lower Fraser River Crossing Improvement Association, a group lobbying for a crossing between

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Siba brought Dunning home By Jessica Kerr Former publisher Tom Siba was the one responsible for bringing Edgar Dunning, who got out of the newspaper business in 1980 after selling the remainder of his interest in the Optimist, back into the fold. Siba, a longtime Tsawwassen resident, was running the South Delta Today when he approached Dunning about writing a column. When Siba took over the Optimist following the merger of the two papers through the formation of LMP, Dunning returned to writing for the paper his family

started. He maintained his weekly column until his death in October 2010. “I certainly never expected when I hired him that I would Publisher Lori Chalmers is flanked leave the by former publishers Tom Siba paper before (right) and Edgar Dunning. him,” said ers used by the editoSiba, who was rial staff. Siba went on at the helm from 1991 to work for Business until 2001. The paper went through in Vancouver for nine years before retiring. an extensive redesign after Siba took over and Both Siba and former reporter and editor Jeff he remembers bringing the operation up to date Beamish, who worked at the Optimist from by installing computers 1982 until ‘88, rememto replace the typewrit-

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We are proud to be part of Delta since 1983! Congratulations Delta Optimist On Your First 90 Years!

Dr. Joan Hansen has lived in Delta 29 years and Dr., Giulia DeVuono – 9 years. All of our staff have also lived in Delta for many years. Jen – 39; Page – 29; – Shelagh – 29; Lenore – 24; Kristie – 24; Cynthia – 23; and Cathy – 21.

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How it gets to your front door It takes a group effort to create each issue of the Delta Optimist. Here’s a look • What ends up in the Optimist’s pages can basically be broken down into two categories: ads and editorial content. Getting an ad into the paper — besides the classifieds — usually begins with talking to sales manager Dave Hamilton, sales representatives John Gallinger and Ruth VanBruksvoort or features manager Bob Ferguson. Once the ads are booked, a “dummy” of the paper is laid out. The dummy is essentially a blueprint of where each ad goes

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and how much editorial space is available on each page. • Reporters Sandor Gyarmati, Jessica Kerr and Dave Willis cover events, attend meetings and conduct interviews to gather information for stories. Sports editor Mark Booth covers local teams and athletes while Chung Chow is the staff photographer. Press releases, letters to the editor and photos are also submitted from the public for inclusion in the Optimist.

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1922-2012 Delta Optimist’s 90thAnniversary • Editor Ted Murphy goes over the finished stories. He also edits letters, opinion pieces and press releases in addition to writing an editorial column each issue. Next up is paginating the paper. Murphy puts most of the pages together (writing headlines, subheadlines and photo cutlines) while Kerr and Willis work on the paper’s Leisure & Lifestyles pages for each Friday edition. Booth takes care of laying out the sports pages. The production department combines the finished editorial pages with approved ads and sends the final pages to Kodiak Press.

• Once the press receives the pages they are configured and eventually sent to a computer to plate machine where lasers burn the electronic images onto an aluminum plate. The plates are processed (it takes four plates for a colour page) and then hung on the press. For a 24-page paper, for example, it would take about 45 minutes to run the job. The printed papers are cut to size and stacked into bundles for distribution before heading to a bindery for flyer insertions.

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The Delta Optimist 90th Anniversary

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Optimist marks 90th anniversary