Click on any headline to see the full transcript of that meeting, and pictures of the original handwritten minutes.

Petition to incorporate the City of Vancouver – February 15, 1886

February 15 1886

In February of 1886, a number of residents of the town of Granville sent a petition to the B.C. Legislative Assembly to incorporate the City of Vancouver. In 1944, the Attorney-General of BC returned the original document to the City

Vancouver Mayor & Aldermen for 1886

May 10 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

First meeting of Council – May 10, 1886

May 10 1886

First Council established, committees established. Joseph Huntly took minutes at this meeting. Purchase of Fire Apparatus referred to the Committee on Fire, Water, and Light until the next meeting. Meetings to take place in the residence adjoining the Court House

Vancouver By-law No. 3 dividing the City into Wards

May 12 1886

This transcript was made in March of 2018 by Transcribimus volunteer Mary Ann Capistrano original handwritten by-law here By Law dividing the City of Vancouver into Wards Whereas the Act of Incorporation the Council of the City of Vancouver is

Vancouver wants Coal Harbour Peninsula for a public park – May 12, 1886

May 12 1886

Moved by Alderman L. A. Hamilton seconded by Alderman Coldwell, “that the Mayor be authorized to forward a petition to the Dominion Government through the Member for New Westminster District praying that the whole of that part of the Coal

Vancouver By-law No. 5, Liquor License By-Law

Vancouver By-law No. 5 liquor licenses
May 12 1886

Dealing with the most important things first! One of the earliest items of business of the newly-formed City of Vancouver was establishing the conditions for granting liquor licenses.  This by-law was introduced and finalized at the second meeting of Vancouver

Council adjourned to attend public meeting – May 13, 1886

May 13 1886

Minutes of previous meeting read and adopted. The Council then adjourned to attend the public meeting called by the Mayor to plan Dominion Day celebrations.

Applications for liquor permits received – May 17, 1886

May 17 1886

Applications for Liquor Permits were referred to the License Commissioners. Alderman Balfour given two weeks’ leave.

By-law No 1. passed for duties of Vancouver city employees- May 18, 1886

May 18 1886

By-Law No. 1 read three times and passed, outlining the duties and salaries of City Clerk, Assessment Commissioner, Engineer, and Police Magistrate. The Mayor, Police Magistrate, and City Clerk appointed a Board to review and issue liquor permits at a

By-law passed to restrain and punish vagrants – May 25, 1886

May 25 1886

Letter received from David Oppenheimer suggesting Council begin at once to grade and plank streets “by contracting with parties who may be willing to wait payment until the sale of the first city debentures“. Council to consider. A Bylaw to

Vancouver divided into five wards – May 31, 1886

May 31 1886

Letter received from Mr. John D. Ronald, Manufacturer of Fire Engines – referred to Fire, Water and Light Committee. By-Law No. 3 dividing the City of Vancouver into Wards was passed and sent to the British Columbia Gazette for publication.

Vancouver has no money for improvements – June 7, 1886

June 7 1886

Communication received from Dr. McGuigan re: Voter’s List, no action taken. City of Vancouver charged 50 cents per day board for each City prisoner held in the provincial Jail. City unable to pay at this point, but asks that accounts

Liquor by-law made official – June 10, 1886

June 10 1886

Map published by H.B. Smith endorsed as official Map of the City. Liquor By-Law No. 5 finalized and sent to British Columbia Gazette for publication.

City debentures to be sold to finance fire engine – June 22, 1886

June 22 1886

The photo above was taken on June 14, 1886, the day after the Great Fire. City Debentures amounting to $4,500 to be sold for 5 years at 6% interest, secured by special tax on Water Street properties. Decision to purchase

Vancouver purchases Fire Engine – June 28, 1886

June 28 1886

Council met in the Relief Committee Tent. City Clerk to write to John D. Ronald accepting the terms he offered for the purchase of a Fire Engine in May. City Clerk also to write to manufacturers of fire bells for

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

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

Police Court fines to date total only $89 – July 5, 1886

July 5 1886

Only $89 was reported as received from Police Court fines, which was thought to be “an unreasonably low sum.” Further to the Special Assessment for the improvement of Water Street, the rule was established, “Where the property in any block

Vancouver seeking a Treasurer, salary $25 per month – July 14, 1886

July 14 1886

Royal City Planing Mills allowed to lay a pipe from Harris Street to their mills on False Creek. Construction of an inclined roadway at Station No 1 (north end of Carrall Street) and a tank at Station No 2 (Cordova

Board of Works authorized to remove fire hazards at property owners’ expense – July 19, 1886

July 19 1886

The Board of Works is authorized to dig a trench along the water course from Pender Street to Water Street, and plow under “decayed vegetable matter and rotten wood” presenting a fire hazard. Owners of the lots in question will

Police inquiry to be held – July 21, 1886

July 21 1886

A committee was formed to investigate charges against Police Commissioner John Boultbee. Two water tanks to be constructed, one at the intersection of Water & Cordova Streets, the other at Oppenheimer & Columbia.

Vancouver Fire Hall plans to be drafted at once – July 26, 1886

July 26 1886

Plans for a 2 storey Fire Hall to be drafted at once, and budget of $100 set for purchase of a Fire Bell. A roadway at the foot of Carrall Street is being constructed for the Steam Fire Engine.  Special

Police Magistrate J. Boultbee cleared of charges – July 28, 1886

July 28 1886

Police Investigation committee presents their report. David Oppenheimer offers a choice of two city lots on Powell Street as a donation for future City Buildings. Board of Works may spend twenty five dollars to clear all flammable materials from Cambie

Special meeting authorizes payment of Fire Engine freight charges – August 2, 1886 3:00 pm

August 2 1886

A Special Meeting was held to authorize payment of $350.70 freight charges on the new Fire Engine from Brussels (Ontario) to Vancouver.

Four lots donated for Vancouver City Hall by D. Oppenheimer – August 2, 1886, 7:30 pm

August 2 1886

Four building lots accepted as a gift from Mr. David Oppenheimer as the site for City Hall and Civic offices. C. M. Morris decided on as City Engineer. Salary fixed at $60 per month plus room in the Fire Hall.

Property owners will be billed for their share of clearing expenses – August 3, 1886

August 3 1886

Among the expenses approved was a payment of $6.50 to David Gibb for the making of a coffin. Liquor Bylaw No. 5 was finalized and sent to the Gazette for publication.

Fire engine arrives in Vancouver – August 6, 1886

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

Vancouver Council off to Victoria to find a $8,000 loan – August 9, 1886

August 9 1886

Mayor and selected aldermen to go to Victoria to negotiate a bank loan for $8,000 to cover remainder of year’s expenses. City Treasurer hired at $25 per month, and a safe purchased at $410. Alderman E. P. Hamilton to supervise

Water, fuel to be held ready for fire engine at each wharf – August 13, 1886

August 13 1886

“To have everything in readiness in case of sudden fire” tanks to be placed on each of the two City wharves, each tank large enough to hold 200 gallons of fresh water. Near each water tank to be set a

Vancouver has found $10,000 loan – August 23, 1886

August 23 1886

As False Creek’s navigable waters are essential to businesses on the shore, no one shall be permitted to build a bridge unless there is a draw large enough to admit all vessels.Bank of British Columbia agreed to lend the city

Vancouver city hall, fire hall, lockup will be built right away for $2,000 – August 30, 1886

August 30 1886

City will build Fire Hall & Lockup ($743) and a City Hall ($1,280). Council will meet in the office of David Oppenheimer on Powell Street until City Hall is complete. Proposal to build a slaughterhouse on the south side of

Sidewalk obstruction by-law is not popular – September 6, 1886

September 6 1886

Citizens protest against a new bylaw forbidding verandahs, sidewalks, etc. on City property. Vancouver will contact both the Coquitlam and Vancouver water works companies to see which would be better to supply Vancouver water. If neither is satisfactory, the City

Many Vancouver tax assessments reduced – September 8, 1886

September 8 1886

A Court of Revision was held to make amendments to the (City Tax) Assessment Roll, in response to citizens’ individual appeals against their tax assessment.

Fire Engine not working well, CPR offers hospital beds – September 13, 1886

September 13 1886

“Considerable repair” needed to the Fire Engine; the Committee feels it is due to defective workmanship. First Fire Engineer ET Morris resigns. The C. P. R. has offered Vancouver free use of its hospital, though the City must provide bedding

Contracts awarded for Hastings, Water streets – September 20, 1886

September 20 1886

Messrs. McDonald and Cameron given the contract to develop Hastings Street from Howe to Westminster Avenue sections of Hastings Street. Hugh Keefer given a contract for gravelling that portion of Water Street west of Cambie Street to connect with the

No raised sidewalk for Cordova Street – September 27, 1886

September 27 1886

Property owners on Cordova Street not allowed to have the sidewalk built 18 inches above the road, but they may build steps connecting the sidewalk up to their buildings. Board of Works to make sure that the wharf at the

Post office must be moved “before the rainy season sets in” – October 5, 1886

October 5 1886

Council requests Post Master General move the post office “before the rainy season sets in” to some point between Abbott and Carroll Streets. The picture shows the small clapboard post office on Hastings Street.  Board of Works was authorized to

Vancouver will soon vote on $21,000 of debentures for fire engine, improvements – October 7, 1886

October 7 1886

A By-Law was passed to hold a vote among the Electors on whether to issue debentures for $6,9000 for a steam fire engine and another for $14,100 for city improvements. The City of Vancouver use every legal means possible to

Vancouver’s fire bell to ring four times daily – October 11, 1886

October 11 1886

The City Fire Engineer instructed to ring the Fire Bell each day (except Sunday) at 7 a.m., 12 noon, and at 1 and 6 p.m. Railway Standard Time. Volunteer Fire Brigade reports the approaches to the water tanks on Hastings

Carrall Street wharf will be built by David Oppenheimer – October 15, 1886

October 15 1886

David Oppenheimer’s company will continue to develop the wharf at the North End of Carrall Street and will eventually “convey” it to the City of Vancouver. Letter received from Chief Justice Sir Matthew Begbie declining to hold a Court of

Vancouver’s city hall is complete – October 18, 1886

October 18 1886

Building of City Hall complete; contractor F. W. Sentell to be paid in full. Thos. H. Boyd awarded contract for improvement of Cambie Street. “On account of the large amount of street work contracted for”, Civil Engineer D.L. McCammon appointed

New fire hall can be rented to “suitable” groups – November 1, 1886

November 1 1886

Tait & Co allowed to rent space behind Fire Hall for Carriage House at a cost of $12.50 per month. Fire Engineer allowed $100 to build a small dwelling behind Fire Hall. Fire Hall allowed to be rented to Lodges

Council’s first meeting at the new City Hall on Powell Street – November 8, 1886

November 8 1886

The Finance Committee reported purchase of “12 Arm Chairs, one Long Table for Council Chambers, one hanging lamp, 4 green holland blinds, 1 ton of Coal, Coal scuttle and shovel, 2 nests of pigeon holes for the City Clerk and

Election date set for Council of 1887 – Nov 16, 1886

November 16 1886

Special Meeting to receive the Board of Works and Finance Committee reports, and to pass a By-Law fixing the polling places and appoint Deputy Returning Officers for Election of a Mayor and Aldermen for 1887. McKenzie and Ross awarded contract

County court to be held monthly at Vancouver’s new city hall – November 22, 1886

November 22 1886

Monthly use of City Hall granted for sessions of County Court at a rate of $5.00 per day plus a charge of $2.00 per day for an attending police officer. By-Laws approved to raise money for additional improvements to Hastings

Vancouver to co-operate with Holy Rosary Cathedral in building sidewalk to church – November 29, 1886

November 29 1886

At the request of the Rev. Father Fay of Holy Rosary Cathedral, thirty dollars granted toward building a sidewalk along Richards Street from Hastings to Dunsmuir. The parish to supply blocking, nails and labour.

City hall upper floor to be offices for Mayor, City Engineer & Assessment Commissioner – December 20, 1886

December 20 1886

John Clough (Vancouver’s infamous one-armed jailer) to be paid $20 for past services, and a salary of $5 per month in future. City Engineer granted $200 bonus in compensation for much extra work “thrown on his shoulders” during the year.

Vancouver street improvements will continue in 1887 – December 27, 1886

December 27 1886

Many additional accounts reviewed and approved for payment. Two By-Laws passed for the improvement of Powell and Cambie Streets.

Vancouver’s $4,700 debt will be paid in order of approval – December 29, 1886

December 29 1886

In order to pay off all debt approved by Council in 1886, certificates of indebtedness to be issued in order of approval. Certificates will bear 10 per cent interest per year. Votes of thanks were made to the Mayor, to

Vancouver Mayor & Aldermen for 1887

January 1 1887

Mayor:  M.A. MacLean Aldermen: Ward 1:  L.A. Hamilton, John M. Lefevre Ward 2:  Joseph Humphries, Joseph Manion Ward 3:  Richard H. Alexander, Robert Clark Ward 4:  Edwin Sanders, George H. Lock Ward 5:  David Oppenheimer, Isaac Oppenheimer information from Vancouver’s

Vancouver Committees for 1887 formed – January 3 , 1887

January 3 1887

Standing Committees for the year to be five members each with the Mayor as Ex Officio member of each. Newly-elected Alderman David Oppenheimer moves that the Finance Committee put together a plan “for a general loan to be floated for

Charles G. Johson and John Devine to audit Vancouver’s 1886 accounts – January 10, 1887

January 10 1887

Use of City Hall for County Court granted to the Provincial Government free of charge. Two bidders present plans to supply water works to Vancouver: E. A. Wilmot of the Coquitlam Water Works Company and G. A. Keefer of the

Vancouver to set aside $2,400 for hospital, seeks property owner to donate site – January 17, 1887

January 17 1887

Hospital will need $2,400 for the current year. Board of health recommends Council grant $2,000 toward new hospital building, and solicit provincial government to grant the same; also to solicit property owners to donate site for a building. City Council

J.H. Carlisle appointed Vancouver’s License, Fire & Health Inspector – January 24, 1887

January 24 1887

J. H. Carlisle appointed License, Fire, and Health Inspector at a salary of $75 a month. City Clerk to write the Hon. Provincial Secretary asking for a grant of $2,000 for the hospital and $1,000 for the Fire Department. This

Police Magistrate refuses to act, charges Stewart – January 31, 1887

January 31 1887

From John M. Stewart; calling the attention of the Council to his inability to hold a Police Court for the trial of H.L. Edson “on account of the Police Magistrate refusing to act.” As Mr. Gallagher has declined to carry

Vancouver cannot grant money to City Band – February 8, 1887

February 8 1887

Though unable to grant any money to form a City Band, council granted them free use of City Hall for rehearsal on any available evening. The Finance Committee (Ald. David Oppenheimer, chairman) recommends passing of a by-law to raise $150,000.

Council meets to make changes to the City Charter – February 11, 1887

February 11 1887

Special meeting to consider amendments to the City Charter

Hudson’s Bay Co. refused liquor license – February 14, 1887

February 14 1887

Hudson’s Bay Co. applied for a wholesale liquor license in connection with groceries. Refused (vote went 8-2) on the grounds that the current by-law did not permit it. One James Pollay asked to use City Hall on Tuesday afternoon to

Lawyer J. Boultbee appointed to take Charter changes to Victoria – February 17, 1887

February 17 1887

A Special Meeting to authorize John Boultbee to go to Victoria to carry through the amendments to the City Charter.

Water Works proposals for Vancouver due in two weeks – February 21, 1887

February 21 1887

Both water works companies required to submit their final proposals March 7, 1887. $40 granted to Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster for care of patients following 1886 fire. Establishment of a Jubilee to celebrate both Queen Victoria’s 50th anniversary

Correspondence from Yung Chung asking for “protection from mob” – February 28, 1887

February 28 1887

Petition asking for protection from the mob was filed. Motion carried to “exempt from taxation for a period of twenty years, the yards, workshops, round houses of the Canadian Pacific Railway…on the North Side of False Creek”. Salary of City

Vancouver opposes provincial takeover of city police – March 1, 1887

March 1 1887

Special Meeting to “represent” to the Lieutenant-Governor that it will not be necessary for the Province to take over police jurisdiction of Vancouver ..Twenty additional police to be hired at a salary of $2.25 per day.

Health By-law for Vancouver finalized – March 4, 1887

March 4 1887

Special Meeting to finalize Health By-Law

Vancouver holds itself not responsible for mob damage – March 7, 1887

March 7 1887

Mr. Boultbee brings the claim of Mr. Yung Chung for damage done by the mob; city solicitor T.T. Black’s opinion is that the City is not responsible. The auditor in future is to make an itemized statement in his monthly

Vancouver requests B.C. to appoint Commissioner of Inquiry on “alleged Chinese Riots” – March 14, 1887

March 14 1887

City requests Province to “appoint a Commissioner with full power to call on, subpoena, and examine on oath any person or persons in relation to the facts of the alleged Chinese Riots or outrages said to have recently taken place

Council sits to review appeals on tax assessment – March 15, 1887

March 15 1887

Assessments on several properties were reduced, because the amount of land owned was less than assessed, or the land was used for hospital purposes and exempt from taxation. One honest citizen, Jas. M. Fox, pointed out they did not assess

Coquitlam Water Works to supply Vancouver’s water – March 21, 1887

March 21 1887

The proposal of the Coquitlam Water Works adopted at a vote of 6-4, following a failed amendment to refer both proposals to a qualified engineerAldermen Alexander, Couth, Lefevre and Mannion empowered to discharge some or all of the special constables

Vancouver wants False Creek portion east of Main Street – March 28, 1887

March 28 1887

City Clerk to write to Canadian government to ask that “all of False Creek east of Westminster Avenue (now Main Street) be granted to the City. Aldermen Alexander, D. Oppenheimer, L.A. Hamilton and Lefevre to negotiate a contract with Coquitlam

Vancouver City Officials’ salaries will total $12,600 this year – April 4, 1887

April 4 1887

Salaries for all City Officials expected to total $12,600 for 1887. Thos. Quann asked Council for “relief” (welfare benefits) for Neil Nicholson, and D. McLeod. Abrams & Co. submitted bills to the Board of Health; $35 for bedding and $14

C.P.R needs more room for switches – April 11, 1887

April 11 1887

H. Abbott of the CPR required a tract of land extending east as far as Carrall Street “to give sufficient length for switches” exempt from city taxation. City Engineer E.B. Mohun to survey and make a contour map of the

San Francisco engineer Schussler asked to examine Vancouver’s Water Works – April 15, 1887

April 15 1887

Special Meeting to review the draft agreement between the City and the Coquitlam Water Works Company and to consider two pamphlets; the “West Shore”,and “Hand Book”. The draft Water Works agreement went to the City Solicitor. Council also to contact

Vancouver forms a Board of Commissioners of Police – April 18, 1887

April 18 1887

Chairmen of all Standing Committees plus Alderman Mannion appointed to form the Board of Commissioners of Police. The Board of Works recommended the $500 deposit of contractor William Harkins be declared forfeit, as he had not completed his contract on

Council goes over CPR agreement, sets date for referendum – April 21, 1887

April 21 1887

Special Meeting to review proposed agreement with the CPR exempting certain of their lands from taxation. Date for taking the votes of the electors on this issue, and appointment of returning officers established. 100 copies of the agreement with the

Vancouver civic scavengers appointed – April 25, 1887

Scavengers with brooms and hand-cart
April 25 1887

James Crowley appointed Night Scavenger, and W. W. Ayer Day Scavenger. A.R. Coughtry allowed to open slaughter house, provided he complies with health by-laws. C. G. Johnson presented a petition signed by 350 citizens requesting a park for recreation grounds.

Clark’s Park offer rejected by Vancouver – May 2, 1887

May 2 1887

E.J. Clark offered to donate seven acres to the City for a Park in consideration of Council improving certain streets; Council replied it “cannot accept Mr. Clark’s offer at present”. Petitions for improvement of Dunsmiur, Barnard, and Harris Streets referred

Vancouver Mayor and Aldermen review $28,000 Water Works acquisition – May 6, 1887

May 6 1887

Special Meeting to receive Engineer C. Schussler’s report on the Water Works proposal. The City Solicitor instructed to prepare agreement and Bylaw that the Company “be limited to an issue of $280,000 first mortgage Bonds leaving interest at 3 per

Vancouver sends $500 to the Nanaimo Relief Fund after mine explosion – May 9, 1887

May 9 1887

Police Committee recommends the hiring of a Police Court Clerk to attend at police court, take down evidence, receive fines paid into Court, and keep account of prisoners committed. That the Coquitlam Water Works Company deposit with the City Treasurer

Well and drain to be put in at the foot of Carrall Street – May 16, 1887

May 16 1887

A well and box drain to be installed at the foot of Carrall Street, near Sprott’s Cannery.Police Commissioners have interviewed applicants, but delayed appointment of Police Officers for one week. Vancouver accepted the News-Advertiser’s offer for printing for the next

Vancouver commemorates arrival of the first train – May 23, 1887

May 23 1887

By-Law No 33 excepting from taxation for 30 years “certain lands belonging to the Canadian Pacific Railway Co.” was finalized and sent to the newspapers. Moved by Alderman D. Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Humphries, “I have much pleasure in moving

Board of Works promotes Granville Street horse racing – June 6, 1887

June 6 1887

The Board of Works submits an Engineer’s report for the City to improve Granville Street for horse racing. C.P.R. lawyers suggest a “certain alteration in agreement” to the tax exempt status of their lands – approved by Council. Thomas Quann

Standard loaf of bread in Vancouver will be 1.5 pounds – June 15, 1887

June 15 1887

room at City Hall to be fitted up for the use of Justice McCreight, and a City constable to be detailed to attend on Court days. City Solicitor to prepare a by-law that the weight of a loaf of bread

Grant sues City of Vancouver for “wine drank by the police” – June 20, 1887

June 20 1887

Claim from A.M. Grant for compensation for “wine drank by the police”. Order from J. H. Gray, Judge of Supreme Court ordering to pay (City Clerk) T. McGuigan ten dollars for “services connected with the Revision of the Voter’s List”.

Vancouver’s sewers to have cast iron junctions – June 27, 1887

June 27 1887

Board of Works accepted L. Law’s tender to furnish cast iron junctions for the sewers at 4 cents per pound. Cemetery to be enclosed by a rail fence with cedar posts to be sunk 2 ½ feet below ground, and

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

July 4 1887

City Clerk to advise all present and future contractors that if contracts with the City are not completed in the specified time, City Council will take them off the contractors’ hands, complete them, and bill the contractor for the cost.

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

July 11 1887

City Clerk to write to the Provincial Government asking that a road be constructed “from the North Arm of the Fraser River in a direct line from Sea and Lulu Islands to False Creek”. City Solicitor T.T. Black advises Council

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

July 18 1887

Mr. Owen Hughes, steward of the Hospital, granted $25 in compensation for loss of money and property during his efforts to save the hospital building during the May 31 fire. Mr. E.J. Clark of Toronto’s offer of a lot for

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

July 25 1887

Permission granted for the Base Ball Club to erect a small building for a Caretaker on the Park grounds. City treasurer to pay the freight on the hook and ladder truck and the half year’s interest on the $114,100 debenture.

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

August 1 1887

Board of Works recommend that the Contract for Granville Street be awarded to McDonald and Cameron; Cambie Street to Wm. Harkins; Park Avenue and Johnston Street to Henry Bowers; Georgia Street to Wm. Harkins, Seventh Avenue to W.L. McDonald, Fire

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

August 8 1887

Appointment laid off for one week. James Hartney allowed to sink a well on Dupont Street (now Pender Street) on the understanding that it must be filled in when Council requests it. Council unable to make a grant of money

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

August 16 1887

W.P. Johnson, Manager of Standard Oil Company, asked permission to build a warehouse. Board of Works recommended a budget for improvements to a number of streets, totalling $15,734.00 Alderman D. Oppenheimer introduced a by-law to offer a bonus to anyone

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

horse drawn tank
August 22 1887

Letter received from A.R. Diplock asking that the City purchase his hand grenades (?!) Fred S. Clark, agent for the Imperial Oil Co asking permission to erect a ware house near Carl Avenue on Railway Street, granted permission on the

Dunlevy Avenue being used as a “dumping ground,” says Tatlow – August 29, 1887

August 29 1887

Draft agreement between the Electric Illuminating Light Co. and the City referred to City Solicitor. Complaint from R.G. Tatlow that the lane near Dunlevy Avenue was being used as a dumping ground for stumps etc. Payment of $2.00 approved to

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

September 5 1887

Board of Works identified sixty street corners to have electric lights installed. By-law formed to raise $10,000 to build a road around Stanley Park. This transcript was made in 2014 by Transcribimus volunteer Darrin Pezer/Proactive Building Maintenance original handwritten minutes

Vancouver Iron Works Company gains 10 year tax exemption – September 24, 1887

September 24 1887

The Vancouver Iron Works Company was exempted from all municipal taxation for ten years. City accepted offer from Mr. J. J. Irwin to purchase 19 feet along Cambie Street and 33 feet along Cordova Street for $400.00. The city Chain

Vancouver Fire Department to build its own stable – October 3, 1887

October 3 1887

The Fire Department to build or purchase a stable. Dr. Beckingsale paid $10.00 for conducting a post-mortem. Vancouver Gas company allowed to lay pipes under city streets, providing they do not interfere with sewers, and that the streets be left

Vancouver seeks tenders for construction of hospital, road around Stanley Park – October 10, 1887

October 10 1887

City to call for tenders for the construction of a City Hospital. The City Engineer to estimate the cost of constructing a road around the park and call for tenders. By-Law introduced by Alderman D Oppenheimer to license pawnbrokers and

Vancouver Fire Brigade to get $500 grant – October 17, 1887

October 17 1887

$500 to be given to the fire brigade for its work. Proposed agreement between the Vancouver City Iron Works Co. and the City was approved. City Solicitor gives his opinion that accounts in which “members of the corporation” [mayor or

Vancouver to buy lots for hospital, school recreation grounds – October 24, 1887

October 24 1887

The special committee has selected a suitable site for the City Hospital. Council agrees to look into buying the lot from the CPR, as well as a lot beside the public school for recreation grounds. The City to indemnify Police

Cemetery caretaker to live on grounds – November 7, 1887

November 7 1887

A house to be built for the use of the caretaker and sexton of the public cemetery, and a salary of $40 per month be offered.City Council supports the establishment of a Government of Canada experimental farm in Coquitlam. The

Pawn brokers and second hand stores to be licensed at once – November 14, 1887

November 14 1887

Pawn brokers and second hand stores to be licensed pro-rata until the end of the year. Lamp lighter hired at $1.50 per day until electric lights are installed. Requests for a bonus for a shoe factory, and a rebate for

Vancouver street names to be posted at each corner – November 21, 1887

November 21 1887

Board of Works recommends street signs with 4 inch letters painted on wood or tin with white letters on black background. W. L. MacDonald appointed as cemetery keeper; a three room house to be built for him and his family

Canada’s Minister of Defense Sir A. Caron to visit Vancouver – November 24, 1887

November 24 1887

A Special Meeting to organize the reception for Sir A. R. Caron, Minister of Militia & Defense (Government of Canada), and to hire enough taxicabs for the occasion.

Vancouver must stop boarding chain gang prisoners in private homes, say Police Commissioners – November 28, 1887

November 28 1887

The Police Committee recommended the City immediately end the present system of boarding chain gang prisoners in private homes. Eleven pairs of blankets were purchased for the cells, and a stove for the jail corridor. Tenders were received for painting

Trounce Alley improvements must wait as Works budget for 1887 exhausted – December 5, 1887

December 5 1887

Council unable to grant the petition of A.W. Sullivan and others for the improvement of Trounce Alley, as the Works budget was exhausted. Among other accounts to be paid are subscriptions to the Leadville (Colorado) Herald, the Denver Republican, and

Many City hospital contracts awarded, but plumbing & gas fitting must wait – December 12, 1887

December 12 1887

City Clerk to find out from P. Fewster’s about the proposed capacity of the mill he intends to build. The Board of Works instructed the Chief of Police to have the Chain Gang improve a lane. E. Cook awarded contract

Contractor William Harkins’ employees cry foul at Council meeting – December 19, 1887

December 19 1887

A number of complaints received about (street contractor) William Harkins’ granting of Power of Attorney to Dunn & Co. J. H Wert appreared before council on behalf of Harkins’ employees to report on the situation. Legal opinion requested from City

Budget requested to build bridge across False Creek – December 27, 1887

December 27 1887

James Hartney awarded contract to build Park Road. Alderman Alexander granted $50 “for the purpose of settling the claims of Indians on the line of the Park Road for bushes and fences destroyed.” City Engineer to estimate costs for building

Outgoing Mayor M. A. MacLean granted seven hundred fifty dollars – December 30, 1887

December 29 1887

Outgoing Mayor M. A. MacLean paid seven hundred fifty dollars, according to By-Law number 53. Fred Munro draws the attention of Council “to the employment of Chinese on the Gravel Contract.” The contractor will be called upon to explain.

Vancouver Mayor & Aldermen for 1888

January 1 1888

Oppenheimer (b. 1832, Bleiskastel, Germany, d. 1897) was one of early Vancouver’s biggest landowners and businessmen. He was elected by acclamation for two of his four one-year terms. During Oppenheimer’s tenure, the city’s first water main was laid from the

Mayor David Oppenheimer takes office – January 2, 1888

January 2 1888

First Council Meeting with Mayor David Oppenheimer. Meetings generally Monday 7:30 PM. Standing Committees created – Finances, Board of Works, Fire Water and Light, Board of Health. This transcript was made in 2014 by Transcribimus volunteer Margaret Sutherland and sponsored

Vancouver to buy horses for fire department – January 9, 1888

horse drawn tank
January 9 1888

Reports from the Committees established the previous week. Appointment of Council Committee under Mayor Oppenheimer to purchase team of horses for fire engine. Letter from F Munro noting that Keefer has hired Chinese, letter from Keefer explaining. Discussion about precautions

By-law will regulate firing of guns, bonfires within City of Vancouver – January 16, 1888

January 16 1888

Bylaw introduced to regulate firing of guns, setting off firecrackers and bonfires. Public library requests donation for the purchase of books. City Solicitor gives opinion that Keefer not guilty of breach of contract by buying gravel from Chinese merchant. Payment

Vancouver requests 64 acre park in Hastings Township – January 23, 1888

January 23 1888

Committee appointed to meet with Richmond Committee regarding constructing bridges from Lulu Island and Sea Island. Map submitted with streets with sewers and plans for additional. Alexander and Oppenheimer recommend street trees be planted. Request to Province for 64 acres

Alderman Sam Brighouse granted three months leave of absence – January 30, 1888

January 30 1888

Ald. Brighouse granted three months leave of absence. Map of Foreshore of False Creek submitted. Petition from city officials asking their salary be paid on the first of every month. Report requested for comparison of cost on vitrified or wooden

Vancouver wants lighthouse at First Narrows, bridge to Richmond – February 6, 1888

February 6 1888

Two requests to federal government: (1) to build lighthouse at First Narrows (now Lions Gate) because of large increase in vessels, and  (2)  for permission to build Granville Bridge to ultimately connect to North Arm of the Fraser River. This

Cambie Street to be improved south of Hastings – February 13, 1888

February 13 1888

City Engineer to call for tenders for improvement of Cambie Street. Citizens ask to relax the by-law about mixing mortar on the street. Fire, Water & Light Committee wants a telephone installed in the fire hall. Chief of Police to

Council reviews C. Gauthier smelting works agreement – February 23, 1888

February 23 1888

Special Meeting to review the agreement with Claude Gauthier to have a smelting works within the City of Vancouver.

