Additional quarantine buildings needed within the week – August 8, 1892

Vancouver quarantine hospital upgrade to include a kitchen and nurses’ quarters, and an observation facility, plus a well and a brick-lined cesspit.

This transcript was made in 2017 by Transcribimus volunteer David Laing and L. Ellema
and sponsored by The Woodward Family

original handwritten minutes here
City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 5 pages 104-113

[volume 5 pg 104]

                                                                   Vancouver August 8th 1892

The Council met on Monday August 8th 1892
Present: His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Anderson, Connon, Collins, Scoullar, McGuigan, McCraney, Odlum, Franklin, Mills and Gavin
The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

The following Communications were received and read:
From C. Cawker asking for compensation for the loss of sprinkler contract

From R.K. Winters drawing attention to the fact that the lane between Hastings and Dupont Streets remained unfinished and also drawing attention to the actions of the City Solicitor.
Moved by Alderman Odlum
Seconded by Alderman McGuigan
That the first part of the communication be referred to the Board of Works.
Moved by Alderman Odlum
Seconded by Alderman McGuigan
That the Communication be filed.

From G.L. Craig, stating that the City Scavenger was neglecting him
Moved by Alderman Gavin
Seconded by Alderman Odlum
That the matter be referred to the Board of Health with power to act

From J.C. Douglas et al asking for  the opening up and sidewalking of Dufferin Street between Blocks 86 & 93, 26 & A
Referred to the Board of Works

From the Temperance Organizations protecting against the proposed change in the Sunday closing By-Law

From Ada Lao protesting against the city connecting with her water pipe on Hastings Street
Referred to the F. W. & L. Committee.

[vol 5 pg 105]

From Thwaite & Co, stating that a mistake had been made in recommending the opening up of Powell Street as is was ascertained that the street was not Powell Street
Referred to the Board of Works

From R.D. Pitt asking for a grant from Council in consideration of having lost a leg in the City service.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From J.M. Browning asking for permission to erect an awning in front of the Opera House
Referred to the Board of Works

From Crowder & Penzer asking the City to remove a large stump fenced on their lot by the Street contractors.
Referred to teh Board of Works

From W.H. Mason et al asking the City to open up 10th Av. east of Prince Edward Street
Referred to the Board of Works

From E.A. Jenns on behalf of A. Calori claiming $2500.00 for damages for quarantining the European Hotel
Referred to Finance Committee & City Solicitor

From Wm. Lindelman claiming that the water backup up on his lots on Powell Street
Referred to the Board of Works

From John McHardy & A.D. McDonald applying for the position of Street Inspector
Referred to the Board of Works

From the Chief of Police reporting on the Electric lights

From Corbould, McCall & Campbell serving an injunction on the City preventing the payment of an account of $400.00 to the U.S.S. Co
Referred to the City Solicitor

The following Reports were received and read
Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday August 4th 1892
Present; Aldermen McCraney, Connon, Scoullar, Franklin and Gavin
It was recommended:
1.That F.H. Hewitt be informed that he will be supplied with the grades of 8th Av as soon as the levels  are taken and a profile prepared
2.That C.O Wickenden, Architect be allowed to carry

[vol 5 pg 106]

a soil drain from the New Bank of Montreal building down Granville Street to connect with the sewer at or adjoining the manhole where the lane runs immediately North of Dunsmuir Street crosses Granville Street, subject to the direction of the City Engineer.

3.That the City Engineer be authorized to take what steps he may deem necessary to abate the nuisance complained of as existing at the foreshore Edwards Block, Abbott and Water Streets.

4.That the City Barbers be notified to remove their poles on West Cordova and Carroll Streets in accordance with Clause 13, of By-Law No 14 [unreadable], for the regulating of streets and sidewalks and that the Chief of Police be requested to see that same is carried into effect.

5.In reference to H. Abbot’s communication of July 21st regarding the proposed change of location of the C.P.R. freight sheds and the grading of Abbott Street and part of Dunsmuir Street to give access to same be it resolved that on condition that the C.P.R. Co. throw in the property enclosed within the proposed extension of said streets as taxable property and allow the City to close up the piece of Street in front of the old hospital building from Cambie to Beatty Streets and in addition open up Pender Street through to Carrall Street, the City will give $500.00 towards and grant permission for the grading by the railroad company of the streets asked for and shown on the plan submitted by the Company.

6.That the grade of Hastings Street from Carrall to Homer be changed according to the profile prepared by the City Engineer.

7.That tenders be invited for the following receivable up to Friday August 12th at 10 a.m.
(a) For street sprinkling
(b) For building as small house at the Crematory
(c) For clearing about 400 ft of Gravely Street, south side of Block 54, 264A.

