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

1900
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.

1900
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

1900
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
(Abscess)

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

1900
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 _________________________________________________
1900
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.

1900

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
AR

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

1900

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.

Nov
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

Dec
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
$84.04

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

SQUALID HOVEL THEIR PRISON

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.

Wilfred Laurier to Receive Official Welcome to Vancouver – August 20, 1894

Wilfred Laurier to Receive Official Welcome to Vancouver – August 20, 1894

A reception was arranged for Hon. Wilfred Laurier (not yet Prime Minister of Canada) who was due to visit Vancouver soon. Lomas and Sheridan’s tender of $65 was accepted for replanking the Granville Street Bridge. Other tenders ran as high as $225. Several requests for grading and sidewalk improvements had to be turned down due to lack of funds. All ratepayers to be advised through newspaper advertising to be sure their name is on the voters’ list.

This transcript was made in April 2020 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon

Illustration:
COVA AM54-S4-: Port P878
Sir Wilfred Laurier in a car in front of the C.P.R. Station

City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 6 pages 186 – 196
read original handwritten minutes here

[Volume 6 pg] 186

Vancouver Aug 20th 1894
The Council met on Monday August 20th 1894.
Present – His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Salsbury, Shaw, Queen, McDowell, McCraney, McPhaiden, Wm Brown, Franklin, C.L. Brown, & Bethune.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications.
From J.F. Ross, of the Vancouver City Iron Works, asking for exemption from taxation on lots 7 & 8 Block 1.196.
Referred to the Finance Committee.

From L. O’Brien asking for the improvement of Dundas Street
Referred to the Board of Works

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

From H.T. Ceperley on Street Railway and electric light matters.
Laid over to be held on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

From Miss Macfie stating that she had engaged Mrs Smart to assist in the kitchen
Referred to the Health Committee

From Jas McGeer asking for an investigation regarding the Pound Keepers

[Volume 6 pg] 187

Referred to the Police Committee

From Mr. J.M. Browning calling attention to the condition of Pender & Seymour Streets in front of Lots 142. Block 24.541 Referred to the Board of Works

From D. Menzies, Secretary of the Liberal Association of Vancouver of Vancouver asking what part of the Council intended to taste regarding a reception to the Hon W. Laurier
Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to name a committee to draft an address of Welcome and to arrange for its due presentation to the Hon Mr. Laurier on his arrival in Vancouver. That such address and its presentation shall be entirely free from politics. Carried.
The Mayor named Aldermen Salsbury, Bethune and McDowell a Committee to act in the matter.

From Robert Border asking for a refund of a charge imposed upon him by the City Solicitor.
Referred to the Finance Committee.

From the B.C. Cattle Co etal drawing attention to the condition of Water Street between Carrall and Abbott streets.
Referred to the Board of Health.

From Henry Nutrie etal pressing the Council

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To lay a double track on Hastings Street between Carrall and Cambie. Laid over.

From A.M. Beattie regarding amendments to the Market By-law.
Referred to the Police Committee and City Solicitor.

From Fred Young etal asking for water at English Bay.
Referred to the Water Committee with power to act.

From W.A. Mace asking for permission to use part of Granville & Dunsmuir Streets
Referred to the Board of Works.

Reports

The following Reports were received and read:-

Finance Committee
The Finance Committee met on Friday August 17th 1894
Present – Aldermen Stanley, McDowell, McPhaiden Wm Brown and Bethune.

Communications
From Major Townley requesting that the members of the B.C. B.G.A. be exempt from paying poll tax
Referred to the City Solicitor for his opinion.

From the City Auditor submitting balance sheet for June and reporting the Sinking Fund Books as being correct. Filed.

[Volume 6 pg] 189

From C. Sweeny, Manager of the Bank of Montreal, advising that the Charge, for advertising the payment of the City Coupons will be discontinued and that in future only the ½ per cent commission will be charged for this service. Filed.

From the Vancouver City Iron Works asking for a rebate on taxes
Resolved
That this Committee has no power to remit taxes and that if the Company desires any favors from the City, they must write their application specifically to the Council stating the case.

From Allan, K. Stuart, Secretary of the Board of Works enclosing resolution from the Board re re question of a 6 ft sidewalk on Ninth Av and asking the Finance Committee to provide the funds
Mr Purdy appeared before the Committee with respect to a sidewalk on 9th Av
He was informed that there were no funds.
Resolved:
That the City Solicitor be instructed to have all mortgages in his possession handed over to the Bank of BC.

The following account was recommended for payment:-
J.J. Crowdery Clerical work $17.50
sgd W.F. Salsbury
Chairman

[Volume 6 pg] 190

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

Health Committee
The Health Committee met on Tuesday August 14th 1894.
Present – Aldermen McDowell, McPhaiden, Salsbury and Wm Brown.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
Henry Collins. Supplies 84.80
J.D. Ferguson Guarding 18.00
J.W. Currell Repairs .55
C.Nelson Supplies 1.60
D.J. Campbell “ 41.25
Russell.McDonald & Co “ 10.90
Crowder & Penzer “ 3.57
W.H. DeBou “ 41.44
C. Nelson “ 3.50
Allan Smith Guarding 4.00
Pioneer Steam Laundry Washing 60.00
Layfield & Co supplies 3.86
Weeks & Robson “ 11.00
Crowder & Penzer “ 10.50
Champion & White “ 24.50
City Printing & Works “ 4.40
J. Mitchell “ 1.90
Lockhart & Carter Bursats (?) 17.80
M.S. Rose supplies 5.75
Welsh Bros “ 11.90

[Volume 6 pg] 191

Communications
From E.J. Knowdell, Secretary of the Journeyman Plumbers recommending the appointment of Wm Gamble as a member of the Plumbing Board.
Resolved that he be appointed

From Miss Macfie furnishing hospitals report for July. Filed

From Sister Francis rendering an account for the Keep of a half breed child in St Luke’s home.
Laid over

From Dr Brydone Jack asking for assistance for Mrs .Dunn
Being attended to.

From A.W. Scoullar furnishing monthly report. Filed
Resolved
That the Milk Vendors By-Law be published once a week for a month for the information of the public.
Resolved
That a Babcock Tester be ordered also 500 Bill Heads, 1000 forms of Admission to the Hospital made up in books of 50 each and 300 receipt forms made up in books of 100 each
sgd K. McDowell
Chairman

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

[Volume 6 pg] 192

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Wednesday August 16th 1894
Present – Aldermen McCraney, Franklin, Queen, and Shaw
Mr Grant: Architect for J.M. Browning submitted the plans of a new brick block to be erected at the S.E. Corner of Dunsmuir and Granville Streets for the approval of the Board.
Plans approved provided same are found by the Engineer to conform to the requirements of the Fire Limit By-Law.

Correspondence

R.H. Patterson wrote in reference to 6” vitrified pipes making an offer in regard to same. Laid over.
From the Department of Mines and Agriculture New South Wales, Australia, advising the City of the shipment of 30,000 feet of hardwood for block paving.
Resolved that this Board recommends the laying of these blocks under the frontage tax system and that a By-Law be introduced accordingly.

From G.L. Allan asking for rebate on tiles sidewalk in front of his store.
Resolved that he be notified to send in his bill showing the No of feet.

From E.B. Morgan, Manager of the B.C. Land and Investment Co asking for rebate on cement walk at S.E. Corner of Cordova and Abbott Streets.
Resolved that he be notified to furnish the requisite written guarantee for one year

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before the account can be taken into consideration.

From E.O. Atkinson, asking that the lane in rear of lots 7 & 8 , Block 31. 200a be made passable.
Resolved that a report on this lane be furnished for the next meeting.

From the Street Inspector reporting on the complaint of Messrs Powis & Whitehead, in reference to the drainage of lots 32 & 33. Block 60,196. North side of Hastings street East.
Resolved that the matter be attended to.

From J. Meytyer asking for the privilege of excavating under the sidewalk on Water Street at the Shermans House and also for permission to occupy part of the street for building materials.
Granted subject to the usual conditions as to bonds etc.

From F. Harris asking for grades on Lansdowne Street and that same be cut down to established grade.
Resolved that he be informed that the street cannot be graded at present for want of funds but that the Engineer will be instructed to give him the levels required.

From Nevile Smith asking for a sidewalk over east side of Bute Street between Comox & Pendrell Strs.
Resolved that old planks from Burrard Street be used for this purpose.

From E. Cooper asking for the grading of the lane in Block 9.185.

[Volume 6 pg] 194

Referred to the officer in charge of the chain gang to take up as the next Job.

From J. C. Rowley asking for grading and sidewalk in front of four new houses he has built on Pacific Street between Hornby and Burrard Streets.
Referred to the Officer in charge of the Chain gang to give him entrance.

Resolved that the questions of a 6 ft. sidewalk on 9th Av from Ontario Street west to Bridge St and continued on from there to the bridge, and also a 6 ft walk for about 132 feet on Bute St opposite W.L. Nicols residence be referred to the Finance Committee to supply the funds.

Resolved that the contractor for the foundation at the corner of Seymour & Pender Streets be notified to remove all supplies stone rubbish etc and leave all clean and tidy and that Mr Browning on behalf of the C.P.R. Co be notified to have the excavation outside of the walls filled in as soon as possible.

Tenders

Tenders for the replanking of Granville Street Bridge were received and opened:-
McPhalen & Co $250.00, C.P. Shindler $225. D. McArthur $83.00 G.W. Campbell & S Burn $85.50, J.W. Gerrard $125. Angus Fraser $65.00 R.A. McCulloough $114. W McGin $140. D. Gibbons $80.00 A.C. Gordon & Co. $145.00 McLean & Hughes $80. Newbigging & Crumner $170.00 McPherson & Co. $82. Lomas & Sheridan $64.00 Pitt & Co. $85.00 W.A. Raney $220. A.W. McDonald $100

Resolved that the tender of Lomas & Sheridan be recommended for acceptance

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The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
Evans, Coleman & Evans supplies $2.20
T. Clough Express hire 11.50
McLennan & McFeely supplies 12.85
D. McGillivray “ 615.00
Creamer & Langley “ 5.65
D. Gibboons Drain 96.93
Market Hardware Store supplies 4.30
Thos. Lobb Blacksmithing 12.60
S. Sheridan Burrard St Sidewalk 61.08
James Dixon, Granville St Drain 713.73
Evans, Coleman & Evans supplies 2.20
W.C. Marshall, Drayage 1.00
Dunn & Co. Supplies 157.74
D.H. Morgan etal Labor 917.20
sgd H.P. McCraney
Chairman

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

Introduction of By-Laws
Moved by Alderman C.L. Brown
Seconded by “Bethune
That the amendments to the Market By-Law be read a first time. Carried.

Motions
Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ Shaw
That the City Clerk be authorized to have a local put in the daily papers calling upon ratepayers to examine voters’ list to see if their names are on. Carried.

[Volume 6 pg] 196

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the following account be paid:-
Mellish & Gray Supplies. $127.50 Carried

X Notice of Motion

Alderman Shaw gave notice that at the next meeting he will introduce a motion to provide for a guarantee of interest to accompany to be formed for the purpose of manufacturing steel in this City.

The Council then adjourned to meet again on Tuesday the 21st next at 8 P.M.

X Consideration of By-Laws
Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Wm Brown
That the By-Law to raise $100,000 for lighting purposes be read a second time
Moved in amendment by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by Alderman Salsbury
That the 2nd reading be deferred till after the next meeting.
Motion carried.

R.A. Anderson
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

$100,000 for Vancouver Street Lighting? – August 13, 1894

$100,000 for Vancouver Street Lighting? – August 13, 1894

Federal Government was “not inclined to bear any cost” in piling under First Narrows. Race track insurance was renewed for both the Grand Stand and the stables. The Union Steam Ship company requests City water connection at the wharf. The Van Elec. Railway & Light Co’s account of $1,735.19 was approved for payment, and a by-law was introduced to raise $100,000 for street lighting.

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B.C. Electric Railway Co. power house & street lighting

City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 6 pages 180 – 185
read original handwritten minutes here

[Volume 6 pg] 180

Vancouver August 13th 1894

The Council met on Monday August 13th 1894.
Present – His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Salsbury, Queen, McDonald, McPhaiden Wm Brown, Franklin, C.L. Brown and Bethune.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From J.C. Rounding, Sydney, Australia stating that 843 pieces of wood were shipped for putting down on the streets of Vancouver.
Referred to the Board of Works

From E.K. Knowdell Secretary of the Plumbers Union (Journeymen) recommending Wm Gamble as a fit and proper person as a member of the Plumbing Board.
Referred to the Board of Health.

From H.T. Ceperley, Manager of the Vancouver Loan Trust Savings & Guarantee Co. asking for a reply to their offer for the sale of their electric light plant;
Laid over for motions.

From J. Buntzen, Stating that meters were installed in fire halls Nos 1 & 2. Filed

From John Hardie, Deputy Minister of Marine stating that the Government were not inclined to bear any portion of the cost of piling in the 1st Narrows. Filed.

[Volume 6 pg] 181

From E. Cooper asking for the grading of the lane in Block 9.185.
Referred to the Board of Works

From J.J. Hanna etal asking for an electric light on the corner of Dunsmuir & Richards streets
Referred to the Fire & Light Committee

From J.C. Rowley asking for the grading and sidewalking of Pacific Street
Referred to the Board of Works

From C.W. Hooper asking what as being done in regard to the refunding of a portion of his license.
Referred to the Police Committee.

From F. Harris asking for the grade of Lansdowne St.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From John Meytyer asking for permission to excavate under the sidewalk at the Sherman House. Referred to the Board of Works

From Thos Lewis, Secretary of the Fraser Valley Relief Committee, requesting assistance.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From Major Townley requesting the Council to exempt the Militia from paying poll tax.
Referred to the Finance Committee.

From J.F. Ross asking for the refund of taxes paid on lots 7 & 8. Block 1.196.
Referred to the Finance Committee.

[Volume 6 pg] 182

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

The following Reports were received and read

Finance Committee
The Finance Committee met on Friday, August 10th 1894
Present – Aldermen Salsbury, McDowell and McPhaiden and Wm Brown.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:
Telephone Co Rents. $36.45
C.P. Telegraph Co Telegrams 5.04
Crowder & Penzer. Supplies 7.08
News. Advertiser Ads 3.60
C.P. Ry Land Dept Rent 5.00

Communications
From Stanley Henderson, Secretary of the Life Insurance Underwriters protesting against the imposition of a License on them. Laid over

From H.P. McCraney & Co stating that the Insurance Policy on the Grand Stand, Hastings Park had been returned to them for cancellation and asking that it be reinsured by the City for three years to the amount of $800.00
Resolved. That it be renewed for three years the Insurance to cover the stables also.

The City Clerk at the request of Wm McGirr

[Volume 6 pg] 183

produced the contract for the roofing of the Grandstands, Hastings Park. Mr McGirr stated that he was unwilling to sign the contract as drawn up. No action taken

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

Water Committee
The Water Committee met on Wednesday August 7th 1894.
Present Aldermen Wm Brown, Shaw and McPhaiden

Communications
From H. Darling, Manager of the Union S.S. CO asking to have water laid on the Wharf.
The Secretary was instructed to enquire into the matter, and have the work done if satisfactory arrangements can be made.

From the School Board, re service to High School. Filed

The Foreman’s report of work done from July 16th to date received and filed.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
City Printing Works. Supplies. $32.50
Evans, Coleman & Evans “ 9.70
Robertson & Heckett “ 5.00
A. Ufford “ 6.00
Clark & Stuart “ 2.20
C. Nelson “ 1.85
John Boyd & Co “ 33.51

[Volume 6 pg] 184

Champion & White Supplies $1.30
Creamer & Langley “ 151.20
News. Advertiser “ 2.80
Purdy & Williams Estimate on Reservoir 1760.00
Hooper etal Labor. 355.50
sgd Wm Brown
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Bethune
That the By-Law to raise the sum of $100,000 for street lighting etc be read a 1st time. Carried

Motions

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the following accounts be paid:-
C. Nelson Supplies $183.85 Carried

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Bethune
That the following account be paid:-
Van Elec. Railway & Light Co. $1735.19 Carried

[Volume 6 pg] 185

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Bethune
That the resolution passed on the 2nd day of April last requesting the Electric Railway & Light Co to state price they would ask for the purchase of their arc light plant be and is hereby rescinded. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the Wharfage charges on Street paving blocks per S.S. Arowa amounting to $15.00 be passed and paid. Carried.

The Board then adjourned

R.A. Anderson
Mayor

Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk.

All Vancouver Fire Halls to Hear Every Fire Alarm – August 6, 1894

All Vancouver Fire Halls to Hear Every Fire Alarm – August 6, 1894

The telephones of all fire halls to ring simultaneously when an alarm is given. William McGirr given contract to re-roof the Grand Stand at the Jockey Club. The Hudson’s Bay Company asks for a “full” sidewalk in front of its new Water Street warehouse. Several complaints of improper drainage and the resulting “very offensive water” to be dealt with by the City Engineer – and the Chain Gang!

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Firemen and wagons outside Fire hall No. 1 on Water Street, 1895

City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 6 pages 173 – 179
see original handwritten minutes here

[Volume 6 pg] 173

Vancouver August 6th 1894.
The Council met on Monday August 6th 1894,
Present – His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Salsbury, Shaw, Queen, McDowell, McPhaiden, Wm Brown, Franklin, C.L. Brown, and Bethune.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights Filed

From MacKinnon DeBeck & Co making application for a franchise granting the right to construct a system known as the American District Telegraph.
Moved by Alderman Shaw
Seconded by Alderman Wm Brown
That the Communication be laid over for one week.
Motion carried.

From Frank Dent, Secretary for Admiral Stephenson acknowledging receipt of communication thanking them for the part they took in the 1st of July Celebration. Filed

From Thos Lewis, Secretary of the Fraser Valley Relief Committee inviting the Mayor to be present at a meeting to be held in the Board of Trade Rooms on the 8th next.
Accepted and filed.

From Stanley J Henderson on behalf of the Life Insurance agents protesting against

[Volume 6 pg] 174

The License imposed by the Council on Life Insurance Companies.
Referred to the Finance Committee.

From C.T. Jones, Governor General’s Secretary acknowledging receipt of Communication re the Dyking of the Fraser Valley lands. Filed.

From John Hardie Acting Deputy Minister of Marine acknowledging receipt of a communication re piling in the 1st Narrows. Filed.

From Mrs. McCraney asking if the Council would be inclined to extend a greeting to the Provincial W.C.T.U. which meets in Vancouver on the 28th 29th & 30th.

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the matter be left in the hands of the Mayor to attend to. Carried.

Reports

The following Reports were received and read:-

Fire & Light Committee

The Fire & Light Committee met on Monday August 6th 1894.
Present – Alderman Franklin, Shaw, and Bethune.
The City Engineer submitted specifications for installing an Arc light plant.
Resolved:
That tenders be invited for installing an arc and incandescent light plant for the City such tenders to be received up to Aug 31st 1894.
sgd J.L. Franklin, Chairman

[Volume 6 pg] 175

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

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday August 3rd 1894.
Present – the full Board.
The following tenders were received for roofing the Grand Stand on the Jockey Club grounds, Hastings Park :-
W.A. Rennie $325
C.I. Shindler 435
Crowe & Wilson 212
Wm McGirr $195.00 and allow $30.00 for old shingles
John Kerragher 330
McLean & Hughes 299
Arthur & McDonald 700
Bayers & Hornie 230;

The tender of Wm McGirr was recommended for acceptance

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
Van Elec Ry Supplies $5.00
James Stark “.25
City Printing Works “17.20
Bank of Montreal Notes etc. 100.50
Ellen Bloomfield supplies 5.00
City Printing Works “ 4.60
News. Advertiser “ 9.10

Communications

From C.W. Murray, Secretary of the School Board, notifying the Board that the Mortgage

[Volume 6 pg] 176

On the School building on the corner of Nelson & Hornby Streets is due. Filed.

From H. Abbott Esq General Superintendent of the C.P.R. Co offering to lease to the City Gore Avenue Slip or any other portion of the Harbour not now in use at a nominal rental of $1.00 a year.
Laid over.

Resolved.
That funds be provided to make passable Westminster Avenue for the Winter at the least possible expense.

Resolved.
That the City Engineer be instructed to interview Mr. J. M. Browning regarding the conveyance of the Right-of-Way at the Sugar Refinery
sgd W.F. Salsbury
Chairman

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

Board of Works
The Board of Works met on the 2nd of August 1894.
Present – Aldermen Franklin, McCraney Shaw and Brown.
R. Cook complained of a drain from Mr. Ross’ house discharging very offensive water in front of his premises on 6th Av. And asking that it be attended to.

Referred to the Street Inspector and Health Inspector conjointly for attention

[Volume 6 pg] 177

From the City Clerk enclosing a communication received from the Health Inspector on the subject of the sewer outlet on Abbott Street. Being attended to

From Powis & Whitehead calling attention to defective drainage of Block 60.196 Hastings Street east. Resolved that the Street Inspector be instructed to send in a report at the next meeting of the Board in regard to this matter.

From the City Clerk enclosing letters of Mrs Webster and Health Inspector in regard to drainage at the Alexandra Hospital.
Resolved that the officer in charge of the Chaingang be instructed to attend to the portion of the drain in the lane at the first opportunity.

From the Street Inspector submitting a report. Filed.

From A. McDougall asking that spare earth be deposited in front of his premises 830 Hornby Street for boulevard purposes.
Referred to the Street Inspector.

From Wm Thompson Manager of the Hudson’s Bay Co asking that a sidewalk to the full permanent width be put down in front of the new warehouse which has been built on Water Street by that firm.
Resolved that the Contractor Mr E. Cook be notified to replace the old sidewalk to the proper grade.

Resolved that the City Clerk be instructed to order a new broom for the Street sweeper as soon as possible.

[Volume 6 pg] 178

Resolved that the City Engineer be authorized to get James Dixon, Contractor for the Granville Street basement drain to continue the outlet at the same prices as the balance of the contract.

Resolved that the City Engineer be authorized to have the hobs filled up and made safe where the sidewalks have been moved out on Burrard and also on Prior Street.

Tenders

Resolved that tenders be called up to 3 P.M. on Thursday the 16th next for replanking the Granville Street Bridge, the City to supply the nails and lumber.

The following tenders were received and opened:-
Drain in lane South of Dupont Street
10×12 Box 12 x 12 Box Check Valve
James Dixon 44 c 48c $8
T.E. Plummer 39 41 6
A.D. McDonald 26 27 4
D. Gibbons 23 24 9

Resolved that the tenders of D. Gibbons be recommended for acceptance.

The following accounts were recommended for acceptance :-
Champion & White Street sweeping $89.75
Evans, Coleman & Evans Supplies 3.20
MacKay Bros Painting 8.00
Thos Dunn Supplies .60
W.C. Marshall Express 5.75
Leamy & Kyle Supplies. 298.03
Clark & Stuart “ 2.25
V.E.R. & L. Co. “ 2.25
J.A. Skinner “ 2.25
D.H. Morgan etal. Labor 482.65

[Volume 6 pg] 179

The Board then adjourned.
sgd H.P. McCraney
Chairman

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

Motions

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Bethune
That the Chief of the Fire Department be authorized to connect the telephones of all the Fire Halls to ring simultaneously on the Alarm being given. Carried

Moved by Alderman W. Brown
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the Water Works Pay Roll for the week ending July 30th 1894 amounting to $307.05 be passed and paid. Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws
Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ Queen
That the By-Law to collect arrears of taxes previous to 1893 be read a 3rd time. Carried.

The Board then adjourned.
R.A. Anderson
Mayor

Thos McGuigan
City Clerk.

Columbia Avenue lowlands must be drained – July 16, 1894

Columbia Avenue lowlands must be drained – July 16, 1894

The Medical Health Officer reported on the unsanitary condition of Dupont Street and urged the draining of the low lying lands south of Dupont Street and east and west of Columbia Avenue. The Provincial government requested $200 to cover the cost of smallpox vaccine administered by Dr. McGuigan in August 1892. Taxes were coming in slowly; one citizen, John Castile wrote to suggest that persons in arrears for taxes be allowed to work them out.

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[Dupont [later Pender] and Carrall Streets, looking east]

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City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 6 pages 152 – 163

[volume 6 page152]

Vancouver July 16th 1894

The Council met on Monday July 16th 1894.
Present – Aldermen Salsbury, Shaw, McDowell, McCraney, McPhaiden, Wm Brown, Franklin, C.L. Brown and Bethune.
Alderman Wm Brown was appointed Chairman.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From the Medical Health officer reporting upon the sanitary condition of Dupont Street and advising the Council to have the low lying lands drained.
Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the City Engineer be instructed to ascertain the cost as soon as possible. Carried.

From the City Solicitor stating that the Captain of the Barque Gutenberg had no claim against the City and also that the C.P.R. Co could not be held liable for the expenses of the Chinaman afflicted with Smallpox. Filed.

From A. McDougall asking for the levelling of Hornby Street in front of his premises.
Referred to Board of Works

From the Deputy Provincial Treasurer asking for a cheque for $200.00 being amount paid to D. McGuigan for vaccinating incoming passengers on trains at Vancouver between August 10th and 21st 1892.
Referred to the City Solicitor

[volume 6 page 153]

From John Castile suggesting that persons in arrears for taxes be allowed to work them out.
Referred to the Finance Committee.

From Alderman Franklin declining to put up a bond on the Engineer’s investigation.
Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the Communication be laid over for one week to give an opportunity for both parties to come together. Carried

From J. Jones asking for a decision on his claim for the refund of a portion of the fine imposed on him by the pound keeper.
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the communication be filed. Carried.

Reports
The following Reports were received and read:-

Water Committee
The Water Committee met on Wednesday July 11th 1894.
Present – Aldermen Wm Brown, Bethune, Shaw, and McPhaiden

Communications
From the B.C. Iron Works Co offering to supply special Castings Castings for Water Works Sept. at 2c per Lb. Filed
The following tenders for dolphins at the Narrows were received:-

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D.K. Campbell
Coppered piles $594.00
Zinc. “ 451.00
Uncovered “ 352.00

W.A. Ravine
Coppered piles 660.00
Zinc “ 484.00
Uncovered “ 352.00

Resolved
That D.K. Campbell’s tender of $594.00 for coppered piles be accepted, and that the Dominion Government be asked to pay half the expense as the dolphins will be a good protection to shipping.

Resolved
That two days be taken off John Potter’s time for Monday and Tuesday January 2nd and 3rd these days being public holidays

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
C. Nelson Drugs $1.25
News. Advertiser Bindery Supplies 10.00
Crowder & Penzer “ 7.12
C.P.R. Co “ 3.60
Creamer & Langley “ 10.08
J. Burns Jr “ 896.82
Walsh Bros. “ 22.65
B.C. Iron Works Co. “ 270.34
Van Elec Ry & L Co “ 1.32
J. Boyd & Co “ 7.00
Curtis & Newsome “ 17.20
Hastings Mill “ 9.52
Gas Co “ .75
Purdy & Williams Reservoir 1944.00

[Volume 6 page 155]

Hooper etal Labor $708.65
Sgd Wm Brown
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That the Report be adopted. Carried

Finance Committee
The Finance Committee met on Friday July 13th 1894.
Present the full Board

Communications
From the Board of Works asking the Committee to provide funds for the purchase of bon wires for the Street Railway Track about to be laid. Estimated cost $865.20 Laid over

From the Board of Works asking the Committee to furnish funds for the construction of a sewer in Blocks 8 & 22.185 and a basement drain constructed on Dupont Strete under the Frontage Tax system.
Referred back to the Board of Works for Estimate of Cost

From E.H. Dowing and W.H. Hooper asking for a refund of a certain portion of their respective licenses, they having paid for the full year near the close of the License year.
Resolved.
That it is desirable that the Trades License By-Law be amended

From Ms. A. Cheatam asking for a reduction of the Shooting Gallery License. Filed

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From the Revenue Tax Collector stating that collections were coming in slowly and stating that it would be necessary to enforce payment.
Resolved.
That Mr. Sutherland be instructed to carry out the law.

Resolved
That the account of the B.C. Iron Works for a heater amounting to $265.00 be paid our of the Fire & Light Contigent fund.

Resolved.
That a copy be made of the petition to be presented at the Governor General re the dyking of the lands bordering on the Fraser River and that it be presented to the Board of Trade for signature

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
City Printing Works supplies $33.50
Bank of Montreal Note 20,000
Crowder & Penzer supplies 7.15
News. Advertiser Ads 1.05
E. Clough Drayage 3.50
sgd W.F. Salsbury
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Salsbury
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

[volume 6 page 157]

Health Committee
The Health Committee met on Tuesday July 10th 1894
Present – Aldermen McDowell, Wm Brown and C.L. Brown.
The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
W.J. McGuigan Inquests $45.
F. Filion supplies .85
Mellish & Gray “ 122.50
Minion S.S. Co Fare 2.00
Mrs. Crawford supplies .50
McIntosh & co “ 64.26
F.W. Mills “ 9.35
C.S. Philp “ 16.14
W. H. DeBow “ 40.05
Pioneer Steam Laundry Washing 56.80
A.H. Thomas Medical Attendance 10.00
W.C. Marshall Drayage 5.00
Lockhart & Center Burials 35.60
City Printing Works Supplies 2.00
McIntosh & Co “ .48
F. Filion “ 64.99
B.C. Mills “ 8.43
James Carnohan Scavengering 1.25
C.P.R. Co Fares 3.00
John Boyd & Co Supplies 3.30
City of Victoria. Keep of Lepers 52.63
F. Filion Supplies 17.40
E. Shurgold Drayage .50
McLennan & McFeely Supplies 2.85
Carter Bros. Crematory Chimney 101.00

Communications
From the Plumbing inspector reporting that 149 plumbing and sewer permits were issued for the half year ending June 30th Filed

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From the Health Inspector asking that immediate steps be taken to drain the low lying lands south of Dupont Street and east and west of Columbia Avenue
Resolved.
That the Board of Works be instructed to have this necessary work done at once.

From J.M. Holland asking for amendments to the Plumbing By-Law Filed
From Miss Macfie furnishing Hospital Report for June. Filed
From E.B. Morgan etal asking for a sewer in the lane running between Block 84 22.185
Resolved.
That if there are sufficient funds on hand for that purpose that the Board of Works be instructed to have the work done.

Resolved
That the City Clerk be instructed to write Philp Bros that they must supply to the City Hospital whatever vegetables are ordered and that F. Filion be notified to supply fresh eggs when required.
sgd John McDowell
Chairman

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

[Volume 6 page 159]

Board of Works
The Board of Works met on Thursday July 12th 1894
Present – Aldermen McCraney, Shaw, Queen and C.L. Brown.

Communications
From Ivan Bushong etal calling attention of the Board to slight repairs necessary to the paving at Cordova Street at the foot of Homer Street
Resolved
That D. McGuillvray be notified to make all necessary repairs to the Bituminous road pavement as soon as possible.

From J.M. Bowell, Collector of Customs stating that if the lumber coming from Australia for block paving is in sawed boards or planks undressed, or dressed on one side only, “it will be free from duty under the new tariff’. Filed for reference.

From H.A. Bell asking for permission to use part of the street in front of the new Rogers’ building Hastings Street for depositing building material.
Resolved.
That Mr Bell be notified that permission fo the rise of 50 feet of the sidewalk for the purpose has already been granted to E. Cook but that permission for use of the paved street has in all cases been refused.

From the City Clerk informing the Board of the Resolutions passed by the Board of Health relative to the construction of a sewer in Blocks 8 & 22. 185 and drainage for the low lying lands south of Dupont Street.

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Resolved.
That the Finance Committee be requested to furnish the funds necessary to carry out these works and that the requisite basement drain on Dupont street be put in under the frontage tax system.
James Dixon, Contractor for the basement drains on Granville Street put in a claim for extra work amounting to $364.00
Referred to the Engineer and the Inspector to look into and report.

Resolved that the Street Inspector be instructed to put down a 2 ft wall with old planks in front of Mr. Prior’s residence on 10th Av west of Manitoba Street.

Resolved that the documents in connection with the investigation be kept in the Engineer’s office vault and to be accessible during regular office hours to all parties concerned.

The matter of extending the Abbott Street sewer to deeper water was referred to the Engineer to see if pipe can be got for the purpose.

Resolved that the matter of providing funds for the cost of the bond wires for the Street Railway track be referred to the Finance Committee.

Resolved that the City Engineer be authorized to get prices for the necessary work of continuing the outlet of the Granville Street drain to False Creek.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

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James Dixon Drain $746.45
J. Menzies 11th Av. 28.28
P.G. Fenton 8th Av. 13.95
C. Nelson. Supplies 1.50
Evans Coleman & Evans “ 1.60
Minion S.S. Co. Hire of Steamer 15.00
Dunn & Co. Supplies .10
Welsh Bros. “ 8.26
McLennan & McFeely “ 35.73
Morgan etal. Labor 774.80
sgd H.P. McCraney
Chairperson

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

Fire & Light Committee

The Fire & Light Committee met on Wednesday July 11th 1894.
Present – Aldermen Franklin, Shaw, McCraney and Bethune
The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
Thos Dunn & Co. supplies $2.75
Welsh Bros “ 146.09
D. Wilson “ 6.55
L. Roy Repairs 3.12
F. Filion Supplies 9.04
I Forbes Shoeing | 4.00 4.00
McDowell & Co. supplies 10.24
Van Elec Ry & Co Lights 1668.41
James Carnohah Scavengering 1.00
B.C. Iron Works Heater $265.00
sgd J.L. Franklin
Chairman

[Volume 6 page 162]

Moved by Alderman C.L. Brown
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the Report be Adopted. Carried

Police Committee

The Police Committee met on Thursday July 12th 1894.
Present the full Board
The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
Wm Cameron. Police Duty $2.50
Frank Blair “ “ 5.00
McIntosh & Co Supplies 25.50
F. Filion “ .60
Russell. McDonald & Co “ 2.30
Chas. Nelson “ 3.15
News. Advertiser “ 12.00
C.S. Philp “ 16.55
Gurney Cab Co. “ 2.00
John McLaren Ry fares 14.00

Communications

From J.N. Bond asking for redress for the tearing down by small boys of a stable belonging to him on the South end of Granville Street Bridge. Filed

Resolved that A.M. Beattie be notified that under the terms of his lease of the Market he is required to keep it in a good state of repair and that the Council looks to him to have it repaired when necessary.
sgd C.L. Brown, Chairman
The Report was adopted on motion of Alderman McPhaiden seconded by Alderman McDowell.

[Volume 6 page 163]

Consideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Shaw.
That the amendments to the Health By-Law be read a 2nd time. Carried
The Council went into Committee of the Whole for to consideration with Alderman McDowell in the Chair.
The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That the noxious weed By-Law be read a second time. Carried.
The Council went into Committee of the Whole for its consideration, Alderman Franklin in the Chair.
The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported to the Council as complete.
It was then read a 3rd time on motion of Alderman McDowell Seconded by Alderman Franklin.

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

The Council then adjourned.

R.A. Anderson
Mayor

Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk.

Street Railway Purchase By-law overturned – July 9, 1894

Street Railway Purchase By-law overturned – July 9, 1894

By-law proposals for both the street railway purchase and the $60,000 were defeated. All City work in progress which is not strictly within the original Estimates must be stopped as quickly as safety allows. Dr. Kendall has not delivered the rock crushing plant to the new contractor. J.W. Bond complained his stable at the South end of the Granville Street bridge had been torn down: police to investigate.

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City of Vancouver Archives
COV S-32, Volume 6, pages 144-151

[volume 5 page 144]

Vancouver July 9th 1894.
The Council met on Monday July 9th 1894.
Present – His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Shaw, Salsbury, Queen, McDowell, McPhaiden, Wm Brown, C.L. Brown and Bethune.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From the City Clerk stating that the Street Railway Purchase By-Law had been defeated by a Majority of 346 and the $60,000 By-Law by a Majority of 11 Filed

From A. Campbell Reddie, Deputy Provincial Secretary, making a claim on behalf of the Captain of the Barque Gutenberg for $150.00 for illegal detention in the Port of Vancouver.
Referred to the City Solicitor

From the Supreme Court Garnisheeing certain monies due to W.H. Kendall
Referred to the City Solicitor

From W. H. Hooper and E. H. Downing asking for the refund of a portion of the License money paid by them previous to the 1st of July.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From H. Abbott stating that he could not recognize the claim for the keep of the Chinaman affected with Smallpox.
Referred to the City Solicitor

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From H. B. Small, Secretary of the Department of Agriculture stating that whatever may have been the terms of the wording of the Order -in- Council re grant for the support of lepers the clear intention was not exclusively in aid to any particular City

Resolved.
That the Communication be acknowledged and request him to instruct Victoria to act accordingly.

From James M. Holland Asking for an amendment to the Health By-Law.
Referred to the Health Committee.

From Norman Fraser asking permission to use Cross a portion of the Isolation Hospital grounds with his loads.
Permission granted on motion of Alderman McDowell Seconded by Alderman McPhaiden

From Alderman Salsbury reporting that the best price obtainable for the purchase of the lots in front of the City Hospital was $7500.00 on the following terms:-
$1500.00 Cash on the 16th of September balance in two equal annual instalments of $3000.00 each with interest at the rate of 6 per cent per annum the City having the option to pay the balance in whole or in part at any time prior to the due date if they see fit to do so.
The Report was adopted on motion of Alderman McDowell seconded by Alderman C.L. Brown.

From H.A. Bell asking permission to use a portion of Hastings Street west with building material
Referred to the Board of Works

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From Dr. Thomas furnishing monthly report. Filed

From Mrs. A. Chealtham asking for a reduction of the Shooting Gallery License.
Referred to Finance Committee

From J. J. Blake asking to have access to all papers in connection with the City Engineer investigation.
Moved by Alderman MCDowell
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That all the necessary documents by placed in the custody of the Police Magistrate to which Mr. Blake and all other parties interested may have access. Carried.

Reports

The following Reports were received and read:

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on June 28th. Present Aldermen McCraney, Shaw, Brown and Queen.
A teamster who claimed of not being able to get money due to him from the contractor for the Reservoir was referred to the City Solicitor and the Water Committee.

The City Solicitor appeared before the Board in reference to the action to be taken re the Rock Crushing plant;
Resolved that the offer made by W.H. Kendall of $400.00 for the plant excepting the crusher and water wheel be refused and that the City Solicitor be instructed to take steps to recover the plant from W.H. Kendall and damages for his delay in delivery.

[volume 6 page 147]

The City Engineer reported in regard to the account of Ludger Roy amounting to $14.65 for extra work in making certain sewer connections referred to him.
Resolved that Mr. Roy be paid the sum of $3.65 in full settlement of his claim.

From W.C. Stevens etal asking for a sidewalk on Grove St. Laid over.

J.W. Bond complained of a stable owned by him at the South end of the Granville Street bridge having been torn down.
Referred to the Police Committee to investigate.

Tenders
Resolved that the tenders received for a new street sprinkler be not entertained until funds are provided for the purpose, and that the City Treasurer be authorized to return the deposits.

Accounts
The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
E. Clough Express hire $4.00
Van Elec Ry & Light Co. Tickets 5.00
Market Hardware Store. Supplies 11.00
G. Telford etal. Labor 1066.40

Resolved that $350.00 be paid James Dixon as a progress estimate for work done during this month on Basement Drain on Granville St.
sgd H.P. McCraney
Chairman

The Board met on July 5th 1894. Present – Aldermen McCraney, Shaw and Brown.

Correspondence
From T.E. Julian, Architect, stating that he is about to have a building erected for C. McLachlin and

[volume 6 page 148]

Asking that Bute & Burnaby Streets be opened up to the premises.
Referred to the Street Inspector to arrange for the chaingang being put to work there as soon as possible.
From J. Brenton, Health Inspector in reference to the advisability of putting in a drain on the South side of Dupont Street
Referred to the Board of Health.
From W. Manson asking for a better sidewalk Barclay Street between Bute & Nicola.
Laid over
From David Wait & Co asking for the use of certain portions of Georgia & Burrard Streets at the Christ Church Corner for building purposes.
Resolved that permission be granted for 1/3 of the streets as requested, provided a satisfactory bond to the amount of $160.00 is furnished.

From A.E.E. Clark in reference to the non -delivery of the Rock crushing plant.
Resolved that unless delivery be given to the City Engineer by Dr. Kendall of all plank in his possession the property of the City, that proceedings be taken against for the recovery of damages caused by his refusal to deliver.

Resolved also that unless immediate delivery is given the City Engineer be authorized and instructed to purchase all such piping and other plank necessary to complete the work rock crushing plant to be charged up against any monies due to Dr. W.H. Kendall, the late contractor.

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The following accounts were recommended for payment
J.A. Skinner & Co. supplies $2.25
E. Shurgold. Labor 5.00
F. Filion supplies. 3.00
Martin Kelly Curbstones. 303.75
D.H. Morfan etal Labor. 119.10
sgd H.P. McCraney
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ Queen
That the Report be adopted Carried.

Water Committee
The Water Committee met on Friday June 29th
Present – Aldermen Wm Brown, Queen, Bethune and McPhaiden
The following renders for Cast Iron pipe specials & Lead:-
Lead. C.I. Pipe Flexible Specials
E.G. Anderson & Co 694.40
Chas Stinson 760. $43.00 $43.00 $58.00
J. Burns for Gartshore 830. 46.00 56.00 29/10 C
BC Iron Works 1 month $81 3 months $67.20 7 mon $67.20
3 mon $51.75 7 mon 38.00
1 mon 51.75 3 mon 51.75 7 mon 45.50
4 c
Vancouver City Iron Works 3.68 ¼

Resolved.
That the Contract for Cast Iron pipe and lead be awarded to the B.C. IronWorks Co pipe to be delivered within 7 months and lead within 3 months.
That the Vancouver City Iron Works be awarded to contract for specials
Sgd Wm Brown
Chairman

[volume 6 page 150]
The Report was adopted on motion of Alderman Wm Brown, seconded by Alderman C.L. Brown.

Finance Committee
The Finance Committee met on Friday June 29th 1894
Present – Aldermen Salsbury, McPhaiden, Wm Brown and Bethune.
Resolved.
That all street work not strictly within the Estimates should be stopped as soon as safety will admit in view of the fact that there are no monies provided for that purpose and all committees are at the same time desired to reduce their expenditure to the lowest possible amount for the balance of the year.

The following accounts were recommended for payment
News.Advertiser Ads $94.70
City Printing Works Supplies 5.00
J.J. Cowdery. Clinical Work 12.50
H.Kersey. Repairs 1.00

The Committee met again on Friday July 6th 1894.
Present the full board.
The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
Bank of Montreal. Notes etc. $23,288.78
The World P&P Co. Ads 138.75
News.Advertiser “ 10.97
Lee & Stewart. Hack hire 1.00
Mackay Bros. Lettering etc. 7.25
F.W. Hart. Supplies. 7.75
A. Rounsefell etal. Election fees. 85.50
sgd W.F. Salsbury
Chairman

[volume 6 page 151]

The Report was adopted on motion of Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by Alderman Salsbury.

Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman MCDowell
Seconded by “ McCraney
That the amendments to the Health By-Law be read a first time. Carried

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ Queen
That the By-Law to prevent the grown to weeds compelling the destruction thereof be read a first time. Carried.

Motions
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Shaw.
That before the Franklin-Tracy investigation is begun Messrs Franklin and Tracy give bond that the investigation be carried on to a conclusion at their own expense, that is to say after the the $500.50 allowed by the City might be expended. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Queen
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That the sum of Two hundred dollars the proceeds of the sale of two horses in the fire department be placed to the credit of the fire committee in addition to the sum provided in the Estimates to enable them to replace the horses sold. Carried.

The Board then adjourned
Thos McGuigan City Clerk

W Brown
Presiding.

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…)