60 Vancouver street corners to have electric lights – September 5, 1887

Board of Works identified sixty street corners to have electric lights installed. By-law formed to raise $10,000 to build a road around Stanley Park.

This transcript was made in 2014 by Transcribimus volunteer
Darrin Pezer/Proactive Building Maintenance

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 2 pages 56-65

Vancouver Sept 5, 1887

The Council met on Monday September 5th 1887 at 7.30, p.m.

Present His Worship, Mayor MacLean, Aldermen Alexander, Clark, Hamilton, Humphries, Lefevre, Lockerby, D. Oppenheimer, I. Oppenheimer and Sanders.

The Minutes of last Meeting were read and adopted.


From D.B. Charleson, calling the attention of Council to the unfinished condition of Hamilton Street.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From Desautels and Fairon asking for Grade of Powell Street in front of their premises.
Referred to Board of Works.

From H. Abbott complaining of contractors burning in vicinity of C.P.R. Hotel.
Alder. I. Oppenheimer – Humphries,
that the City Engineer be instructed to see the contractors on Granville Street and order that they do no burning in the vicinity of the C.P.R. Hotel on said street until allowed under the provisions of the Fire By-Law.

From John Beatty and others praying for the improvement of Abbott Street between Hastings and Pender Streets.
Referred to the B. of Works.

From Beckett & Co. praying Council to grant them the use of certain streets and sidewalks for the placing of building material thereon.
Permission granted them under the terms of the Street By-Law.

From W. Norman Bole acquainting Council that John McDougall had instructed him to commence an action against the City for $10,000 damages for obstructing him in the completion of his contract and asking the name of the City Solicitor.
Humphries – Clark,
that the City Clerk be instructed to give the name of our City Solicitor.

From John H. Low, asking that a sidewalk be built on Dunsmuir Street.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From Alex McKelare, asking Council to grant him a Bonus for the erection of a foundry in the City.
Referred to Finance Committee.

From John Devine giving Auditors Report for July and asking for extra pay therefor.
Referred to Finance Committee.

From K. L. Powell, Lt. K. R. submitting a tracing of the First Narrows of Burrard Inlet with a proposed plan of buoyage.
Moved by Alderman Alexander seconded by Alderman Sanders,
that the City Solicitor be instructed to prepare a Memorial to be submitted to the Dominion Government asking that Buoys be placed on the North Shore of Burrard Inlet at the entrance to the First Narrows and also a proper Buoy on Spanish Bank.

F.W. Hart, Chimneys &c. $1.38 F.W.L.
F.W. Hart, Chimneys &c 6.50 Finance
F.W. Hart, Labor (sic) &c 35.45 Finance
F.W. Hart, Blankets &c 26.95 Health
R. Mathison, Voters Lists 38.00 Finance
Queen Bros., Buggies 5.00 B. of Works
Queen Bros., Buggies 13.00 B. of Works
Hayes & McIntosh, Meat 17.14 Health
Thos. Dunn & Co., Nails etc. 12.13 B. of W.
John M. Stewart, Board 130.50 Police
H.L. Freese, Carriage 4.00 Finance
S.T. Tilley, Stationery 23.50 Finance
J.H. Wert, Cemetery 100.00 Health
J.B. McKin, Fires 19.00 F.W.L.
Charles Nelson 18.45 Health
Owen Hughes 6.00 Health
Brunette Saw Mill Co. 23.45 B. of W.
H. McDowell & Co. 4.80 Health
E.D. Edwards 6.50 F.W.L.
Vancouver Wine Co. $7.00 Health
W.A. Brown 1.50 Finance
Vancouver Herald 27.60 Finance
Canadian Pacific Ry. 16.73 F.W.L.
Tattersall Stables 5.00 Finance
Isaiah Forbes 8.12 Police
H.A. Berry 11.00 F.W.L.
John McAllister 31.00 F.W.L.
Vancouver News 9.15 Finance


Health, No 18

The Board of Health met on Friday September 2nd 1887 and examined the plans and specifications sent in for the proposed City Hospital but would ask for further time for their consideration before recommending the acceptance of any of them by Council.
The following accounts are recommended for payment.
Owen Hughes for Watchman $2.00
F.W. Hart: Mop Handle .25
J.M. Lefevre.

Adopted I. Oppenheimer – Alexander.

Finance No 29
The Finance Committee met on Friday September 2nd 1887 and recommend the payment of the following accounts
Leonora Z. Hughes, Inquests $10.00
H. Schussler, Report 50.00
Jacob Sehl, Furniture $77.07
Shearer & Kemp 23.50
F.W. Hart, Witness Box 7.50
D. Oppenheimer

Adopted Alexander – Humphries.

Board of Works No 53

The Board of Works met on Friday September 2nd 1887 and report that the following tenders have been received for the improvement of Westminster Avenue South of False Creek.
W.L. McDonald.
Clearing &c per L. ft. 21 cts
Sidewalks per L. ft. 16 cts
plank per M. ft. 15.00
Boyd and Clandenning
Clearing &c per L. ft. 30 cts
Sidewalks per L. ft. 19 cts
plank per M. ft. 14.00
Jas. B. McKin
Clearing &c per L. ft. 28 cts
Sidewalks per L. ft. 16 cts
plank per M. ft. 15.00
D.L. Gow.
Clearing &c per L. ft. 29 1/2 cts
Sidewalks per L. ft. 17 cts
plank per M. ft. 14.90
Hugh McDonald
Clearing &c per L. ft. 17 cts
Sidewalks per L. ft. 16 cts
plank per M. ft. 14.50
We recommend the acceptance of the tender of Hugh McDonald.
We have instructed the City Engineer in conjunction with Chief Carlisle to examine and report upon the petition of the Royal City Planing Mills Co. for the placing of a tank at the South End of Carrall Street.
We recommend that an approach be constructed at the junction of Cordova and Cambie Streets as petitioned for by Captain Tatlow.
Also that John Devine be allowed to lift the sidewalk in front of his premises on Cordova Street for the Purpose of raising his building.
sgd L.A. Hamilton

Adopted Alexander – Lefevre.

F.W. Light; No 25.

The Fire, Water and Light Committee met on Wednesday August 31st 1887 and report that the placing of the Electric Lights on the Streets of the City has been taken into consideration and we recommend that they be placed on the following street corners: –
1 On Cordova Street and Howe Street
2 On Cordova Street and Granville Street
3 On Cordova Street and Seymour Street
4 On Cordova Street and Richards Street
5 On Cordova Street and Homer Street
6 On Cordova Street and Cambie Street
7 On Cordova Street and Abbott Street
8 On Cordova Street and Carrall Street
9 On Water Street and Carrall Street
10 On Water Street and Abbott Street
11 On Water Street and Cambie Street
12 On Hastings Street and Hornby Street
13 On Hastings Street and Howe Street
14 On Hastings Street and Granville Street
15 On Hastings Street and Seymour Street
16 On Hastings Street and Richards Street
17 On Hastings Street and Homer Street
18 On Hastings Street and Hamilton Street
19 On Hastings Street and Cambie Street
20 On Hastings Street and Abbott Street
21 On Hastings Street and Carrall Street
22 On Granville Street and Pender Street
23 On Granville Street and Dunsmuir Street
24 On Granville Street and Georgia Street
25 On Pender Street and Richards Street
26 On Pender Street and Homer Street
27 On Dunsmuir Street and Richards Street
28 On Dunsmuir Street and Seymour Street
29 On Richards Street and Georgia Street
30 On Seymour Street and Pender Street
31 On Carrall Street and Dupont Street
32 At Royal City Planing Mills
33 On Alexander Street and Columbia Av.
34 On Alexander Street and Westminster Av.
35 On Alexander Street and Gore Av.
36 On Alexander Street and Dunlevy Av.
37 On Alexander Street and Jackson Av.
38 On Powell, Alexander, Water and Carrall junction
39 On Powell Street and Columbia Avenue
40 On Powell Street and Westminster Avenue
41 On Powell Street and Gore Avenue
42 On Powell Street and Dunlevy Avenue
43 On Powell Street and Jackson Avenue
44 On Oppenheimer Street and Columbia Avenue
45 On Oppenheimer Street and Westminster Avenue
46 On Oppenheimer Street and Gore Avenue
47 On Oppenheimer Street and Dunlevy Avenue
48 On Oppenheimer Street and Jackson Avenue
49 On Hastings Street and Columbia Avenue
50 On Hastings Street and Westminster Avenue
51 On Hastings Street and Gore Avenue
52 On Hastings Street and Dunlevy Avenue
53 On Hastings Street and Jackson Avenue
54 On Dupont Street and Columbia Avenue
55 On Dupont Street and Westminster Avenue
56 On Keefer Street and Westminster Avenue
57 On Harris Street and Westminster Avenue
58 On Barnard Street and Westminster Avenue
59 On Prior Street and Westminster Avenue
60 On North End of Westminster Avenue Bridge

We recommend that two hundred dollars of the grant received from Government be retained by Council to meet part of the cost of furnishing the addition to the Fire Hall, the balance to be handed over to the Fire Brigade to be expended as they see fit, for the department.
Also that Cargill & Co. be notified to remove shed on rear of Fire Hall Lot and that Council have the Lot fenced in.
sgd R.H. Alexander

Adopted Lefevre – Sanders.


Moved by Alderman D. Oppenheimer.
Seconded by Alderman Lefevre,

that the F.W. & L. Committee take into consideration the placing of three electric lights on Westminster Avenue South of False Creek Bridge and in case this arrangement cannot be made with the Electric Light Co., they take into consideration the placing of four coal oil lamps on said street in said locality.


Alderman D. Oppenheimer moved the first reading of a By-Law for raising $20,000 for making improvements and constructing a public road or drive round the Government Reserve.

Council went into Committee of the Whole on By-Law with Alderman D. Oppenheimer in the Chair on motion of Alderman Lefevre seconded by Alderman I. Oppenheimer.

The By-Law was considered in Committee, after which they rose to report on motion of Alderman Hamilton.

By-Law read a second time on motion of Alderman Hamilton seconded by Alderman Lefevre.
Alderman Hamilton introduced a By-Law to fix the polling places etc on the above By-Law, which was read a first time.

By-Law read a second and third time on motion of Alderman Hamilton Seconded by I. Oppenheimer and passed.

The Council then adjourned.
M.A. MacLean

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Imperial Oil also granted permission to build fuel warehouse in Vancouver – August 22, 1887

Imperial Oil also granted permission to build fuel warehouse in Vancouver – August 22, 1887

Letter received from A.R. Diplock asking that the City purchase his hand grenades (?!) Fred S. Clark, agent for the Imperial Oil Co asking permission to erect a ware house near Carl Avenue on Railway Street, granted permission on the same terms as the Standard Oil Company. Fire Water and Light Committee asked City Clerk to communicate with the Secretary of the Fire Brigade to cooperate on the best placement for city street lights. The question of the legality of passing a By-Law to grant a bonus to smelting works was referred to the City Solicitor. (more…)

Standard Oil wants to build a warehouse in Vancouver – August 16, 1887

W.P. Johnson, Manager of Standard Oil Company, asked permission to build a warehouse. Board of Works recommended a budget for improvements to a number of streets, totalling $15,734.00 Alderman D. Oppenheimer introduced a by-law to offer a bonus to anyone building a Foundry and Smelting Works within the City. The (absent) Mayor authorized to call a public meeting of the ratepayers of the City during the week to discuss the question of granting bonuses to manufacturers.


Dupont Street well will be allowed until Council needs it filled in – August 8, 1887

Appointment laid off for one week. James Hartney allowed to sink a well on Dupont Street (now Pender Street) on the understanding that it must be filled in when Council requests it. Council unable to make a grant of money to the BC Rifle Association. Doctors Robertson, Beckinsale, and Langis all applied for the position of Medical Health Officer. The police men allowed each in turn ten days leave of absence. (more…)

Fifty foot fire hose needed for Vancouver – August 1, 1887

Board of Works recommend that the Contract for Granville Street be awarded to McDonald and Cameron; Cambie Street to Wm. Harkins; Park Avenue and Johnston Street to Henry Bowers; Georgia Street to Wm. Harkins, Seventh Avenue to W.L. McDonald, Fire Hall to McDonald & Holden and painting to A.J. Marks. Permission granted Chairman of the Fire Water and Light Committee to purchase 50 feet of small hose for the fire engine. (more…)

Baseball team may put up caretaker’s building in Stanley Park – July 25, 1887

Baseball team may put up caretaker’s building in Stanley Park – July 25, 1887

Permission granted for the Base Ball Club to erect a small building for a Caretaker on the Park grounds. City treasurer to pay the freight on the hook and ladder truck and the half year’s interest on the $114,100 debenture. Finance Committee have considered the draft form of lease submitted by the Canadian Pacific Railway Co. re Block 48 but caution some provisions are too stringent to be adopted by the Council. Board of works has instructed the City Clerk to call for tenders for the improvement of Granville Street and the widening of the Westminster Road. (more…)

Owen Hughes rewarded $25 for fire bravery – July 18, 1887

Mr. Owen Hughes, steward of the Hospital, granted $25 in compensation for loss of money and property during his efforts to save the hospital building during the May 31 fire. Mr. E.J. Clark of Toronto’s offer of a lot for a City Hospital was considered, but the Board of Health recommends no action be taken at present. City Clerk to write to the Provincial Secretary asking that the appropriations voted at the last meeting of the Legislature be placed to the credit of the City. (more…)

City of Vancouver needs a road from Fraser River to False Creek – July 11, 1887

City Clerk to write to the Provincial Government asking that a road be constructed “from the North Arm of the Fraser River in a direct line from Sea and Lulu Islands to False Creek”. City Solicitor T.T. Black advises Council to “resist” the claim of A.M. Grant for sherry seized by the police. Fire Water and Light Committee recommends that Council discontinue the offices of License, Health and Fire Inspectors. (more…)

Contractors must complete work for City of Vancouver on time, or pay – July 4, 1887

City Clerk to advise all present and future contractors that if contracts with the City are not completed in the specified time, City Council will take them off the contractors’ hands, complete them, and bill the contractor for the cost. William Harkins’ tender for constructing sewers was accepted. Vote of thanks to Admiral Sir Michael Culene-Seymour and the officers of the Pacific Squadron for their presence and assistance in celebrating Her Majesty’s Jubilee on July 1st. (more…)