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Vancouver City Council Minutes from 1897

were sponsored by Arnold Silber and transcribed by Anonymous | Darrin Pezer/Proactive Building Maintenance | Gerald Soon | Joanne McCormick | Hal Bell-Irving | Krystyna Richards | Leah Minuk |…

Vancouver Mayor and Council 1897

Mayor:William Templeton Aldermen:H. J. Painter (Ward 1)H. P. Shaw (Ward 1 – absent)Thomas O. Townley (Ward 1 – elected in by-election)James McQueen (Ward 2)Thomas F. Neelands (Ward 2)James Clandenning (Ward…

Armstrong & Morrison’s Steel Pipe Approved – January 4, 1897

The Mayor and City Clerk were empowered to sign a contract with Armstrong & Morrison for riveted steel pipe. The Chain Gang was directed to to clear the brush off…

Amendments to Polling By-Law Introduced – January 11, 1897

Council for 1896 read the Amendments to the Polling By-Law twice, and would meet once more on January 18 to wrap up business. This transcript was made in 2022 by…

Final Meeting for Council of 1896 – January 18, 1897 10:00 am

This transcript was made in 2022 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon Original handwritten minutes: COV S31 Volume 7pages 413 – 416 To see or download images of the original pages,…

Committees Formed Among 1897 Council – January 18, 1897 12:00 noon

This transcript was made in 2022 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon Original handwritten minutes: COV Archives Series 31Volume 7 pages 417 – 419 To see or download photos of the…

Vancouver Wants Industrial Railway to the Coast – January 25 1897

Council sent a long resolution to the Dominion (federal) government about a planned industrial railway through Lethbridge and the Crow’s Nest pass; that it be extended to the coast using…

Drill Shed Needed for Artillery Companies – January 28, 1897

Council agreed to ask the Provincial Government to provide a site for a Drill Shed for the Artillery Companies of Vancouver, as it had done for other BC cities. This…

Proposed By-Law to Raise $70,000 for Schools – February 1, 1897

A By-Law to raise $70,000 for Schools received second reading. Appointed as the 1897 Free Library Board were Wm. Brown, G.W. Hobson, R.B. Ellis, W.D. Brydone-Jack, Wm Prentice, W.A. Wilson…

Fish Peddling, the Corpse, and the Pound Keeper – February 8, 1897

Vancouver’s solicitor, A. St. George Hamersley, gave his opinions that a) The City could not impose a license on fish peddlers unless it could be proved the fish were caught…

Safer Jail Accommodation Called For – February 15, 1897

The Fire and Police Committee received a communication of the Grand Jury at the last Assizes calling for safer jail accommodation. Laide aside for consideration with cost of additional jail…

Tidal Flats to be Filled In? – February 22, 1897

Aldermen McQueen and Brown propose that as the 200 acres of tidal flats east of the Westminster Bridge (today’s Main Street) are “a nuisance to the public” and “of no…

Married Women as School Trustees? – March 1, 1897

This transcript was made in 2022 by Alannah Hall Text Source: City of Vancouver Archives Series 31Volume 7 pages 474 – 481 To see or download photos of the original…

Selover’s Smelter Proposal Rejected – March 4, 1897

The Smelter Committee reported, “[it] does not feel justified in recommending Mr Selover’s proposal to the serious consideration of the City Council at the present time.”

Liquor By-Law Amended – March 8, 1897

Balmoral Saloon interior

The Liquor Licensing By-Law was amended to forbid liquor sales combined with “any exhibition of natural or artificial curiosities” or “dramatic theatrical or musical performances or exhibitions of sparring or…

No Bicycle Roads To Be Built – March 15, 1897

City Solicitor A. St. George Hamersley gave as his opinion that that “the Council could not reserve a part of the Street for Bicycle riders nor impose a compulsory tax…

“Dangerous” Dwellings Ordered Cleaned or Demolished – March 22, 1897

Several buildings were ordered cleaned or demolished by the Board of Health, “such buildings and filth thereunder to be a nuisance and dangerous to the Public Health.” Mrs. E. Campbell…

Vancouver to Hold Referendum on Smelter Bonus – March 26, 1897

Council met with representatives of J. Evans & Co. of London, who were seeking a ten year exemption from taxes and from water charges in exchange for building a smelter…

Dogs’ Feed Costs Pound Ten Cents per Day Each – March 29, 1897

The Pound Keeper be allowed 10 cts a day for feeding each dog impounded. Resolved that the Stove in Fire Hall No 2 be fixed without delay. Detective Haywood to…

Estimates Granted – March 30, 1897

$6,000 was budgeted for renovations to the new City Hall premises at the Market building, $1,500 for the Mayor, $3,000 for the Aldermen. This transcript was made in 2022 by…

Vancouver Budget Finalized – April 2, 1897

Total budget for 1897 was $363,937. $36 was set aside for Bear Pits under the Parks budget. This photo from 1898 shows a bear in a tree in the bear…

Electric Poles on Barnard Street Must Be Moved Aside – April 5, 1897

The Vancouver Electric Railway and Light Company (shown here) will be notified to move the poles out on Barnard Street to the required distance where the new walk is to…

Vancouver Will Employ Only British Subjects, Effective Immediately – April 12, 1897

City Engineer must satisfy himself that any person is a British Subject prior to hiring him or her. A number of buildings previously identified as a nuisance and dangerous to…

No Music Hall Licenses to be Issued At Present – April 20, 1897

E. Gold’s request for a Music Hall License was refused – Aldermen Shaw and McPhaiden opposed in favour of Mr. Gold. McPhaiden and Shaw proposed a theatre and refreshment license…

Bicycle Parking Granted for Trial Period – April 26, 1897

This is Hastings Street East of Columbia Avenue. Many of the old wooden buildings have vanished. The barber poles and the bicycle racks and the old wooden sidewalks, with an occasional nail, kept us from going to sleep as we did our shopping. Timms Photo

Local merchants Scott & Devlin asked permission to erect a small moveable stand for putting away bicycles at edge of curb opposite 303 Hastings Street. Permission granted as an experiment…

Prisoners Board: 50 Cents Per Day Too Much? – May 5 1897

Council would like to see the cost of boarding City [of Vancouver] prisoners in the Provincial Jail reduced, “the Committee being of the opinion that 50¢ a day is too…

New Women’s Ward Reduced to 2 Stories – May 10, 1897

Vancouver City Hospital 1898

As all the tenders received were higher than the budgeted amount, it was decided to ask for tenders for a 2 storey addition to the hospital for a women’s ward.

Street Railway Company Must Build Waiting Room – May 17 1897

Marpole Station 1921

Council agreed that if the Street Railway Company agree to erect a suitable waiting room at the terminus of the line on Coal Harbour they be granted permission to build…

Council Reviews Street Railway Agreement – May 21 1897

Text source: City of Vancouver Series 31Volume 7 page 588 only To see or download the handwritten page for this date, click on the button below: [Volume 7 page] 588…

New Streetcar Route for Robson, Denman, Georgia – May 25, 1897

An agreement for street railway on Pender, Georgia and Denman was reviewed (photo shows streetcar on Robson Street). James Armstrong refused permission to graze cows on Fairview. A new Heath…

Pender Street to be Widened at Burrard – May 31 1897

A new bylaw was introduced to widen Pender Street at Burrard Street. Sam Brighouse’s property at Pender and Burrard was bought for $1,000. Photo shows southeast corner of Pender and…

YWCA To Give Magic Lantern Show – June 7, 1897

Magic Lantern Projector

The Y. W. C. A. was granted the use of the Market Hall for a magic lantern lecture*. The lantern shown above is from the Museum of Vancouver online history…

Council Divided on Funds for Swimming Facilities – June 14, 1897

Council partially approved a request from the Queen’s Jubilee Committee to fund swimming facilities and a park on English Bay. The Committee requested $5,000 but only $2,000 was eventually approved.…

Medical Health Officer Halts Dumping Onto Tidal Flats – June 28, 1897

Dr. I. M. MacLean joined the health inspector in recommending a high fence be erected on the North side of Water Street between Abbott and Carrall Streets to prevent dumping…

Mr. Hogue’s Smelter Proposal Received – July 5, 1897

Text Source: City of Vancouver Series 31Volume 7 page 635 only To see or download a photo of the original handwritten page from this date, click the button below: [Volume…

No Conclusion Reached on Mr. Hogue’s Smelter Proposal – July 6, 1897

This transcript was made in August of 2022 by Transcribimus. Text Source: City of Vancouver Series 31Volume 7 page 636 only To see or download a photo of the handwritten…

Temporary Tracks To Be Laid at Granville & Pender – July 12, 1897

The British Columbia Electric Railway Company was allowed to lay temporary bent rails at Granville and Pender Streets because the agreed upon size and weight of bent rails was not…

Notice Given to Tenants of City Market – July 19, 1897

In order to convert the Market Hall to a City Hall all Market tenants were advised, “your tenancy of the stall in the Market Place will be terminated on the…

Ward 1 By-election Set – July 26, 1897

Council established a by-election for Ward 1 to fill Alderman Shaw’s vacated seat. Shown above is St. Luke’s home, where Council agreed to fund Mrs. Crook for $5.00 per week…

3 Additional Fire Alarm Boxes for Vancouver – August 2, 1897

Gamewell Fire Alarm Box

Council approved the Fire and Police Committee’s selection of Gamewell’s tender to supply 3 fire alarm boxes: one to be installed on the corner of 7th Av. and Bridge Street,…

Jockey Club’s 10 Per Cent to Improve Grounds – August 9, 1897

H. Harvey seated on horse

10 per cent of proceeds from the Jockey Club’s Fall Meet need not be paid to the City if it is used instead to improve the grounds. $500 was voted…

City Will Not Buy Gas Works at $265,000 – August 13, 1897

Council decided anonymously against buying a gas works for $265,000. These minutes were transcribed in 2022 by Transcribimus volunteer Anonymous Text Source: City of Vancouver Archives Series 31Volume 7 page…

Fenders Needed on Public Streetcars – August 16, 1897

Carter House hotel, 166 Water St, Vancouver

Council to write to the Tramway company reminding them that they are in violation of their contract with the City in not having fenders on public streetcars; also to the…

Vancouver Objects to Federal Government Cuts to Leper Colony Funding – August 23, 1897

Chinese leper, D'arcy Island

[Vancouver] Council can see no just reason why the Dominion Government should not make an annual grant in support of the [D’arcy Island leper colony. Committee approved the Finance &…

Vancouver’s First Water Conservation Rules – August 30, 1897

Council agreed with the Water and Market Committee’s rule “That ….sprinkling the street with hose by private consumers is strictly forbidden and no person …shall be allowed to sprinkle… lawns,…

Train Noise to be Quieted – Sept 7 1897

train load of canned salmon ca 1900.

Letter received from R. Marpole General Superintendent of the CPR Co. stating that hereafter whistling by engines would be abolished and the screech of trains moderated.

Alderman Coldwell Dead – September 10, 1897

Council held a Special Meeting to mark the passing of Alderman Coldwell and to make funeral arrangements.

Swing Span for Granville Street Bridge considered- September 13, 1897

The Board of Works held a special meeting with local experts to discuss the question of the proposed new swing span for the Granville Street bridge. Motions were passed to…

Water Street in “Disgraceful Condition” – September 20, 1897

C. H. Wright called Council’s attention to the “disgraceful condition” of Water Street from Abbott to Carroll Streets. Photo is of Water Street, taken in 1897. Ex Mayor Henry Collins…

Tremont Hotel Verandah to be Removed – September 27, 1897

Sunnyside Hotel, Water Street, Vancouver, BC ca 1890

The Rand Brothers wrote to Council telling them the matter of removing the old verandah from Tremont Hotel {pictured above} on Carrall Street will be attended to. A $15 per…

Ex-Mayor Fred Cope Dead – October 4, 1897

City Council regrets the untimely death of Ex-Mayor Fred Cope (Mr. Cope’s house shown above). The City Crematory was authorized to burn a quantity of damaged fruit. The Fire &…

Council Excludes Street Light Near Catholic Church – October 11, 1897

There was controversy about accepting the Light Railway and Tramway Committee’s report; it was only adopted after striking out the clause recommending the placing of a street light on Richards…

Special Meeting to Review Smelter Proposals – October 12, 1897

Two smelter proposals were reviewed: Mr. Harry Symons’ proposal was chosen to go forward. This transcript was made in 2021 by Transcribimus volunteer Joanne McCormick Original handwritten minutes City of…

Second Special Meeting to Discuss Smelter Matters – October 14, 1897

This transcript was made in 2021 by Transcribimus volunteer Joanne McCormick Original handwritten minutes: City of Vancouver Archives S31 Volume 8, page 36 only Too see or download images of…

Council Forward Smelter Report to Rothschild Representative – October 15, 1897

In the third special meeting held this week, the Mayor and seven Aldermen, the City Solicitor and the City Engineer met with Harry Symons, Q.C. to furnish him with their…

Board of Trade Criticizes Lack of Places of Amusement in Vancouver – October 18, 1897

The Board of Works requested that the Harbour Master “exercise his authority as to the prevention of tugs, small steamers and scows from tying up and delivering produce at City…

Typhoid Fever in Mount Pleasant – October 25 1897

Ad for Hood's Sarsaparilla

Dr. W D Brydone-Jack reported on cases of typhoid fever in Mount Pleasant but declined in future to notify the Health Officer of the existence of infectious diseases unless he…

Mount Pleasant, Fairview Need Sewerage Systems – November 1, 1897

The City Engineer was asked to look into providing Mount Pleasant and Fairview with a Sewerage System. Officer John McAllister having been on the Police Force for a year, was…

Pender Street in Unsafe Condition – November 8, 1897

Pender at Burrard St. early Vancouver

J. J. Sparrow complained of the disgraceful condition of of Pender Street (pictured) in front of his stables. Rent for the market hall fixed $20 for dances, $15 for concerts,…

City Council Spends $2,000 on Klondike Advertising – November 15, 1897

Klondike Ad from 1897 Vancouver Daily World

Council decided to spend $2,000 “for the purpose of advertising the advantages of Vancouver as an outfitting point for the gold fields of the Klondike”. Frank Baynes be appointed Police…

MacKinnon Block Roof to be Altered – November 19, 1897

McKinnon block Masonic Hall early Vancouver

This transcript was made in 2021 by Transcribimus volunteer Joanne McCormick Illustration: CVA M-3-9.7 MacKinnon Block & Masonic Hall – Hastings & Granville 1898 Original handwritten minutes here: City of…

Linton’s Cabins Rebuilt – November 22, 1897

Vancouver City Wharf 1897

The Health Inspector reported Mr. Linton has rebuilt cabins in place of those torn down. Photo shows Mr. Linton’s yachts near the City Wharf. The finance committee authorized the $2.00…

C.P.R. Asks for Tax Exemption – Vancouver November 24, 1897

CPR Dock about 1896

This transcript was made in 2021 by Transcribimus volunteer Joanne McCormick. Illustration: City of vancouver Archives CVA 2008-010.4143CPR Dock at foot of Howe St. c 1896 Original handwritten minutes: City…

C.P.R. continues to press for tax exemption – November 29, 1897

McClary Manufacturing Company sent in plans for a new warehouse at 303 Cordova St. (pictured, still standing). City Lawyer gave the opinion that Council “had no power” to exempt C.P.R.…

CPR Properties to be Exempted from Taxes for 20 Years – December 3, 1897

Council agreed to draft a By-law for the CPR to be exempted from City taxes for twenty years, in exchange for the CPR making certain improvements.

Local Council of Women Request the Appointment of a Police Matron – December 6, 1897

Council refused J.I. Seymour Wells’ request for a refund of his auctioneer’s license on the grounds that they had no power to make refunds. Miss J. Brown was paid $6.35…

Streetcar Will Run to New City Hall – December 13, 1897

Council asked BC Electric Co to extend their Pender Street Car Service to the new City Hall on Westminster Avenue. The Water and Market Committee approved payment to Robertson &…

Westminster Avenue Laundry Under Investigation – December 20, 1897

The Health Committee got a letter from G. W. Thomas complaining about a “nuisance” (odour) from a Chinese Laundry near his premise on Westminster Avenue. The Wah Chong Family Laundry…

Year’s Accounts Wrapped Up – December 27, 1897

BCER offered to run a streetcar every twenty minutes if Council would allow them to run a car in charge of only one man. Proposed amendments to the Act of…

Draft CPR Bylaw Sent to Company Directors – December 30, 1897

A by-law exempting CPR property from taxation was drafted and sent to the CPR Directors for approval. This transcript was made in 2022 by Transcribimus volunteer Joanne McCormick Original handwritten…