Vancouver Board of Health record of work done – 1900

This document was transcribed by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon in June of 2018.

original handwritten records here

Work done by Health Dept

January 20th 1900
Sent copies of Treatise on Tuberculosis to all the Schools.
Attended court regarding Beckwiths Case
Inquired into 2 cases of Chicken Pox on Keefer St.

Jan. 22
Attended Court regarding M.C. Market Compy Inf of Health ByLaw on Carrell St
Sent Notice forms regarding Inf disease to all the Schools

Jan. 23
Made inquiries regarding arrival of trains and Boats from American points.
Suspected & known to have Small pox.
Also had notice inserted in Newspapers requiring Children to be vaccinated in this City.
Attended several police court Cases.

Jan. 24
Met Train at Hastings and Vaccinated 9 passengers from Seattle paid Railway fare under protest from Hastings into City.

Jan. 25
Met North Pacific Steamer & examined passengers.
A number of Children vaccinated by Dr. McLean.
Met train at Hastings and Vaccinated several passengers & refused to pay any more railway fares.

Jan. 26
Vaccinations at City Hall.
Interviewed Dr. Fagan at City Hall and he strongly advised precautions to be
Taken to guard against Small Pox.
Met Train at Hastings & Vaccinated 3 persons

Sat. Jan 27
Insp. North Pacific & vaccinated 3 – recd Infomration from Dr. McGuigan that Dr. Farish
Is posted at the Boundry line Asked & recd permission to have temporary assistance
Until an appointment is made.

Wed. 31st Jan
Saw post office Authorities and gave directions for getting up Vault for fumigating
Purposes – as it is considered there is danger from the Orient from Bubonic plague. This
To be done at the expense of Dominion Authorities.
Saw Mr Townly and obtained passes for Dr. McGuigan & Info to Visit Boundry – to see
how new Inspection is carried out.

Thurs. Feb 1, 1900
Insp. North Pacific & Vaccinated 13 persons
Still vaccinating children every Evening. Dr. McLean reported man from No 6 Cabin had
been sent to hospital
Steamer Guernsey in Harbour – Inspected having yellow flag
City notified P Government that some vessels pass Albert Head Quarantine – and come
Into this harbor

Friday, Feb. 2nd
Attended Court re He Chong – Health ByLaw
Helped vaccinate 70 –

Sat 3rd
F. Marrion & Dr. MacLean met North Pacific & vaccinated 20 persons
Dr. McGuigan & R. Marrion visited Sumas and observed what prov. Insp was doing in the
way of inspection, disinfection & e.

Mon 5th 1900
Inspected Lodging houses & laid information against the Chinamen

Tues 6 Feb
Attended Court against the Chinamen also Mukle Bro infrac. Health By Law
Insp. North Seattle & Vaccinated several persons. Vaccination still going on in City Hall.

Wed. 7th
Visited with Health Committee the Crematory & Slaughter Houses & came to conclusion
Same wanted repairs to brick work at Crematory
Attended Health Meeting

Thurs. 8th
Attended vaccinations at City Hall, North Pacific & notified Scool Principals that the Law regarding Vaccination must be carried out

Sat Feb 10th
Visited North Pacific & Vaccinated several persons

Mon. 12. 1900

Tues. 13th Visited North Pacific

Thurs 15 Visited North Pacific
Sat. 17 Feb.
Visited North Pacific
Saw Mr. Forrest C.P.Ry and he advised that Mrs Henry a destitute colored lady be placed at foot of Heather St. with her house – Visited this location and the people living there protest against the City building her a house near Main as she is liable to become a nuisance to the Neighborhood.

Mon 19th
Visited the Queen from Seattle & Vaccinated all the Deck Hands

Tues. 20th
Sent Doctors Notice that Small Pox regulations must be Carried out
Visited North Pacific – & Vaccinated

Wed. 21st
Attended Health Meeting and Vaccinations at City Hall every Evening

Thurs 22nd
Visited North Pacific

Sat 24th
Visited North Pacific

Health Dept Diary

Sunday 25 Feb
F Marron & Dr. visited boat at 5.30 till 9 AM & vaccinated deck hands

Mon 26 Feb. City Council appointed A. Robertson Ass Health Insp

Tues 27
Visited North Pacific

Weds 28 Feb
A Robertson commenced duty McL 1/1900

Thurs Mar 1 R Marrion – A Robertson & Dr Poole visited North Pacific & vaccinated 12 persons
A large number of vac. Japs were on Board

Friday, Mar 2nd

Sat Mar 3
Dr McLean & Ass. Visited N Pacific
RM called out in afternoon to 2 cases of S. Fever on Barnard St.
Tuesday March 6
Dr McLean & AR visited No Pacific s/s & vaccinated 12 persons

Thurs. Mar 8
Dr Mc & A.R. visited North Pacific

Wed. Mar 7th
Health Committee met & recd reports & adopted suggestions that License & Health Insp
work in harmony in regard to enforcing By-laws
Plumbers having complained they are not protected

Friday 9
Recd Instructions from Doctor McL. To give special attention to japs & Chinatown pwing to reports from Prov. Government

10th visited North Pacific with Dr. McL & Dr. Poole

Sat 10th
Visited hospital with Alderman and City Engineer regarding Electric Light Heating, operating room and new Bath for old Building. Resolved to Call for Tenders. Visited Train at Hastings with Dr. McLean & vaccinated one person

Mon 12:
Saw mayor and recd instructions to have vaccinations proclamation printed in Chinese & Japanese.

Tuesday, Mch 13/00 Dr F H McLean and AR visited s/s No Pacific
(10 persons vaccinated)

Thursday Mch 15/00
Visited s/s North Pacific with Dr Maclean
(9 persons vaccinated) AR

Saty Mch 17/00 Visited s/s No Pacific with Dr Maclean
(11 persons vaccinated) AR

Monday Mch 19/1900 Dr J A McNaughton
Reports case of Membraneous laryngitis at #1010 Seymour St
Patient John Lowe 6 years old treated as suspected Diptheria
(AR called and left usual instructions)

Tuesday Mch 20/1900
Visited s/s No Pacific with Dr MacLean Vaccinated 14 persons
Mch 21
RM Returned from Victoria having seen Mayor Hayward & M.H.O. Frastier
Regarding the inspection of Boats & c – it was reported that the Boats are inspected
But that general Vaccination is not carried out

Mar. 29
Disinfected Mr Johnsons Cabin who died – from Cancer and burnt effects

April 8
Removed Fuchiya Jap from #209 East Hastings St to shack on Lane next Police Office

April 12/1900
Delivered effects of Late Allan McPherson housed by Trustees of Zion Church & received receipt for same as follows – 1 Single BedStead 1 Single Wire Mattress 3 Kitchen Chairs
1 Lge Wash Tub

Apl 11 Visited Fred Nelsons House Cor 7th Ave & Westminster Road today with Dr Maclean and
Found the same to be in a very unsanitary condition, with M. Nelson, after nine year old Boy & 4 months old boy the two former very sick, suspected Typhoid. Had them removed to the Hospital. Placarded the House.

Also notified the agents Kip & Maden to place premises into a proper sanitary Condition & fumigate ambulance. AR.-

Apl 13 Disinfected E. P. Davis Valise today at his office. W Hastings St. He paying expenses of same (The above valise having been previously disinfected at Nelson as Suspicious of Small Pox)

April 14Visited S/S North Pacific with Dr Maclean. Vaccinated two loggers and disinfected
Their baggage.
Apl 17 R Mannon returned from Victoria today _________________________________________________
April 19
The following Japs fined $2.00 each for overcrowding their premises
C Uchida #109 East Hastings St Fined
T Homono #41 Dupont St Rear
N Hamonosura #209 E Hastings (Dismissed)
Sue Gin #307 Gore Ave Fined
H Dormei #278 E Cordova “
C Yomada #319 Powell St “
Yomada #409 Powell St “
W Oya #429 Powell St “
Nishimura #431 Powell St “
Tusdi #435 Powell St “

Apr 19 Dr. McGuigan & RM Inspected premises on Mt Pleasant and found Nelson ill in bed. Dr. ordered him to hospital and Children to the Home and premises. Closed up & placarded. This was done next day: on the 20th the premises being unsanitary

April 1900
25 condemned
243 cases of Canadian Brand Baldwin Milk – at Mr Hallidays Carrall St
Also 21 Cases at Wing Sangs. Dupont St
All disposed up to Mr Keighley Westminster under Bond that it would not be used as human food.


May 4 Condemned 2400 lbs of Geese & Turkeys at the Cold Storage owned by the parsons produce Coy and Griffin Water St. The whole rendered into fat at the parson produce Coy. Premises except some Fowls
May 4th 1900
Rec.d information privately that the Car Tokio was detained in Vancouver also that the
Porter had rec’d instructions from Montreal. To be kept here untill further orders.
I reported this to M.H.O. who advised me to make further inquiries. I saw Mr. Taprell Managr Hotel Van who stated that Finlayson came there on the 5th from Orient and left in full Health on the 8th May. After hearing he died of Small pox at Winnipeg on the 12th he had the Bedroom thoroughly fumigated under direction of Dr. Fagan who was there on Sunday after the death.

Sat 5th
I went to Mission to make further inquiries and learned on the train that the car Tokia & porter were still in Vanc. Also that the Conductor was taken off this Car with Small pox at Port Arthur also a news boy. I reported this to Dr. McLean on this afternoon. We visited the Car Tokio in the Yard and found it being thoroughly fumigated. Mr. Hogg stated that Dr Weld for the Comp’y had personally given them Directions in conjunction with Dr. Fagan who had also lent them the lamp from Victoria.

May 8
Saw Mrs. McPhee who stated that her two children were recovering from the Scarlet Fever but still desquimating reported to Dr. McLean

June 5th
In company with Dr McLean visited late Car Tokio now named the Kobe. Could not grant cert. as the carpets have not been destroyed or the floors washed with disinfectants.

July 20
Visited Mr Russels House today #727 Hamilton. Whose son was sent to the hospital with Diptheria. Disinfected the same and ambulance – RM

Aug 22
Called upon PW Odlum who is fitting up a building at the South end of Westminster Ave
Bridge as a wash house and left him a copy of ByLaw 249 instructing him to adopt Sam

Aug 22
Burnt by order of Council shack at side of Tack Mill

Aug 24
Visited Mr. Kinch 7th Ave and gave instructions re Diptheria Dr McL & RM
Next page: Newspaper article
Squalid Hovel Their Prison


Sept 13
Chas Phillips called on behalf of Mrs Kinch #700 7th Ave & promised to pay the Fumigating a/c Oct 15/1900 $5.00

Sept 21
Dr. McLean called R.M. up at 9 a.m. by telephone and wished me to go with him to see a case of Suspected diptheria at Mrs. Llewellyns house on Prior St. I found he had already been there. Mrs. Llewellyn was in a greatly excited state and Dr. McLean had to
forcibly examine the Boys’ throats which looked very suspicious. Mrs. L was warned
that the house was under quarantine & no one was to go in or out. Mr. Wright was sent to the east end School to have the Children sent home at once at 11 a.m. the house contained. Mrs. L. also an Indian woman & rushed away from the premises – and declared she would not stop at Home. After a time she returned home at 11:30 a.m. – & a guard was placed on these premises. Mrs. L being very violent – At 4 p.m. Dr McL & myself visited these premises & Dr McL. Looked at the boys throat & pronounced it a case of Diptheria & ordered me to send for the Ambualance Meanwhile Mrs. L had hidden the Boy in the roof over the kitchen ceiling where after much searching he was found crouched up in the corner Mrs L at the same time being very violent and forcibly held by the policeman – Mrs L had previously thrown the Medicine & Atomizer into the street & Dr McL considered it absolutely necessary to send the child to the Hospital – she busy incapable of taking care of it. Guards were left in charge of the premises till house is fumigated in the morning.

9 A.m. 22 Sept
Turned family into empty house next door & fumigated the house – infected – found the
House very dirty & abundance of food in a very disorderly condition. Made all the family
have a good wash and at 12 o’clock returned to house placard being removed.

Guards on duty – Hours
William Ball from 10 am till 6 pm 8
9 till 12 9m 3
Hours = 11
20 220

W Sankey 4 am till 12 am 20 hours
Hewton 6 pm till 9 am 15 hours

= Sept
Mr Snalls child – 6 years – Scarlet Fever Dr Pearson – quarantined
McLean’s child – Diptheria – quarantined =

Work Executed 1900

Oct 1at 1900
Wrote all principals of schools notifying cases of Scarlet Fever & Diptheria

Oct 23
Owing to report given by Indians – Dr McL McGuigan & R.M. Visited Steveston & found
70 or 80 Indians were quarantined at the Delta. Dr Wilson being in charge of same.

Boats from Nanaimo inspected daily – as there is Small pox there

Dec 5th
Inspection of boats still going on

Dec 4th
Report that a Jap was dying at a logging camp at Grandview. Went out with Dr McLean & Wright & found this to be the case as he appeared neglected & starved we brought him in. Norman Franker gave the information.

Dec 6th
Sent Jap to the hospital

To guards for Madisons House from 16 Dec untill 31th 25-c
Dan Campbell – 166 hours 46.50
William Ball
From Dec 15 to Dec 31 – 196 hours
At 25-c per hour 49.50

1901 Page
Journal of Work 67
Police Court Cases 10
Plans deposited 166
Health Exchange M H Officers
Front Page

1902 Year
Police Court Cases 23
Plans deposited 186

Health Officers for Exchange

Dr Fagan Victoria Secty prov Health
Dr H Robertson M H O Victoria
Dr F L Schug Tacoma Commissioner of Health
Dr McKechnie M H O Seattle J M Carroll
Col Dudley W S Counsel
Health Dept Sacramento US
J P Manafee Health Commission Portland

Addresses of Guards

M Lackson City Slip
Interchange for 3 months

Victoria Dr Fagan
“ Dr Robertson H. O.
Tacoma Dr F L Shug
Seattle F M Carroll
Col Dudley Vancouver
Sanfrancisco Dr A P O Brian
Portland L P Manefee
Port Townsend
Dawson .Yukon =
Skagway = Alaska

Squalid Hovel their Prison – September 11, 1900

This news clipping was included in the Vancouver Board of Health’s records for 1900 [City of Vancouver Archives COV-S33] and transcribed in June of 2018 by volunteer Gerald Soon. Gerald points out that although someone has hand-written the date as September 12 1900, the article was published in the Vancouver Daily World on Tuesday Sept 11, 1899.

original news clipping here

Vancouver, B.C. Tuesday, September 11, 1900


Five Children Shut Up for Years by Parents.

Misery of Their Conditions Indescribable – Dirty, Unclothed and Uncared for – Their Existence Unknown for a Long Period.

Five children held prisoners, for months and years in Vancouver, and in a loathsome hovel, too. Impossible!
Unlikely as this may seem, it is more than possible. It is an actual fact, and what is more horrible to believer is the statement that the jailers of the unfortunate children were the parents, who should by all laws of mature and society have been the first to shield and cherish the helpless little ones, surrounding them with the comforts within their means. But these helpless little ones were not even permitted to run and play in the glad sunshine and fresh air, nature’s free gifts, and certainly easy of attainment in this beautiful city.
It must shock the boasted pride in institutions, educational, religious and charitable, possessed by Vancouver, when the cold, hard statement of fact is made that for the past three years, more or less, there have been kept prisoners, living in a house on a leading thoroughfare, the entire family of a man and woman, supposedly respectable, hard-working people, and engaged in a business that led them into close contact with the public.
And these same parents have been the jailers of their unfortunate progeny who have been kept closely confined under lock and key within the walls of a small cottage. Not only this, but the place in which the children are kept – or were kept until Monday – was found by the officers who visited it to be in a state of indescribable filth, and the wretched little victims in a condition that beggars description.
But let the story be told in the words of the officer who brought the strong arm of the law into long-deferred action.
Officer Mulhern, who was detailed to the case said the The World reporter Monday night: “I am sorry I did not tell you this morning where I was going. Had I had any idea of what I was to discover, I would have invited you to come and see for yourself.
“In company with the health inspector, I went to the place of Wm. Cressell, a bicycle repairer, doing business on Westminster avenue, at the corner of Dufferin street, Mount Pleasant, to inquire into the condition of his premises and to see what truth there was in the many complaints that had reached the health office and police station from neighbors who claimed that the insanitary state of the place and the inhuman way to which the man’s children lived were nothing short of scandalous.
“We found the stories all double discounted by the actual and horrifying conditions that met our eyes when we investigated.
“The man Cressell keeps a shot at the corner of Dufferin street and Westminster avenue, and has a house two doors nearer the bridge. He is an Englishman, rather a clever mechanic, it is said his wife works in the shop with him, and he also employs an assistant. He carries quite a stock and has a good outfit of valuable tools.
“But it was to the other place, used as a dwelling, that we turned our steps. Havingf been warned that we might expect opposition, we approached the back door. The woman answered our knock and despite a look that was by no means friendly we pushed into the house. The room was a sort of kitchen, but was in a state of unmentionable nastiness. The inner room appeared to answer as a dining room, but it was as squalid as the other. A table that had not been cleared off for many a day stood covered with decaying vegetables, potato parings and the fragments of past meals. It was a sight that removed all trace of appetite from the beholder for some time.
“But the worst sight of all, and one which it is simply past me to find words to describe awaited our gaze when we pushed on through the fetid atmosphere of the den into a room nearer the front.
“Here, huddled on a mattress that lay on the floor within the sides of a bedstead, were five little children, ranging in age from a girl of 10 years down to an infant of 16 months, which the girl held in her arms wrapped in an old blanket.
‘The filth and squalor of the place was nothing compared to the condition those poor children were in. The older, the girl of 10, was clad only in a scanty and ragged cotton shift, which could not possibly have been more unclean. Her hair was matted and filthy and her body was mottled and discolored with dirt. The infant in her arms had no other clothing than the wretched blanket, and it looked as if it had never in its brief existence known the luxury of a bath. The other three children were in a similar condition. Not one of them was clothed other than with barely a shirt or similar garment.”
Such was the statement of the officer.
On inquiry, it seems that these poor little ones never knew what it was to go out in the pure, free God-given sunlight and air. Within the confines of that awful hovel, rivalling the Black Hole of Calcutta, the wretched helpless little ones dragged a miserable existence, compared to which the most severely punished criminal in the Dominion lives a happy live of freedom.
The inhuman parents of the five hapless little prisoners pleaded “poverty” and “hard luck” as their only excuses for a most reprehensible course which has extended over a period, not less than three years at the very least They did not even seem to be at all impressed with the enormity of their misdemeanor, for which it would be hard to find a suitable description in the calendar, and for which it would be harder to “make the punishment fit the crime.”
The children appeared to be naturally bright, and would have been as other children had they had an opportunity. All the neighbors, from whom, in fact, have come the complaints, growing gradually more urgent, unite in the main features of the continuance of this awful abuse of the duties of parent and citizen.
The closeness with which the pool little wretches have been confined is well illustrated by the statement of the neighbor who has been living not more than two blocks away and passed the place daily in all the three years and never knew the people had any children whatever.
So impressed were the officers that the case required drastic treatment, that while the inspector questioned Cressell on the cause of his living in such a vile state, and maintaining premises which were such a meagre to the health of himself and neighbors. Officer Mulhern telephoned Medical Health Office Dr. MacLean.
That gentleman, when he arrived and inspected the wretched prisoners, at once advised that it was clearly a case of “criminal neglect” on the father’s part to provide for the natural requirements of his children. A summons was obtained and Cressell called o appear in the Police court to-day, his assistant, Walter Dingli, being also summoned as a witness.
In view of the extremely aggravated circumstances of the whole case, it is held by some of those who have heard the particulars that summary arrest should have followed the discovery and the unnatural parents given no chance to escape punishment for their disgraceful crime.
As a denouement, it is said the bailiff has been put in Cressell’s shop to hold the stock for arrears of rent.
To-day when the premises were examined it was found that the house had been slightly improved in condition though still in a vile state. The children had been bathed and dressed and were in much better state. Up to the time the court sat the man Cressell had not been found to serve the summons upon. It is though he has cleared out.

Hours of work set for civic employees – February 20, 1893

Hours of work for civic employees were fixed at 9 to 5 Monday through Friday plus 9 to 1 pm on Saturday. No reduction in the number of employees was found possible. City Council voted to expropriate 13 acres from the Capilano Indian reserve for the waterworks, plus more land on either side of the pipeline itself. (more…)

Vancouver Police ordered to enforce snow removal by-law – February 13, 1893

200 copies of the Health, Liquor and Trades License By-laws to be printed in pamphlet form. The Chief of Police was instructed to enforce the clearing of snow from the sidewalks. The Edison General Electric Co Ltd City was notified to close up the excavation where the side walks should be at the southeast corner of Pender and Seymour Streets and to remove the stones, boulders and other obstructions left there by the contractors. (more…)

Heavy snow hampers Vancouver traffic and water supply – February 6, 1893

Heavy snow hampers Vancouver traffic and water supply – February 6, 1893

It must have been a snowy month: David Oppenheimer asked police to forbid drivers from using street railway tracks during heavy snows, and W.G. Elliott threatened he would hold the City liable unless the snow was cleared off Cambie and Hastings Street near his property. At the same time, a man was to be hired to see that properties connected to city water were properly protected against frost, and that no water would be wasted. (more…)

Fire, Water & Light Committee’s recommendation overturned; Street Railway Committee’s report adopted – January 3, 1892

Fire, Water & Light Committee’s recommendation overturned; Street Railway Committee’s report adopted – January 3, 1892

The Fire Water & Light Committee proposed that the Capilano Waterworks upon its completion be overseen by Assistant Engineer J. P. Lawson, freeing up City Engineer to attend to other matters. This clause was struck out of their report: only Aldermen McGuigan and Franklin supported the original proposal. Another report of the Special Committee on Street Railways was adopted, although Aldermen Collins and Scoullar had moved to table the report with no recommendations. (more…)

$300,000 Railway Bonus By-Law receives third reading – September 26, 1892

$300,000 Railway Bonus By-Law receives third reading – September 26, 1892
Fraser Valley railway car ca. 1910 from City of Vancouver Archives AM54-S4-LGN-949

Mayor Cope cast the deciding vote on a motion to postpone third reading of the the Railway Bonus By-law. In favour of adjourning the meeting till the next morning: Aldermen Collins, Scoullar, Gavin & Mills. Opposed to a delay: Anderson, McGuigan, McCraney, & Franklin. Mayor Cope decided to proceed with the third reading, rather than put off the issue till next morning.

This transcript was made in 2018 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon
and sponsored by The Woodward Family

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 5 pages 157-162

[vol 5 pg 148]

The Council met on Monday Sept. 26th 1892 at 8 P.M.
Present: His Worship the Mayor, and Aldermen Anderson, Collins, Scoullar, McGuigan, McCraney, Franklin, Mills and Gavin.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

The following communications were received and read:

From Evans, Colemans, and Evans complaining about the Scavenger dumping into the hopper near their business.
Referred to the Board of Health

From the Committee on Management inviting the Mayor and Aldermen to an Entertainment in the Market Hall on the 27th inst.
Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by ” Scouller
That the invitation be accepted.

From A. St. G. Hammersly in reference to the expropriation of the lots at the foot of Westminster Av.

From Geo Gagen asking that the Poll Tax Collector be instructed to collect taxes from Sailor coming in the unload vessels.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From John MacLaren reporting on the Electric Lights.

From C. A. Jopson asking for a sidewalk on Princess Street and additional street light.
Referred to Board of Works & “unreadable”

From C. I. Knowdell asking that a culvert be stopped up on Davie Street.
Referred to the Street Inspector with the power to act.

The following Reports were Received and read.

Board of Works.

[vol 5 page 158]

The Board of Works met on Thursday September 23rd 1892.
Present: Aldermen McCraney, Gavin, Scoullar, and Franklin

It was recommended:
1. That Dr. W.H. Kendall’s contract for the supply of crushed rock be extended to include the amount desired by D. MacGillivray in his contract.

2. That J. Brenton be notified to have the outlet to the sewer cleared at once by the City Scavenger and failing to get that done satisfactorily to clear it himself at the City Scavenger’s expense.

3. That the Street Inspector be required to furnish the City Solicitor with all the information he requires relative to the Sewer where Leatherdale + Smith’s horse was injured.

4. That the City Engineer interview the owners of the property at the S.E. Corner of Pender and Seymour Streets and see about having the side walk put back in its proper place as soon as possible or the building proceeded with.

5. That the Street Inspector be instructed to put men on to complete D. J. McDonald’s contract of 1889 on 13th Av without delay.

6. That the following tenders be accepted:-
W. Jones, Quebec St. sidewalk 19 1/2 is per ft
G.F. Rownsfell, Cemetery fence. $1.10 ” ”

7. That the following accounts be paid.
D McRae Carpenter work $25.55
Old Field & Cook Pest. house. 247.92
Williams 7 Brooks ” ” 16.00
McLeod & McDermid Fire Hall 777.00
Potter & Flest Sewers 2117.16
Boyd Clandening ” \ / 1349.60
McQuarrie & Co. ” / \ 1030.52
Evans, Coleman & Evans Sewer pipes 1000.00
H.D. Connacher, Dufferin St. 400.32
H. Lomas etal. Labor 420.75
sgd. H.P. McCraney
[volume 5 page 159]
Moved by Alderman Mills
Seconded by ” Gavin.
That the Report be adopted.
Police Committee

The Police Committee met on Monday September 26th 1892
Present: Alderman Collins, Gavin & McCraney

It was recommended:-
1. That G. W. Fuller be awarded the contract for Cementing the basement floor of the Market hall at $1.35 per yard.

2. That tenders be invited for the furnishing of Police uniforms and waterproof coats.

3. That the City Engineer be instructed to have the leaks stopped in the roof of the Market Hall without delay.

4. That the following accounts be paid: –
Ideal Grocery Supplies $23.62
E. McLean Expenses 2.50
E.G. McLeod Ry fores. 5.25
Daily Telefrom Printing 3.50
G.L. Allen Brofans 2.25
J.P. Blake Supplies 13.80
J.A. Reid Pound House 14.50
J. Eulls Rental Ex. 5.00
A.L Thomas ” ” 5.00
C.W. Haywood, Ry fores 17.50
W.A. McIntosh Supplies 23.76
R.I. Winch ” 11.31
W.I. Dunn & Co. ” 40.50
S.T. Tilley & Son ” 1.00
J.H. Grady Ry fores. 2.00
sgd. Henry Collins

Moved by Alderman Gavin
Seconded by ” Franklin
That the Report be adopted.

[volume 6 page 160]
Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Monday September 26th 1892
Present: Alderman Anderson, Collins and Mills.
It was recommended:-

1. That the following accounts be paid
Deputy Returning officers Services $50.00
School Trustees Grant 10,000.00
Leatherdale Smith, back hire 4.50
Bank of B.C. Interest on overdraft 1138.38
Registry office. Registration 10.60

2. That a map of the Province be purchased, from the Dominion Publishing Co. and that an official Directory for 1893 be purchased from the Williams Directory Co.
sgd R.A. Anderson,
Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by “ Mills
That the Report be adopted.

F.W. & L. Committee

The D. W. & L Committee met on Tuesday, September 20th 1892,
Present: Aldermen Franklin, Scoullar, McGuigan and Mills.
It was recommended:-
1. That Hobson Bros. be allowed to withdraw their tender on the laying of the water pipes.

2. That a team of horses be purchased for the Chemical engine and that J. C. Campbell be appointed nozzleman for same

3. That Henry Duncan and G. McDonald be appointed hosemen at a salary of $48.00 per month each

4. That a Gong and Indicator be ordered and also two Street fire alarm boxes.

[volume 5 page 161]

5. That Section No one of the pipe laying contract be awarded to Ceileh & Eadson and Sections 2 & 3 to Costello & Munro.

6. That W. P. Turner, Wm Lyman & A. W Dresser be appointed to Inspector of the laying of the water pipes at a salary of $3.00 per day each.
sgd J.L. Franklin

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by ” McGuigan
That the Report be adopted.

Introduction of By-Laws
Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by ” Collins

That the trades license By-Law be intruded a read a first time.

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by ” Collins
That the rules be suspended and the By-Law be read a second time.

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by ” Franklin
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the By-Law.

Alderman Collins was appointed Chairman

The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete.

The rules were again suspended and the By-Law was read a 3rd time on motion of Aldermen Anderson seconded by Alderman Collins

[volume 5 page 160]

Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by ” McCraney
That the By-Law granting a bonus of $3000.00 to the Burrard Inlet and Fraser Valley Ry Co be read a 3rd time

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by ” Collins (amendment)
That the Council adjourn to work on Tuesday at 10 o’clock
Amendment: lost on casting vote of Mayor.
Yeas. Collins, Scoullar, Gavin & Mills
Nays. Anderson, McGuigan, McCraney, & Franklin

Motion Carried.
The By-law was accordingly read a 3rd time.


Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by ” Gavin
That the following account be paid:-
W Hooper etal Labor $264.50

The Council then adjourned

Thos. F. McGuigan F. Cope
City Clerk Mayor

No quarantine laid on Victoria steamers, at least for now – July 11, 1892

Vancouver decided to defer quarantine of vessels from Victoria until “more definite information” could be obtained. Several clergymen addressed Council, urging them to enforce prostitution laws. Several people whose clothes were destroyed by health officials request compensation.

This transcript was made in July of 2018 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 5 pages 70 – 79

Vancouver City Council Minutes

Vancouver July 11th 1892

The Council met on Monday July 11th 1892.
Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Anderson, Connon, Collins, Scoullor, McGuigan, McCraney, Odlum, Franklin, Mills, & Gavin.

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

The following communications were received and read:-

From C.C. Ralston etal asking that Hastings Street be paved from Carroll to Cambie.
Referred to Board of Works

From L.S. Gore returning W.A. Cumyow’s letter.

From E.F. Clark of Toronto offering to sell the South Park for $15 000

From H.L. Edmonds drawing attention to material being filed on his land on Quebec Street
Referred to the Board of Works

From Robert H. Wood asking for the City to order the clearing of lots 1, 2, & 3. Block 27, 184 as he was going to build on the adjoining lots.
Referred to the Board of Works

From A. St. G. Hamersly stating that the gates erected on the U.S.S. Co’s wharf were to prevent crowding.

From H.K. Spicer asking for a lower water rate.
Referred to F.W&L Committee

From E. Osborne asking that he be paid for clothes destroyed by the Health Inspector.
Referred to Board of Health

From J.D. Townley asking to be exempted from paying tax on the C.P.R. Right of Way on Carrall Street.
Referred to the Board of Works

From John McConney applying for the position of Night Watchman.
Referred to Police Committee

From the Deputy Attorney General asking for a return of all fines imposed under the Indian
Act since 1887.
Referred to the Police Committee

From N.C. Muir authorizing the City Treasurer to pay his wages to John Boultbee.
Referred to the City Solicitor

From the Health Inspector reporting on the Small Pox.

From Agnes Gorman claiming compensation for loss of clothes.

From the Secretary of the School Board asking for $5000.
Referred to Finance

From M. R. Wells etal asking for a temporary water pipe on Princess Street.
Referred to F.W.&L Committee

From Corbould, McColl & Campbell submitting an account on behalf of Mrs. Dockendorf etc.
Referred to Health Committee

From Tupper Thomson submitting accounts for Clothes.
Referred to Health Committee

From Fleming Robinson asking that the material piled on his property on Quebec Street be removed. Referred to the Board of Works

From Jules Effert and Wm Seidelinar asking that Block 27.184 be cleared.
Referred to the Board of Works

From Wm. Farrell asking to purchase the City Bonds.
Referred to Finance Committee.

From Menzies etal requesting the City to enforce the By-laws regarding prostitution.
Referred to Police Committee.

Revd Maxwell, Hobson, Weir, & Maitland, addressed the Council on the subject.

The following Reports were considered

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday, July 7th, 1892.
Present: Aldermen McCraney, Connon, Scoullor, Gavin and Franklin

It was recommended:-
1. That the Street Inspector see that Thomson B&L make proper connections with the existing basement on their premises on Cordova Street.
2. That the lane back of Dr. Bodington’s house on Alberni Street be graded by the Chaingang.
3. That the Board cannot deal with the petition of Chas.A. Coldwell etal praying for the grading of the lanes in Block 44.200A as said lane is a public one.
4. That the deposit of Hobson Bros on 7th Av be forfeited as they refuse to go on with the contract awarded to them and that tenders be again invited to be submitted in up to Thursday noon, July 14th.
5. That the City Enforcer obtain a report from the Health Inspector re the account of Mr. S. Rose for plumbing done on Mr. Fagaris premises. Melville Street, and report as to the best action to take in the matter by the next meeting of the Board.
6. That the petition of F.D. Boucher to build a frame building on Pender Street be refused.
7. That the City Clerk be instructed to notify property owners in Subdivisions 185 and 200a to clear all standing timber on their lots within 30 days otherwise the work will be done by the City and charged up to them.
8. That the Union S.S. Co be notified to remove the gates across the North end of Carrall Street.
9. That the City Enforcer obtain the permanent grade of Westminster Avenue to the City limits and further that the Street Railway Co be notified to raise their track to the permanent level on Cordova Street and all other streets to be paved, and also put down a new and approved form of rail in accordance with Clause 4 of their agreement with the City.
10. That the City Engineer and the Chairman of the Board of Works interview the Vancouver Gas Co and also the Vancouver Electric Railway & Light Co with a view to making necessary arrangements re connections and raising of track &c before the street paving with bituminous rock is carried out and that the Water Works Department be requested to make connections on all streets to be paved every twenty five feet as soon as possible so as to cause no delay to the work.
11. That tenders be called for the following new work, to be sent is by noon July 21st:-
a) Alberni Street grading from Nicola to Bute and, widening to full width from Burrard to Bute,
b) Robson St grading full width to Park from the end of present grading.
12. That the following tender be accepted for sewer pipes:-
B.C. Terra Cotta Co. for Evans, Coleman & Evas as follows:-
8” pipes 25 ½ cts per foot 4”x6” connections $1.00 each
10” “ 39 “ “ “ 10 “ 1.52 “
12” “ 48 ½ “ “ “ 12 “ 1.90 “
14” “ 65 “ “ “ 14 “ 2.50 “
16” “ 81 “ “ “ 16 “ 3.20 “
13. That tenders be called for putting in sewers, specifications to be ready after the 14th July. Tenders to be received up to noon August 4th.
14. That the following accounts be paid:-
W.H. Kendall, Screen for Broken Road. $100.00
S.T. Tilley & son supplies 11.30
Van Ebe Byth Co. Tickets 15.00
Palmer Bros. Coal 16.66
J.M.O. Toole Plumbing 3.35
Fraser & Co. Oil 6.02
T.M. Thomas Quebec St 360.00
Do Do Princess St 450.00
Boyd & Clandenning Powell Street 1800.00
D.H. Morgan Prior Street 315.00
J. Telford Nicola St. 360.00
H. Lomas etal. Labor 490.00
E. Cook Rent of Wharf 25.00

Sgd H.P. McCraney, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Mills
Seconded by “ Odlum
That the Report be adopted as read.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday July 8th 1892.
Present. Aldermen Anderson, Collins, McGuigan, Odlum and Mills.
It was recommended:-
1. That on account of the absence of the City Solicitor the interview with J.D. Henderson be postponed until next Friday at 10 A.M. and that Mr. Henderson be invited to be present on that occasion

2. That the City Clerk be instructed to have the General Debentures recently authorized to be issued, lithographed and that each Debenture be for 100

3. That the following accounts be paid:-
J. Miller P.O. Stamps $33.00
Bank of B.C. Commissions 44.82
W.B. Fisher Clinical Ward 60.00
A.J. Paterson “ “ 55.00
Dr. McGuigan etal Expenses to Victoria 45.00
C.P. Telegraph Co. Telegrams 1.66
G.A. Roedde Book 2.60
Thomson Bros Stationery 14.75
McKay & Ross Painting 8.00
Queen Bros. Livery Rigs 8.00
J.M. Browning Rent of Room 5.00
Chas Nelson Supplies 8.25
S.T. Tilley & Son “ 22.75
Prov Govt: School Teachers Salaries 5715.00
T.O. Townley Registration 12.30

Sgd R.A. Anderson
Moved by Alderman Odlum
Seconded by “ Anderson
That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted

F.W & L Report

The F.W.& L. Committee met on Wednesday, July 6th 1892
Present. Aldermen Franklin, McGuigan, Scoullor and Mills
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
Creamer & Langley Supplies $14.10
J. Gibbons Drayage 1.25
Van Elec Ry. Co. Lights 1135.76
G.H. Jones Ensigns 28.00
Palmer Bros. Coal. 7.54
Atkins & Johnson Drayage 2.00
Market Hardware Store Supplies 21.85
J.H. Carlisle Freight 7.00
Ideal Grocery Supplies 6.15
I. Forbes Setting Shoes 4.00
B.C. Iron Works Supplies 296.71
Fraser & Co. “ 22.22 6.25
H. McConvey Drayage 6.25
C. Cawker “ 61.50
S.T. Tilley & Son Supplies 2.50
McDonald Bros Drayage .50
Wm Steel “ 1.00
G.H. Bozley Shoeing 6.00
J.M. O’Toole Supplies 11.95
Palmer Bros “ 12.00
Geo Stevens etal Labor 587.10
W.S. Cook Drayage 57.50
H.T. Devine & Co. Supplies 90.01
M.S. Rose “ 8.25
C.M. Hawley “ 2.50
R. Llewellyn Driving gear etc. 32.50

2. That F.W. Boultbee have the 1st claim on the service of his assistant except in cases of extreme necessity where official correspondence has to be sent which may require to be type written

3. That the City Engineer be authorized to purchase Sufficient lead from Creamer & Langley at $4.10 per 100 lbs to carry on work in hand.

4. That A.G. Evans resignation as foreman of Fire Hall No 2 be accepted and that he be appointed hoseman instead at the usual hoseman’s salary, engagement as such to date from the 1st of July.

5. That Thos. Lillie be appointed foreman of Fire Hall No 2 in place of A.G. Evans resigned, at a salary of $60.00 per month dating from 1st July.

Sgd J.L. Franklin
Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by “ Odlum
That the Clause re F.W. Boultbee be struck out and the balance of the Report adopted as read.

Police Committee

The Police Committee met on Thursday July 7th 1892
Present. Aldermen Collins, Connon, McCraney, Odlum & Gavin
It was recommended:-
1. That the City Clerk be instructed to notify George Brown that he has been appointed Night Watchman

2. That A.M. Beattie be appointed Market Constable at a salary of $1.00 per annum

3. That G.W. Thomas be appointed Market Clerk at a salary of $1.00 per annum

4. That each Friday be chosen as a Market Day during which the hours are fixed from 7 A.M. to 4 P.M.

5. That the upset price of Market Stalls be fixed at 50 cts per month.

6. That the following weighing fees be adopted by Council for the Market:-
For Sheep and hogs up to 5 5 cts each
“ “ “ “ over 5 3 “ “
For horses Singly 10 “ “
“ “ by the pair 15 “ “
Cattle 5 “ “
Coal per load up to 1 ton 5 “
“ “ “ over 1 ton 10 “
Farm produce per load up to 1 ton 15 cts
“ “ “ “ over “ “ 20 “
All other material in vehicles per load up to 3000 lb per load 15 cts
For quantities up to 2 tons per load 20 cts
“ “ over “ “ “ “ double rates

7. That the following accounts be paid:-
S.T. Tilley & Son Stamps $1.00
Atkins & Atkins Drugs 6.25
Van Elec Ry. Co Tickets 5.00
E. Clough Special Police Duty 5.00
Sgd Henry Collins

Moved by Alderman Odlum
Seconded by “ Gavin
That the Report be adopted

Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ McCraney
That the Rules be suspended and that the following By-Law be read a first time:-
A By-Law to raise $111,100 to provide funds for the laying down of permanent pavements on the following streets
Carrall Street from Water Street to Dupont Street
Cordova “ “ Carrall “ “ Granville “
Hastings “ “ Cambie “ “ “ “
Abbott Street Water Street to Hastings “
Cambie “ “ “ “ “ “
Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the rules be suspended and the By-Law read a 2nd time.
Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ Collins
That the rules be suspended and the By-Law be read a 3rd time.

Moved by Alderman Scoullor
Seconded by “ Connon
That the By-Law to repeal the By-Law for
the closing of Sophia St be read a first time
Moved by Alderman Scoullor
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the By-Law be read a 2nd time
The 3rd reading was deferred.

Moved by Alderman Scoullor
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the By-Law to amend Clause 15 Sub Clause of the Liquor License By-Law be
Read a 1st time Carried
Moved by Alderman Scoullor
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the By-Law be read a 2nd time

The Council went into Committee of the Whole on the By-Law with Alderman McGuigan in the Chair.
The By-Law was read over Clause by Clause
Moved by Alderman Odlum
That the Committee Rise without reporting
Moved by Alderman Scoullor
That the Committee rise and report the By-Law as Complete without
Amendment. Carried

Moved by McGuigan
Seconded by Scoullor
That the Rules be suspended and the By-Law read a 3rd time.
Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ Odlum
That the Market By-Law be read a 3rd time


Moved by Alderman Odlum
Seconded by “ Mills
That the Steamers arriving from Victoria be quarantined.

Moved in Amendment by Alderman Connon
Seconded by Alderman Gavin.
That there be no quarantine declared against Victoria

Moved as an Amendment to the Amendment: by Alderman Anderson.
Seconded by Alderman Franklin.
That the matter be laid over until more definite information is obtained from Victoria

Moved by Alderman Odlum
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the Dominion Government be asked to set aside ten acres in Stanley Park
as a College Site for British Columbia College

Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the balance of $28,435 now lying to the credit of the Brockton
Point Athletic Association be paid out to the Association.

The Council then adjourned.

F. Cope
Thos.F. McGuigan
City Clerk