Tremont Hotel Verandah to be Removed – September 27, 1897

Sunnyside Hotel, Water Street, Vancouver, BC ca 1890

The Rand Brothers wrote to Council telling them the matter of removing the old verandah from Tremont Hotel {pictured above} on Carrall Street will be attended to. A $15 per year lease was granted to Mrs. Lina Marshall for a small piece of land at the south end of Stanley Park Bridge. A by-election was established for Ward 5.

This transcript was made in 2021 by Transcribimus volunteer Joanne McCormick

Illustration: City of Vancouver Archives Str P266
Sunnyside Hotel ca 1890 (with offending verandah)

City Council Minutes – Vancouver September 27th 1897

Original handwritten minutes here: City of Vancouver Archives
Series S31, Volume 8, pages 15-20

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[Volume 8, Page 15]

The Council met on Monday September 27th 1897

Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Painter, Townley, McQueen, McPhaiden, Brown, W.S. MacDonald and D.G. McDonald. The Minutes of last meetings were read and adopted.


From H.H. Allen of Leslie’s Weekly New York asking the Mayor to confer with the commercial bodies of the City with a view of getting them to advertise their wares for outfitting gold hunters to the Klondike. Referred to Finance Committee.

From From W.D. Brydone-Jack asking for a streetlight on the corner of Westminster Ave {today’s Main Street} & Lansdowne Street {today’s 4th Avenue}. Already attended to.

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

From A. W Ross, Secretary of the Citizens’ Celebration Committee, New Westminster, asking that Thursday the 7th prox be proclaimed a public holiday to permit the citizens of Vancouver to attend the Fair at New Westminster.

Moved by Alderman McQueen;
Seconded by Alderman McPhaiden
That his request be granted.

From Lieutenant Colonel Worshop thanking the Council for having watered the streets along the line of their procession.

From Harry Symons submitting another smelter proposition.

Moved by Alderman Townley;
Seconded by Alderman McQueen

[Volume 8, page 16]

That a special meeting of the Council be held on Friday evening next at 7.30pm to consider smelter propositions and that a general invitation be extended to all parties taking an interest in the matter to be present at the meeting.

The following Reports were received and read:

Board of Works

The Finance Committee met on the 25th instant.
Present: Aldermen W.S. MacDonald (in the Chair), McQueen and McPhaiden


From W.R. Carter asking that stumps be removed from his premises 8th Avenue Fairview near Bridge Street {today’s Cambie} having been placed there by the chain gang. Referred to Officer in Charge of Chain gang.

From Rand Brothers stating that the matter of removing the old verandah from Tremont Hotel {pictured above} Carrall Street would be attended to. Filed for reference.

From Brackman & Ker Milling Company asking permission to erect a shed on Lots 3 & 4, Block 14, Subdivision 196 for protection to their wagons. Referred to the Engineer to ascertain if it is in the Fire Limits or not.

From J. Mason asking that brush be cut down from vacant lots adjoining his house on Princess Street. Filed.

Dr. Underhill requested root etc be removed from Broughton Street near his new house as he wished to have his fence built. Referred to the Engineer for attention.

Resolved that the Street Railway Company be again notified by the City Clerk to ….

[Volume 8, page 17]

…. have the portions of pavement along their rails repaired as soon as possible.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:
BC Ironworks supplies $8.00
E.J. Kendall supplies $774.97
News Advertiser supplies $7.00
Evans Coleman & Evans supplies $1.60
Thomas Dunn & Co supplies $8.99
Crowder & Penzer supplies $16.65
Robertson & Hackett supplies $58.33
S. Elkins etal labor $1256.25
Thomas Veitch delivery crushed rock $321.30

Signed W.S. MacDonald,
Chairman proterm

Moved by Alderman W.S. MacDonald;
Seconded by Alderman McPhaiden
That the Report be adopted.

Water & Market Committee

The Water & Market Committee met on Wednesday September 22nd 1897.
Present: Alderman Brown, McPhaiden and McQueen

The following accounts were recommended for payment:
Thomas Dunn & Co supplies $51.66
Brackman & Ker supplies $21.02
George Hardy supplies $1.50
J.E. Barwich supplies $1.00
W. Thurston & Sons supplies $1.00
W.A. McIntosh & Co supplies $2.22
Rand Brothers supplies $3.00
E.H. Campbell & Co hire of jack screws $4.60
Can General Elec Co supplies $2.28
Water Works payroll $520.05

Signed W. Brown,

Moved by Alderman Brown;
Seconded by Alderman Painter
That the Report be adopted.

[Volume 8, page 18]

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday September 24th 1897.
Present: the full Board

The following accounts were recommended for payment:
G.A. Roedde rebinding $1.50
Henderson Publishing Co directory $5.00
Hicks Brothers hack hire $3.00
R.D. Irvine taxes Scott ranch $130.50


From the Collector of Customs asking for the return of $100 unpaid and collected in the Police Court on a Chinese smuggling case.
Referred to the City Solicitor.

From the President of the YWCA asking for a grant of $300.
Referred to next year’s Council.

From the City Auditor furnishing report for August.

From the J.R. Anderson Deputy Minister of Agriculture furnishing prospectives (sic) relating to the importation of singing birds into British Columbia.

From D.A. Campbell and William Harris asking to purchase the timber on the Hasting Park. Resolved that the City Clerk be instructed to advertise for offers for the purchase of all cedar on Hastings Townsite and also for the balance of the timber.

Resolved that Mrs Lina Marshall wife of Robert Marshall be leased a piece of land at the south end of Stanley ..

[Volume 8, Page 19]

… Park Bridge being a portion of Lot 14, Block 64, DL 185 for $15 a year. The lease to be terminable at anytime by the City giving one month’s notice and that the City Solicitor be instructed to have the lease ready for submission to the next meeting of the Finance Committee.

Signed James McQueen,

Moved by Alderman McQueen;
Seconded by Alderman McPhaiden
That the Report be adopted.

Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman D.G. McDonald;
Seconded by Alderman McQueen

That the Rules be suspended to allow of the introduction of a By-Law to fix the polling place and time for holding an election in Ward 5 to fill the vacancy on the Aldermanic Board in said Ward. Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly introduced and read a first time.


Moved by Alderman McPhaiden;
Seconded by Alderman Painter
That the following account be paid:
F. E. Tilley cemetery clearing $597.00

Consideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman D.G. McDonald;
Seconded by Alderman McQueen
That the polling by-law be read a second time.

The By-Law was accordingly read a 2nd time.

[Volume 8, page 20]

Moved by Alderman D.G. McDonald;
Seconded by Alderman McQueen
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the By-Law.

Alderman D.G. McDonald was appointed Chairman.

In Committee the By-Law was considered clause by clause and reported to Council as complete.

It was then read a 3rd time on motion of Alderman D.G. McDonald, seconded by Alderman McQueen.

The Council then adjourned.

Thomas Francis McGuigan
City Clerk

W. Templeton


Comments in parenthesis { } denote further illumination provided by the writer and from The Vancouver Daily World Newspaper; City Council, September 28th 1897, pg 3