Vancouver Sued over Fireman Smalley’s Death – September 4, 1893

1890s Vancouver firemen waking to respond to fire

Claims for compensation were brought against the City of Vancouver for the death of Fireman Smalley in June of 1893. Illustration shows Vancouver firemen responding to a night alarm 1890-95.

 Aldermen Fowler and Hobson put through a motion to overturn a previous Council decision [Apr 24, 1893] to allow the Vancouver Electric Light & Railway Co. to build a street railway on Cordova St. from Granville St. to Cambie Street.

This transcript was made in 2019 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon

Illustration: City of Vancouver Archives photo AM54-S4-: FD P61.1
[Firemen responding to night alarm at Fire Hall No. 2 on Seymour Street]
original handwritten minutes here
City of Vancouver Archives COV S 31 Volume 5 pages 531 – 535


Vancouver Sept 4th 1893.
The Council met on Monday Sept 4th 1893.
Present His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Salsbury, Anderson, Collins, McCraney, Cargill, Hobson, Brown and Fowler.
The Minutes of last meetings were read and adopted.


From Messrs Carbould & McColl, Claiming compensation for the death of Fireman Smalley
Referred to the City Solicitor

From Thos. H. Tracy reporting on the laying of the new main across the Narrows.
The City Clerk was instructed to send a copy to the Fire Underwriters.

From Robert Campbell asking for the return of his correspondence
Moved by Alderman Cargill
Seconded by “ Brown.
That the communication be filed.

From Stewart & Mills offering to wire the new hospital for 5 lights for 11.00 and fit up complete ready to light for $18.50
Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ Brown
That the wiring of the operating room at the City Hospital be accepted.


The following was received and read:-

F. W.& L. Committee

The F.W. & L. Committee met on Thursday August 31st 1893.


Present – Aldermen Franklin, Fowler & Haskett.
It was recommended:-
1. That the City Engineer be instructed to make a report of his reasons for placing the new main in the same position as the old one.
2. That the water works payroll be paid if found correct.
3. That the tender of H.R. Bellamy for boring test holes at the mouth of Capilano River of $18.00 a day be accepted, Mr. Bellamy to find the necessary tools, casing and help.
4. That the Police be instructed to report any water taps or lawn sprinklers left running during prohibited hours.
5. That the Secretary be instructed to furnish a list of motors with the size of the pipe used with a view of placing meters on all of them.
6. That the following accounts be paid:-
Russell, McDonald & Co. Supplies .65 cts
Evans, Coleman & Evans “ $127.27
James Carnahan Scavengering 1.75
R.L.Llewellyn Supplies .45
News Advertiser “ 6.25
A.O. Leask Custom Work 1.00
A. Linton Boat hire 29.50
Canadian Engineering News. Ad. 10.00
Creamer & Langley Supplies 30.59
W. Hooper etal. Labor 516.05
B.C. Iron Works Supplies 850.00

sgd J.J.Franklin

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ McCraney
That the Report be adopted.


Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday August 31st 1893
Present the full Board
It was recommended:-
1. That F. Mackay Fripp be granted the refund for concrete sidewalks to be put down at the B.C. Land & Investment Agency’s buildings at the corner of Hastings & Homer Streets & also at the corner of Abbott & Cordova Streets
2. That Messrs Evans, Coleman & Evans be informed that it is the intention of the Board to hold the percentage on the Sewer pipes until the result of the arbitration on the claims for alleged delays is known.
3. That the tender of D.J. McPhalen be accepted for raising the Cemetery house for the sum of $55.00
4. That the following accounts be paid:-
D. McGilligray Street Paving. $4050.69
Potter & Flett Sec. 5 Sewers 1314.96
Boyd & Clandenning Vernon St: 101.17
Ballwill & Co. Robson St: 107.10
Thos. Duncan & Co. Supplies. 23.64
Loman etal. Labor. 386.45

sgd H.P. McCraney

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

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday Sept. 1st 1893
Present – Aldermen Anderson, Collins & Cargill.
It was recommended:-
1. That the following account be paid:-
New.Advertiser supplies 17.35


2. That J.C.Vermilyea, who applied for a refund of a certain portion of his taxes be informed that nothing can be done in the matter as the assessment has been confirmed.

sgd R.A. Anderson

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ Fowler
That the Report be adopted.


Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ MCCraney
That Mr. Leek be accepted as a substitute for Mr. Scoullar, Plumbing Inspector
during his absence in the east. Mr. Scoullar to pay all the expenses of Mr. Leek.

Moved by Alderman Fowler
Seconded by “ Hobson
That the Resolution passed by the City Council on the 24th day of April 1893 giving permission to the Vancouver Electric Railway & Light Co to construct a street Railway on Cordova St. from Granville to Cambie St. be and the same is hereby rescinded.

Notice of Motion

Alderman Collins gave notice that at next meeting of Council he would introduce an
amendment to the Plumbing By-Law.

Alderman Fowler gave notice that at next meeting of Council he would move that a return be presented shewing the amount of Assessment levied on that part of Ward five west of Centre Street for the present year and a return shewing the amount of money


expended during the present year in street improvements in the same district.
The Council then adjourned.

Henry Collins

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk.