Married Women as School Trustees? – March 1, 1897

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Text Source: City of Vancouver Archives Series 31
Volume 7 pages 474 – 481

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Vancouver, March 1st, 1897

The Council met on Monday March 1st, 1897 at 7:30 pm

Present – His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Painter, McQueen, Neelands, Clandenning, McPhaiden, Brown, W.S. MacDonald, D.G. McDonald and Coldwell

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.


From Alex Gilmore, Victoria asking for time to connect his premises on Dupont Street to the Sewer. Referred to the Health Committee

From the City Solicitor stating that the Municipal Act could be amended to provide for the imposing of a tax on tobacconists.


From the City Solicitor stating that he had sent a letter to the Minister of Education indicating how the Municipalities Act could be amended to allow married women to vote for School Trustees and to be eligible to be elected as School Trustees.


From GW Henry, Mission City asking the Council to hand over the Market to the B. C. Fruit Exchange Society for a headquarters.

Referred to the Market Committee.

From the Chief of Police reporting on the Electric lights.


From W.I. Ceperley stating that he had given orders for the removal of the Verandah on the corner of Carrall and Cordova Streets.


From Messrs. Wilson & Campbell drawing attention to the arbitrary conduct of the Health Inspector in connection with the ejectment of tenants from the Vermilyea Block.

Referred to the Health Committee.

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From the City Clerk reporting that the By-Laws to provide $70,000 for the advancement of education had carried.


From Alex Bruce et al asking the Mayor to call a Public Meeting to discuss the reason why the Council refused to submit a By-Law to provide funds for the establishment of a Public Library.

Laid over.

From WH Salsbury Secy Smelter Committee stating that all the Smelter Propositions were awaiting further developments.


From Wm. Selolver asking for a bonus of $150.00 for the establishment of a Smelter in Vancouver.

Referred to the Smelter Committee

From the City Solicitor stating that notice provisions of ByLaw No 141 were complied and the owners of lots which were cleared by the Chain Gang could not be compelled to pay for such clearing.


From the Secretary of the Free Library Board asking for $5600 for the current year.

Referred to the Finance Committee

From W. Thomas et al asking that Keefer St be continued westward to Carrall Street.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From R. Harrison et al asking for improvements to Burrard Street.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From J.M Spinks asking for a sidewalk on 7th Av.

Referred to the Board of Works

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The following reports were received and read:

Water + Market Committee

The Water + Market Committee met on Wednesday February 24th 1897

Present Aldermen Brown, Painter, McDonald and Neelands

The following accounts were recommended for payments:

Thos P Dunn & Co Supplies $75.81

W. Ralph Supplies $2.35

Carr Genl Elec Co Supplies $4.30

Hooper et al Labor $46.70

Sgd, Wm Brown


Moved by Alderman Brown

Seconded by Alderman D.G MacDonald

That the report be adopted.


Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday February 26th, 1897

Present the full Board

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

News Advertiser Supplies $66.64

Evans, Coleman & Evans Supplies $9.91

G.A. Roedde Supplies $36.95

H.H. Layfield & Co Supplies $5

Clarke & Stuart Supplies $18.80

J.J. Cowderoy Clerical Work $12.50

W.E Johnstone Clerical Work $60.00

John Devine Clerical Work $10.00

The following contract was approved and authorized to be signed by the Mayor and City Clerk and the Corporate Seal affixed thereto binding. G.A. Roedde.

The following tenders were received for a bill for a drillshed – from the C.P.R Co J.J. Banfield & Oppenheimer BrP.

Filed for reference.

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From Miss Eldridge asking for the position of Stenographer and Typewriter.


From Lyster & Co stating that it would cost $20.00 to repair the Remington Typewriter but that the Caligraph was not worth fixing.

Resolved that the Remington machine be repaired and that only one be used.

From the City Band the Children’s Home the W.C.T.U. and Park Commissioners asking for yearly grant.

Laid over for Estimates.

From Wm Selevor and O.L. Spencer asking for the consideration of Smelter Propositions.

Referred to the Smelter Committee.

Resolved that the Mayor, Treasurer and Solicitor be a Committee to arrange a loan if necessary on New Water Works debentures newly issued.

Resolved that 200 copies of the Annual Report for 1897 be printed.

Mr. Hamersley submitted a copy of a letter addressed by him to the Minister of Education indicating how the School Act could be amended to meet the case to allow married women to vote for School Trustees and be eligible to act as School Trustees.


John Devine interviewed the Board and asked for extra remuneration for assessment.

Request not granted.

Sgd, J McQueen


Moved by Alderman McQueen.

Seconded by Alderman Painter

That the report be adopted.


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Board of Works

The Board of Wards met on the 28th of February 1897

Present Alderman Painter (in the Chair), McPhaiden, Neelands, Coldwell and MacDonald


From McDonald BrP et al asking for a new dressed sidewalk Cordova Street East from the C.P.R. tracks to Columbia Avenue

Ward Foreman to attend to

From Petitioners asking that Hastings Street East be ditched etc as it is nearly impassable.

Referred to the Foremen for Wards 3 & 4 to attend to as it is the dividing street

From officers in chair of Chang Gang giving statement of number of days cutting brush in Wards 1, 2 & 3. Filed for reference

From Petitioners asking for improvements on the following streets:

Grant St & Clark Drive – 3 Plank Walk

Heather Street – Grading

Seventh Av west of Bridge St – 6 ft walk.

All were laid over funding estimates.

Moved by Alderman Caldwell.

Seconded by Alderman Neelands.

That all obstruction to the Sidewalks on the South Side of Cordova Street from Cambie to Carrall in the shape of hydrants to be removed.


Resolved that the City Solicitor be requested to report whether this cost of cutting the brush on vacant lots by the chain gang can be recovered from the property owners.

The following Tenders were received and opened:

Granville Street Bridge

Calder & Bruce $735

G.J. Cory $49

Resolved that the Tender of G.J. Cory be

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recommended for acceptance provided he furnishes satisfactory sureties.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

News Advertiser Supplies $22.56

Faith & Sons Supplies $43.30

Elkins et al. Labor $980.65

Sgd H.J. Painter

Acting Chairman.

Moved by Alderman McPhaiden

Seconded by Alderman Coldwell.

That the report be adopted.


Fire and Police Committee

The Fire and Police Committee met on Tuesday, February 23rd, 1897

Present Alderman Coldwell, McQueen, McPhaiden and W.S. MacDonald.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

A.H. Hatch Supplies $10.95

I. Allen Supplies $80.84

J.B. Saint Supplies $6.00

Chief of Police Transportation $15.00

A. Inton Boat Hire $6.00

S. Corinnier Witness fees $2.00

W.J. Allen Express hire $1.00

Evans Coleman & Evans Supplies $12.62

Clubb & Stewart Supplies $11.00

Wm. Ralph Supplies $12.10

News Advertiser Supplies $13.00

E. Clough Express hire $.50

C.D. Higginson Express hire $1.00


From Officers Harris and Grady stating that they had received $24.30 each from the Customs as a reward for seizing Chinese wine in April last.

Resolved that they be allowed to retain the said rewards.

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From Night Watchman Wm McGirr asking the Council to pay him $15 a month from the 1st of January the same as is paid Night Watchman Burdy.

Filed for reference.

Resolved that J. G. Jonah, Engineer at Fire Hall No 2 have his salary increased $5.00 per month after the first of March

Resolved that J. Bingham who is acting in the place of Officer Colwell be paid at the rate of $60.00 per month from the time of his engagement

Sgd, C.A. Coldwell


Moved by Alderman Coldwell.

Seconded by Alderman McPhaiden.

That the report be adopted. Carried.


Moved by Alderman McQueen

Seconded by Alderman McPhaiden

That the following account be paid:

H.G. Hohman, et al. Election Expense $41.50.


Moved by Alderman McQueen

Seconded by Alderman Clandenning

That hereafter all supplies for the year be purchased when required. Carried.

XX See next page.

Consideration of By Laws

Moved by Alderman McQueen

Seconded by Alderman Painter

That the By-Law to raise $70000 for school purposes be read a third time.


The By-Law was accordingly read a 3rd time.

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Notice of Motion

Alderman McQueen gave notice that at next meeting of Council he would move that the Licensing Board be requested to amend the Licence By-Law so as to prevent public musical entertainments being carried on in Saloon or Hotel premises.

The Board thus affirmed.

XX Moved by Alderman W.S. MacDonald

Seconded by Alderman Neelands

That the plans prepared by the City Engineer re the fitting up of the Market Hall for Council Chambers and Civic offices be considered by this Council.


Chairman Pro Tem

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk