1896

Special Meeting Yields No Results – January 2, 1896

Council met with Elliot + Cowan representing Western Heat + Power co., with an electrician from New Westminster, and with the City Solicitor.

Second Special Meeting Also Unsuccessful – January 3, 1896

Once again, no amendments were made to the Electric Light agreement.

Hamersley Must Return All Commissions – January 6, 1896

1896 photo of Vancouver firemen responding to alarm

City Solicitor Hamersley was ordered to return all commissions he made on city investments during 1893, 94 and 95. Policemen authorized to enter any room in any Fire Hall at…

Special Meeting Wraps Up Business from 1895 – January 13, 1896 – 11 am

Council heard the final report of the Water and Light Committee and read the C. P. R. Conveyance bylaw for the third time.

Vancouver City Council 1896

Mayor: Henry Collins Aldermen: H. J. Painter (Ward 1) H. P. Shaw (Ward 1) J. J. Banfield (Ward 2) N. C. Schon (Ward 2) James Clandenning (Ward 3) D. McPhaiden…

Council for 1896 establishes Committees – January 13, 1896

Mayor Henry Collins

Pictured is Mayor Henry Collins, Mayor of Vancouver 1895-1896.  First meeting of Council for 1896 — membership for the Board of Works, the Finance, Health, Fire & Police, Water &…

Library Board, City Solicitor appointed – January 20, 1896

The Board of Works recommended that plans for the new Oriental Hotel on Cambie Street be approved. The new hotel never materialized, but pictured above is the “old” or “original”…

$150,000 Loan By-Law debated – January 27, 1896

A motion was planned to select in Stanley Park a site suitable for recreation grounds and have it surveyed and an approximate estimate of the cost of clearing and putting…

Council wrangles over John Grady’s hire – January 29, 1896

The Fire and Police Committee resolved that John H. Grady be appointed in response to the Chief of Police’s letter saying that an extra officer was needed. Alderman Brown, Bethune, Clandenning and McDonald objected to the Committee specifically naming Grady, and thought any new officer should be appointed in the usual way. Aldermen Schou, Shaw, Painter, Banfield, Coldwell and McPhaiden supported Grady’s appointment, and so Grady was hired.

Vancouver moves to “protect its interests” against railway expropriation – February 3, 1896

The Consolidated Railway and Light Company had applied to the BC Legislature “to give said Company power to enter upon and expropriate lands and to open and break up the…

All requests for street improvements on hold – February 10, 1896

All petitions for street improvements were put off until the preparation of the Estimates. Alex MacDonald resigned as Cemetery keeper, while Miss Logan, the housekeeper at the City Hospital was…

Mayor to oppose Railway & Light Bill in Victoria – February 17, 1896

electrical-poles-1900s

Mr. Angus MacDonald was appointed an electrical inspector (see illustration ). G. W. Thomas was appointed Cemetery Caretaker at the same salary as the previous caretaker. Delegation to attend the…

Sunday Shop Opening Remains in Question – February 24, 1896

Looking wet on Hastings Street from Cambie Street, 1896

Council received several requests both for and against opening stores on Sunday. Aldermen Brown and Banfield suggest a detailed map of Stanley Park be made, so future improvements can prioritized.

Properties to be sold for back taxes – March 2, 1896

Exterior of Mainland Feed Store 929 Westminster Ave., 1896

A by-law was introduced to sell properties on which the taxes are two years in arrears. Council replied to a letter from New Westminster City Council saying Vancouver supported a bridge across the Fraser River, provided it was to be a passenger as well as a railway bridge. The manager of the Opera House was notified not to post any advertising on City Market Property.

No bridge to be built across the Fraser River at present – March 9, 1896

The Consolidated Railway and Lighting Company at 163 Cordova Street (head office pictured here in 1896) submitted a proposal for lighting the City of Vancouver. A six foot sidewalk approved…

Friday 13th Council Meeting Overturns Sunday Closing By-Law – March 13, 1896

Vancouver fire officials 1896

The controversial Sunday Closing By-law was defeated in Council, but progress was reported on the Fire Limits and Plumbing Inspection by-laws, as well as the by-law to partly exempt tax…

Recreation area planned for Stanley Park – March 16, 1896

exterior of Winch and Bower fruit, fish and gamer merchants - 52 Cordova Street

Council appointed a committee to review Consolidated Railway and Light Co’s plan to develop ten acres in Stanley Park in exchange for being allowed to run tracks to the site.…

City Lighting Contract Cancelled – March 23, 1896

Mount Pleasant School, Vancouver, 1896

This transcript was made in 2021 by Transcribimus volunteerDarrin Pezer / Proactive Building Maintenance The Sanitary Inspector reported on the condition of Mount Pleasant School (pictured here). The Health Committee…

Vancouver Seeks Authority to Make Grants – March 30, 1896

Council contacted the Provincial Government asking that the Municipal Act be amended so that “authority may be given to Municipalities to make a grant in aid of the celebration of…

Vancouver Seeks Market Day Steamship Service – April 7, 1896

The City cannot offer a bonus or a subsidy to a steamship for regular market day service unless the subsidy is first approved by the electors. The City will pay…

Estimates Reviewed – April 10, 1896

This transcript was made in 2021 by Transcribimus volunteer  Gerald Soon Manuscript: City of Vancouver ArchivesCOV S 31 Volume page 123 onlyto see original handwritten minutes — click here [Volume 7…

False Creek Bridge “In A Dangerous State” – April 13, 1896

The City Engineer reported the bridge across False Creek was “in a dangerous state”. The Board of Works received permission to have the “old shack” near the entrance to [Stanley]…

Liquor License Fees Reduced – April 17, 1896

This transcript was made in 2021 by Transcribimus volunteer Anonymous Original handwritten minutes: City of Vancouver ArchivesCOV S31 Volume 6 page 133 onlyto see photographs of the original handwritten minutes, click…

Vancouver Budget totals $362,138 – April 20, 1896

A total budget of $362,138 for the year 1896 was approved by Council. Teachers’ salaries for the Central School totalled $6,485 for the year. If divided evenly among the eight…

Compensation of Mayor & Aldermen Now A Reality – April 27, 1896

The By-Law to pay City Council was finalized after deleting a clause about potential fines to be deducted. Ashes were ordered to be hauled to Ward 5 to top the…

Vancouver Council “Cannot Refuse” Laundry License – May 4, 1896

The City Solicitor advised that Council “cannot refuse a laundry license to anyone has complied with all the requirements of the By Laws relating to the Laundries“. The Board of…

Repairs to Bridges, Ditches Needed – May 11, 1896

The ditches between Westminster Av (Main Street) and Scotia Street to be cleaned out before 5th Avenue was graded. J Ironside to repair the False Creek Bridge, S. Sheridan to…

Bicycling By-Law Gets First Reading – May 18, 1896

Terminal City Bicycle Club ca. 1896

Pictured are the Terminal City Bicycling Club, ca. 1896, left to right: (back row): William F. Finlay, Mr. McAlpine, Charles A. Ross, Mark Cusner; (middle row): Frank Little, George Haddon,…

Steamers Unavailable for Twice A Week Market Service – June 1, 1896

Men and women on Captain William Watts' gasoline launch "Ruth" at bank of Lynn Creek, ca. 1896

The Water and Market Committee reported continuing problems finding a steamer to willing to deliver crops and animals to the City Market at the prices the Committee is willing to…

July 1 Celebration in Question – June 8, 1896

Council directed the Organizing Committee for the Dominion Day Celebration to report to them before Thursday as to whether the Celebration would include the regatta originally promised. Resolved that the…

Dominion Day Celebration Funds Reduced by $1,000 – June 15th 1896

A recommendation from the Police Committee that ex Chief McLean receive his regular salary for the period he was under investigation was challenged by two Aldermen but was eventually supported.…

$1,000 restored to Dominion Day grant – June 22, 1896

City Council granted an additional $1,000 toward the Dominion Day regatta and sports carnival, restoring the total grant amount to the original $5,000. This document was transcribed in 2021 by…

Telephone Switchboard worth $2,000 – June 29, 1896

In talks with the Telephone + Telephone Company, Finance Committee allowed a value of $2,000 for the switchboard. In another matter, former Market manager Mr. Beattie owed the City $873.95…

Police Magistrate’s Salary Reduced – July 6, 1896

The Police Magistrate’s Salary was reduced from $1800 to $1500 per annum. City Accountant C. Tetley resigned. Aldermen Brown and Schou gave notice of a motion to build a canal…

Proposal to prevent flooding along the Fraser River – July 13, 1896

Council sent a resolution to the federal Minister of Railways and Canals with a proposal to prevent future flooding along the Fraser Valley. Meanwhile the Police Committee was asked to…

Champion Sculling Race Cancelled – July 20, 1896

A communication was read from Geo Bach by Secretary of the Carnival Committee stating that it was impossible to arrange a World’s champion sculling race between Messrs Grandau and Stanbury.…

Water Committee’s Agreement Overturned – July 27, 1896

The Board of Works initially agreed to a proposal from Tait & Sons that they furnish lumber to the City as partial payment of their water rates, but this agreements…

Cowderoy appointed City Accountant – August 3, 1896

William Cowderoy and H. M. Henderson were both promoted in the City Accountants’ office upon the resignation of C. M. Tetley. William Ralph retained the contract for the Market roof,…

Granville St. Grading Obstructs Several Doorways – August 10, 1896

The City Engineer was asked to supervise the repair of doorways to several buildings which had been affected by the recent grading of Granville Street. Alderman McPhaiden proposed a bylaw…

