More pipes needed to extend the Water Works – December 14, 1891

City Engineer presented a plan of the city showing where more pipes were needed to extend the Water Works. Tenders were invited to supply appropriate pipes. City Clerk to advertise at once for a Porter and Cook for the City Hospital. The lane in Block 87.196 to be graded by the chain gang if possible.

This transcript was jointly made in 2016 by Transcribimus volunteers
Lesley Hebert (pg 601), Sue Bryant (pg 606), Michelle Cormack (page 608),
Georgia Brown (pg 607), and Judy Lam Maxwell (pg 609)
and sponsored by Shirley Barnett

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 601-610

[Vol. 4, pg. 601]

Vancouver December 14th, 1891
The Council met on Monday December 14th 1891
Present. His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Brighouse, Carroll, Scoullar, Templeton, Hobson, Wm. Brown, McDowell, and C.L. Brown.

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


The following were received, and read:
From Rand Bros in reference to the damage done to the Hotel Metropole by water.
Referred to Board of Works.

From Hon. John Robson notifying Council of the appointment of G.A. Jordan, as Justice of the Peace.

From Oppenheimer Bros. asking permission to put in a siding to their Store on Powell Street.
Referred to Board of Works.

From the Market Clerk reporting on receipts

From W.L. Fagan drawing attention to the neglected condition of a sick Chinaman on Dupont St. and asking that he be admitted to the hospital.
Referred to Alderman Carroll.

From the Chief of Police reporting on the Electric Lights.

From John Mcallister asking for an answer to his question re hose wagon.
Referred to F W & L Committee

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From the City Engineer stating the he could find no record regarding the depth of the Sewer in Block 3.185.
Referred to Board of Works

The following Reports were received and read:

Fire, Water & Light

The F.W.&L. Committee met on Tuesday December 9th 1891.
Present Aldermen Templeton, Brighouse & Wm Brown.
It was recommended:-

1. That the following accounts be paid:-
Tye + Co. Supplies $5.02
V. Elec Ry. +L. Co. Lights 1245.13
Fraser + Co Supplies 6.61
Palmer Bros “ 21.00
I. Forbes Shoes Set 4.00
G.H. Bazley “ 4.00
John Scuitto Suppliers 17.35
B.C.M. T & L. Co “ 30.34

2. That the City Clerk be instructed to reply to E.C. Coldwell’s communication stating that an Electric Light will be erected on the corner of Keefer and Jackson instead of on the corner Princess and Jackson.

John McAllister appeared before the Committee in reference to the hose wagon. After hearing his statement and that of Mr. Winch it was resolved that both be required to put up $50 to pay for the expenses of an impartial party from Victoria, and whoever is found in the wrong will be required to bear all expenses incurred.
sgd Wm Templeton Chairman
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Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ Hobson
That the Report be adopted.

The Finance Committee met on Friday December 11th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brown, Scoullar, Hobson and Carroll.
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
Telephone Co. Rents $22.50
C.P. Telegraph Co. Messages 3.15
D. Oppenheimer “ 12.48
News Advertiser Ads 5.82

2. That the City Clerk be instructed to advertise for tenders for making 20 ballot boxes to be made of either wood or galvanized iron.

3. That the communication from the Rand Bros. asking for a rebate on [Onderdonk’s?] taxes be filed.
Wm. Brown
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by C.L. Brown
That the Report be adopted.


The Police Committee met on Tuesday December 9th 1891.
Present Aldermen McDowell, Hobson and Carroll.
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
John McLaren Ry Fares $2.50
Wm. Murphy Policy Uniforms $375.00
S. J. Tilley & Son Supplies 2.75

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David Evans Overcoat $32.00
Hayes & McIntosh Meat $13.55
John Sciutto “ 37.99

A Communication from Smith & Kidd re cutting wood on the streets was referred to the City Solicitor.
sgd. John McDowell
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Hobson
That the Report be adopted.

Water Works

The Water Works Committee met on Wednesday December 9th and Friday December 11th 1891.

Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Scoullar, Wm Brown, McDowell and Templeton.
The City Engineer submitted a plan of the City shewing the proposed extension of the Water Works system.

After examining the said plan it was resolved that tenders be invited for supplying a sufficient quantity of the said pipes in accordance with specifications to be prepared by the City Engineer, said tenders to be received up to 15th January 1892.
sgd. A.W. Scoullar
Moved by Alderman Hobson
Seconded by “ C. L. Brown
That the Report be adopted.

