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 since Cassady’s Mill had closed down, they had to haul the sawdust for Crematory use from the Royal City Mills and that they would in future have to charge $0.50 a load instead of $0.25.

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Original handwritten minutes: COV Series 31
Volume 7 pages 382 – 388

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Vancouver December 7th 1896

The Council met on Monday December 7th 1896.

Present: Aldermen Brown (in the Chair), Painter, Shaw, Banfield, Schon, McPhaiden, Clandenning, MacDonald and Bethune.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.


From the Trades and Labor Council, protesting against the salary of H.J. Franklin being raised.

From the Chief of Police, reporting on the electric lights.

From the City Solicitor, reporting upon the qualifications of Mayor Collins and Alderman Shaw.

The following Reports were received and read:

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday Dec 4th 1896.

Present: The full Board.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

Con Railway Co. Lights $1,508.66

Hicks Bros Hack Hire $6.50

Queen Bros Hack Hire $5.00

Crowder & Penzer Supplies $33.18

The World P & C Co. Ads $44.64

The News Advertiser Ads $7.78


From the Hon E. Dewdney, acknowledging receipt of communications re the reduction of the salary of the Police Magistrate.

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Resolved that the Water Works Debentures lately authorized to be issued be printed in dimensions of $1,000.00 each.

Resolved that an address be prepared and presented to Hon A.G. Blair when he visits this City and that Aldermen Banfield, Brown and Painter be appointed a Committee to prepare such address.

sgd J.J. Banfield

Moved by Alderman Banfield
Seconded by Alderman Clandenning
That the report be adopted.

Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Wednesday December 2nd 1896.

Present: Aldermen McPhaiden, Shaw, Banfield and MacDonald.


From Dr. Thomas, rendering an account for $38.00 for giving evidence in the Police Court and the case of Bridge and Hunter and from James McGeer stating that the Dr. rendered no assistance whatsoever to him.
Referred to the City Clerk to ascertain the facts from the late Police Magistrate and report at next meeting

From the Rev E.D. McLaren, stating that the annual meeting of the Friendly Aid Society would be held on the 18th of November.

From Miss Macfie and Dr. Brydon Jack, explaining matters in connection with the case of one Horner who was refused admission into the City Hospital.

From Miss Macfie, furnishing Monthly Report.

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From the Health Inspector, furnishing Annual Report.

From Carter Bros, rendering an account of $7.20 for rebuilding fireplace in the City Hospital.
Resolved that the account be paid and collected from J.E.W. Macfarlane, Bondsman for the Contractor.

From Champion & White, stating that since Cassady’s Mill had closed down, they had to haul the sawdust for Crematory use from the Royal City Mills and that they would in future have to charge $0.50 a load instead of $0.25.
Resolved that they be allowed $0.50 a load until the mill reopens or until tenders are awarded next year.

From the Collector of Customs, stating that John Granger late of the Empress of India had no claim on the Sick Mariners Fund as he was injured while off duty.
Referred to the City Solicitor

Resolved that John Mooney, an inmate of the City Hospital be provided with an outfit of clothing, underwear etc. at a cost not to exceed $25.00 and that the Chairman be empowered to purchase the clothing for him.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

A Nottle Labour $8.75

Pioneer Steam Laundry Washing $50.55

Scoullar & Co. Supplies $21.10

B.C. M.T.&T. Co Supplies $2.23

J. Dodson Supplies $9.60

Scott & Devlin Supplies $7.15

Rand Bros. Insurance $5.00

D.C. McGregor Insurance $10.00

McDowell & Co. Supplies $58.87

J.C. Woodrow Supplies $41.26

Crowder & Penzer Supplies $50.91

Irquhart Bros. Supplies $5.80

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Dr. Johnston Mental Examination $10.00

Chas Anderson Supplies $5.55

Dr. Poole Post Mortems $30.00

Dr. Robertson Post Mortems $10.00

J. Stevens & Son Supplies $3.60

C.F. Foreman Supplies $70.40

H.H. Layfield & Co. Supplies $25.20

Champion & White Supplies $8.75

C.S. Philp Supplies $16.75

Signed D. McPhaiden

Moved by Alderman McPhaiden
Seconded by Alderman MacDonald
That the Report be adopted.

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on the 3rd inst.
Present: The full Board


From J. Z. Hall etal, asking that the sidewalk on the north side of Nelson Street from Thurlow to Bute Streets be moved 6 feet out and also a new 6 ft. walk on Thurlow Street from Nelson to Barclay St west side.

Resolved that the Contractor, S. Sheridan for Thurlow St walk be instructed to put in this piece of walk namely Thurlow Street westside from Barclay to Nelson St. at same rate of $13 ½ per foot.

The Engineer was requested to see some of the owners to find out whether there would be any objection made to the moving out of the sidewalk on Nelson Street as requested by certain petitioners.

From T. A. Lee, re earth from filling in at new sidewalk at Broughton Street.

Resolved that the Foreman be instructed to fill in the holes complained of with the first surplus earth available for the purpose.

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From the Water Works men and foreman & co, asking for Saturday afternoon half holiday
Referred to next year’s Council

From J.J. Babbin, complaining of water overflowing hold Block 61.196.
Referred to the Chain gang for attention

Resolved that the Foreman for Ward 1 be instructed to put a railing on the edge of sidewalk at the creek which crosses 8th Ave west of South Granville Street.

Resolved that the Foreman for Ward 5 be instructed to attend to the following work:

  1. Westminster Ave – westside, 6 ft walk from 10th Ave to the City limits;
  2. 11th Ave, 6 ft walk from Westminster Ave to Sophia St;
  3. St. George St, 3 ft walk from 7th to 8th Ave;
  4. Scotia St, 3 ft walk from 6th to Dufferin St;
  5. 10th Ave, Footbridge from Temperance Hall to Westminster Ave,
  6. 6th Ave, 6 ft walk from Scotia St to bridge and from the bridge to Brunswick St one block.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

Robertson & Hackett Supplies $11.12

R.C.P. Mills Supplies $12.84

B.C. Ironworks Co. Supplies $34.00

A. Balkwill Sewer $9.80

Sgd H.P. Shaw

Moved by Alderman MacDonald
Seconded by Alderman McPhaiden
That the report be adopted.

Unfinished Business

Moved by Alderman Bethune
Seconded by Alderman MacDonald
That the Council go into Committee for the appointment of two Police Officers.

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Applications were read from the following persons: W.W. Southern, James A. MacDonald, S.A. Smyth, D. Leatherdale, Geo Thorpe, Donald McIsaac, Keeler Fulton, Kenneth MacDonald, Wm Cameron, Joe Kelly, R.K. Gow, J.L. McInnes, Henry Avison, Thos Fletcher, John McAllister, Wm Coulten, J.H. Matheson, Alexander McDonald, J.D. Swetsinger, Hancock Fyfe, A.W. McCallum, P. Peake, C.J. Sweet, Alan Arkin, J.P. Morrison and John M. McLean.

The Committee then preceded to ballot for the selection of two men.

After a number of ballots were taken it was found that John McAllister and Keeler Fulton received a majority of the Committee.

The Committee then rose and reported their appointments

It was then moved by Alderman McPhaiden
Seconded by Alderman MacDonald

That John McAllister and Keeler Fulton be appointed police officers for the City of Vancouver at a salary of $60.00 per month each.

Reconsideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Banfield
Seconded by Alderman Bethune
That the Water Works Extension By-Law be reconsidered and finally passed and be signed by the Acting Mayor and City Clerk and the Corporate Seal affixed thereto.

Notice of Motion

Alderman Bethune gave notice that at next meeting of Council, he would move the following resolution:

That the City Engineer look up a site for a new cemetery comprising about 30 or 40 acres and report to the Health Committee when such information is obtained.

The Council then adjourned.

W. Brown
Acting Mayor

Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk