Crazy George, Sullivan child to receive City aid – February 11, 1895

The CPR owed the City of Vancouver $661.14 for care of its patients. William Morseby (governor of the Provincial jail in New Westminster) paid $145 for keep of prisoners. The Health Committee empowered to aid Crazy George, who was in destitute circumstances. Council granted $5.00 a week to the St. Luke’s Home for support of Mrs. Sullivan’s child.

This transcript was made in 2020 by Transcribimus volunteers Gerald Soon

City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 6 pages 424 – 430
to see original handwritten minutes from February 11, 1895, click here

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Vancouver Feb 11th 1895
The Council met on Monday February 11th 1895
Present – His Worship the Mayor, and Aldermen Shaw, Coupland, Queen, Gallagher, McCraney, McPhaiden, Wm Brown, Thomas, Bethune, and W.P. Brown.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.


From J. Rogers etal protesting against a change of the Fire Limits.
Referred to the Board of Works

From E.H. Heaps etal asking for a sidewalk on Powell Street between Barnard Castle and Kirkpatrick’s Shingle Mill.
Referred to the Board of Works

From T. Kirkpatrick etal asking for a hydrant near the Brewery on Powell Street
Referred to the Fire Marshall & Police

From Messrs Bridge & Hunter making charges against the Milk Inspector.
Referred to the Health Committee

From W.H. Fraser etal asking for a Sewer in B.49.D.L. 181
Referred to the Board of Works

From Fewster & Co asking for the removal of the express stand from the Corner Carrall and Hastings Streets
Referred to the Board of Works

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From George Phillips quoting a rate for putting a sanitary grate in the old hospital.
Referred to the Health Committee

From R.S. Whatmough & Co asking for a reduction of the license for peddling Coal oil
Referred to the Finance Committee

From the Hon James Baker, Provincial Secretary asking that the wages of the men employed in the Reservoir be paid.
Referred to Water & Light Committee & City Solicitor

From the Secretary of the City Band asking for the usual yearly grant:
Laid over for consideration with estimates

From the Chief of Police reporting on the Electric lights Filed.

From M.G. McLeod asking for an increase of salary.
Referred to the Police Committee

From C.L. Brown asking that water be connected with the new fountain on Mount Pleasant
Referred to the Water & Light Committee

The following Reports were received and read,

Fire, Market & Police Committee

The Fire, Market and Police Committee met on
Tuesday February 5th 1895
Present – the full Board
The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
F. Filion Supplies 50.70
Walsh Bros. “ 79.93

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A.H. Hatch Repairs $8.00
James Carnahan Scavengering 1.00
Robertson & Hackett Supplies .65
Nelson & Martin “ 22.00
McLennan & McFeely “ 7.35
Thos Dunn & Co “ 19 1.25
City Printing Works “ 19.80
Wm Moresby, Keep of Prisoners 145.00

From J. Dixon, Secretary of the Licensed Victuallers asking for a reduction of the Pool and Billiard Licenses Laid over

From G.G. Biggar and W.H. Goodwin asking for insurance on the Police Laid over

From Wulffsohn & Dewicke and John Devine asking for protection against parties damaging vacant houses.
That a reward of $10.00 be offered for the dection [sic] and conviction of parties caught breaking windows, damaging houses on destroying ornamental trees.

From A.M. Beattie asking that a delegation from the Council wait upon him re Market affairs
Laid over for special inspection by the Committee

That the Meat contract be awarded to J.C. Woodrow.

That the City Treasurer be instructed

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to pay S. Calkins $1.50 retained by the City for Life Insurance, he having left the Fire Brigade.
The Board then adjourned to meet again on Tuesday the 12th next at 2 P.M.
sgd W.H. Gallagher

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That the Report be adopted

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday, February 8th, 1895
Present – the full Board
The following contracts were awarded:-
Meat to J.C. Woodrow
Groceries to C.F. Foreman.
Bread to J. Dobson.
The washing tender was referred to the Health Committee

From C. Sweeney asking for $15.00 for Solicitor’s Fees.
Referred to the City Solicitor

From Oppenheimer Bros and Inman & Thomson asking for the refund of certain taxes
That the City Treasurer Engineer be instructed to prepare a plan showing the location fo the C.P.R. right-of-way through the lots affected.
From Mellon, Smith & Co asking for the renewal of the insurance on the hospital
Referred to the Health Committee

From J. Reath stating that certain repairs are necessary at the driving yard.
Resolved. That he be instructed to have repairs made.

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From the News.Advertiser quoting a rate for 25 debentures or less and agreeing to having the work done in the City.
That their communication be attached to their contract.

From the Park Commissioners asking that $500.00 be placed to their credit
That their request be granted.

From D. McGillivray submitting an account for $8981.00 for Street rails and asking for payment of same.
That he be paid 75 per cent of the amount subject to everything being found in order.

From Sister Frances asking for help for St. Luke’s Home. Filed.

From W.J. Gallagher submitting an account for cuts of the City Seal. Laid Over

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
Lee & Stewart Hack Hire $1.50
A.St. G. Haversley Law Costs 300.00
Telephone Co. Rent 38.40
Crowder & Penzer Supplies 65.65
W. Kerfoot Drayage 1.50
Thomson Bros. Supplies .50
Van Elec Ry & L. Co. “ .50
F. Filion “ 3.00
Clarke & Stuart “ 12.13
News.Advertiser “ 6.80

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C.P. Telegraph Co. Telegrams $8.29
Diplock & Co. Supplies 42.92
H. Colliers etal Deputation to Victoria 65.00
J.J. Cowderoy Clerical Work 21.25
A.St. G. Hamersley Disbursements 115.85
sgd H.P. McCraney

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ Bethune
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Wednesday February 6th 1895.
Present – the full Board

From the City Clerk stating that the C.P.R. Co owed the City $661.14 for the care of patients in the hospital.
That Aldermen McPhaiden and Wm Brown be appointed a Committee to interview W. Abbott on the subject.

From H.G.F. Clinton asking the Council to contribute $5.00 a week for the support of the child of Mrs Sullivan in St. Luke’s Home.
That the sum of $5.00 be donated.

From Jas McGeer furnishing Milk Report. Filed

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
Dr. Bell-Irving Attendance on Ashford family $10.00

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Van Elec Ry & L. Co Lights $79.20
C.P.R. Co Supplies 2.80
Wm Robb “ 45.00
G. Drysdale “ 41.08
D. Ruth Nursing 85.00
Van Elec Ry & L Co. Lights 82.20
Dom Express Co. Express Charge 1.65
John. S. Pierce & Co. Supplies 8.87
Mrs. F.X. Martin Ticket 10.00
Geo Walker Work 5.00

sgd D. McPhaiden

Moved by Alderman Thomas
Seconded by “ Queen
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

Alderman Coupland & Gallagher reported that Crazy George was in destitute circumstances and asked the Council to make some provision for him.
The Matter was referred to the Health Committee with power to act.


Moved by Alderman Shaw
Seconded by “ Queen
That the following Relief Pay Roll be passed:-
Wm George etal. $700.55 Carried

The Council then adjourned

Henry Collins

Thos. F. McGuigan,
City Clerk