The Health Committee met on Tuesday December 8th 1891.
Present Aldermen Carroll, McDowell & Templeton

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It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
Wesley Manning Salary $27.00
John Sciutto Supplies 92.25
J. P. Blake “ 11.45
F.W. Hart Burials 30.00
H. Bodwell Labor 1.00
Chas Stroud Nursing 4.00
Palmer Bros. Coal 21.00
Godfrey & Co. Supplies 22.30
J.R. Morrow Supplies 99.78
A. Larwell Guarding Lepers 5.00
R. Clark Supplies 7.25
Duncan McRae Carpentering 87.50
L. Thomson & Co. Drayage 1.00
C. Nelson Seeds 6.00
Champion + White Steamer 120.00
Hayes + McIntosh Meat 15.51
H. Eligh Supplies 53.02
B.C. Mills T + T Co. “ 79.27
J Huntly Expenses 10.75
Wm Ralph “ 28.00
R.V. Winch “ 15.87
Dr. Bell-Irving Examination of Lepers 10.00

2. That as a mistake has been made in reducing Dr. Wilson’s account for attending to the Dubberly family that the balance of his account be paid, and an apology tendered to him for the error made; and further that all other accounts in this connection be paid where verbal orders were given before the issue of the requisitions.

3. That the tender of Samuel Dowd + Co for heating the City Hospital be accepted, the amount being $1175.00

4. That the City Clerk be instructed to call for applications for a porter and cook for the City Hospital.

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5) That the resignation of Miss Swan, as matron of the City Hospital be accepted to take effect January 1st 1892.

6) That the U.S.S. Co. be tendered the sum of $30.00 per month in full satisfaction of their claim for wharf rent: for the past six months, said offer being made without prejudice.
sgd John McDowell
acting Chairman

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by Alderman Scoullar
That the account of D. McBae amounting to $87.50 be referred by for reconsideration.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
That the balance of the Report be adopted.


To Mr. Mayor and Aldermen.
Your Committee on Liquor Licenses met on December 3rd 1891, when the following applications were received and granted: –

a) From O’Rourke & Jervis from present premises to the Templeton Block.
b) From C. Dialling to Barns & Miller Occidental Hotel.
c) From J.B. Simpson to Johnson & Douglas Boulder Saloon.

The application of G.W. McCoskey for transfer of his interest in Alaska Saloon License was refused.
The Committee met again at 11 a.m. on Monday December 14th when the following

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Applications for transfer of license were received and granted.

The Stewart House Hotel License to Mr. L Griddleton under Sec 39 of Bylaw relating to absconding debtors.
From J. Blaisto Darling and Clark the Tremont Hotel License

The application of Avis M. Winters re the Alaska Saloon License under Sec 39 was laid over upon written request of the firm of Yates Joy and Russell Solicitors for Y.W. Beers whose application for transfer of an interest in the Alaska Saloon License was refused by the Board. J.A. Russell Esq. was permitted to explain his grounds for reconsideration of said refusal, which he did but the Board after mature deliberation of the facts in the case concluded not to reconsider their former action in the application.
Sgd D. Oppenheimer
Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by      “       McDowell
That the Report be adopted

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday December 11th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brighouse, Templeton, Wm Brown and C.L. Brown.
It was recommended :
1. That the Communication from T.W. Clark and Innes and Richards re damage to property through the flooding of cellars be referred to the City Solicitor for his opinion as to the liability of the City.
2. That a crossing be put down on 12 Av and Westminster Road if necessary
3. That the lane in Block 87.196 be graded

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by the chain gang if possible.
4. That the petition of J.T. Brown, and Son re Howe Street be referred to the Street Inspector for attention.
5. That a 6 ft sidewalk be put down on the east side of Robson St from Hornby to Burrard with crossings if necessary.
6. That the deposits of W.D. Hobson for Nelson Street grading and Michael Ellison for 8th Av grading east of Carolina Street be returned to them.
7. That the Street Inspector examine the Cemetery Road to see what the cost of repairs to the same would be.
8. That the following tender be accepted:-
D. McRae Market Sheds $1452.
9. That the following accounts be paid:-
James Foster Bridge St. 109.92
D.H. Morgan 12th Av. 103.16
do do Scott St. 183.43
E. Myers Lanes 239.28
J. Telford Granville St. drain 234.XX
Thos Bayley Nelson St. 313.12
E. Jones Keefer St. 33.21
W. Archibald Harris St. 323.25
V. Straube Repairs 1.00
Tye + Co. Supplies .50
Grassie & Co. Repairs 3.00
H. Lomas et al Labor 515.25
Communications from J. Huntly and G.G. McKay referred to City Engineer.
sgd Wm Templeton
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Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by ” Hobson
That the Report be adopted.
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by ” Hobson
That M.A. McLean Esq. be paid a sum equal to $125.00 per month for services rendered, as Police Magistrate, during the period he acts in that capacity.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by ” Hobson
That the appointment of G.A. Jordan as Police Magistrate be confirmed.

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ Brighouse
That the question of advertising for Water Pipes be left in the hands of the Chairman of the Water Committee, F.W. & L. Committee and the City Engineer to take such action as may deem advisable.

The City Engineer submitted a draft of the specifications for the purchase of the Water Pipes which were approved after being slightly altered.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ Hobson
That a Special Meeting of the Council be held on Wednesday December 16th 1891 for the consideration of the purchase of the Street Ry and that Mssrs. Horne, and Farrell be invited

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to be present; also for the revision of By-Laws.
The Council then adjourned.
D. Oppenheimer
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Samuel Brighouse, Vancouver Alderman

Samuel Brighouse, Vancouver Alderman

This biography of Vancouver Alderman Sam Brighouse was originally published in the Vancouver Daily World newspaper of December 31, 1888, and transcribed by volunteer Judy Lam Maxwell, owner of Historical Chinatown Tours, in May of 2018.


was born in Yorkshire, England and re-
mained there assisting his father as a farmer
and overseer of the parish until being per-
suaded that the chances of success were
greater in the New World than at home, he
resolved to go there, and sailed in the Great
Eastern from Milford Haven in May, ’62
On arrival at New York he started out
directly for Cariboo, but the miner’s life
not suiting him he left there in the fall
of the same year, located his Vancouver
property and commenced farming and
stoc raising in New Westminster. After
five years he extended his operations to
Lulu Island, on the North Arm of the
Fraser River, and now holds a farm there
which compares favorably with the others
in that vicinity. He sat in the Richmond
Council for part of a season, having been
elected to that position by the Councillors.
With the new year he commences his sec-
ond season as one of the Aldermen for Ward
1 of the city. Samuel Brighouse is one of
the pioneers of the Province, and has done
much to forward the progress of
Vancouver since its incorporation. He, in
conjunction with Mr. Hailstone, is one of the
largest individual property owners in the
city, and has done efficient work not only
as a member of the Board of Works, but
also in connection with other committees.
He has stood out strongly in all matters re-
quiring reform and is known to be an hon-
est conscientious worker both in the inter-
ests of his ward and the city generally. His
past record in the Council places him on a
very firm footing with all his colleagues in
the new Council. There can be no doubt
that those who re-elected him will have no
reason to regret the step they have taken.

Michael Costello, Vancouver Alderman

This biography of Vancouver Alderman Michael Costello was originally published in the Vancouver Daily World newspaper of December 31, 1888, and transcribed by volunteer Judy Lam Maxwell, owner of Historical Chinatown Tours, in May of 2018.


a representative of Ward 4, is an Irishman,
and is rated a good fellow by all that know
him. He brings new blood, grit, wit, and
common sense into the Counsel for 1889, and
is sure to ably second his colleague, G.S.
McConnell, in carrying out the necessary
measures for the benefit of the ward he
represents. Mr. Costello was born in the
County Galway, Ireland, in the year 1844,
and emigrated when a boy of 9 years of age
to the city of New York, where he learnt
the tanning trade. From 1862 to 1863 he
served in the ranks in the U.S. Army, and
was present at the engagements of Harper’s
Ferry and Obistee. At the latter place he
was captured and held prisoner of war for
300 days. On his release he rejoined under
General Sherman and an armistice was ar-
ranged and the force was disbanded. In
New York he received the major part of his
education in the school in the district in
which he resided. In the year 1873 Mr.
Costello left New York and, in company with his
brother, commenced farming near
Farmington, Dakota County, Minnesota,
which, however, he gave up and came to
Victoria direct, having heard so much of
our beautiful Province. For a term of five
years Mr. Costello worked in his trade in
the city of Victoria, but seeing in his mind’s
eye that the future metropolis of British
Columbia was certain to be here on the
mainland, he invested his savings in real
estate in our townsite, principally in the
ward he represents, and has no reason to re-
gret his investments. Most of his property
he bought before the fire of 1886. Although
this is the first year that Mr. Costello lays
claim to the title of Alderman, it will pro-
bably not be the last. His views on the ne-
cessity for general advancement in Vancou-
ver are known to the public and the feeling
prevails that, besides his colleague G.S.
McConnell, no more fit or proper person
could have been chosen to represent Ward 5.