The ward system in Vancouver, 1886

The ward system in Vancouver, 1886

One of the first things the Mayor and Aldermen did when forming a government was to divide Vancouver into five Wards. This was done through Vancouver By-Law No. 3

Wards in Vancouver 1886
Here are the ward boundaries established in 1886, superimposed onto an old map of Vancouver. If you want a closer look, click here for a downloadable PDF of this map.

Speaking of boundaries, you might be interested to see that Nanaimo Street* was the eastern boundary of Vancouver, and Alma Street* was the western boundary. The southern boundary went west along Sixteenth Avenue to Fraser Street, then jogged through the Kingsway and Fraser intersection, and continued along Fifteenth Avenue to Nanaimo Street. That was Vancouver in those days.

The ward boundaries were changed in 1891 through Vancouver By-law No 118 and again in 1895 through Vancouver By-Law No 233.

Later By-laws continued to change the ward boundaries, and increase the number of wards to six (in 1904) , then to eight (in 1911, when Cedar Cottage, Kensington and Riley Park became part of Vancouver).

Then when Point Grey and South Vancouver amalgamated with Vancouver in 1929, the number of wards increased to twelve. Six years later, Vancouverites voted 62% in favour of abolishing the ward system.

* though neither of them were called that then. Nanaimo was called Boundary Road, and Alma was sometimes called Campbell Road and sometimes also Boundary Road. Confused yet?

Health Committee reviews costs – April 16, 1894

Health Committee reviews costs – April 16, 1894

The CPR asked Vancouver to take charge of 74 Chinese lepers. Meanwhile, the Health Committee compared rates for hospital care for mariners, women, children and lepers. Victoria was receiving a subsidy of $330 per year from Ottawa for care of each of their three lepers. City Solicitor recommended $1,000 be paid to the estate of Fireman Smalley, who died on the job in 1893. After a resolution calling for tenders for debentures to finance street paving was carried, Alderman Salsbury tendered his resignation. The resignation was held over for one week.

This transcript was made in 2019 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon

Illustration: Vancouver Archives Item Bu P66
[Group portrait of Vancouver City Hospital staff] 1893
back row: Miss Watmough, Miss Bushby
front row: Miss Swan, Miss Way, Frank Humphrey

original handwritten minutes here: City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 6 pages 17 -29

[Volume 6 page 17]

Vancouver April 16th 1894
The Council met on Monday April 16th 1894
Present – His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Salsbury, Shaw, Queen, McDowell, McCraney, McPhaiden, Franklin, Wm Brown, C.L. Brown & Bethune.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From J.W. Balmain making certain charges against the City Engineer
Moved by Alderman Queen.
Seconded by “ McDowell.
That the Communication be filed Carried.

From James Milne applying for work.
Referred to the Board of Works

From Welsh Bro stating that the Market Scales were inaccurate
Referred to the Police Committee

From the City Solicitor regarding the Title to Clark’s Park
Referred to the Park Commissioner

From A.R. Finglander stating that he would not accept the contract for furnishing crushed rock unless the Council would guarantee to take 1700 yards per month until the end of 1895. Filed.

From R.F. Swallwell resigning his position as Plumbing examiner.

His resignation was accepted on motion of Alderman McDowell seconded by Ald Queen.

[Volume 6 page 18]
From G.H. Cooper. New Westminster asking for a bonus of $125.00 to run his steamer between Chiliwhack and Vancouver
Referred to the Finance Committee

From the City Solicitor regarding the collection of overdue taxes
Referred to the Finance Committee

From J.W. McFarland asking for the reconsideration of the tenders submitted for the purchase of the Local Improvement Bonds
Laid over to be considered with Finance Report

From Mason & Co asking for the readjustment of the water rates on John Stevenson’s building on Hastings Street east.
Referred to the Water Committee

From James Patten and W.J. Gibbons claiming damages for injuries received from a rope stretched across Water Street
Referred to the City Solicitor

The following Reports were received and read:-

Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Monday April 16th 1894.
Present – Aldermen McDowell, McPhaiden and Wm Brown

Communications

From Miss Macfie furnishing monthly report on City Hospital Filed

[Volume 6 page 19]

From Mrs A.E. Webster stating that she would be willing to admit sick women to the Alexandra Hospital for $5.00 a week and children for $3.00
Resolved.
That the matter be laid over for the present for want of funds.

From H. Abbott asking the City to take charge of the 76 Chinamen in quarantine. Filed

From the City Clerk of Nanaimo and Dr. Davis stating that the Nanaimo Hospital received $10.00 a week from the keep of sick mariners. Filed.

From the Health Inspector asking for certain supplies for the Crematory and fixing the Chimney.
Resolved.
That the supplies asked for be furnished and that the Chimney be repaired the Chairman to solicit tenders for having the work done.

From W.O. Miller asking that stagnant water in the Vicinity of his premises be drained off
Referred to the City Engineer to have the nuisance abated.

Resolved
That the City Clerk be instructed to communicate with the Dominion Government and draw their attention to the fact that the City of Victoria is receiving $1000 a year there for the keep of lepers while Vancouver with two lepers receives nothing.

Resolved. That the City Clerk be instructed to order a Voucher book for the Crematory.

[Volume 6 page 20]

That the following accounts be paid:-
McIntosh & Co supplies $70.56
Crowder & Penzer “ 21.00
Chinese Nurse Nursing 74.50
Mellish & Gray Supplies 72.75
Crowder & Penzer “ 34.84
James Caruchau, Scavenering .75
F. Filion Supplies 13.90
W.H. DeBon 48.92
A.H. Hatch 3.75
James Egan 36.25
J.A. Percival 37.50
D. Bell-Irving 5.00
Pioneer Steam Laundry 67.97
W. Kirby .50
A.E. Somerton 18.10
Leather Lockhurst & Center 17.80
Deplock & Co. 1.00
S.S. Clyde 50.00
G.I. Wilson 7.50
Wm Collier 71.95
D.J. Campbell 17.95
H. McConrey 1.00
Evans, Coleman & Evans 89.40
Michael Carriere 2.00
Champion & White 12.95
F. Filion 74.28
Champion & White 4.25
G.I. Wilson 38.32
Champion & White 2.00
Weeks & Robson 12.25
A.H. Thomas 20.00
B.C.D . T. & Del Co .75

[Volume 6 page 21]

Russell.McDonald & Co $4.85
McIntosh & Co. 5.20
F. Filion 15.02
Henry Collins 38.70
J. Stevens & Son 32.29
Thomson Bros. .75
C. Nelson 75.18
Van Gurney Cab Co. 1.00
City Painting Works 3.50
W. Simpson 1.75
Sgd John McDowell
Chairman

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

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday April 13th 1894
Present – the full Board
The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
F. Filion Supplies $1.52
Thomson Bros “ 1.45
H. Burke Repairs 2.25
Gurney Cab Co Cabs 13.50
The Empire Advertising 16.50
Gazette “ 21.25
Land Registry Office Drafting 32.50
S. James. Auditing 40.00

The following tenders were received for the purchase of the Local Improvement Debentures:-
Hanson Bros. Montreal $101 for each $100.00
W. Wilson Smith “ 101 ¼ “ “ 100

[Volume 6 page 22]

W. Farrell Vancouver $101 50/100 for each $100.00
Resolved.
That the tender of Wm Farrell be accepted on condition that the money be payable here and the principal and interest payable here

Communications

From Mrs. Margaret McClennan of Roslyn, Washington asking for assistance to fight a lawsuit on behalf of widows and orphans of certain miners Filed

From C.W. Murray Secretary of the School Board stating that the Trustees could not see their way clear to make any further reductions in their Estimates. Filed

From Innes & Richards offering Lots 37 to 41 in Block 38 District Lot 541 in front of the City Hospital for $10,000 terms $2500 down, balance in 3 equal annual payments of $2500.00 in 1, 2 & 3 years @ 6 per cent Offer not accepted

Resolved
That the sum of $1000 be paid to the heirs of the late Fireman Smalley on recommendation of the City Solicitor said money to be paid into Court.
Sgd W.F. Salsbury
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ Queen
That the Clause in the Report in reference to the purchase of Lots 37 to 41 Block 38.541 be eliminated and referred back to the Committee. Carried

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ Queen.
That the Clause in the Report awarding accepting

[Volume 6 page 23]

the offer of Wm Farrell be eliminated and tenders again called to be received up to Friday April 20th at 4 p.m.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by Alderman C.L. Brown.
That the Report be adopted as read. Motion Carried.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Queen
That the Report as amended by adopted. Carried.

Fire & Light Committee

The Fire & Light Committee met on Wednesday April 11th 1894.
Present – Aldermen Franklin, Shaw, Queen, McCraney, and Bethune.

Communications

From John Cooper asking for an increase of salary in consideration of running the road roller.
Resolved.
That his salary be increased $5.00 a month while he acts in the capacity of Engineer on the road roller said increase to be paid by the Board of Works.

From the City Solicitor submitting an agreement to be signed by the firemen for approval.
Laid over till next meeting.

Resolved.
That the Vancouver Electric Railway and Light Co be requested to put meters in the firehalls and that the present contracts for lighting same be terminated.

[Volume 6 page 24]

That the following accounts be paid:-
B.F.Henry Supplies $8.55
Thos Dunn & Co “ 2.28
McDowell & Co “ 17.60
F. Filion “ 20.46
G.H. Bazley 10.50
Van Elec Ry & L Co “ 1724.32
Crowder & Penzer “ 41.99
McLennan & McRely “ 10.05
A.D. Hoseack “ 2.40
London Carriage Works. Repairs 4.00
Thos Lobb “ 2.00
I Forbes “ 2.00
F.W. Hart Supplies 3.50

Sgd J.L. Franklin
Chairman

Moved by Alderman C.K. Brown
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the Report be adopted. Carried

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday April 13, 1894.
Present – Aldermen McCraney, Shaw and Franklin.
Messrs Robinson and Atchison appeared before the Board to get the lane in Block 80.196 opened up.
Referred to the officers in charge of the Chain gang

Communications

From W. I. Archer etal asking that the lane in Block 37.200A be graded; also from E. Cooper making a similar request in regard to the lane in Block 9.185
Both referred to the officer in charge of the Chain Gang.

[Volume 6 page 25]

From J.M. O’Toole submitting estimate of cost of putting in steps etc at his building on Hastings Street where the grade has been lowered.
The Board decided to examine the place and report.

From the City Engineer reporting in regard to P. Carey’s claim of $116.00 for work done in putting in steps etc at Brunswick Hotel.
Board decided to examine and report.

From J. Gendron asking the Street to be fixed with rock in front of his store.
Already attended to.

From M. C. McLean Secretary Ward 5 Ratepayers Protective Association protesting against a resurvey of 264A.
Laid over one week.

From J. Clandenning asking for drawings at Lot 9 Block 8.196 Westminster Avenue where he is about to build.
Referred to the Street Inspector for attention.

From J. Slade asking that the sidewalk be continued over Gore Avenue past his house.
Already in the Estimates will be done in due course if there are funds.

From the Street Inspector in reference to the Street Cleaning and sprinkling
Laid over one week

From W.O. Miller complaining of stagnant water on vacant lots near his residence corner of Hornby and Pender Streets
Referred back to the Board of Health for more information

From A.R. Fingland, begging permission to withdraw his tender for rock crushing. Filed.

[Volume 6 page 26]

From the B.C. Mills Timber & Trading Co submitting an account for walk put down on Dunlevy Avenue from the (?) in 1892.
Resolved that the Board will only recommend the payment of the cost of the planking used at the rate $8.00 per the feet amounting to $14.80

From A.J. Matthews etal asking for a box drain on Richards Street at Block 64, also from Mark Little and others asking for an 8 ft walk on Drake Street also from H. Condren asking for a sidewalk on Dunlevy Avenue between Princess & Keefer Streets
Laid over pending estimates.

From J.C. Rounding in reference to Australian Wood for block paving and offering to send over a certain quantity as a test.
Resolved that the City Engineer be instructed to write a reply that this Board will be happy to put down any samples of wood blocks for paving Mr. Rounding may see fit to send over and suggest that enough be sent to do one block.

Tenders

Resolved that tenders be called for the following up to 3. P.M. on Thursday the 26th next.
Crushed rock, all the work in connection with crushing to be done in the City; also the supply of rough rock for same, tenders to be whole or separate.

Accounts

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
J. Menzies Lorne St. $2.50
W. Black Flush Tank 58.10
Thos Dunn & Co Supplies 24.99

[Volume 6 page 27]

News.Advertiser Supplies $3.00
W.S. Cook. “ 2.25
W.C. Marshall. Expenses. 1.00
W.L. Tait Supplies 14.77
Evans, Coleman & Evans “ 573.58
E. Shurgold. Expenses .50
Leatherdale & Co. “ 5.00
Lomas etal Labor 166.25

Resolved that the account of R.A. Townley, amounting to $5.00 re sewer connections at Lot 5.B71.196 be referred to the Plumbing Inspector for an explanatory report.

Resolved that D. McGillivray’s account amounting to $5,339.80 for bituminous rock on hand be laid over one week.
Sgd H.P. McCraney
Chairman

Moved by Alderman C.L. Brown
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

Motions

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Salsbury
That the following labor account be paid:-
Hooper etal $320.95 Carried

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ McCraney
That the following labor accounts be paid:-
J. Clandenning etal $169.40
Wm Trevning etal $140.05 Carried

[Volume 6 page 28]

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by : Franklin
That the Mayor be authorized to sign the petition to the Privy Council asking for leave to appeal in the case of the CPR Co as the City and to apply the seal of the Corporation thereto. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Bethune
That tenders for debentures for bonds for street paving under the local improvement act be called for to be in by Friday afternoon next at the meeting of the Finance Committee, principal and interest and money to be payable in Vancouver. Carried.

After the above resolution was read, Alderman Salsbury tendered his resignation, which was laid on the table for one week on motion of Alderman C.L. Brown seconded by Alderman McDowell.

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by : McCraney
That the Park Commissioners be granted the sum of $200.00 pending the compiling of the Estimates. Carried.

Notices of Motion

Alderman Brown (C.L.) gave notice that at the next meeting of the Council he would introduce a By-Law to amend the present Market By-Law.

Alderman Franklin gave notice that at next meeting of Council he would move for a Committee to be appointed to investigate the charges

[Volume 6 page 29]

made by him against the City Engineer in December 1893 and also other charges of which he would give notice at same meeting such committee to have power to examine under oath under the presidency of the Police Magistrate.

The Council then adjourned to meet again on Thursday the 19th next at 8 P.M. to discuss Street Railway matters and consider the estimates.

R.A. Anderson
Chairman

Thos. R McGuigan
City Clerk

East End race track closed except by special permission – March 19, 1894

East End race track closed except by special permission – March 19, 1894

Council ordered the East End [Hastings] race track to be closed and locked, only to be used by prior arrangement with Council. S.H. Holmes complained of dirty water coming from a nearby dye works. George E. Trorey offered two tame deer for [Stanley] Park.  A nine hour day clause to be included in all future contracts with the City. City Clerk authorized to call for tenders for new police uniforms.

This transcript was made in 2019 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon

Illustration: Vancouver Archives AM54-S4-2-: CVA 371-2929
[“Forfarshire” as a two year old, 1889]

original handwritten minutes here: City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 5 pages 749 – 758

[Volume 5 page 749]

Vancouver March 19th 1894.
The Council met on Monday March 19th 1894 at 8 P.M.
Present – His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Salsbury Shaw, Queen, McDowell, McPhaiden, McCraney, Brown, Franklin, Shaw and C.L. Brown.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From H. Abbott Esq. notifying the Council to stop work on the roadway leading to the wharf or else enter into an agreement with him, the said roadway being private property.
Referred to the Board of Works
From C.J. Mayne etal asking for a sidewalk on 9th Av.
Referred to the Board of Works
From Messrs Evans, Coleman & Evans asking for the return of their deposit on pipe contract.
Referred to the Board of Works
From A.L. Fish of San Francisco submitting a tender for a heater. Filed
From the License Inspector giving a list of the Licensed Drays & Cabs Filed
From Martin Kelly agreeing to pay union wages to the men working on his contract. Filed
From C. Fossell asking for a sidewalk on 12th Av
Referred to the Board of Works
From G.A. Owens drawing attention to the condition of the streets on Mount Pleasant where the Street railway track is laid
Referred to the Board of Works

[volume 5 page 750]

From Wm Smith Deputy Minister of Marine acknowledging the receipt of the resolution of Council re the dredging of False Creek. Filed
From A.M. Beattie asking to be furnished with free water in the Market Hall as an offset for free light furnished to the Band room.
Referred to the Water Committee
From Adolphe Giguere stating that he had lost certain poll tax receipts and asking that he be not obliged to pay for same.
Referred to the Finance Committee
From Geo. E. Trorey offering two tame deer to the Park.
Referred to the Park Commissioners

The following Reports were received and read

Water Committee

The Water Committee met on Monday March 19th 1894.
Present – the full Board
It was recommended.
1. That the City Engineer have full control over the water works, foremen and men both as to hiring and discharging, and furnish the Committee with a report at each meeting of the work done and necessary to be done.
2. That W. P. Turner be notified that his services will not be required one month from the date of this notice.
3. That the following accounts be paid:-
4. W. Hooper etal. Labor. $209.05
Sgd John McDowell
Chairman
The Report was adoption on motion of Alderman Wm Brown Seconded by Alderman Queen.

[volume 5 page 751]

Finance Committee

The Finance committee met on Friday March 16th 1894
Present – Aldermen Salsbury, McDowell, Wm Brown and Bethune.
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
H. Kersey Labor, etc. $3.50
C.P. Telegraph Co. Telephones 5.34
City Plumbing Works Supplies 4.60
R.A. Anderson etal. Expenses two deputations to Victoria 60.50
Ial(?) Stroube Supplies 1.75
C.P.R.Co Freight 10.13
H.M. Customs Duty 4.20

2. That A.E. Brickway be granted Power of Attorney to clear City Goods out of Customs.
3. That the City Clerk be instructed to call for tenders for the purchase of the Local Improvement Debentures authorized to be issued for the paving of portions of Granville and Hastings Streets, said tenders to be received up to Friday April 13th at 4 PM, the advertisement to be inserted in the Montreal “Gazette” the “Shareholder” the “Empire”, the “Monetary Times” and the two local papers.
4. That the Mayor , City Clerk and the Finance Committee be authorized to sign a note for $20,000 on behalf of the Corporation of the City of Vancouver, bearing interest at the rate of 5 per cent per annum paid note being drawn on authority of By-Law No 198 note being drawn on authority of By-Law No 198 passed on the 3rd day of March 1894.
5. That a rebate of 20 per cent be allowed on the amount of taxes paid by each person liable to pay taxes for the current year to the City of Vancouver if the said taxes be paid to the City Tax Collector on or before the 15th of July 1894, 15 per cent if paid between the 15th of July and the 15th of September 10 per cent if paid between the 15th of September and the 15th of November and 5 per cent if paid between the 15th of September November and the 16th of December.
6. That the East End Park Race Track be closed and any parties wishing to use it in the future must obtain permission from the Council before doing so, that a copy of this resolution be posted upon the gates and a copy sent to the Jockey Club and that the City Engineer bar and lock the gates and post the notices.
7. That the Financial Statement prepared by the Chairman Alderman Salsbury be printed in pamphlet form and that tenders be invited for having the work done, the advertisement to call for bids for 300 and 500 copies respectively.
8. That Henry Mutrie be appointed a valuator of securities for the investment of the Sinking Fund.
Sgd W.F. Salsbury
Chairman

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Queen.
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday March 15th 1894.
Present – the Full Board.
It was recommended:-
1. That the plans submitted by Wm Blackmore of the Rogers Building on Block 15.Lot 11 541 be approved.
2. That M.S. Rose be offered $5.00 as a final settlement of his account for extra work on a sewer connection in Block 36.541
3. That the amended 9 hours clause prepared by the Trades & Labor Council be adopted and that it apply to all future contracts from this date.
4. That the communication from S.H. Holmes complaining of dirty water coming from the dye Works be referred to the Health Inspector for attention

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5. That the Communication from the Health Inspector suggesting the advisability of putting in a sewer in Block 8 & 22.185 be referred to the City Engineer to investigate and report and at the same time include the Section east of Westminster Av & South of Barnard St
6. That the City Engineer be instructed to prepare specifications for a new contract for crushing rock same to be ready for Thursday next
7. That H. Blyth be appointed Inspector of the basement drain on Granville Street at a salary of $3.00 per day.
8. That the Street Inspector send A. Balkwill a man to spread the earth he is dumping at the foot of Abbott Street and that the earth be hauled to Hastings Street to fill in the large tank corner of Abbott St.
9. That the City Solicitor be instructed to draw up a contract for Leamy & Kyle to sign for this year’s lumber.
10. That the City Engineer be instructed to see the architect for the Inns of Court building in connection with the necessary drainage for lavatory etc and report at the next meeting.
11. That the Girder rail Sec No 85A weight 70 lbs per yard manufactured by the Pennsylvania Steel Co be recommended to the Council for approval
12. That the following accounts be paid:-
D. Gibbons 7th Av $14.95
Thos Dunn & Co Paint for building rods 1.45
C.A. Keer Painting “ “ 12.00
W.C. Marshall Drayage 2.75
H. Lomas etal Labor 174.20
13. That the account of Messrs Boyd & Clandenning progress estimate on contract for
cutting

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Down Hastings Street and amounting to $329.00 be passed subject their furnishing a
Statement from the Vancouver Gas Co showing that the latter’s claim for damage to
their pipes has been settled.

Sgd H.P. McCraney
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the Report be adopted. Carried

Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Tuesday March 13th 1894
Present – Aldermen McDowell, McPhaiden Wm Brown & C.L. Brown.
It was recommended:-
1. That H.T. Adams be appointed Crematory Caretaker at a salary of $50.oo per month including free house and fuel, engagement to date from the 1st of April.
2. That Dr. Thomas’ application for an increase of salary be not granted.
3. That the following accounts be paid:-
J.C. Douglas Supplies $13.00
McLennan & McFeely “ 2.15
Crowder & Penzer “ 35.24
Chas. Nelson “ 51.34
Crowder & Penzer “ 14.00
W.G. Warren “ 27.71
G.I.Wilson “ 24.50
C.S. Philp “ 16.39
Champion & White Scavengering 11.25
Pioneer Steam Laundry Washing 61.98
D.J. Campbell Supplies 13.10
C.F. Foreman Supplies 9.27
F. Filion “ 60.86
W.H. DeBon “ 40.14
Chas Nelson : 2.15
A.H. Thomas Med Attendance 10.00

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McIntosh & Co. Supplies $59.22
Wm Ralph “ .15
F. Filion “ 15.22
C.F. Foreman “ 6.09

Sgd John McDowell
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ Bethune.
That the Rule requiring the names of all candidates for offices to be submitted to Council to be voted on be suspended. Carried

Moved by Alderman C.L. Brown
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the Report be adopted as read. Carried

F.W.& L. Committee

The F. W. & L. Committee met on Wednesday March 14th 1894
Present – Aldermen Franklin, Queen, McCraney & Bethune
It was recommended:-
1. That the Vancouver Electric Railway and Light Co be requested to put at once one light on Cambie St Bridge and one light on Westminster Av bridge where directed by this Committee
2. That the following rates be recognized as the maximum price to be paid for chimney sweeping: 25, 35, & 50 cts for one, two and 3 stories respectively.
3. That the firemen be allowed 12 hours off duty each week in addition to their meal hours such time to be regulated by the Chief of the Department.

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4. That Fireman Evans be paid his regular wages during the time he was laid up with a broken leg less the amount he received for sick benefits from the lodges during that period.
5. That the BC Iron Works tender for constructing a heater for the fire department be accepted price $265.00
6. That Fireman James McInnes’ salary be increased $5.00 per month dating from Feb 1st.
7. That tenders be called for lighting the streets of the City for the next five years dating from the expiration of the present contract the said tenders to be received up to Wednesday April 18th 1894
Alderman Queen dissented.
8. That the present contractors for Street lighting be notified that the City intends to expropriate their jobs and wires.
9. That the Chief of the Fire Brigade be authorized to buy a car load of hard coal at $8.85 F.O.B. Vancouver
10. That the following accounts be paid:-
G.H. Bazley Horse shoeing $23.00
Wm Ralph Supplies 5.70
Tho. Dunn & Co “ 13.35
Vancouver Elec Ry & Co Light 1558.29
H. McDowell & Co. Supplies 8.80
Thos Lobb Shoes set 2.00
James A. Skriver & Co Supplies 6.50
John Johnson “ 8.00
I Forbes Horse Shoeing 4.00
McLennan & McFeeley Supplies 26.40
F. Filion “ 6.10
G. Johnson & Co “ 13.10
James Carnahan Scavengering 1.50
C.F. Foreman Supplies 17.39
Chas Nelson “ 2.25
Atkins & Atkins “ 2.25
Welsh Bros “ 114.39

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Crowder & Penzer Supplies $49.05
G.L. Allan “ 3.25
David Wilson “ 4.00
B.F. Henry “ 1.60
B.C. Mills T & T Co “ 11.16
Sgd J.L. Franklin
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Queen
Seconded by “ Wm Brown
That the Clause in the Report calling for Tenders for Street Lighting be struck out.
Carried

Moved by Alderman McDowell Franklin
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the Clause in reference to A.F. Evans be struck out. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the Report as amended be adopted. Carried.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Shaw
Seconded by : McPhaiden
That the Street Railway Company be permitted to lay another track on Granville Street from Robson Street to Hastings Street providing the Company lease the use of the part of the street on which the track is laid from the City; paying $1.00 a year rent and to be terminated at any time after June of 1895 at the option of the City by giving three months notice and on condition rails to be laid and to be kept to the satisfaction of the City Council, provided that this portion of track of land shall not be included in the contract between the City and the Company 11th February 1889 and that an agreement be prepared by the City Solicitor and submitted to the Council at its next meeting and that the resolution passed by the Board of Works refusing permission and the above resolution passed in lieu thereof.

[volume 5 page 758]

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Queen
That the resolution be laid over for one week. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the City Solicitor be instructed to prepare an agreement for submission to the next meeting of Council. Carried.

Moved by Alderman C.L. Brown
Seconded by “ McCraney
That the City Clerk be instructed to call for applications tenders for supplying uniforms to the Police Force said tenders to be received up to the next meeting of the Police Committee. Carried

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ McCraney
That the following labor account be paid.
H. Robertson etal $910.70 Carried

The Council then adjourned
Confirmed
W.F. Salsbury
Chairman

Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk

City to participate in upcoming Labour Day Parade – August 14, 1893

City to participate in upcoming Labour Day Parade – August 14, 1893

The Council accepted an invitation to attend the Labour Day Parade, and allowed the Fire Brigade to participate. Council gives orders to the City Foremen to give preference in hiring men who can prove they pay Vancouver Municipal taxes. R. MacLeod to build a new Operating Room for the city hospital for $850.00 The Market By-Law was read but laid aside for further consideration.

This transcript was made in 2019 by Transcribimus volunteer Cathy Harmer

Illustration: Vancouver archives image AM54-S4-: Str P243
B.C., M.T. and T. Company, Hastings Mill Branch, Labor Day, 1898

Original handwritten minutes here: City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 5 pages 512 – 516

[volume 5 page 512]
Vancouver 14th August 1893.

The Council met on Monday 14th August 1893. Present Alderman Anderson, Salsbury Hobson Cargill Hackett Franklin Fowler Collins McCraney T Brown. Mayor Cope being absent. Anderman Anderson was appointed to act pro tem.
The Minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

Were read from John Devine, Asking for Street Improvements on 6th Avenue.
Referred to Board of Works

Baker Bros, referring to flooding their cellar in Brinsmead Block
Referred to Board of Works

Secretary of Trades & Labor Council, extending an official invitation to attend the Labor Day Celebration.
Moved by Alderman Fowler
Seconded by Alderman Brown
That the Invitation be accepted
Carried

A.L. St. George, Announcing Telegram re Hose Wagon.
Filed

J. Bunsen et al. asking for improvements on 5th Avenue.
Referred to Board of Works

Robt Marrion, asking permission to remove a body in the Cemetery
Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by Alderman Fowler
That the request be granted.

Secretary of Trades & Labor Council, asking for permission to be granted Fire Brigade to take part in procession on Labor Day.
Moved by Aldr Franklin
Seconded by Aldr Fowler
That the request be granted

[volume 5 page 513]

The following Reports were received and read.

The Board of Works met on August 10th 1893
Present Ald McCraney in the Chair and Aldermen Hackett and Salsbury.

Resolved
1. That Communication by J. H. Hallett re standing trees be referred to Alderman Brown to arrange with the owners of the property.
2. That permission be granted Messrs Major & Eldridge to put up Small Corrugated Iron addition to back of their premises on Water Street.
3. That the following accounts be paid

D. Gibbons     10th Ave Grading     25.00
T. Clough     Express Hire     5.50
Crowder & Penzer     Coal     4.00
W. C. Marshall     Express Hire     5.50
Market Hardware Store     Nails     .75
Evans Coleman & Evans     Sewer pipe     73.44
“                                               “                        60.48
H. T. Adams     8th Ave Sidewalk     27.48
“                          7th “                              9.72
D. A. Campbell     Stumping Machine     35.00
A. D. McDonald     Powell Street     135.00
D. McGillivray     Day Work paving     291.77
F. A. Barnes     6th & 7th Ave     24.18
T. M Thomas     Clearing in 185     675.00
R. Moore     Grant St.     202.50
D. Gibbons     7th Ave Grading     97.29
H. Lomas et al.     Weekly Pay Roll     439.90

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
That the report be adopted.

The Finance Committee met on Friday 11 Aug 1893, all the members being present.
1. That the following a/c’s be paid
Thompson Bros     Supplies     12.10
Leatherdale & Smith     Stack     5.00
Robt Mackay     Painting     9.30
News Advertiser     Supplies     78.95

[volume 5 page 514]

Telephone Co     Rent     35.85
D. Burton     Hack Hire     1.50
C. P. Tel Co     Messages     1.91
2. That $1000 be placed to credit of Library Board
3. That Park Commissioners Grant of $500 be laid over
4. That Taxes on Lot 7 to 11 Blk 117.301 be remitted for the years up to and including 1891 if owned by the English Church at that time.
5. That the most important By-laws be printed in Pamphlet form
6. That the Board of Works be urged to have the clearing of 185 without delay Completed.
7. That the City Auditor be instructed to audit the School Board a/cs up to 30th June.

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by Alderman Brown
That the report be adopted

The Health Committee met on Friday 11th August 1893. Present Full Board.
Recommended
1. That the Contract for Building an Operating Room at City Hospital be awarded to R. McLeod for the sum of $850
2. Contract for erection of a Mixing Room at Crematory be awarded to Oldfield & Cook, sum of $149.
3. That the Cemetery House be raised, tenders to be called for the work.
4. That the City Clerk be authorised to have additional notices printed for the Health Inspector.
5. That the following a/c’s be paid

A.H Thomas     Expert Evidence     4.00
J.L Herrell & Co     Supplies     43.20
Mc Intosh & Co           “              34.55
Fewster & Co               “                4.10
Tilley & Son                 “                1.00
McLennan & McFeely     “          8.25
B.C Mills                            “            .50
E.J. Cave     Labor                     28.50
G. J. Wilson     Supplies     8.90
U.S.S. Co     Fare     2.00
M. Carriere     Scavengering     10.00
F.W. Hart     Burial     10.00

[volume 5 page 515]

W. E. Johnstone     Labor     5.50
Texas Lake Ice Co     Supplies     1.60
W. Herfoot     Drayage     .50
News Advertiser     Supplies     2.50
Crowder & Penzer         “         10.62
News Advertiser           “           3.00
C. J. Foreman               “         15.00
Atkins & Atkins          “      52.51

Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by Alderman Fowler
That the Report be adopted.

Introduction of By-Law

On motion of Alderman Franklin & McCraney a “By Law to Amend By Law Vo143 known as the “Electric Wiring By Law” was introduced and read a first time.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by Alderman Fowler
That the Clerk be instructed to notify Scavengers to cease Dumping Garbage etc. at end of Gore Avenue
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Fowler
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
That an order of this Council be issued to the Foreman of City Departmental Work instructing them to give preference in employment to men who can produce satisfactory evidence that the are payers of Vancouver Municipal Taxes, other than the Poll Tax.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by Alderman Fowler
That the Water Works Weekly Pay Roll amounting to $2937.00 be paid.
Carried

By – Laws.

On motion of Alderman Fowler & Brown

A By-Law to repeal By Law Vo184 known as the “Market By Law Amendment By Law”, and to further provide for the establishment of a Public Market was read the Second time.
The Council went into Committee of the whole, on the Market By Law. Alderman Collins in the Chair. The preamble and Clause 1 were passed.

[volume 5 page 516]

On consideration of Clause 2 Alderman Anderson moved that the Committee rise to report progress and ask leave to sit again.
Carried
The Council then Adjourned
F Cope
Mayor
Ths F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Labour Day to be granted as public holiday – July 18, 1892

Labour Day to be granted as public holiday – July 18, 1892

Labour Day (August 11 in 1892) to be granted as a public holiday. The Board of Health empowered to buy a site for a separate Chinese “pest house” (isolation hospital) within the City limits. City to ask the provincial government to enforce the Public Health Act, as one case of smallpox has already been found in Hastings Townsite.

This transcript was made in 2017 by Transcribimus volunteer L. Ellema
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original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 5 pages 81-87

[vol 5 pg 81]

Vancouver July 18th1892

The Council met on Monday, July 18th 1892.

Present: His Worship, The Mayor and Aldermen Anderson, Connon, Collins, Scoullar, McGuigan, McCraney, Franklin, Odlum Mills and Gavin.

The minutes of last meetings were read and adopted.

The following Communications were received and read:

From A.L. St. George, stating that Dr. Brydone-Jack had no authority to render any account to the City on behalf of Mrs. Dockendorf.

Filed

From W.J. Brewer stating that it would only be necessary to slash and burn the trees in 182 instead of close cutting.

Referred to the B. of Works

From H. Abbott stating that he thought $10.00 a month would be a sufficient charge for the water at the Chinese passenger shed.

Referred to F.W & Light. Committee

From F.A. Round et al asking for the grading of Grove and Crescent Streets

Referred to the Board of Works

From A.M. Beattie and W. Bailey asking for a grant from Council in aid of a Poultry and Produce Exhibition

Referred to the Finance Committee

From MH Fraser giving an order on the City in favor of Nelson Carter

Moved by Alderman Connon

Seconded by Alderman Franklin

That the Communication be filed

Carried

From D.A. MacPherson of the Department of Public Works, Ottawa, asking the City to show how the extension of the Streets to the Water would be a sanitary advantage.

Referred to the Board of Works

From J.J. Dougan drawing attention to the fact the contractor who opened the lane in Block 91.196 had piled rocks etc. on his lot.

Referred to the Board of Works

[vol 5 pg 82

From the City Auditor submitting Report for May and also report on school accounts

Filed

From J. Franks et al complaining about a hog nuisance on Carrall Street

Referred to the Health Inspector for attention

From Geo Gagen, Secy of the Trades & Labor Council asking that the 11th August Labor Day be proclaimed a Public holiday

Moved by Alderman Connon

Seconded by Alderman Franklin

That his request be granted

Carried

From John McLaren reporting on the Electric Lights

Filed

From W.E. Johnstone stating that he had not yet been paid for WH Gallagher’s lot on Powell Street which was purchased by the City

Referred to the City Solicitor

The following Reports were received and read

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday, July 14th, 1892.

Present: Aldermen McCraney, Connon, Franklin, Gavin and Scoullar

It was recommended

1.That his Board does not hold itself responsible for any claims that D. McDermaid may have against Nelson Carter, the subcontractor on the hospital

2. That the communication from Fleming Robinson complaining about roots etc being piled on his lots on Quebec Street be referred to the Street Inspector for attention

3. That the City Clerk be instructed to notify J.D. Townley to the effect that the Board cannot see his company from its way clear to exempt his company from paying the frontage tax on the right of way on Carrall Street. That the triangular piece donated by the company to the City is exempt and further

[vol 5 pg 83]

that the City Unreadable be requested to ask the Canadian Pacific Railway Co. for the deed of said triangular strip donated to the City for use as a site for Public fountain

4. That the communication from H.V. Edwards re the piling of Stumps etc on his lots on Quebec Street be referred to the Street Inspector for attention

5.That the City Clerk be instructed to notify the owners of Lots in Block 27.184 to have the same cleared Standing timber

6. That the Plan submitted by CE Hope of a building to be erected on Lot11, Block 33,541 be approved and that he be requested to furnish the City Engineer’s office with a tracing or blue print in accordance with the resolution for deposit in vault

7. That the following tenders be accepted:
7th Av. Grading, Geo F. Rounsfell $7360.
Hastings St. E., Gibbons & Myers 1900.
Lanes 16 & 72,196 , FM Thomas 199.
Gore Av. Box drain, W. Jones 24 cts per l ft.
Lane Block 41,196 Box drain, Gibbons & Myers 36 “
Log culvert West Av & 9th Ave., W. Jones $1.50 per per l ft.
6th Ave 3 plank sidewalk, E.C. Britton 103/4 per l ft.

8. That tenders be called for the following work up to July 28th, 1892 at noon
(a) Dufferin St. Grading 30 ft. wide from Westminster Av. to Ontario St.
Comox St. grading full width from Burrard to Bute By Day Works
Georgia St.: make a drainage and improve in accordance with year’s estimates.
Westminster Av. Raise up to permanent grade
Powell Street Grade narrow width two blocks east of Victoria Street
Abbott Street: Lower the drain so as to drain away the from Lot 119.20 & 21 Block 28 and from Lot 16 Block 4 O.G.T.

9. That the following accounts be paid:
N. Straube, Sharpening Saws

[vol 5 pg 84]

Evans, Coleman & Evans Unreadable $8.00
Thos Veitch, Delivering rock 428.22
WH Randall Delivering rock 1270.88
Gurney Cabs Cab Hire 2.50
E.C. Britton Barclay St. 276.15
E.Shergold Framing 1.50
D.H. Morgan, 8th Av. 498.48
do do Manitoba St. 540.00
Sgd. H.P. McCraney
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by Alderman Gavin
That the Report be adopted
Carried

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday, July 15th, 1892
Present: Aldermen Anderson, Collins, McGuigan, Mills, and Odlum
It was recommended!
That the following accounts be paid:
P.C. Campbell, Hospital Site $3800.00
Telephone Co. Rent 42.05
F.W. Hart: Rent of Tables etc. 3.50
Ian Carriage Works, Fixing Press 1.50
C.W. Murray, Arbitration fees 50.00
School Grant 5000.00

2. That J.B Henderson’s claim for damages in connection with the location of the pest houses be referred to the City Engineers.

3. That the City Clerk be instructed to call for tenders for the purchase of the Debentures recently authorized to the issued, such tenders to be received up to Monday, August 15th at noon
Sgd. R.A. Anderson
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by Alderman Scoullar
That the time for receiving the Debentures be extended two weeks.
Carried Lost

[vol 5 pg 85]

Yea, Scoullar, Franklin, and Gavin
Nay, Anderson, Collins, McGuigan, McCraney, Odlum, Mills & Connon

Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by Alderman Connon
That the Report be adopted and read
Carried

Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Tuesday, July 12th, 1892
Present: Aldermen McGuigan, Odlum, Gavin and Collins
It was recommended:
1.That the following accounts be paid:
Atkins & Atkins, Supplies $100.23
G.I Wilson, Supplies 9.33
G.H. Allan Supplies 7.25
J.P. Blake Supplies 7.55
W.A. McIntosh Supplies 42.38
Champion & Scavenging 20.00
G.H. Jones Supplies 20.50
D.J. McLean Supplies 34.75
Ian Gurney Cab Co. Trip 8.50
Palmer Bros. Supplies 1.80
Fraser & Co. Supplies 18.87
F.W.Hart Supplies 28.50
R. Clark Supplies 97.50
W.D. Brydone Jack. Med Attendance 10.00
R.F. Robinson, Assisting grave digger 1.25
Cunningham & Co. Supplies 33.80
G.H. Jones Supplies 13.50
ThPDunn & Co. Supplies 3.15
M.A. Harvey Supplies 72.50
G.R. Gordon Supplies 3.50
A.M. Bell Supplies 3.65
Cheapside Clothing House Supplies 21.75
Herrett & Co. Supplies 31.45
John McDowell Supplies 3.00
Pioneer Steam Laundry, Washing 48.30
B.C. M.I. & I Co. Supplies 1.84
O’Rourke & Jervis Supplies 39.45
ThPDunn & Co. Supplies .36
Dr. Bell-Irving, Mental Ex 5.00

[vol 5 pg 86]

C. Nelson Supplies $34.35
McDonald BrP Unreadable 1.50
SBurton & Co Supplies 10.25
J.P Blake Supplies 3.60
R.C. Winch Supplies 41.25
Val Straube Supplies .75
A.M. Robertson Evidence 8.00

2. That the Mayor be requested to proclaim a quarantine against Victoria

3. That F.A. Cum Yow be informed that the Council has no power to purchase a site for a pest house to be used by Chinese outside City limits

4. That the Communications from Tupper Thomson, Mrs. Gorman, and E. Osborne be filed
Sgd. by W.J. McGuigan
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by Alderman Mills
That the Report be adopted
Carried

Motions

Moved by Alderman Odlum
Seconded by Alderman Anderson
That the matter of preparing an agreement to charter a steamer to run from Vancouver to Chilliwack be referred to the Finance Committee to report to Council
Carried

Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by Alderman McGuigan
That the Mayor be empowered to arrange a further overdraft in the Bank of B.C. for $5000.00
Carried

Resolved
That the question of constructing a Chinese Pest house on the City site be referred to the Board of Health with power to act: Ca

[vol 5 pg 87]

Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by Alderman McCraney

That the Medical Health Officer of the Province be requested to at once enforce the regulation passed under the Public Health Act at Hastings Townsite as a case of Small Pox has already broken out there and at present, there is nothing to prevent any travelers from an infected locality landing at Hastings without being examined before landing or the freight disinfected.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by Alderman Scoullar
That the following account be paid
Alex Carlstone, for Water Pipes $3592.08
Carried

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by Alderman Scoullar
That the following account be paid:
H. Lomas et al, Labor $1017.35
Carried

Consideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by Alderman McCraney
That the amendments to the Liquor License By-Law be read a 3rd time.

Moved in Amendment by Alderman Collins
Seconded by Alderman Collins
That the By-Law be read six months’ hence
Carried
Board then adjourned

RA Anderson
Acting Mayor

Th. McGuigan
City Clerk

English Bay bath houses may never be built – June 13, 1892

English Bay bath houses may never be built – June 13, 1892

English Bay Bath Houses question was deferred, as the available budget was not sufficient. Federal Minister of Marine offers to pay 91 cents per day for care of sick mariners in the city hospital. BC Department of Lands and Works refused Deadman’s Island for quarantine. Book budget for the Library to be paid in a lump sum. (more…)

Local improvement bylaw passed – May 26, 1892

Local improvement bylaw passed – May 26, 1892

The business of May 23 was continued. The Local Improvement By-Law was passed, with two new clauses regarding verandahs and projections. The matter of the Free Library By-Law not to be heard for another six months (November, 1892). Professor Rae refused to pay rent for the Market Hall, City Solicitor to take action. The Poundkeeper to be furnished with a book of street car tickets. (more…)

Money to be found, but not for Oppenheimer – May 16, 1892

Money to be found, but not for Oppenheimer – May 16, 1892

Taxpayers to be polled June 21, 1892 regarding tax increase to fund schools, sewers and water works extensions. Council refuses (by one vote) to reimburse former Mayor Oppenheimer $500 spent out of his own funds on City business. A.M. Beattie proposes to lease the Market Hall. The By-Law to change the name of Oppenheimer Street to Cordova Street was defeated on the second reading. (more…)