City Council Spends $2,000 on Klondike Advertising – November 15, 1897

Klondike Ad from 1897 Vancouver Daily World

Council decided to spend $2,000 “for the purpose of advertising the advantages of Vancouver as an outfitting point for the gold fields of the Klondike”. Frank Baynes be appointed Police Constable at a salary of $60.00 per month. The Chief of Police stating that he had been advised that it was the duty of the City to bring back and punish S. H. Boardman for deserting his wife.

This transcript was made in 2021 by Transcribimus volunteer Joanne McCormick.

Illustration: Vancouver Daily World
December 31 1897, page 12

Original handwritten minutes: City of Vancouver Archives
Series 31 Volume 8 pages 63 – 71

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The Council met on Monday November 14th 1897.
Present His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Painter, Townley, McQueen, Neelands, McPhaiden, Clandening, Brown, W. S. MacDonal, D. G. McDonald and Bethune.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From E. H. Mc Millan drawing attention to the bad condition of the land in Block 73. DL.541.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From J. C. McLagan asking the City to purchase copies of the Klondike Edition of the World.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From the Street Railway Company stating that they were prepared to fix up the street at any time if the weather permitted.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From H. Bell-Irving etal forwarding a petition favoring the establishment of a Vaudeville Theatre in Vancouver.
A deputation waited upon the Council in Support of the petition.

The Matter was referred to the Police Committee.

From Wm Crickmay offering the seats at the old Imperial Opera House for sale.
Referred to the Market Committee

From J. Buntzen acknowledging receipt of communication re reopening of Powell Street Track.
Referred to the Railway Committee.

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From the Chief of Police reporting on the Electric lights.
Filed

From J. R. Linton stating that he had fixed up his premises at the foot of Carrall Street.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From Mrs. Lucas Hunt calling attention to the condition of Georgia Street.
Referred to the board of Works.

From Williams + Barker calling attention to the bad condition of the crib work near the brewery on Seaton Street.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From R. G. Tatlow chairman of the Park commissioners disapproving of the sale of the timber on the Hastings Park.
Filed

From W. P. Turner quoting figures for engraving a Klondike map.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From the Secretary of the Board of Trade approving of the advertising of Vancouver as an outfitting centre for the Klondike.

From H. Grieve asking that the Verandah in front of the Oriental Hotel be allowed to stand.
Referred to the Light Committee.

From J. S. Moulshrop asking for a share of the City advertising on Klondike affairs.
Filed.

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From the Board of Trade stating that a resolution was passed recommending raising of $1000 to supplement the amount granted by the City for advertising the advantages of the City as an outfitting point for the Klondike.
Referred to the Finance Committee

The following reports were received and read:-

Fire and Police Committee

The Fire and Police Committee met on Tuesday November 9th 1897.
Present Aldermen D. G. McDonald, Townley McPhaiden and McQueen.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
A. Savard Supplies $9.00
City Grocery Co. ” 37.07
F. A. Lee Hack hire 2.25
J. Dodson supplies 30.30
Evans, Coleman + Evans ” 9.73
McDowell + Co ” 6.92
James Freer ” 2.00

W. A. Cumyow Interpreting 6.00
M. Rae Keep of Dogs 6.40
S. James Interpreting 3.00
James Carnahan Scavengering 6.00
Brackman + Kir Supplies 113.54
J. C. Woodrow ” 29.92

Communications

From E. Gold complaining about the conduct of the License inspector and certain members of the Police Force.

Moved by Alderman McQueen
Seconded by ” McPhaiden
That the committee having enquired into the charges preferred against the License Inspector by Mr. Edward Gold find that the Inspector only performed his duty in the matter

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and that in reference to the charges against the contained in the same communication no evidence was furnished in substantiation of the charges.
Carried

From W. B. Ross complaining about the conduct of Officer Keeler Fulton.
Filed

From the Chief of Police stating that he had been advised that it was the duty of the City to bring back and punish S. H. Boardman for deserting his wife.
Referred to the City Solicitor

The applications for police officer were referred to the Council to make the appointment.

Sgd D. G. McDonald
Chairman

Moved by Alderman D. G. McDonald
Seconded by ” McPhaiden
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

Water + Market Committee

The Water + Market Committee met on Wednesday November 10th 1897.
Present Aldermen Brown, Neelands and D. G. McDonald.

Mr Colley waiting upon the Committee asking for a reduction on his water rates for the past six months.
Laid over.

A petition was received from the Licensed Victuallers asking for the rate of 10 cents for 100 cubic feet for hotels + saloons.
Laid over.

A communication was received from Messrs Wilson + Sinkler protesting against the placing of a meter upon the Holland block without first giving notice and receiving their application for the same.
Referred to the City Solicitor.

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From R. Cawker etal asking for a water service on the 13th Avenue, and agreeing to take the water so soon, as the service was laid.
Resolved to lay a 4 inch pipe on 13th Av. from Westminster Avenue to Westminster Road.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
Evans coleman + Evans Supplies $15.60
Hastings Saw Mill ” 251.99
City Grocery Co. ” 9.70
Armstrong + Morrison ” 24.
John Boyd + co. ” 27.29
B. C. Iron Works co. ” 66.03
B. C. M. T. + T. Co. 30.15
W. B. Harris Repairs 3.
News Advertiser Supplies 22.50
Brackman + Ker ” 22.18
McLennan + McFeely ” 7.10
Thos. Dunn + co. ” 57.40
Water Works Pay Roll. Labor 383.80

sgd Wm. Brown
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by ” Neelands
That the report be adopted.
Carried

Finance Committee

The Finance committee met on Friday November 12th 1897.
Present the full Board.
The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

Henry Collins Assessing $150.00
The Post Master Cards 40.50
News. Advertiser. Supplies 193.80
A. St. G. Hamersley Disbursements 40.45
Free Library Balance of Grant 1600.00

Communications
From the Secretary of the Board of Trade

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offering to give his assistance towards preparing a pamphlet advertising Vancouver as the most suitable point to outfit for the Klondike.
Filed

From the Board of Trade approving of the expenditure of money towards advertising Vancouver as an outfitting point for the Klondike.
Filed.

From M. A. Meyers offering to advertise Vancouver in 1958 papers of the Kelloggs Lists four times for $1248.00 advertisement to be 2 inches deep or 1 3/5 inches for $1000.
Laid over

Resolved that the sum of $2000 be appropriated for the purpose of advertising the advantages of Vancouver as an outfitting point for the gold fields of the Klondike such sum to be spent in circulating 50000 pamphlets.

sgd Jas McQueen
Chairman

Moved by Alderman McQueen
Seconded by ” Clandening
That the Report be adopted.
Carried.

Board of Works.

The Board of Works met on Thursday November 11th 1897.
Present Aldermen W. S. MacDonald (in the chair} McPhaiden, Neelands + Bethune.

Communications

From Hope, Gravely + co. re stumps etc corner of Denman + Barclay Streets.
Referred to the City Engineer.

From J. J. Sparrow re need of crossing at Street railway track on Pender Street near Livery Stables.
Resolved that the Street Railway co. be asked to extend the crossing.

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The Health Inspector reported re the Sanitary condition of Mount Pleasant, also a letter from Dr. Brydone Jack re same subject.
Filed as matter is being attended to.

Petition from J. Clyne Smith etal asking for the opening of Denman Street to Beach Avenue.
Laid over for want of funds.

From J. Griffith etal asking that the verandah in fron to Sunnyside Hotel be allowed to remain up.
Resolved that they be informed that the Board has no alternative except to enforce the By-Law.
Resolved further that the Chief of Police be instructed to see to the removal of all verandahs and that he notify the Electric Ry Co when any case occurs where their wires are attached to the verandahs so that the company can have time to remove them.

From A. S. Ross carpenter asking permission to add a small kitchen at 33 Dupont St.
Resolved that permission cannot be granted, as it would be contrary to the Fire Limit By-Law.

From T. A. Fee submitting an account for $65.00 for earth placed in lane near Broughton Street.
Filed.

From the Health Inspector re cause of stoppage of sewer back of Ramsay Bros.
Resolved that the whole matter be referred to the City Engineer and City Solicitor conjointly.

From L. J. Cady re condition of 5th Avenue sidewalk.
Referred to the Ward Foreman.

From Mrs. Boyes asking that the lane between 14th + 15th be opened up east

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of Westminster Avenue.
Referred to the Foreman.

Resolved that the Foreman for Ward 6 be instructed to lay a 6 foot walk on Dufferin Street on the South Side of bridge to Prince Edward Street also on Prince Edward Street on west side as far as 6th Av with necessary crossings.

Resolved that the Foreman for Ward 2 be instructed to lay a 6 foot walk on Helmcken Street on the South Side from Seymour St. to Granville St. and necessary crossings.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

Thos. Dunn + co $83.29
B. C. Iron Works co. 16.25
B. C. T. + T. Co. 76.58
D. J. McPhalen. 12.75
E. J. Kendall 435.35
Thos Veitch 166.90
Crowder + Penzer 37.55
Clarke + Shart 8.85
Robertson + Hackett. 171.52
S. Elkins etal 885.60

sgd W. S. MacDonald
Chairman pro tem

Moved by Alderman W. S. MacDonald
Seconded by ” Bethune
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

Motions

Moved by Alderman McPhaiden
Seconded by ” W. S. MacDonald
That the delivery of crushed rock in Ward One be discontinued until they have the money to pay for it.

Moved by Alderman Painter (Amendment)
Seconded by ” Townley
That Ward One be allowed to finish

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the rocking of Georgia Street and that the cost thereof be taken out of the contingent fund.
Amendment carried.

Moved by Alderman Brown.
Seconded by : W. S. MacDonald.
That the following account be paid:-
M. Rockett etal work on market: $322.50
Carried

Unfinished Business

Under the head of unfinished business the following application for the position of police constable were considered:-

W. G. Fee, Geo McNeill, Geo Thorpe, Frank Baynes, Dan Leatherdale, Chas Mulhern, G. W. Powell, G. S. LeRoy, John McLean, Sm Viles, Saul Davis, Thos. A. Smith, Wm Atkinson, Thos Wylie, R. S. Colwell, Wm McKenzie, E. Jones, Chas. Ramie, Wm Moggey, G. E. Pain, J. N. Menzie, D. P. McRae.

The Council proceeded to ballot for a selection.

After a number were taken it was found that Frank Baynes received the required majority.

It was then moved by Alderman D. G. McDonald
Seconded by Alderman Clandening
That Frank Baynes be appointed Police Constable at a salary of $60.00 per month.
Carried.

The Council then adjourned.

W. Templeton
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk