The 1940s:

When $200 took you places

Keith Beedie and his partner bought their first 50-foot lot in Marpole from the City of Vancouver for $190. Plans for their new shop were drawn up over the weekend and approved on Monday morning by City Hall. With the generosity and support of their mentor, Wally Hammond, two 19-year-old men started their company.

The concrete shop that Keith built for woodworking would now be his start in the construction business.