Vancouver sends $1,000 to relieve Seattle fire victims – June 7, 1889

Mayor authorized to send “up to one thousand dollars to relieve sufferers in Seattle” – referring to the Great Seattle Fire of June 6, 1889. Recently adopted liquor by-law to be reviewed in six months’ time.

This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland
and Joy Marie Vasquez

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 3 page 36 only

[volume 3 page 36]

Vancouver June 7th 1889

A Special meeting of the City Council was held on Friday, June 7th 1889 to consider amendments to By-Law No 82 and other liquor by-laws.

Present His Worship, the Mayor Aldermen Brewer, Brighouse, Clark, Costello, Horne, Mason, Oppenheimer, Salsbury and Whetham.

After a lengthy discussion it was moved by Alderman Horne seconded by Alderman Clark.

That the By-Law be not read a second time but that it be read six months hence. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Clark seconded by Alderman Oppenheimer. That His Worship, the Mayor be authorized to donate a sum up to one thousand dollars towards the relief of the sufferers in Seattle. Carried.

The Council then adjourned.

Fire engine arrives in Vancouver – August 6, 1886

Fire engine arrives in Vancouver – August 6, 1886

City formally presented with Fire Engine. Council voted thanks to Mr. John D. Ronald of Brussels, Ontario, supplier of the fire engine, for his courteous and generous assistance to the City after the fire. also to pay $6,905 for the fire engine over a ten year period at 7% interest through a series of city debentures.


Engineer’s report re Water Street adopted – June 30, 1886

Engineer’s report re Water Street adopted – June 30, 1886

The photo above shows Water Street about four weeks after the Fire.  This development of Water Street had been planned before the Fire, and amended to include about $200 to replace the sidewalk lost during the Fire. At the June 30, 1886 meeting, Council adopts a report from City Engineer regarding the rates on Water Street to finance this development. (more…)

Vancouver Mayor & Aldermen for 1886

Vancouver’s first election on May 3, 1886, was a wild affair, rife with labour unrest and racism. The favourite going into the election was Hastings Sawmill manager Richard Alexander, of Alexander Street fame. But a strike at Hastings Sawmill divided the community, particularly after Alexander announced he would hire Chinese workers to replace the white strikers. The strikers talked real estate salesman Malcolm MacLean (b. 1844, Tiree, Scotland, d. 1895) into running against Alexander. MacLean won in a squeaker, 242 votes to Alexander’s 225.

John Mackie, Vancouver Sun, Nov. 30 2002
quoted with permission

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Mayor: M.A. (Malcolm Alexander) MacLean (1886-1887)


Robert Balfour, Charles A. Coldwell, Peter Cordiner, Thomas Dunn, Joseph Griffith, Joseph Humphries, Harry Hemlow, E.P. Hamilton, L.A. Hamilton, Joseph Northcott

information from Vancouver’s Elected Representatives by Wayne D. Madden, 2003