By-Election Set For August 2 – July 18, 1895

Stanley Park entrance at Georgia St., 1895

Aldermen H. R. McCraney (Ward 3), G. W. Thomas (Ward 4) and W. P. Brown (Ward 5) had resigned, so the by-election in those wards was set for August 2. The July 11 Board of Works report was adopted, including the recommendation that, “the Council do open up a trail on Denman Street from Georgia Street to English Bay and surface grade the same to the extent of 7 ½ ft in width.”

This transcript was made in 2020 by Transcribimus volunteer
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Illustration: City of Vancouver Archives
reference number  AM1506-S1-: CVA 447-4
[Main entrance to  Stanley Park, foot of Georgia Street, ca. 1895]

Original handwritten minutes:
City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 6 pages 662 – 665
to see the original handwritten minutes for this date, click here

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Vancouver July 18th 1895

The Council held a special meeting on Thursday July 18th 1895.
Present His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Shaw, Queen, Gallagher, McPhaiden, Wm Brown, & Bethune.

The meeting was called to adopt the report of the Board of Works and to pass a By Law to fix polling places and appoint Deputy Returning Officers for the By Elections in Wards 3, 4 & 5.

The following report was read:

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on the 11th of July 1895.
Present: Aldermen Shaw, Queen, McPhaiden and Thomas

Mr. Round complained to the board that in grading Grove Street a quantity of rocks etc had been placed in front of his gate at Lot 4, B 109, D.L. 196. He also applied for a sidewalk.

Referred to Alderman Thomas to have the Ward Foreman remove the stones etc, also to have a temporary walk put down.


From Carter Bros. asking permission to put in the stone and brick foundations only for the Horne Block at Lot 8, B 8, 196, Cordova Street east. Pending the return of Mr. Horne when the question of the front and rear walls of the building being made 12” thick will be settled.

From Messrs Horrobin etal asking that the lane in B 14, D. L. 200a be opened.
Referred to the Chain Gang in proper turn.

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Resolved that one of the fire teams in No 1 Firehall be sent to sprinkle streets in Wards 3 & 4 and that one of the teams at the Mount Pleasant Firehall look after the sprinkling in Ward 5.

In re Morton appeal the Board recommends the following:

Resolved that in consideration of John Morton withdrawing the Assessment appeal that the Council do pay to the said Morton one half of his disbursements in the case now pending in the Supreme court of Morton vs Eihu not exceeding $80.00 and further that the Council do open up a trail on Denman Street from Georgia Street to English Bay and surface grade the same to the extent of 7 ½ ft in width further that the Council do open up Haro Street and Barclay Street to the Park Road and surface grade the same 30ft in width.

The whole of the above mentioned work to be completed at the end of the present year and the work on Denman Street to be commenced within 14 days from this date provided the whole of the above does not exceed $12.00.

Resolved that W. H. Kendall, contractor for crushed rock be instructed to send down a final quantity of 500 yards of crushed rock, the work on crushing same not to be commenced until this resolution has passed through the Council.


Resolved that tenders be called up to 4 P. M. on Thursday next the 18th inst. For the street sweeping for the balance of year.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

Evans, Coleman & Evans Supplies $122.80
Crowder & Penzer “ 4.50

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B. C. Iron Works Supplies $3.65
Champion & White Sweeping 45.
Thos Dunn & Co Supplies 14.42
Wm Towler Labor 2.25
Clarke & Stuart Supplies 7.11
Van Hardware Co “ 36.50
Evans, Coleman & Evans “ 7.20
Mc Lennan & Mc Feely “ 2.25
E. Clough Ex 4.00
S. Sheridan Carl Av 39.15

Sgd H. P. Shaw

Moved by Alderman Shaw
Seconded by “ McPhaiden

That the report be adopted.


From A. Gothard asking for a position during election day.

From Wm Towler claiming that the seat on the Aldermanic Board in Ward 5.

Introduction of By Law

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ Shaw

That the rules be suspended and a By Law introduced to fix the polling places the time and to appoint Deputy Returning Officers for holding an election in Wards 3, 4, & 5 for filling the vacancies on the Aldermanic Board in said ward.

The By Law was on motion read a first time

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Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ Bethune

That the rules be again suspended and the By Law read a second time.

The By Law was accordingly read a second time.

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ Bethune

That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the By Law with the Mayor in the Chair.

In Committee the By Law was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete. It was then read a 3rd time on motion of Alderman Brown, Seconded by Alderman Gallagher and ordered to be signed, sealed, and gazetted.

The Council then adjourned

Henry Collins

Thos F McGuigan
City Clerk