[vol 5 pg 107]

8.That the following tender be accepted:
E.C. Britton, Sophia St 3 plank sidewalk
9.That the following accounts be paid:
John Currel, Sharpening Saws                                                  $19.50
Unreadable Hardware Sore, supplies                                         17.95
E. Cook, Rent of wharf                                                                25.00
P. Gordon, 5th Av                                                                        22.00
S.T. Tilley & Son                    supplies                                        40.65
Godfrey & co                         supplies                                        16.33
Van Elec Rwy Co                tickets                                  10.00
The. M. Thomas                    Alberni Street                             180.00
E.E. Britton                          6th Av                                          302.72
The. M. Thomas                   Lanes 16 & 72,196                     179.10
J. Hartning                             9th Av                                        293.39
Boyd & Clandening            Jockey Club Track                     1800.00
M. McIntyre                        5th Av                                           235.56
W.H. Fraser                        Hospital                                       400.00
Hobson Brd.                       8th Av                                           784.02
Geo F. Ronnesfell               7th Av                                          990.00
The. M Thomas                  Princess St                                  520.00
H.Lomas et al                   Labor
Sgd.H.P. McCraney
Moved by Alderman Gavin
Seconded by Alderman Anderson
That the Report be adopted,

Finance Report
The Finance Committee met on Friday August 5th 1892
Present: Aldermen Anderson, Collins and Odlum
It was recommended:
1.That H.T Ceperley be authorized to renew the Insurance on Fire Hall No.2 for 3 years to the amount of $1500.00
2.That the Fire Hall, Mount Pleasant be insured fort 3 years to the amount of $1500.00 and Messrs. Mellon & Smith receive $750.00 of the amount and J.W. MacFarland $750.00
3.That the School Trustees be granted another $10,000.00
4.That the following accounts be paid:
Emma Redgraves, Services in Pest House

[vol 5 pg 108]
S.T. Tilley & Son                              Supplies                   $ 22.25
C.P. Telegraph Co.                          Telephone                   109.92
Sgd. R.A. Anderson

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by Alderman Odlum
That be Report be adopted

F.W. & H. Committee

The F.W. & H Committee met on Wednesday August 3rd 1892
Present :Aldermen Franklin, Connon and Mills
It was remmended:
That the following accounts be paid:
Bell-Irving & Paterson                         Supplies                $ 106.68
Tye & Co,                                              Supplies                      6.25
I Forbes                                     Horse Shoeing                       2.00
S.T. Tilley & Son                                   Supplies                      1.25
Chas Nelson                                          Supplies                     6.50
ThF McGuigan                                      Duty paid                    .75
Atkins & Atkins                                     Supplies                     2.22
Connor & Glennon                               Supplies                   15.48
C. Cocking                                            Supplies                     1.25
Engineering News                                 Book                          3.00
Van Elec Ry & Co                    Supplies                   57.84
Moodyville Saw Mill Co                       Supplies                    3.82
B.C.W. T & Co                                      Supplies                    7.15
Hastings Saw Mill Co                          Supplies                     6.00
McLennan & McFeely                         Supplies                     7.80
W.A. McIntosh                                      Supplies                    4.00
ThRDunn & Co                                    Supplies                  126.61
Devine & Co                                        Supplies                     6.23
MSRose                                                Supplies                     3.15
R Lellewyn                                     Diving gear            6.50
W.Hooper et al                                    Labor                      215.10
Devine & Co                                        Supplies                   88.86
Creamer & Langley                             Supplies                   12.61
B.C.M. T &T Co                          Watering tank                   39.50

2.That A.G. Evans be informed that he will be relieved from duty as fireman after the 9th inst.

[vol 5 pg 109]

3.That the resignation fo Geo Herderson as  Call man be accepted to date from the 1st inst.
4.That Thorpe & Co be supplied with water through a connection to be made with Chas Doering’s pipe water to be measured by meter
5.That the City Engineer be instructed to get prices for the lead pipe required
6.That the City Accountant be instructed to have the signature of the City Engineer to all accounts for works or supplies in his department
7. That a weeks’ vacation be given to each fireman in turn, arrangements to be made by the Chief
Sgd. J.L. Franklin
Moved by Alderman Mills
Seconded by Alderman Franklin
That the Report be adopted

Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Tuesday August 2nd 1892
Present: Aldermen McGuigan, Anderson, Collins and Odlum
It was recommended:
1.That the City Engineer be instructed to have quarters be erected on the Crematory grounds at a cost not to exceed the amount provided in the Estimates
2.That tenders be invited for furnishing hair mattresses for the hospital & sample of hair to be accompanied each tender
3.That Dr. Herald be notified to dispense with the services of Dr. Wilson, as the smallpox has now been got under control and that said Dr. Herald’s services be retained until further arrangements are made with him, such services to be paid for at the rate of $10.00 per day

[vol 5 pg 110]

That the following accounts be paid:
H.H. Hayfield & Co                                       Supplies                                     $9.50
Davidson & Co                                              Repairs                                        6.00
Ideal Grocery                                                 Supplies                                     38.44
Robert Clark                                                  Supplies                                    112.00
F.W. Hart                                                       Burials                                       28.25
WT Cook                                                        Supplies                                     11.40
J.C. Douglas                                                  Supplies                                       4.80
Devine & Co                                                  Supplies                                       2.90
Wm Ralph                                                      Supplies                                     20.60
The Spa                                                         Supplies                                     71.80
Palmer Bros.                                                   Supplies                                     60.52
Hudson’s Bay Co                                           Supplies                                       9.52
T. Gale                                                            Repairs                                        2.50
H.W. Walden                                                  Repairs                                       7.20
Thos Fowler                                                   Repairs                                       2.90
Wm Fowler                                                   Repairs                                      16.90
R.T. Winch                                                    Supplies                                     21.44
B.C. District Telegraphic Service                Messenger                                     .60
Phibbs, Thomson & Co                                Supplies                                      4.24
E.M. McDonough                                          Supplies                                  119.50
J. Illingsworth                                              Supplies                                      4.50
Brunette Saw Mill Co                                 Supplies                                    24.84
J.P. Blake                                                      Supplies                                    23.00
Tyson & Co                                                   Supplies                                    27.20
Hudson’s Bay Co                                          Supplies                                    15.25
B.C. District Telegraph Service                   Messenger                                  1.25
John Clough                                        Horse & Buggy                                140.00
Hudson’s Bay Co                                         Supplies                                      33.47
– Lifaelt                                                         Supplies                                     52.50
Union S.S. Co                      Steamer to Victoria                                  400.00
John McDowell                                            Supplies                                       1.50
Champion & White                                 Scavengering                                   28.25
F.W. Hart                                                      Supplies                                     539.65
G.H. Allan                                                    Supplies                                        2.50
W.J. McGuigan

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by Alderman Odlum
That the Report be adopted.Carried

Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by Alderman McGuigan
That a By-Law be introduced to enable the City to grant a bonus of $300,000 in aid of the Burrard Inlet and Fraser Valley Railway Company

The By-Law was introduced and read a first time

Moved by Alderman Odlum
Seconded by Alderman McCraney
That the further consideration of this By-Law be deferred until Wednesday August the 10th at 7:30 P.M. to be then considered by the Whole Council and that the Promoters be asked to be present.

Moved by Alderman McGuigan
Seconded by Alderman Connon
That a By-Law be introduced and ready a first time, amending By-Law 144 of the City of Vancouver
Moved in Amendment by Alderman Collins
Seconded by Alderman Mills
That this By-Law be read 6 month’s hence
Amendment Carried


Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by Alderman Anderson
That outside Smallpox patients be not allowed to be brought to into the City limits.

Moved by Alderman McGuigan
Seconded by Alderman Anderson
That the City Engineer and City Solicitor be and they are instructed to take the measures necessary for the removal of an obstruction now placed upon a bridge on the gazetted public road near Keppler’s Brewery in this city and that said measures for the removal of said structures be taken forthwith as an accident is likely to happen by reason for said obstruction at any moment.
Motion Withdrawn

Moved by Alderman McGuigan
Seconded by Alderman Odlum
That the thanks of this Council be extended to Sergeant Emma Redgraves of the Rescue House for her services as nurse in connection with smallpox cases in this City, said services on her part having been freely and voluntarily given and that a copy of this resolution be forwarded her by the City Clerk

Moved by Alderman McGuigan
Seconded by Alderman Odlum
That the City Engineer be and is hereby instructed forthwith to erect two other buildings upon Isolation Hospital site in accordance with plan agreed upon, one building to be used for observation purposes, the other for quarters for nurses and kitchen.
These buildings to be completed within 7 days from commencement of same so that if an emergency should arise they can be used for the purpose intended.
Also that he be instructed to have a good well dug on the premises at once on the upper side of the buildings erected and that a brick lined cess pit for the treatment of drainage from said buildings be built on the lower side of buildings
Referred to Health Committee with power to act.

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by Alderman Collins
That a Committee Consisting of His Worship and Alderman Anderson & Odlum with the mover and seconder be appointed to draft a memorial for presentation to the Hon. McKenzie Bowell and General Herbert on their forthcoming visit to this City in reference to militia fortifications and other matter and that the Board of Trade be asked to co-operate.

[vol 5 pg 113]

The Board adjourned until Wednesday at 7:20P.M.

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk