Owen Hughes rewarded $25 for fire bravery – July 18, 1887

Mr. Owen Hughes, steward of the Hospital, granted $25 in compensation for loss of money and property during his efforts to save the hospital building during the May 31 fire. Mr. E.J. Clark of Toronto’s offer of a lot for a City Hospital was considered, but the Board of Health recommends no action be taken at present. City Clerk to write to the Provincial Secretary asking that the appropriations voted at the last meeting of the Legislature be placed to the credit of the City.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 2 pages 10-14

Vancouver July 18, 1887

The Council met on Monday July 18, 1887 at 7.30 p.m.

Present Aldermen Clark, Lefevre, Lockerby, Mannion, Isaac Oppenheimer, D. Oppenheimer and Sanders.

Moved by Alderman David Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Lefevre
that Alderman Mannion be appointed Chairman pro tem.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

From the President and Council of the British Columbia Rifle Association, requesting the pleasure of the attendance of the Mayor and Council on the occasion of the opening of the Annual Prize Meeting.
The Clerk was instructed to reply.


Board of Health.

The Board of Health met on Friday July 15th 1887 and report that they have examined the following accounts and recommend their payment:
J.B. Thornton, Groceries for Hospital$13.52
F.X. Martin, Groceries for Hospital 57.81
H. McDowell &c., Medicines 3.00
Owen Hughes, Washing etc. $13.00
Mrs. James Dunbar 45.00
B.B. Skinner, Drayage $2.50
W.W. Ayer, Scavenger Work 20.50
Wm. Urquhart 9.75
G.H. Bright, Bread 3.75
Walter Ashford, Milk 11.75

We recommend that as Mr. Owen Hughes, Steward of the City Hospital, has lost considerable money and property in his efforts to save said building from fire on the 31st of May, that he be granted twenty five dollars as a mark of appreciation for the services he rendered in connection therewith.
We consider the time has arrived when the appointment of a Medical Health Officer should be considered and we would therefore urge upon the Council the necessity of taking immediate steps towards the appointment of such officer.
The communication of Mr. E.J. Clark of Toronto, offering a site for the City Hospital was considered but your committee would recommend that no action be taken towards the erection of a hospital at present.
sgd. J.M. Lefevre

Moved by Alderman I. Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Lefevre
that the Board of Health be empowered to make all arrangements for the construction of a general Hospital.

Report adopted on motion of Ald. Isaac Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Lefevre.

Board of Works
The Board of Works met on Friday July 15th 1887 and report that the following tenders have been received for the improvement of Hamilton Street, and Dunlevy Avenue.
Hamilton Street.
W.C. Muir
Grubbing etc. per L. ft. 49 cents
Sidewalks per L. ft. 20 cents
McDonald & Cameron
Grubbing &c per L. ft. 57 cents
Sidewalks per L. ft. 27 cents
Plank for Culverts M. ft. $18.00
Dunlevy Avenue.
W.C. Muir.
Grubbing etc. per L. ft. 40 cts
Sidewalks per L. ft. 20 cts
McDonald & Cameron
Grubbing etc. per L. ft. 38 cts
Sidewalks per L. ft. 27 cts
Plank for Culverts per M $18.00
W.C. McDonald & Co.
Grubbing &c per L. ft. 46 cts
Sidewalks per L. ft. 28 cts
Plank for Culverts M. ft. $16.00
We recommend that Dunlevy Avenue be awarded to McDonald & Cameron and Hastings Street to W.C. Muir. We recommend that W.C. Muir be paid his two accounts for ditching.

We recommend that the following improvements be proceeded with.
(1) Park Avenue and Johnston Street with one 5 foot sidewalk.
(2) 7th Avenue to be cleared the full width and graded ditched and crowned 18 ft in the centre.
3. Cambie Street to be grubbed, cleared and graded; with two 6 foot sidewalks from Hastings Street to Georgia Street and from there to the Railroad Reserve to be cleared and close cut the full width and 18 feet in the centre to be grubbed graded ditched and crowned.
4. Georgia Street to be close cut cleared and burned from Howe Street to the junction and 20 feet in the centre grubbed cleared graded ditched and crowned.
5. That J.H. Wert he employed to furnish the grading of the Public Cemetery if satisfactory arrangements can be made with him.

We have instructed the City Engineer to examine and report upon the petition of Wm. Power for the improvement of Granville Street; and also to ascertain the cost of close cutting clearing and burning Westminster Avenue from False Creek Bridge to Mr. Blair’s House, and laying a two foot sidewalk thereon; also to examine and report upon condition of road east of Campbell Avenue within the City Limits and cost of improving same.
We recommend that the contract for the completion of Dupont Street be given to Mr. G. Hayden if the same can be done legally.

The following applications were received for Clerk of the Sewers.
J.H. Wert, Duncan McRea, J.W. Cameron, Thos. Stephenson, Robert Reid, E. Malendine and A. Parker.
We recommend that a choice be made from Thos. Stephenson, J.W. Cameron or A. Parker and that the Salary be fixed at $75.00 per month.
sgd I. Oppenheimer
Acting Chairman.

Report adopted D. Oppenheimer – Clark.

The appointment of Clerk of the Sewers was postponed for one week.


Moved by Alderman D. Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Clark.
that the City Clerk be instructed to write to the Provincial Secretary asking that the appropriations voted at last meeting of the Legislature be placed to the credit of the City.

Clerk to write to Provincial Secretary re Grants for F.W.L. & Hospital.

Alderman Lefevre gave notice that he would at the next meeting of Council introduce a resolution for the appointment of a Medical Health Officer at a Salary of $50.00 per month.

The Council then adjourned.

M.A. MacLean

Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk