Clark Park to be seeded over – May 11, 1891

The Board of Works reported that “the South Park (now Clark Park on Commercial Drive between 14th and 15th Avenues) is to be seeded at once”, and that Robson Street cannot “at present” to be made to open onto “the Park” (Stanley Park). The continuing disagreement about the hiring of Mr. Tracy as Chief Engineer was set aside for one week.

This transcript was made in 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Chris Mizzoni

and sponsored by Arnold Silber

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 page 324 – 330

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Vancouver May 11th 1891

The Council met on Monday May 11th 1891 at 8 P.M.

Present His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Brighouse, Carroll, Scoullar, Godfrey, Brown, McDowell, Templeton, Hobson, Doering and DePencier.

The Minutes of last regular and special meetings were read and adopted.

The following communications were received and read:
From William Wood etal [sic] requesting that 8th Av be graded from Prince Edward St. east four blocks.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From H.W. Keith informing Council that the Telephone Co. would allow a reduction of $1.00 on the City’s Telephone account except for the Instrument at the Cemetery.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From J.M. Browning asking that 4th & 6th Avs from Centre Street to Cedar Street be graded.
Referred to Board of Works.

From Samuel H. Longley of Boston offering to write up the features of this section of the Country.
Referred to Finance Committee

From Geo Eldon asking for the grading of Alberni Street.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From Wm. MacDonald asking the Council to remove rubbish deposited on his Lot on Hastings Street East.
Referred to the Board of Works

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From G.W. Thomas stating that the Market Scales had been tested and found correct in every particular.

From the Market Clerk furnishing his Weekly Report.

From W. P. West asking for an increase of Salary.
Referred to the Police Committee.

From John Devine asking for the improvement of Princess Street from Carl Av east.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From Chas. Hay et al requesting Council to grade and sidewalk Thurlow St from Haro Street to Beach Av.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From the Chief of Police furnishing his weekly report on the street lights.

From A.J. Ryan drawing the attention of the Council to the remarks made by the Supreme Court Judges on the Judgements of the Police Magistrate.
Referred to the Police Committee.

The following reports were received and read:

Finance No. 13.
The Finance Committee met on Friday May 8th 1891.
Present, Aldermen Brown, Doering and Scoullar.
The Minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted.

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Moved by Alderman Scoullar
That the bill of the World Printing and Publishing Co for advertising re City Engineer and Staff be not paid.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
That the bill of H. W. Suckling for engrossing and illuminating an address to Captain Marshall of the S.S. Empress of India be referred to the Celebration Committee for payment, the Council having granted $150.00 to that committee for addresses etc.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:
McPhillips & Williams Law costs $68.76
Thomson Bros Stationery 5.25
Palmer Bros Fuel 28.00

From A. St. Geo Hamersley urging the necessity of having the City By-Laws revised and that greater care be taken before informations are laid and corrections recorded.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
That the City Solicitor be instructed to proceed at once with the revision of the By-Laws.

From Miss C.F. Davies G. Humber & H. Millard asking for the positions of Shorthand and type writer.
That the selection of a short hand and type writer be left in the hands of the City’s Arbitrator in the matter of the Water Works


The Estimates for the year were submitted and laid over for further consideration.
Sgd Wm. Brown, Chairman

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Moved by Alderman Doering
Seconded by “ Brighouse
That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted.


The Board of Works met on Thursday May 7th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brighouse, Brown, Templeton, Godfrey and DePencier.
It was recommended:

1 That permission cannot be granted to A.W. Sullivan to remove the frame building standing on Lot 10, Block 2, O.G.T. 2 to Lot 6, Block 2, O.G.T. 2.

2 That contractors erecting derricks guy ropes etc. hereafter be required to satisfy the City Engineer that they have communicated with the Telephone Co. and other Companies before being allowed to erect such derricks etc. as requested by Mr. G. W. Hobson on behalf of the Underwriters.

3 That the City Engineer and Street Inspector made the necessary arrangements for the floats etc. requisite for the delivery of gravel, rock etc. for City purposes.

4 That the Band be notified to send a representative to the next meeting of the Board to discuss the matter of a Stand etc.

5 That in accordance with the agreement between E.J. Clark of Toronto and the City of Vancouver that the South Park be seeded as soon as possible under the direction of the Street Inspector.

6 That the City Engineer be instructed to have the necessary elbows for piping and loose pulleys for shafting and also necessary lead provided for Dr. Kendall, the Stone Contractor and also any additional pipe required.
7 That the City Engineer examine into the necessity for a sidewalk on Homer Street from Helmcken to Davie and on Helmcken from Richards to Homer.

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8 That the City Clerk be instructed to telegraph to G.E. Corbould Esq M.P. Ottawa asking him to look after the City’s interests before the Railway Committee regarding the use of streets as shunting grounds by the Railway Co.
9 That the City Clerk be instructed to write to the Public Works Department at Ottawa in reference to the Bridge and Draw across False Creek at Cambie Street, asking what decision has been arrived at in regard to its construction.

10 That the various companies who erected the poles on the streets and now not in use be requested to have same removed at once or the City will be obliged to take steps to remove same at owners expense.

11 That the City Engineer consult with the City Solicitor in regard to the expropriation of certain lots on Powell Street.

12 That the Street Inspector be instructed to see that a soft spot on Harris Street is filled up.

13 That the City Engineer give the contractor on Victoria Street the lines where not already given.

14 That the following accounts be paid:
H.A. Berry & Co.Draying $21.00
Queen Bros Hack hire 10.00
J.P. Lawson Car fares 3.10
G.F. Slater Lumber 143.17

15 That the account of $225.00 for the Cambie Street Swing bridge be paid over funding the furnishing to the City of all details and specifications.

16 That Robson Street cannot at present be opened to the Park as requested by A.J. Dana et al.

Communications received from J.J. Blake re Telegraph & Delivery Company. L.H. Mershon re 8th Av. and the City Solicitor re a certified copy of the official plans of the City were laid over.

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The City Engineer was instructed to examine and report upon the petitions of R. Smith et al re Ninth Av & from W.C. Muir re street filling

sgd. S. Brighouse

Moved by Alderman Godfrey.
Seconded by “ McDowell.
That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted. Carried

Introduction of By-Laws

Alderman Carroll introduced a by-law to establish rules and regulation for the Cemetery which was read a first time.


Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ DePencier
That the account of H. W. Suckling for preparing an address to the Captain of the S.S. Empress of India amounting to $40.00 be paid.

Ayes, Brighouse, Scoullar, Godfrey, Hobson, Doering, DePencier
Nays, Carroll, Brown, Templeton and McDowell

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ McDowell.

That the appointment of J.H. Tracy C. E. of London, Ont. as Chief Engineer for this City be made unanimous and that he be notified of such action at once.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Brighouse
That the Council go into Committee of whole to discuss the motion with Alderman Scoullar in his Chair.

The Mayor ruled the motion out of order.

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Moved in amendment by Alderman Hobson
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That the motion be laid over for one week.
The Mover and Seconder finally agreed to allow the motion to stand over for one week

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Carrall
That the following accounts be paid:
B. Romang et al Labor $117.70
B. Hungerford “ $48.00
E. Kingcombe “ $44.00
J. Romang “ $54.00
D.J. McPhalen Market exit $253.00

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ Templeton.
That the following account be paid:
Hugh Findlay adjusting City Scales $5.50


The Council then adjourned

D. Oppenheimer

Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Isaac Oppenheimer, Vancouver Alderman

Isaac Oppenheimer, Vancouver Alderman

This biography of Vancouver Alderman Isaac Oppenheimer was originally published in the Vancouver Daily World newspaper of December 31, 1888, and transcribed by volunteer Chris Mizzoni in May of 2018. Chris also transcribed the original 1886 nomination, signed by Isaac Oppenheimer, below.


Has represented Ward 5 ever since the city was incorporated, and has been elected at the head of the poll on each occasison. He was born in the city of Bleskaskel, Bavaria, in the year 1835. He remained there until 1848, in which year he left for the United States, residing in the city of New Orleans, La, until the year 1852. Leaving New Orleans he left for California, remaining there one year, after which he took up his residence, for a period of six years, in the State of Oregon, and also California, eventually leaving for British Columbia in beginning of the year 1859, and has resided in this Province ever since. In the December of 1871 he made a tour of the east and remained absent for about 7 months, after a prolonged stay of 11 years in the vicinity of Lytton, Cariboo, and Big Bend country. During his stay in the mountains he always identified himself with the miners as one of their number and used his utmost endeavors to forward their interests and any rising industries and new developments. He was at that time in partnership with his brother, and the name of Oppenheimer Bros. was known at all points in the Province. Ald. Isaac Oppenheimer may be said, in conjunction with David Oppenheimer, to have established the business of the firm in Lytton, Cariboo, Yale, Dog Creek, Barkerville, Richfield and also Victoria. During his stay in the Cariboo district he was recognized as a friend to the miners, and took a lead in carrying out all work, such as drainage of the mines. Ald. Oppenheimer has been familiar with this townsite both before and since the city was incorporated, has large interests in the Vancouver Improvement Co’s property, also in every ward excepting ward 2, and cannot fail to be recognized as an active workman not only in measures undertaken by the Councils of 1887, 1888 but may be expected to exhibit his energy, and careful and good judgement in all matters which may come up for consideration at the meeting of the new Council.

City Clerk’s Office

Vancouver, B.C. 1886

I Robert Couth a resident voter of Fifth Ward hereby propose nominate
Mr. Isaac Oppenheimer as a fit and proper person to represent Ward No. 5 in the Municipal Council of the City of Vancouver for the year 1887.

I (Manley Sparks) hereby second the Nomination of Mr. Isaac Oppenheimer as representative of Ward No.5 for the Municipal Council of The City of Vancouver for the year 1887.

I Isaac Oppenheimer hereby agree to accept the Nomination as Alderman for the Fifth Ward of the City of Vancouver for the year 1887.

Isaac Oppenheimer

James Whetham biography

is biography of James Whetham was transcribed in June of 2018 by Transcribimus volunteer Chris Mizzoni.

One of the newly elected representatives for Ward 2, is a comparatively young man, having been born in the year 1854, in Wentworth County, Ontario. He was educated in the Waterdown High School and the Collegiate at Hamilton, Ont. He then went through a medical course at the Trinity Medical School , Toronto, and also at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. He was in Manitoba at the time that Province was beginning to make a name for itself. He came to the Pacific Coast in 1881, with the intention of settling in British Columbia, but after his arrival here then he considered the Province as too much cut off from the rest of the world for the time being. Since 1881 he has passed most of his time in Oregon and Washington Territory, returning to Ontario, for a year at a time, on two different occasions. He practiced medicine for three years in Spokane Falls, making also many successful investments in real estate in various parts of Washington, Oregon and elsewhere. He came to Vancouver for the first time, since its incorporation, in 1887, and invested here, and is just one of the kind of men Vancouver is proud of, as he has not only invested but has improved his property both to his own benefit and to that of the city at large. He is justly popular with all who have met him and has a shrewd business head on his shoulders. The electors of Ward 2 could hardly have made a better choice for one of their representatives.