New Women’s Ward Reduced to 2 Stories – May 10, 1897

Vancouver City Hospital 1898

As all the tenders received were higher than the budgeted amount, it was decided to ask for tenders for a 2 storey addition to the hospital for a women’s ward.

These minutes were transcribed in 2022 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon

Illustration Source: City of Vancouver Archives
Bu N433 – [Vancouver City Hospital, viewed from near corner of Pender and Beatty Streets]

Text Source: City of Vancouver Archives Series 31
Volume 7 pages 567 – 573

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Vancouver May 10th 1897

The Council met on Monday May 10th 1897.

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

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.


From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights Filed

From the Sons of England inviting the Mayor and Council to a Special Service in Christs Church on the 25th of June at 330 P.M. in commemoration of the Queen’s Jubilee.

Moved by Alderman Painter
Seconded by “ McQueen
That the invitations be accepted with thanks.

From Admiral Palliser stating that he would be in Vancouver on the 1st and 2nd of July if circumstances will permit. Filed

From Dr. Thomas resigning his position as Health Officer to take effect one month hence.

Moved by Alderman McPhaiden
Seconded by “ W.S. MacDonald
That his resignation be accepted.

From S. Matheson etal asking that the regulation height for canvas awnings be changed from 8 to 7 ft.
Referred to the Board of Works

From Philip Fewster making an offer to pave the Street at the intersection of Powell

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Carrall and Alexander Streets
Referred to the Board of Works

From McLennan and McFeely drawing attention to the defective curbing over the Sewer Manhole in the alley between Hastings and Pender Streets west of the C.P.R track

Referred to the Board of Works

From H.C. Ackroyd etal objecting to the construction of a Street railway on Pender St & Georgia St.

Referred to the Railway Committee

The following Reports were received and read:-

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on the 6th of May 1897

Present – the full Board

Mr. Dalton, Architect submitted plans for approval of Mr. J. Mannion’s brick building to go up on Cordova Street.

Plans approved subject to blue prints being deposited in the City Engineer’s office, the plans being in accordance with the requirements of the Fire Limit By-Law.

Messrs Fee and Wheeler interviewed the Board with a view to certain improvements at Broughton Street.

Referred to the City Engineer for attack.


From Scott and Deblin asking to be allowed to keep the bicycle rack where it is since they had made it as an experiment.

Resolved that they be informed that the Board has no power to grant them permission in view of the fact that the Council threw aside the recommendations of the Board and they put the bicycle rack up at their own risk.

Resolved that all parties having Verandahs

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the posts of which come on the sidewalks be notified by the Chief of Police to have them removed.

Resolved that the foreman for Ward 3 be instructed to lay a 6 ft walk on Powell Street from the East End Brewery past Mr Heap’s house (1 block)

Resolved that Angus Fraser Contractor for the 12 ft sidewalk on Westminster Avenue be allowed 1 cent per lineal foot extra on his contract price for an extra stringer as he only prepared for pulling in 4 stringers the width of the sidewalk having been increased from 10 to 12 ft.

From Ng Mook asking permission to remove the building now situate on Lot 28. Block 15 D.L. 196 to rear of buildings on Lot 28. Block 15 D.L. 196 to rear of buildings on Lot 24, Block 15. D.L. 196; also repair from health Inspector as to what would be necessary to put the buildings in proper sanitary condition if this permit is granted.

Resolved that permission be granted provided the conditions laid down in Health Inspector’s Report is adhered to.

Resolved that the City Engineer be authorized to have necessary repairs made at the City Slip foot of Gore Avenue before the crushed rock arrives.

Resolved that the proposal cutting down on Burrard Street at Heatley Avenue be done by daywork instead of by Contract.

Resolved that tenders be called up to 4 P.M. on the 20th inst. for the following:-

Flood gate to be put in at the North side of Water street between Carrall Streets and Abbott Street – under C.P.R. Track.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

R.I.P. Mills Supplies $130.32

Thos. Dunn & Co “ 73.01

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sgd H.J. Painter

Moved by Alderman Painter
Seconded by “ McPhaiden

That the Clause in reference to the granting of permission to Ng Mook to move a building on Dupont Street as it conflicts with the Fire Limit By-Law be struck out; and the balance of the Report be adopted.

Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Wednesday May 5th 1897.
Present – the full Board

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

Pioneer Steam Laundry Washing $65.62

J. Dodson Supplies 13.70

J.K. Davis Glazing 1.50

E.G. Prior & Co. Supplies 14.75

W Heron Labor 2.00

Singer Mfg Cl Machine 37.50

G. Britter Labor 3.00

A. Hodpson “ 5.00

J.E. Bodwick Supplies 3.50

P Schneider “ 29.35

F. Ellison “ 59.70

Evans, Coleman & Evans “ 19.11

Mrs. Topham Nursing 31.95

Graham & Wallace Labor 3.00


From C.F. Foreman, stating that he had sold out his grocery business to Messrs McNair Bros and Thos Duke and asking that the City grocery contract be transferred from them to him.

Resolved that his request be granted.

From the Milk Inspector furnishing Report. Filed

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From McIntyre and Barr etal Licensed Plumbers complaining about the License Inspector not attending to his duties. Filed

From Miss Macfie sending a watch and chain belonging to one Wilson who died in the City Hospital owing the City $166.00

The Clerk was instructed to sell the property.

From Dr. Thomas rendering an account for attending one Septimus Dale who died in the Isolation Hospital in 1895.

Referred to the City Solicitor

From the Health Inspector furnishing Report. Filed

From St. Paul’s Hospital rendering an account for boarding Mrs. Hill

Referred to the City Solicitor

From Miss Macfie furnishing monthly report. Filed

The following tenders were received for clearing 5 acres on the Cemetery grounds:-

Robert Riley $2600

F. E. Tilley 1447.

Resolved that the tender of F.E. Tilley be recommended for acceptance.

sgd D. McPherson

Joint Meeting of Health, Finance and Police Committees

A Joint meeting of the Health, Finance and Police Committees met on Friday May 7th at 3.30 P.M.

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

The object of the meeting was to consider whether the plans of the proposed Women’s Ward could not be altered to bring the cost of construction within the appropriation.

The City Engineer who was present stated that a two storey building might be made to answer the purpose.

It was therefore decided to call for tenders for a two Storey building such tenders to be received

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up to Wednesday the 19th inst at 4 P.M.

If an adequate grant were received from the Provincial Government the original plans were to be adhered to.

sgd D. McPhaiden

Moved by Alderman McPhaiden
Seconded by “ W.S. MacDonald

That the Reports be adopted.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday May 8th 1897.
Present – the full Board.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

News. Advertiser Supplies $11.32

Clarke & Stuart “ 17.79

The World P & P Co Ads 57.27

B.C. Elec Ry Co. Lights 1473.06

Armstrong & Morrison Supplies 4876.26

Evans, Coleman & Evans “ 14.48

Resolved that the City Clerk have the School Debentures printed in the following denominations:-

12 @ $5000 each

10 “ 1000 “


from the City Clerk of Toronto asking the Mayor and Council to sign a petition to be presented to Parliament protesting against the Bell Telephone Company’s rates being raised.

Resolved that his request be granted.

Resolved that the contract of Thos H Boyd for digging a trench for the new main be approved subject to being found in order by the City Solicitor.

Resolved that a telephone pad be purchased for the police station

sgd Jas McQueen

The Report was adopted on motion of Alderman McQueen Seconded bu Alderman Painter

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The Board then adjourned

W. Templeton

Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk