J. M. Stewart Appointed Chief of Police – November 2, 1896

J. M. Stewart Appointed Chief of Police – November 2, 1896

J. M. Stewart was appointed Chief of Police at a salary of $100 per month. Illustration is Stewart taken in 1911.

This transcript was made in 2022 by Transcribimus volunteer Leah Minuk

Original handwritten minutes: City of Vancouver Archives
Series 31 Volume 7 pages 335-360

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Vancouver November 2nd 1896

The Council met on Monday November 2nd 1896

Present – His worship the Mayor and Aldermen Shaw, Painter, Banfield, Schou, McPhaiden, Clandenning, Brown, MacDonald, Bethune and Coldwell.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.


From W. F. Salisbury Treasurer of the Carnival Committee submitting a Statement of Receipts and disbursements in connection with the celebration.
Referred to Finance Committee

From the Acting Chief of Police reporting on the Electric Lights.

From T. W. Haywood withdrawing his application for the position of Chief of Police.

From the Coroner sending a copy of the verdict rendered by the Jury in the Inquest on Sarah Rosenthal.
Referred to the Police Committee

The following Reports were received and read.

Water and Market Committee

The Water and Market Committee met on Wednesday October 28th 1896.
Present – Aldermen Brown, Schou and Bethune.

It was resolved to extend the time for opening the tenders for water pipes to Thursday November 26th at 4 p.m.

It was resolved that the inside woodwork of the windows of the market hall be painted a light color and that the inside platform be altered.

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The following accounts were recommended for payment:

Hospital Labor $446.90

Clarke & Stuart Supplies 17.15

B. C. Mills “ 52.92

P. H. Johnson Salvage 5.

Evans, Coleman & Evans Supplies 3.

Thurston & Sons “ 5.58

Fred Allen “ 22.05

News Advertiser “ 15.90

Can Genl Elec Co “ 5.25

McLennan & McFeely “ 1.45

Ashcroft Mfg. Co. “ 5.10

Collector of Water Rates Duty 290

Sgd. Wm Brown

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

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday October 30th 1896.
Present – Alderman Banfield, Clandenning, Brown and Bethune.


From J.H. Carlisle. Fire Inspector and R. Morrison Health Inspector reporting on the damage received by Jun Kee through water while the shacks were being destroyed on the south side of Dupont Street.

Referred to the City Solicitor

From the Sisters of St. Paul’s Hospital asking that Lot 3. South of the Hospital be exempted from taxation as it is intended for hospital purposes.

Resolved that they be informed that the Committee has no power to deal with this matter as the assessment on said lot was confirmed at last Court of Revision.

From D. Robson, Government Agent. New Westminster, stating that James H Gillespie had

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withdrawn his application for water rights in D.L.192.

The following contract was approved and authorized to be signed by the Mayor and City Clerk and the Corporate Seal affixed hereto:-

A.Balkwill, Sewer on Dupont Street.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

A. J. Paterson Clerical Work $38.70

W. E. Johnstone “ 60.00

Sgd. J.J. Banfield

Moved by Alderman Banfield
Seconded by “ Brown
That the Report be adopted

Fire and Police Committee

The Fire and Police Committee met on Tuesday October 24th 1896.
Present – the full Board.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

C.S Philps Supplies $ 5.60

News Advertiser “ 17.30

Gillespie, Ansby & Co. “ 13.42

Lee & Stewart Cab Hire 8.

Malcolm McLean Rig fare 3.40

J.W. McIntosh Rig fare 3.40

Ths. Dunn & Co. Supplies 5.

Dr. R.J. Wood Examination of Miss Brown 8.


From Ths. Fitzpatrick complaining that a calf of his was impounded and that he was charged $2.00 for such impounding and asking that $1.50 be returned to him.

From J.W. Langlois asking for a reply to his communication respecting the $5.00 claimed by him to be wrongfully deducted out of

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the money found on the late Fred Atchison. The City Solicitor advised that in justice to all parties an order of the Court should be obtained by Mr. Langlois before the 5.00 is paid over.

From J.G. F. Johnson claiming $150 for three hounds impounded and sold by the Pound Keeper. Referred to the Pound Keeper for his written Report thereon.

From R.A. Muskett stating that he was abused by Fireman John Campbell because he would not give him a pair of boots on credit.


From Ths. Roy Nanaimo applying for a position on the Police Force.


Applications for the position of Chief of Police were received and referred to the Council to make the appointment.

The Chief of the Fire Department reported that two of his horses were unfit for further duty. The City Clerk was instructed to call for tenders for supplying a team of horses such tenders to be received up to Tuesday November 18th at 4. P.M.

Sgd. Chas. A. Coldwell


Moved by Alderman Coldwell.

Seconded by “ McPhaiden

That the Report be adopted


Unfinished business

Under the head of unfinished business the following applications for Chief of Police were considered:-

James McGeer, D. Thurston, J.M. Stewart, Arthur E. Harper, Joseph Basset, Robert McBride, S. [? Can’t read]. Chas. Seymour, John McLaren, W. Miles, B.J. McDermott, Chas. Rose, D.H. Macpherson, Ths. English, James Kerkealdy, J.W. Johnston and John Paterson.

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Moved by Alderman Banfield

Seconded by “ Shaw.

That the Council go into Committee of the Whole to ballot for the appointment of a Chief of Police.


The Mayor was appointed Chairman.

After a number of ballots were taken it was found that J.M. Stewart received the majority of the Council.

It was then moved by Alderman Brown,

Seconded by Alderman Bethune.

That the Committee rise and Report.


The Committee rose and reported the appointment of J.M. Stewart as Chief of Police.

It was then moved by Alderman McPhaiden

Seconded by Alderman Coldwell.

That J.M. Stewart be appoint Chief of Police at a salary of $100.00 a month.



Moved by Alderman Brown.

Seconded by Bethune

That the following accounts be paid:-

E.J. McGarrigle Kalsomining Market Hall $100.00


Moved by Alderman Bethune

Seconded by “ Banfield

That the Board of Works in conjunction with Aldermen Brown and Clandenning and the City Solicitor and City Engineer be appointed with power to act to arrange re the lane in rear of the Dupont Street lots.


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Consideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Banfield

Seconded by “ Coldwell

That the amendments to the Pound By-Law be reconsidered and finally passed.


Moved by Alderman Shaw

Seconded by “ Schou

That the Council go into Committee of the Whole to resume the consideration

Of the By-Law to amend the Fire Limit By-Law.


Alderman Brown was appointed Chairman.

In Committee the By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete with amendments.

It was then read a 3rd time on motion of Alderman Shaw seconded by Alderman Clandenning.

Notice of Motion

Alderman MacDonald gave notice that at the next meeting of the Council he would move that the City Engineer be instructed to prepare a plan of the lower story of the Market Hall with a view of having same fitted up for Council Chambers and Civic Offices.

The Council then adjourned

Henry Collins

Ths. F. McGuigan
City Clerk