Fifty Applications Received for Two Firefighter Positions – March 28, 1898

Fifty Applications Received for Two Firefighter Positions – March 28, 1898

Fifty applications were received for the position of fireman. John McMorran and J.E. Michell were hired at $45.00 per month each. As “the ends of Justice often are defeated” by having no local Crown Prosecutor, Council will ask the BC Attorney General to appoint one.

This transcript was made in 2022 by Transcribimus volunteer Lynn Shane

Illustration: City of Vancouver Archives Item : M-11-36
A section of the Vancouver Fire Department – the most efficient in America

Source: City of Vancouver Archives Series 31.
Volume 8 pages 222 – 230

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Vancouver March 28th 1898.

The Council met on Monday March 28th 1898.

Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Painter, McQueen, Neelands, McPhaiden, McGuigan, Brown, Foreman, McMorran and Bruce.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.


From Wm. Skene submitting designs of public urinals.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.

From James Ivany complaining of a nuisance at 421 Harris Street.
Referred to the Board of Health.

From Mr. G.R. Maxwell acknowledging receipt of letter re litter box at new City Hall.

From David Reith asking for an increase of salary.
Laid over for Estimates.

From M. Ellison asking for work on the streets.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From M. Deck etal asking for the grading of 10th Avenue.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From Thos. Powers etal asking for a sidewalk on 10th Av. Fairview.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From Allan H. McLean applying for the position of Fireman.

From Wm. Brown etal asking the Council to

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take immediate steps to secure a site for a Free Library.
Referred to the Finance Committee.

From S.W. Miller asking for pay for special night nursing at the Hospital.
Referred to the Board of Health.

The following Reports were received, and read:

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday March 25th 1898.
Present: the full Board.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

B.C. Mining Critic Supplies 113.60

John Devine Clerical Work 26.25

W.E. Johnstone “ 60.00

Nicol Allen Collecting votes 18.00

E.M. McDonough “ 18.00

Mellon & Scott Insurance on Hospital 30.00

McFarland & Mahon “ 30.00

Russell & Russell Redemption of Taxes 43.15

S. Peters Repairs 2.50

A.St.G. Hamersley Law Costs 45.00

The following contracts were approved and authorized to be signed by the Mayor and City Council and the Corporate Seal affixed thereto:

Chemicals for Fire Department, Chas. Nelson

Printing. The Mining Critic P & P. Co.

Stop Cocks etc. C.G. Henshaw

Sidewalk Plates etc. Ross & Howard

Collectors Allan and McDonough reported progress in connection with the collection of Provincial Voters about 345 names having been secured during the week.

Resolved that the Board of Works be advanced $5000 pending the passing of the Estimates.

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Resolved that 50 copies of the Charter, Procedure By-Law and General By-Laws be printed and bound together with blank leaves between, covers to be soft black leather, also that 300 ordinary By-Laws be printed.


From the City Auditor reporting accounts correct for February.

From T.H. Calland on behalf of C.G. Major offering lots 8 to 24 Block 63 D.L. 185 for $15,000.
Laid over for Estimates.

Sgd Jas McQueen

Moved by Alderman McQueen
Seconded by “ McMorran
That the Report be adopted.

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday March 24th 1898
Present: the full Board.


From Messrs. Macdonell and Deacon in reference to claim of H. Calwell for compensation for alleged injuries received through accident on Gore Avenue sidewalk.
Referred to the City Solicitor. City Engineer to give the Solicitor all the requisite particulars.

From J.W. Hackett reporting on the condition of the Golden Gate Building.
Copy of letter to be sent to the Agent: Mr. Hamersley.

From J. Mahoney in reference to drainage of Lot 21. Block 20. D.L. 196. complaining of refuse water from Soda Water Works being brought through this lot.
Referred to the City Engineer to look into.

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Resolved that the Chief of Police be notified to see that the Verandas over sidewalks are all removed without discrimination, also to see that the Contractor who has placed rock on Jackson Avenue near East End School removes same as soon as possible; also to prevent parties from tying up tugs etc at the City Slip foot of Gore Avenue and to endeavor to find out the parties with gate leading to the slip and to get it fixed.

Resolved that the Finance Committee be requested to place the sum of $5000 additional to the credit of the Board pending the estimates.

Resolved that the City Solicitor be instructed to report whether the City has power to prevent the placing of tin signs on the fences and street corners and if not to prepare a By-Law to provide such power.

Mr. Blackmore submitted plan of proposed addition to the Callister Block occupied by James Stark, Cordova Street.
Plan approved being in conformity with Fire Limit By-Laws.

The Draft of new lease for bathing sheds at English Bay as prepared by the City Solicitor was read and approved.
Resolved that a copy be sent to the Caretaker of the Bathing Shed for his approval.

The matter of regulating the house numbers was discussed but laid over.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

F.W. Boultbee Disbursements 25 cts

McLennan & McFeely Supplies $3.08

B.C. Mills “ 127.06

B.C. M. T & T. Co “ 5.00

Robertson & Hackett “ 253.49

S. Elkins etal Labor 1140.25

Sgd. H.J. Painter.

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Moved by Alderman Painter.
Seconded by ‘ McPhaiden
That the Report be adopted.

Fire and Police Committee

The Fire and Police Committee met on Tuesday March 22nd 1898.
Present: the full Board.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

S. McPherson & Co. Supplies $122.50

B.C. M. T&T Co. “ 158.12

M. Rockett etal. Labor 173.45

Tower & Lyon Supplies 43.75

Crowder & Penzer “ 165.54

Thos. Dunn & Co. “ 11.65

A. Blayney “ 12.42

R. Mills “ 2.75

D.J. McLean “ 11.75


From William McGirr asking for the appointment of detective.
Filed for reference.

From the Chief of the Fire Department reporting Hugh Campbell for being off duty without permission on the 20th of March.
Resolved that the City Clerk be instructed to warn Hugh Campbell that if he repeats the offence it will result in his immediate dismissal.

From J.J. Brooks asking for work or help.
No action taken.

A number of applications were received for positions on the Fire Brigade.
Referred to the Council to make the appointments.

Resolved that the Police Magistrate be required to attend his office in the Police Station each day [Saturday afternoon and] Sundays excepted between the hours of 10 to 12 in the forenoon and one to four in the afternoon.

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From Chief Carlisle recommending that Chas. Thompson of the Fire Department be promoted to Driver and Wm. Davie to Engineer of No. 2 Engine.

Resolved that the Chief’s recommendation of the promotion of Chas. Thompson to driver of the Chemical Engine from No. 1 to No. 2 Hall be adopted at a salary of $60.00 per month.

That Wm. Davie Stoker of No. 3 Engine be promoted to Engineer of No. 2 Engine at a salary of $65.00 per month.

The Estimates of the year were submitted and approved and referred to the general meeting of the Council.

Sgd R.A. McMorran

Moved by Alderman McMorran
Seconded by “ Painter
That the Report be adopted.

Water and Market Committee

The Water & Market Committee met on Wednesday March 23rd 1898.
Present: the full Board.

Mr. Patterson of the Salvation Army waited upon the Committee asking for free water for the Salvation Army Shelter for one year from the 1st of January 1898.

Moved by Alderman McMorran
That the Salvation Army Shelter be granted free water for one year from the 1st of January 1898.


From the Health Inspector asking for a gas stove in his office.

From James England, Secretary of the Gas Co. offering a gas stove for $5.00.

Moved by Alderman McGuigan that Mr.

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England’s offer of a gas stove for the Health Inspector’s office be accepted.

It was resolved to lay a 1¼ in. pipe 230 ft. along 9th Avenue east of Prince Edward Street.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

Barr & Anderson Plumbing $43.00

Thurston & Sons Supplies 7.82

PayRoll Labor 509.50

Can Gen. Elec. Co. Supplies 3.28

Thos. Dunn & Co. “ 47.64

Evans, Coleman & Evans “ 13.20

Sgd. Wm. Brown.

Moved by Alderman Brown.
Seconded by “ Neelands.
That the Report be adopted.

Unfinished Business

Under the head of Unfinished Business the following applications were received for fireman etc.

Andrew J. Keith, A.H. McLean, John T. Leeds, James Johnstone, James Miller, David Scott, James Keil, John McMorran, Edwin B. Ashworth, Chas. Housley, Geo. Dixon, F.T. Cornell, Geo. Forsyth, Samuel J. Dickson, John Mc Morran, Jenkinson, A. Moorcroft, Alfred Andrews, J.E. Michell, Geo. Sutherland, Thos. Doran, W.A. Wilson, B.B. Haywood, J.B. Gilfillan, John Brown, Jas. Lester, Wm. Tiddy, F.J. Portmore, P. Cullen, Joseph D. Griffith, Joseph Frazer, Walter Dingle, P. Peake, Chas Housley Jr., E.J. Martin, E. Bridge, John Good, J.A. McKay, A.R. Livinez, M.J. McKinnon, W.H. Toupin, H. Roberts, W.C. Fowler, Thos. W. Yates, F.W. Lightfoot, Alex Clarke and Y. Shepherd.

Moved by Alderman McQueen.
Seconded by “ Bruce.
That the Council proceed to ballot for the selection of two firemen, one at a time.

John McMorran and J.E. Michell received a majority of the Council.

It was then moved by Alderman Brown.
Seconded by Alderman Painter.
That John McMorran and J.E. Michell be appointed Firemen at a salary of $45.00 per month each.


Moved by Alderman Bruce.
Seconded by “ McGuigan.
That a Committee consisting of themselves and Miss Macfie be appointed a Committee to purchase furnishings for the Woman’s Ward, City Hospital.

Moved by Alderman Painter.
Seconded by “ McMorran.
That the date for holding the Court of Revision in connection with the Local Improvement By-Laws be changed from the 2nd to the 9th day of May next at 11 o’clock in the forenoon.

Moved by Alderman McQueen.
Seconded by “ McMorran
That the offer of Crowder and Penzer to deliver the coal for which they have received the Contract at the City Offices, Schools, Hospitals, Free Library etc. at the rate of 75 cents for delivery per Long Ton of 2240 lbs to be accepted, delivery to be made as may be required. Coal to be weighed on the City Weigh Scales.

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Moved by Alderman McQueen.
Seconded by “ Neelands.

That whereas cases coming under the Criminal Code of Canada are constantly arising in the City and the ends of Justice are and may be often defeated by reason of there being no Counsel authorized by the Government of the Province to advise and prosecute in such cases.

Be it therefore resolved that the Attorney General of the Province be requested to appoint some practising Barrister in Vancouver to attend, as Crown Prosecutor to all Criminal cases coming under the authority and control of the Province and not of the City.

Moved by Alderman McQueen.
Seconded by “ McGuigan.
That the Council stand adjourned until Tuesday the 29th next at 8 P.M. for the consideration of the Estimates for the year.

sgd James F. Garden

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk