Curfew Bell Contemplated for Vancouver – November 14, 1898

The owners of Doering and Marstrand Brewing Co wrote to the Board of Works re the condition of Dufferin St at Scotia Street. Pictured are the employees of their brewery in Mount Pleasant. The Police and Fire Committee will consult with other cities as to their use of a Curfew Bell.

This document was transcribed in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Krystyna Richards

Illustration: AM54-S4-: Dist P18
[Employees of Doering and Marstrand Brewery in Mount Pleasant]

Source: COV S31 715 G 05 Vol 8
pages 540 – 545

Vancouver November 14th 1898

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The Council met on Monday November 14th 1898.

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

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.


From Geo.D. Scott asking for sewers in the West End.

From the Bankers etc of Vancouver asking for support for a Steam Ship Service to San Francisco.
Referred to the Finance Committee.

From J. F. Murphy asking for a position on the Police Force.

From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.

From John Jessop, Victoria, sending copies of the Provincial Year Book to each of the members of the Council.

Moved by Alderman McGuigan.
Seconded by “ McQueen.
That a vote of thanks be tendered to Mr Jessop for the gift.

From Geo. Armour Fair asking for improvements on Denman Street.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From T. F. Robinson complaining about

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Police Constable McKeown being intoxicated on Wednesday last.
Referred to the Police Committee.

The following Reports were received and read:-

Fire and Police Committee

The Fire and Police Committee met on Tuesday November 8th 1898.
Present the Full Board.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:- $

M.P. Morris Interpreting 2.00

F.A. Lee Hack hire 7.50

City Grocery Co. Supplies 37.23

Mining Critic “ 31.40

C.P.R. Co. Telegraph 4.93

Wm. Ralph Supplies 1.95

Clarke & Stuart Supplies 4.75

Palace Clothing House “ 10.80

Crowder & Penzer “ 211.64

McDowell & Co. “ 2.20

R.A. “ 7.55

M. Rae Keep of Dogs 7.40

Thos. Dunn & Co. Supplies 16.19


From the Pound Keeper furnishing monthly report.

From the Chief of Police stating that Officers Mulhern and McLean had served one year on the Police Force and were entitled to a raise of $10.00 each per month, and Officer Baynes after the 15th of the present month.
Increase approved.

The question of providing a matron for the jail was discussed and action deferred.
The matter being referred to His Worship the Mayor to ascertain who is likely to suit the appointment when the question will be

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again taken up.

Re Curfew Bell.
The City Clerk was instructed to write to different places in the east where the law is in force, to ascertain how it works.

Resolved that two nozzles be purchased for the Fire Department @ $22.00 each and two rubber coats, and three pairs of rubber boots to replace those destroyed at the Hastings Mill fire.

Resolved that Chief Carlisle be allowed $25.00 for his expenses to Seattle to attend a Convention of the Pacific Coast Firemen, such trip being taken to collection information which would be beneficial to the City Fire Service.

Resolved that the City Solicitor be instructed to draw up an Agreement between the City and the Police Force whereby the former will be held harmless in case an accident should happen any member of the force while in the discharge of his duty.

sgd R.G. M. Morran

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

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on November 10th 1898.
Present the Full Board.

Wm Blackmore submitted plans for new Rogers building, Hastings Street.
Plans approved subject to being found correct by the City Engineer.


From J.W. Gather re Culvert at Beach Av.
Referred to the City Solicitor, City Engineer to furnish him report on the matter.

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From petitioners asking for a 6ft walk on North Side of Kiefer St, end of Campbell Av.
Laid over.

From Doering and Marstrand Brewing Co re condition of Dufferin St & Scotia Street.
Resolved that they be informed that these streets will be repaired, as soon as there is material to do it.

From Hope, Gravely and Co re Sewerage accommodation for houses on Haro St.
Engineer to examine and report.

Resolved that the Engineer have a trail cut continuing Venables St as far as Victoria Drive.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

G.A. Roedde Supplies $5.00

Crowder & Penzer “ 2.55

Robertson & Hackett “ 6.12

A.E.E. Clark Crushed Rock 527.04

Thos. Veitch etal “ “ 171.90

Evans, Coleman & Evans Supplies 780.20

Van City Iron Works “ 77.50

W. Ralph “ 206.78

Thos. Dunn & Co. “ 23.70

S. Elkins etal Labor 1893.20

Sgd H.J. Painter

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

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Water & Market Committee

The Water & Market Committee met on Wednesday November 9th 1898.
Present the Full Board.

The following accounts were ordered to be paid:-

Vancouver City Iron Works Supplies 48.18

P. McMann Boat hire 30.00

Clarke & Stuart Supplies 3.85

Evans, Coleman & Evans “ 8.00

Thos. Dunn & Co. “ 240.42

McLennan & McFeely “ 17.30

B.C. Elec Ry Co. “ 5.00

D.J. McPhalen Carpentering 40.00

Crowder & Penzer Supplies 48.45

Wm. Ralph “ 3.85

City Grocery Co. “ 6.50

B.C.M.T&T. Co. “ 39.30

Water Works Pay Roll Labor 843.57

sgd Wm Brown

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

Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Monday Nov 14 1898.
Present Alderman McGuigan, McQueen, Townley and Bruce.

The Rules and Regulations for the management of the City Hospital were submitted for final consideration.

Moved by Alderman Townley
That the Rules and Regulations be adopted subject to amendment when proofs are submitted to Council.

sgd W.J. McGuigan

Moved by Alderman McGuigan
Seconded by “ Foreman
That the Report be adopted.

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Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday November 11th 1898.
Present the Full Board.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

Mining Critic Supplies $11.45

Stanley Park Feed Stables Hack hire. 10.00

City Treasurer. Stamps 10.00

Telephone Co. Rents. 39.20

Bell & Flett Repairs 200.00

Resolved that Mrs Lena Marshall’s Lease of Lot 14. Block 64. D.L 185 be renewed for another year on the same terms as last year and that the Mayor and City Clerk be authorized to execute same on behalf of the City.

sgd Jas McQueen

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

Consideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Foreman
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That the By-Law to change the name of Oppenheimer Av. to Carl Av. be read a Second time.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Bruce.
Seconded by Alderman Painter.
That the matter be laid over for one week.
Amendment carried.

The Council then adjourned.

James F. Garden

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk