W. F. Salsbury, Vancouver Alderman

W. F. Salsbury, Vancouver Alderman

This biography of Vancouver Alderman W. F. Salsbury was originally published in the Vancouver Daily World of December 31, 1888, and transcribed by volunteer Lesley H. in May of 2018.


As a representative for Ward I, came out at the recent election in that ward at the head of the poll, which fact of itself speaks clearly of the very high opinion the electors have of him and the great hopes with which they look forward to his actions and good judgment in the Council. Mr. Salsbury was born at the pretty suburb of Kew, in the County of Surrey, England, within a few minutes ride by train of the “little village,” the metropolis of the world, in the year 1847. In his whole career he has shown a remarkable adaptability for figures, which faculty evinced itself at the early age of 4, his memory in that respect being perfectly wonderful, a qualification which we think should certainly cause his being appointed Chairman of the Finance Committee of the new Council. He entered railway life at the early age of 12, and was for some time in the service of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railroad. In the year 1870 he emigrated to Canada and entered the Treasurer’s Department of the Grand Trunk Railway under Mr. Hickson. Later, in 1881, he passed into the service of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. He landed in this Province in July, 1886, on the first through overland train. Mr. Salsbury has worked hard all his life, and his training is sure to be of the greatest service to him in dealing with any intricate points which may require his attention in the new Council. He has invested considerably in the city, and may be considered one of Vancouver’s solid, broad-minded, go-ahead citizens.

Vancouver Mayor & Aldermen for 1892

portrait of Fred Cope (1860-1897)
Fred Cope (1860-1897) 3rd Mayor of Vancouver, 1892-1893

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 32 when elected. Before becoming mayor, Cope was the president of the British Columbia Building Association. A full-on newspaper war erupted during the election campaign when the Vancouver News Advertiser claimed Cope was a puppet of Oppenheimer, and the Vancouver World championed him.

John Mackie, Vancouver Sun, 2002
quoted with permission

Mayor: Fred Cope (1892 – 1893)

Aldermen:

Ward 1: R.A. Anderson, H.E. Connon

Ward 2: Henry Collins, A.W. Scoullar

Ward 3: H. R. McCraney, W. J. McGuigan

Ward 4: J.L. Franklin, Edward Odlum

Ward 5: J.J. Gavin, R. Mills

information from Vancouver’s Elected Representatives by Wayne D. Madden, 2003

Vancouver Mayor & Aldermen for 1891

Mayor: David Oppenheimer

Aldermen:

Ward 1:  Sam Brighouse, J.T. Carroll

Ward 2:  James F. Garden (resigned), Alexander Godfrey, A.W. Scouller (elected in byelection)

Ward 3:  C.G. Hobson, William Templeton

Ward 4:  William Brown, John McDowell

Ward 4:  H. De Pencier (resigned), Charles Doering*, C.L. Brown (elected in byelection)

information from Vancouver’s Elected Representatives by Wayne D. Madden, 2003

* Madden gives Charles Doering’s surname as “Dooring”

Vancouver Mayor & Aldermen for 1890

Mayor: David Oppenheimer

Aldermen:

Ward 1:  J.M. Browning, J.T. Carroll

Ward 2: James F. Garden, J.W. Horne

Ward 3:  J.M. Fox, F.W. Sentell

Ward 4:  Michael Costello, Malcolm McLeod

Ward 5: Charles Doering*, Hamilton Mason

information from Vancouver’s Elected Representatives by Wayne D. Madden, 2003

* Madden gives Doering’s last name as “Dooring”

Vancouver Mayor & Aldermen for 1889

Mayor:  David Oppenheimer

Aldermen:

Ward 1:  Sam Brighouse, J.F. Salsbury

Ward 2:  J.W. Horne, James Whetham

Ward 3:  M.J. Brower, Robert Clark

Ward 4:  Michael Costello, G.S. McConnell

Ward 5:  John M. Lefevre (resigned), Isaac Oppenheimer, Hamilton Mason (elected in byelection)

source: Vancouver’s Elected Representatives by Wayne D. Madden, 2003

Isaac Oppenheimer, Vancouver Alderman

Isaac Oppenheimer, Vancouver Alderman

This biography of Vancouver Alderman Isaac Oppenheimer was originally published in the Vancouver Daily World newspaper of December 31, 1888, and transcribed by volunteer Chris Mizzoni in May of 2018. Chris also transcribed the original 1886 nomination, signed by Isaac Oppenheimer, below.


ISAAC OPPENHEIMER

Has represented Ward 5 ever since the city was incorporated, and has been elected at the head of the poll on each occasison. He was born in the city of Bleskaskel, Bavaria, in the year 1835. He remained there until 1848, in which year he left for the United States, residing in the city of New Orleans, La, until the year 1852. Leaving New Orleans he left for California, remaining there one year, after which he took up his residence, for a period of six years, in the State of Oregon, and also California, eventually leaving for British Columbia in beginning of the year 1859, and has resided in this Province ever since. In the December of 1871 he made a tour of the east and remained absent for about 7 months, after a prolonged stay of 11 years in the vicinity of Lytton, Cariboo, and Big Bend country. During his stay in the mountains he always identified himself with the miners as one of their number and used his utmost endeavors to forward their interests and any rising industries and new developments. He was at that time in partnership with his brother, and the name of Oppenheimer Bros. was known at all points in the Province. Ald. Isaac Oppenheimer may be said, in conjunction with David Oppenheimer, to have established the business of the firm in Lytton, Cariboo, Yale, Dog Creek, Barkerville, Richfield and also Victoria. During his stay in the Cariboo district he was recognized as a friend to the miners, and took a lead in carrying out all work, such as drainage of the mines. Ald. Oppenheimer has been familiar with this townsite both before and since the city was incorporated, has large interests in the Vancouver Improvement Co’s property, also in every ward excepting ward 2, and cannot fail to be recognized as an active workman not only in measures undertaken by the Councils of 1887, 1888 but may be expected to exhibit his energy, and careful and good judgement in all matters which may come up for consideration at the meeting of the new Council.


City Clerk’s Office

Vancouver, B.C. 1886

I Robert Couth a resident voter of Fifth Ward hereby propose nominate
Mr. Isaac Oppenheimer as a fit and proper person to represent Ward No. 5 in the Municipal Council of the City of Vancouver for the year 1887.

I (Manley Sparks) hereby second the Nomination of Mr. Isaac Oppenheimer as representative of Ward No.5 for the Municipal Council of The City of Vancouver for the year 1887.

I Isaac Oppenheimer hereby agree to accept the Nomination as Alderman for the Fifth Ward of the City of Vancouver for the year 1887.

Isaac Oppenheimer

Robert Clark, Vancouver Alderman

Robert Clark, Vancouver Alderman

This biography of Vancouver Alderman Robert Clark was originally published in the Vancouver Daily World newspaper of December 31, 1888, and transcribed by volunteer Leesa Poffenroth in May of 2018.


ROBERT CLARK is a Scotchman. He was born in the bright and prosperous County of Lanarkshire, and is proud of the fact, too. He left auld Scotia, for Canada, in 1871, and remained four years in Manitoba. Thence, in 1875, he came to this Province, which has since been his home. For some time he was engaged in business in Nanaimo and also for six years in Yale. The whole large block, at the corner of Carrall and Oppenheimer Streets, in which the clothing establishment of Gilmore & Clark is located, belongs to them jointly and is a fine property.

Robert Clark Clothiers. Courtesy City of Vancouver Archives

The firm is an old and reputed one. Just before the great fire, in 1886, which occurred in Vancouver and swept it for the time being into oblivion, the firm opened a branch business here, of which Mr. Clark had charge. They were “burnt out,” as everybody else was. Still they rose, Phoenix-like, from the flames mightier and stronger than ever. Robert Clark has represented Ward 3 during the years 1887 and 1888, and has now been re-elected for the year 1889, which fact is a sufficient guarantee that his worth is appreciated by the electors of that ward. He is also President of the St. Andrew’s and Caledonian Society; is an able speaker and keen debater; a good all-round business man, and owns property all over the city.

 

 

Samuel Brighouse, Vancouver Alderman

Samuel Brighouse, Vancouver Alderman

This biography of Vancouver Alderman Sam Brighouse was originally published in the Vancouver Daily World newspaper of December 31, 1888, and transcribed by volunteer Judy Lam Maxwell, owner of Historical Chinatown Tours, in May of 2018.


SAMUEL BRIGHOUSE

was born in Yorkshire, England and re-
mained there assisting his father as a farmer
and overseer of the parish until being per-
suaded that the chances of success were
greater in the New World than at home, he
resolved to go there, and sailed in the Great
Eastern from Milford Haven in May, ’62
On arrival at New York he started out
directly for Cariboo, but the miner’s life
not suiting him he left there in the fall
of the same year, located his Vancouver
property and commenced farming and
stoc raising in New Westminster. After
five years he extended his operations to
Lulu Island, on the North Arm of the
Fraser River, and now holds a farm there
which compares favorably with the others
in that vicinity. He sat in the Richmond
Council for part of a season, having been
elected to that position by the Councillors.
With the new year he commences his sec-
ond season as one of the Aldermen for Ward
1 of the city. Samuel Brighouse is one of
the pioneers of the Province, and has done
much to forward the progress of
Vancouver since its incorporation. He, in
conjunction with Mr. Hailstone, is one of the
largest individual property owners in the
city, and has done efficient work not only
as a member of the Board of Works, but
also in connection with other committees.
He has stood out strongly in all matters re-
quiring reform and is known to be an hon-
est conscientious worker both in the inter-
ests of his ward and the city generally. His
past record in the Council places him on a
very firm footing with all his colleagues in
the new Council. There can be no doubt
that those who re-elected him will have no
reason to regret the step they have taken.

Gilbert S. McConnell, Vancouver Alderman

Gilbert S. McConnell, Vancouver Alderman

This biography of Vancouver Alderman Gilbert S. McConnell was originally published in the Vancouver Daily World newspaper of December 31, 1888, and transcribed by Transcribimus volunteer Leesa Poffenroth in May of 2018.


GILBERT S. M’CONNELL, who has been re-elected for Ward No. 4, is the second son of Andrew McConnell of Lachute Mills, P. Que. He was born in 1856. At the age of 18 he entered the employ of Messrs. Greene & Sons, the well known merchants, with whom he remained for five years. He then served a term in the Northwest Mounted Police, and underwent all the adventures of a frontiersman’s life. After his term of service expired he was appointed Indian Agent, in charge of the Touchwood Hill District, and succeeded in settling down to agricultural pursuits over 1,500 of the Plain Indians, principally of the Cree and Salteux tribes. When the rebellion broke out he was appointed 3rd transport officer on General Middleton’s staff, serving from the first day of the trouble to the last. He came to Vancouver in the autumn of 1886, and he erected over 30 houses of all classes. He was elected to the Council first in June of last year by a large majority. He was elected Chairman of the Police Committee, a position which he filled acceptably to his colleagues at the Council Board and the city generally.