The Oak Bay EncyclopediaTM
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A listing of noteworthy
people, places and things from
Oak Bay's early years

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Lady Elizabeth Hat Shop
2225 Oak Bay Avenue
(19531954 city directories)

Concurrent address of The Sunbeam dry goods and WH Davies jeweler
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Lady Elizabeth's Hats
1163 Newport Avenue
(1955... phone book)

Former location of Central Television Specialists
Subsequent location of Caspersen's Bakery
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Lafayete Street
see Street/Place Names section

Laing's Grocery
947 Monterey Avenue
(1949 phone book)

Former location of Hansford's Grocery
Subsequent location of Potter's Grocery
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Lander's Book Shop
2224 Oak Bay Avenue
(19481949 phone books)

Former location of Bett's Book Shop
Subsequent location of Dogwood Book Shop
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Lansdowne, Fenwick J
1937–2008
the world's foremost painter of birds
Fenwick Lansdowne
"I am 75. Perhaps around the age of 10 (1948) Fen and his mom lived in an annex-like apartment back of the Old Charming Inn. He and I each had great toy collections. Dinky by Meccano. I hardly noticed he was crippled, I just envied that his collection was greater than mine."
WG (Bill) Leith, OBHS class of 1956
Profile under development

Lansdowne Road
see Street/Place Names section

Larkdowne Road
see Street/Place Names section

Laughren, "Big" Ben
Strait of Juan de Fuca swimmer / proprietor of Little Wheel coffee shop
"I remember Big Ben as one of the pioneers in swimming the Strait of Juan de Fuca — from Cattle Point to Port Angeles — after Flo Chadwick, etc. After this, as far as I can remember, he was studied at U of Washington for having a very low body temperature.
He opened his Big Bens Burgers here and there around Victoria. I think that the last one I can remember was out at the Gorge where there was a rocket (or a plane) that had crashed on the roof. (Please correct me it I am wrong!!)
I remember Ben well as he was cook at the camp where I had my last job in Canada. I was working for the Dept. of Highways in Gold River, and he was the cook at the camp."
Don Ingham, OBHS class of 1960
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Lea Glen Dairy confectionery
713 St Patrick Street
(1935–1947 city directories)
Lea Glen Dairy was the name of Eric Casey's confectionery business as listed in Victoria city directories from 1935 until 1947. Starting in 1948 his business was listed as Eric Casey, confectioner in city phone books.
see Eric Casey, confectioner

Lewis' Low Cost Food Market
2897 Foul Bay Road
(...1959–1970... phone books)

Previous location of Dean Heights Food Market
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Lincoln Road
see Street/Place Names section

Linkleas Avenue
see Street/Place Names section

Little League Baseball
Oak Bay Kiwanis
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In 1953, the four-team Little League baseball program in Victoria expanded to eight teams to include kids living in adjoining municipalities. This was huge for Oak Bay pre-teen boys, who dominated the rosters of the four new teams created: the Kinsmen, Lions. Elks and Oak Bay Kiwanis.
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Little Wheel Coffee Shop
2045 Oak Bay Avenue
(19591960 phone books)
swimmer Ben Laughren's popular hamburger joint

"Does anyone recall the "Little Wheel" hamburger joint on Oak Bay Avenue near Mitchell Street? Big Ben Laughren — wrestler, Juan de Fuca Strait swimmer — was the host and cook there. It was a great hang out for the in-crowd!
I remember Big Ben showing me how a punch was faked by having me place my schnozz in the crook of his forearm. Wow! I don't recall breathing for the rest of the day.
Can anyone elaborate on this memoir and fill in for my spotty memory?"
Mike Gibbs, OBHS class of 1960
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"I recall one evening in the summer of '60 when a band dropped by after a gig and Ben got them to play a few songs in the loft in exchange for dinner. What a great evening that was!
We played a lot of cards up in that loft — mostly Hearts. Ben would join in when things were quiet.
The wall alongside the booths was plastered with original art by aspiring artists. I remember adding something to the collection.
And then there was Goof — the cartoonist up from the States who was drawing on everybody's t-shirts.
And the jukebox. I'm not sure how it happened, but I ended up with a box full of 45s from that jukebox!
Big Ben Laughren had a gruff exterior but a heart of gold."
Gary Wilcox, OBHS class of 1960
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"As I recall, Ben relocated to Esquimalt in '60 or '61. The original burger joint was on Oak Bay Avenue. To me it was always referred to as "Big Ben's Burgers," but then I'm older than you guys so what do I know. The name "Rendezvous" rings a bell though. Maybe (thanks to Miss Burridge), I've subconciously tried to block out any French sounding words."
Blaine Tringham, OBHS class of 1958
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"I don't recall the name "Big Ben's Burgers," I do remember the "Rendezevous" on Oak Bay Ave.
Ben had a restaurant in Esquimalt, was that the one? Many hours were spent by yours truly and others at the Rendezvous. Possibly this is where I was introduced to jazz and in particular Brubeck's music. The sign at the entrance read "There's no place like this place, so this is the place"
Ben made the best burgers in town and many of us followed him to Esquimalt."
Dick Kirk, OBHS class of 1960
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Londonderry Ice Creamery
2053 Cadboro Bay Road (1959-1961 ad / phone books).
. . .LONDONDERRY ICE CREAMERY . . .
2053 Cadboro Bay Road
.Hard & Soft Ice Cream
Milk Shakes & Malts
.Take Home Packs and Sundaes
text from ad in 1959 OBJHS OBEJAY yearbook.
"I remember the order window to serve sidewalk patrons, but can't recall if Londonderry was a part of, or separate from, Robbie's Coffee Shop, as they shared the same address in 1959. It's likely that Londonderry assumed Robbie's space and the summer of 1959 was the transition period."
Gary Wilcox, OBHS class of 1960

Previous address of Willows Confectionery
Concurrent address of Robbie's Coffee Shop in 1959
Subsequent address of Harley Taylor Television Specialist
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Lorne Terrace
see Street/Place Names section

Lovitt, George shoe repair
1163 Newport Avenue
(19441949 city directories)

Subsequent address of Newport Tailors & Cleaners
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Lowe Bros fruit and vegetables
2003 Oak Bay Avenue
(...1934... phone book)

Former location of Bourke Hardware and Paint Co
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Lucille's Estevan Woollens
2519 Estevan Avenue
(19501953 phone books)

Formerly Watson's Woollens but sold when Watson opened Watson's Grocery & Confectionery at 2559 Estevan in 1950
Became Estevan Woollens in 1954
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Lucky Corrigan (aka Fury and the Woman)
1936 movie produced by film studio in Oak Bay
Lucky Corrigan
(Fury and the Woman)
This film is available at amazon.com in dvd format.
see Willows Park Studio
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Lucky Fugitives
1936 movie produced by film studio in Oak Bay
Lucky Fugitives
see Willows Park Studio
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Lucky Jim Barber Shop
2006 Oak Bay Avenue
(19351951 city directories / phone books)
Barber Jim McCrimmon also served as drill master of the Oak Bay Girls' Drill Team.
see Oak Bay Girl's Drill Team

Previous location of Melita Hairdressing Parlors
Subsequent location of Avenue Electric
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Lucky Jim's barber shop
2039 Oak Bay Avenue
(...1952... city directory/)
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Lulie Street
see Street/Place Names section

Luxton, Norman
first mate of the "Tilikum," the Indian dugout canoe that sailed around the world from Oak Bay in 1901
Norman Luxton
Profile under development

Lyn Crescent
see Street/Place Names section



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