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Vancouver Mayor & Aldermen for 1892

January 1 1892

The election of Fred Cope (b. 1860, d. 1897) in 1892 was the closest in Vancouver’s history, with a winning margin of 11 votes over his rival Dr. J.T. Carroll. Cope was also the youngest mayor in Vancouver history, only..click to read the rest of this article

Last Year’s Civic Overspending Tops $66,000 – Jan 18, 1892

January 18 1892

Newly-elected Mayor Fred Cope gave address. The Finance Committee, Standing Committee on Works, Board of Health, the Fire, Water & Light Committee, and the Market & Police Committee were established. Last year’s Council and Committees overspent $66,000; $45,000 of which..click to read the rest of this article

Committee Meetings to be held in private – Jan 25, 1892

Dupont Street, Vancouver, 1906
January 25 1892

Alderman McGuigan moved and alderman Gavan seconded that henceforth all Committee meetings be held in private. Liquor license payments to be refunded for unsuccessful applicants. Letter received from Miss Bowes, a frequent writer to Council, drawing attention to the Social..click to read the rest of this article

$250 donation Sir John A McDonald memorial fund overturned – Feb 1, 1892

February 1 1892

William Sutherland appointed tax collector at $75 per month; J.A. Reid poundkeeper at $50 per month. Committee formed to acquire Vancouver Electric Railway Co. Account of all city salaries for 1891 called for. A recommendation from the finance committee to..click to read the rest of this article

Bell-Irving and Paterson get Water Works contract – Feb 2, 1892

February 2 1892

The Council granted the Water Works contract for cast iron pipes, lead pipes, and lead to Bell-Irving and Paterson, commerical merchants at 436 Cordova Street. Use of the hall at the City Market was granted free for a hospital fund-raiser...click to read the rest of this article

City Hospital staff reappointed, slaughterhouses all “in order” – Feb 8, 1892

February 9 1892

Complaint received from Philip Fewster of his being ill-treated at Police Court.  Mrs. Swan reappointed as Matron at the City Hospital at $50 a month and allowed an assistant at $15.  W.G. March appointed as hospital cook and Frank Humphries..click to read the rest of this article

Projected new oil warehouse alarms neighbours – Feb 15, 1892

horse drawn tank
February 15 1892

Letter received from R.D. Pith thanking Council for giving  him an artificial leg.  Condition of city street lights is a problem.  The Vancouver Electric Railway & Light Co. “urged to erect all lights that they had been notified to purchase..click to read the rest of this article

Popular Aldermen Get Two-Year Term – Feb 29, 1892

market hall and auction shed 1895
February 15 1892

Alderman McGuigan led opposition to the proposal that the Aldermen with the highest number of votes be appointed for a two-year term; proposal carried nevertheless. Rates raised for the rental of the Market Hall for all users, including the Zion..click to read the rest of this article

Nothing Decided on Railway Bonus Question – Mar 24, 1892

March 24 1892

Council met with representatives of the Burrard Inlet and Fraser River Valley Railway Company, who were requesting a bonus of $300,000 and explained how they intended to expend that sum. Council decided to grant that sum by purchasing stock in..click to read the rest of this article

Pardon for Sam Greer? – Mar 28, 1892

Sam Greer
March 28 1892

R.H. Alexander spoke in support of the requested $300,000 bonus for Burrard Inlet and Fraser River Valley Railway Company. Entire Council to meet with Company representatives tomorrow (Tuesday May 29, 1892). Many 53 out of 160 property owners on Oppenheimer..click to read the rest of this article

Council goes over draft contract with the railway – March 29, 1892

March 29 1892

Council reviewed and amended a draft agreement with the Burrard Inlet and Fraser River Valley Railway Company. City Solicitor to prepare amended draft to take to Council on Monday April 4, 1892. This transcript was made in 2017 by Transcribimus..click to read the rest of this article

MacLean for Sheriff; City to buy Studebaker street sprinkler – April 11, 1892

horse-drawn Studebaker street sweeper, photo taken about 1947
April 11 1892

Malcom A. MacLean (first Mayor of Vancouver) unanimously favoured by Council as Sheriff of the newly-formed Judicial District of the City of Vancouver. Current Mayor Cope to call a public meeting to decide whether to form a Militia Corps. Mr...click to read the rest of this article

Gravel price increased to $1.75 per yard – April 19, 1892

Scavengers with brooms and hand-cart
April 19 1892

Crushed rock available at city scow on wharf increased to $1.75 per yard from previous $1.50. None of the tenders received for scavengering (waste removal) accepted; matter laid over. Health Committee recommends a review of Hospital plumbing. Butcher George Matthews..click to read the rest of this article

City Hospital plumbing to be brought up to standard – April 25, 1892

April 25 1892

Committee appointed to look into the plumbing at the City Hospital recommended that the contractor be made to alter all the work done not in accordance with the contract. The Sub Committee on Fire Halls recommended to sell the current..click to read the rest of this article

Foreshore shacks again threatened – Apr 25, 1892

April 25 1892

Thee debate was fierce over the Police Committee’s recommendation that the police force forcibly demolish private shacks and cabins to ensure the City’s jurisdiction over the area.   Alderman Scoullar Franklin and Odlum objected to the idea; the rest found them..click to read the rest of this article

Selected city streets to be paved – May 2, 1892

water works under construction
May 1 1892

Pavement for Hastings, Cordova, Carrall, Abbott and Cambie Streets to be paid by frontage tax (city pays 1/3, owners pay 2/3). Property owners on these streets must get their water and gas connections in before paving takes place. Water temporarily..click to read the rest of this article

Money to be found, but not for Oppenheimer – May 16, 1892

May 16 1892

Taxpayers to be polled June 21, 1892 regarding tax increase to fund schools, sewers and water works extensions. Council refuses (by one vote) to reimburse former Mayor Oppenheimer $500 spent out of his own funds on City business. A.M. Beattie..click to read the rest of this article

Local improvement bylaw passed – May 26, 1892

Residence of J.M. Lefevre, Alderman from 1887-1889
May 16 1892

The business of May 23 was continued. The Local Improvement By-Law was passed, with two new clauses regarding verandahs and projections. The matter of the Free Library By-Law not to be heard for another six months (November, 1892). Professor Rae..click to read the rest of this article

“More stringent and effective” health inspection needed for incoming ships – May 30, 1892

May 30 1892

Two recent “Asiatic” ships are believed to have brought smallpox infection to the city. Council sends urgent message to the Government in Ottawa, and copies all the local Members of Parliament, urging them to review and improve the health and..click to read the rest of this article

English Bay bath houses may never be built – June 13, 1892

June 13 1892

English Bay Bath Houses question was deferred, as the available budget was not sufficient. Federal Minister of Marine offers to pay 91 cents per day for care of sick mariners in the city hospital. BC Department of Lands and Works..click to read the rest of this article

Deadman’s Island not to be used for quarantine – Jun 27, 1892

June 27 1892

Temperance societies insist on Sunday closing. Lawn sprinkling hours restricted until the new water main is put in. No food or refreshments to be sold in Stanley Park or along the Park Road. Committee appointed to find a site for..click to read the rest of this article

Vancouver and New Westminster Councils urge formation of Provincial Board of Health – July 9, 1892

July 9 1892

Joint meeting of New Westminster and Vancouver City Councils to prevent the spread of smallpox from Victoria and other suspected ports. Provincial Government urged to form a Provincial Board of Health to coordinate vaccinations. This transcript was made in 2017..click to read the rest of this article

Dr. Harold appointed Vancouver health officer – July 13, 1892

July 13 1892

Special Meeting to appoint municipal health officer, to appoint the new hospital as a quarantine facility, and to notify the C.P.R. that no goods could come ashore until they were “thoroughly disinfected”. This transcript was made in 2017 by Transcribimus..click to read the rest of this article

Labour Day to be granted as public holiday – July 18, 1892

labour day 1898
July 18 1892

Labour Day (August 11 in 1892) to be granted as a public holiday. The Board of Health empowered to buy a site for a separate Chinese “pest house” (isolation hospital) within the City limits. City to ask the provincial government..click to read the rest of this article

Council unanimously backs smallpox quarantine against Victoria – July 22, 1892

July 22 1892

Council unanimously backs Mayor Fred Cope’s announced smallpox quarantine. Mayors of other municipalities to be contacted to join the quarantine formed by Vancouver and New Westminster This transcript was made in 2017 by Transcribimus volunteer Christine Cathcart original handwritten minutes..click to read the rest of this article

New Westminster to lift smallpox quarantine on Monday – July 23, 1892

July 23 1892

Mayor Townsend of New Westminster announced he would raise a quarantine on New Westminster Monday July 25 if other municipalities would do the same. John Brenton appointed temporary Health Inspector, Alderman Anderson as Acting Mayor. This transcript was made in..click to read the rest of this article

Quarantine decision delayed until tomorrow – July 27, 1892

July 27 1892

This transcript was made in 2017 by Transcribimus volunteer Christine Cathcart original handwritten minutes here City of Vancouver Archives Series 23-A Volume 5 page 97 only [vol 5, pg 97] Vancouver July 27th 1892 The Council held a special meeting..click to read the rest of this article

Smallpox quarantine lifted – July 28, 1892

July 28 1892

This transcript was made in 2017 by Transcribimus volunteer Christine Cathcart original handwritten minutes here City of Vancouver Archives Series 23-A Volume 5 pages 97 only [vol 5 pg 97] Vancouver July 28th 1892 The Council met on Thursday July..click to read the rest of this article

Steamer Sunbury given a $25 weekly bonus – August 15, 1892

August 15 1892

The steamer Sunbury to be subsidized $25 per week. The City Engineer was to number streets in Fairview and Mount Pleasant consistent with the numbering north of False Creek. A plan to set aside 10 acres in Stanley Park for..click to read the rest of this article