Carnival Liquor Sales Get Green Light – August 17, 1896

Several Temperance and church organizations protested against a license being granted to sell liquor at Brockton Point in Stanley Park during the Carnival Week. The City Solicitor said they had…

Vancouver Favours Kootenay Railway, Fraser River Flood Protection – August 24, 1896

City Council passed a motion of support to be sent to both the Dominion and Provincial Parliaments in favour of building a railway to “the great mining districts of Similkeem,…

Water Will Be Cut Off If Bill Not Paid – Sept 8, 1896

Water Works Department directed to cut off water to customers who are behind six months in payment, but sprinkling to be done as needed during Carnival. Licensed hack men asked…

Sun Life Water Rebate Turned Down – September 14, 1896

Vermilyea Block, 869 Granville St. Vancouver

The Sun Life Assurance Company asked for a water rebate for Vermilyea Blocks Granville St. {869 and 927 Granville, pictured here}. They didn’t get the rebate. The Chief of Police was asked to investigate after Alex C. Webster complained of a case of “light bread” (the city standard was 1.5 lb per loaf). The Water and Market Committee brought a bill of $235 from the Department of Indian Affairs for the Water Works right of way through the Indian reservation.

“Nuisance Shacks” To Be Demolished – September 21, 1896

Location of the “Nuisance Shacks” are shown in red here in this illustration. Mr. J.D. Langlois complained that the police had “miscounted” the effects of Mr. Atcheson, whose heirs had received only $30 of the $35 they should have done. Miss Macfie reported she was “annoyed by chickens at the hospital”!

Rae appointed Pound Keeper – September 28, 1896

Matthew Rae (pictured) was appointed pound keeper at a salary of $50 per month. The Oppenheimer Brothers asked that their cabins not be torn down, as they were making them…

Wiffin Denies His Cabins Unsanitary – October 5, 1896

Thursday October 8 was proclaimed a public holiday so Vancouverites could visit the Exhibition in New Westminster. A number of condemned buildings on Dupont Street were ordered torn down.

Council to Regulate Stables Within City Limits – October 12, 1896

The City Solicitor advised that the fare from one part of Vancouver to another should not exceed five cents. The Health Department paid Mrs. Frizzel $4.50 for making shirts, while…

Four Prisoners Break Out – Oct 19, 1896

Gaoler's Mews, Vancouver, BC

Four prisoners escaped from the city lock up, which was said to be “most insecure, badly constructed”. Prisoners apparently used a saw to cut their way out during “boisterous” Salvation Army services when the noise would not be noticed. Two or three “paupers” boarding at the jail (!) were blamed for not alerting the guards that the prisoners were planning an escape.

John Devine Appointed City Assessor – October 26, 1896

John Devine appointed as City Assessor Much work was done on By-Laws regardings Cows, The Poun, Fire Limits and Polling. Mr McLusky ordered to pull down his present structure within…

J. M. Stewart Appointed Chief of Police – November 2, 1896

J. M. Stewart was appointed Chief of Police at a salary of $100 per month. Illustration is Stewart taken in 1911. This transcript was made in 2022 by Transcribimus volunteer…

New City Hall in Market Building? – November 9, 1896

The City Engineer was asked to survey the Market Hall with a view of having same fitted up for Council Chambers and Civic Offices . The Health Committee recommended that…

Vancouver Police Men Need New Raincoats – November 16, 1896

J. W. Johnstone Acting Chief of Police reported the the force were in need of raincoats. The ex Chief of Police was asked to turn in all City property still…

Brush By-law Will be Enforced – November 23, 1896

City Council will at once enforce the Brush By-Law by doing the work itself where necessary, and charge the same to taxes on the property. Northern Pacific Railway advised Council…

Fire Department Needs A New Team – November 30, 1896

The Police and Fire Department to go and see a team of horses Mr. Stuart offered for sale to the Fire Department. John McAllister appointed Special Constable at $60. per…

McAllister & Fulton Appointed to the Police Force – December 7, 1896

John McAllister and Keeler Fulton were appointed as policemen at $60 per month each. Six locations in Mount Pleasant were designated for sidewalks. From teamsters Champion & White, stating that…

Additional Cemetery Needed – December 14, 1896

The City Engineer was asked to find an additional 30 – 40 acres for cemetery use. Plans showing potential Civic Offices in the Market Building were received, but laid over…

City Salaries Will Be Paid Before Christmas – December 21, 1896

Salaries of all City employees due on January 1 to be paid before the Christmas Holidays. Mr. J. Johnson on Keefer St. was allowed to keep the timber from two…

Detective Added to Police Force – December 28, 1896

Many projects were referred to the incoming Council; however they approved a 6 ft walk be laid on the South Side of Seaton Street (Hastings) from Burrard St to Jervis…