Council endorses lower qualifications for voters, elected officials – February 27, 1888

February 27 1888

Council to bring to Victoria the Vancouver citizens’ petition to lower property qualifications for both voters and elected officials. 58 men working on the (Stanley) Park Road. Offices of City Solicitor and Police Magistrate divided. Council sent request to the

Five dollar reward offered to report those dumping on city streets – March 5, 1888

March 5 1888

Five dollar reward to report those dumping on city streets. Approved $20 to man whose team of horses had been destroyed after being infected by glanders. Approval to raise $125,000 by way of debentures for general improvements. Request to provincial

Mr. Pitt asks compensation for loss of his leg – March 12, 1888

March 12 1888

Mr. Pitt asks remuneration for loss of leg through being run over by fire engine. Mr. Abbott [CPR] asked to kindly remove fence on Heatley Avenue and to construct crossing on railway. Numerous calls for tender to improve streets. Bridge

C.P.R Superintendent Abbott supports Granville Street Bridge over False Creek – March 19, 1888

March 19 1888

Henry Abbott in support of Granville Bridge over False Creek. Ferguson et al. in support of road to connect Lorne Street with proposed road to North Arm. City Scavenger to furnish bond, pay license fee. Refused to permit construction of

Mayor Oppenheimer & Council mull over this year’s tax rate – March 24, 1888

March 24 1888

A Special meeting of the City Council to review the loan by-law and determine the rate of taxation for the current year.

Liquor licensing should be left to municipalities, say Vancouver City Council – March 26, 1888

March 26 1888

Licensing Committee notes that Provincial Legislature is considering liquor issues; these should be left to municipalities. Mr. Abbott of CPR to be notified city has let contract certain improvements. Mr. Abbott to be asked to place a draw in their

Vancouver to get fire alarm system – April 2, 1888

April 2 1888

Request for Opera House about to be built be exempt from taxation for 20 years. Recommend purchase of six boxes and two gongs as a fire alarm system in the city and purchase of another fire engine. Donation of $200

Vancouver needs second fire engine – April 16, 1888

April 16 1888

City recommends purchase of a second fire engine. City Auditor John Devine’s salary increased. Assistant City Engineer J. Romang’s raise denied. CPR to build Heatley Street crossing over railway. Contracts for street improvements for Hastings, Dunlevy, Westminster [Main Street].

Province must not meddle in Vancouver property assessments, says Council – April 23, 1888

April 23 1888

Efforts to oppose provincial legislation affecting property assessments. Petition to remove stump at the corner of Granville and Robson. Signs to be placed at the False Creek Bridge for vehicles to pass on the left side. Alderman. Oppenheimer to introduce

Bank of Montreal to purchase Vancouver’s $150,000 debentures – May 7, 1888

May 7 1888

Order in Council has been passed permitting bridges across False Creek and Coal Harbour. Bank of Montréal to purchase debentures of $150,000. Shows confidence in the future prospects of the city. H Buster to receive license for day and night

Vancouver house numbering will cost 25 cents – May 14, 1888

May 14 1888

The streets inspector to collect from the house owners twenty five cents per building on which a street number has been placed. Ten acres of “The Park” [Stanley Park] placed under control of the Athletic Association.  Introduction of a by-law

Council asks federal government for “some provisions for the defense of Vancouver” – May 28, 1888

May 28 1888

The Health Inspector authorized to tear down the old building on the Hospital Lots and that the chain gang be utilized for that purpose. Carried. Alderman Bell-Irving resigns. Communication to H.P. Caron, Minister of Defense in Ottawa asking him to

New school to be built south of False Creek– June 4, 1888

June 4 1888

Joseph Mannion resigns his seat on City Council. Council set aside $800 for building a school house on the south side of False Creek. E.V. Edmonds asked to donate two lots for school. Volunteer Fire Brigade to be given $200

Much road work ahead for Vancouver – June 11, 1888

June 11 1888

Great number of tenders for road work reviewed and recommended by Board of Works.  Special Engineer to be employed to review plans for bridge across False Creek at Granville Street, surface drains, and laying of water and gas pipes. This

Mount Pleasant school site donated by H. V. Edmonds – June 19, 1888

June 19 1888

Mr. H. V. Edmonds has agreed to donate to the City of Vancouver for school purposes part of the triangular block… on Ninth Avenue and…Westminster Road (where the Kingsgate Mall is now). $250 set aside to construct immigration sheds. By-election

Finance Committee to track street, sidewalk expenses before contracts are signed – June 25, 1888

June 25 1888

Every recommendation for opening streets or laying sidewalk or other work shall state the estimated cost of the same and that before any contract is signed such estimate shall be passed upon and reported on by the Finance Committee. Applications

Vancouver hospital nears completion – July 9, 1888

July 9 1888

Council considers the question of appointing a medical board, purchasing furniture, medicine and other needs as the hospital nears completion. Mr. A. E. McCartney to be paid $100 for superintending building. C.P.R. patients to be accommodated at City Hospital at

Four plans received for False Creek bridge– July 16, 1888

July 16 1888

Mr. James Hartney requests reimbursement for goods destroyed in quarantine. Board of School Trustees to meet at City Hall any evening except Mondays. Board of Works received four plans for the Bridge across False Creek which we have referred to

Pender Street lowlands to be drained– July 23, 1888

July 23 1888

City Engineer…to drain the low lands on Pender Street crossing Howe, Hornby and Granville. City Treasurer instructed not to collect any tax on personal property this year and to repay any tax that he has already collected.

C.P.R. offers site for immigrant sheds – July 30, 1888

July 30 1888

Mr. H. Abbott offered to give a site for Immigrant sheds North of the Company’s Offices on Cordova Street. Many tenders received for sewerage. Contractors will be notified to cover up the Sewer pipe on the lane running between Hastings

New City Hospital to be finished soon – August 10, 1888

August 10 1888

Furnishing of the new City Hospital to be completed within fourteen days. Towing and recovery of old floating hospital will cost $3,000.00 This transcript was made in 2018 by Transcribimus volunteer Leesa Poffenroth original handwritten minutes here [page] 62 Vancouver

Second fire engine on its way to Vancouver – August 14, 1888

August 14 1888

Communication from John D. Ronald acknowledging receipt of money for Engine No 2. A telephone, a bell and pump to be purchased for the new Fire Hall and sufficient lumber for the erection of water closets, fences etc. Vancouver Cricket

Circus can go ahead on cricket ground – August 20, 1888

men cooking around circus tent
August 20 1888

Council allows recreation grounds used by Sell’s Circus without permission for once, but permission will be needed in future. Land budget for school south of False Creek increased to $910 from $500. Budget of $500 set aside to build a

M. A. McLean appointed Vancouver’s police magistrate – August 27, 1888

Malcolm MacLean
August 27 1888

Former Vancouver Mayor M.A. McLean appointed Police Magistrate at a salary of $1,000 per year. City Officials given an annual ten-day holiday. Fri Oct 12, 1888 set aside as Arbour Day, “for the purpose of planting trees and shrubs, and

City street lighting quality called into question – September 10, 1888

September 10 1888

J. Humphries, chairman of the Board of Works reports “That the present electric light for street lighting is a humbug and expensive and would recommend…a more modern and economical system of electric light for street lighting.”Mrs. Roberts appointed hospital matron

Hospital medical staff appointed – September 17, 1888

Vancouver Hospital staff 1893
September 17 1888

Doctors Bell-Irving, Langis, Lefevre, McGuigan and Robertson appointed to medical staff for City Hospital. Board of Works has decided to have electric lighting in the new hospital. Request from John H. McMillan et al asking that the Corporation remove the

Parks Committee formed for City of Vancouver – September 26, 1888

September 26 1888

Aldermen Dougall, Coldwell, Alexander and Brighouse elected to form Parks Committee, with H.P. McCraney, A.G. Ferguson, and R.G. Tatlow

Ward 1’s budget exhausted for this year – October 1, 1888

October 1 1888

Ward 1’s budget exhausted: instituted separate accounts for each city ward. Work on False Creek Bridge, False Creek School House, and City Hospital continues. Brush, stumps, boulders and debris along the road to (Stanley) park not disposed of according to

Vancouver corners chosen for fire hydrants, electric lights – October 9, 1888

October 9 1888

Intersections chosen for installation of electric lights and fire hydrants. Contractors agree to have debris along Stanley Park road disposed of by city, and the cost deducted from final payment. Hiring of cook and temporary nurse for new hospital approved.

City hospital now in operation – October 15, 1888

October 15 1888

City hospital informally opened Sept 22 with only one ward operative. Visiting hours Wednesdays and Sundays only between 3:00 and 4:00 pm. Citizens object to council’s “irregular” election of hospital medical staff. James Hartney to be compensated $280 for his

Police to monitor Vancouver’s street lighting – October 22, 1888

October 22 1888

City Engineer must keep a separate contract book for each ward. Police men to report location and date of broken streetlights. City drains to be diverted into culverts being dug by C.P.R to reduce fouling of Burrard Inlet north of

Presbyterian Ladies’ Aid furnishes eight hospital beds – November 5, 1888

November 5 1888

Presbyterian Ladies’ Aid donates all linens and equipment for eight hospital beds. City accepts E.J. Clark’s offer of donation of lot for an athletic field. “Responsible parties” may apply for trees purchased by city.

Vancouver will donate land for post office and customs house – November 12, 1888

November 12 1888

Mayor to inform Dominion Government that city requests and will donate land to establish post office and customs house in a central part of the city. Request to council to re-locate newly built morgue.

Three more policemen added to the force – November 19, 1888

November 19 1888

Three part-time constables added to police force for the remainder of the year. James Stanford paid $790 for work to date on City Hall.

Mayor David Oppenheimer granted $50 to establish a Fruit Growers’ Association – November 26, 1888

November 26 1888

Dominion Government’s offer of 160 acres in the Hastings Townsite for a Public Park is accepted. Mayor David Oppenheimer granted $50 to establish a Fruit Growers’ Association.

Meeting cancelled to commemorate death of Alderman Humphries – December 3, 1888

December 3 1888

Special meeting to commemorate death of Alderman Humphries; City Hall to be closed the day of his funeral; his desk to be draped for the remainder of the year.

Election results for Vancouver City Council of 1889

December 10 1888

This document was transcribed in July of 2018 by volunteer Gerald Soon. These election results were published in the “Vancouver Daily World” on December 10, 1888.  The winners took office in January of 1889 for a term of one year. 

King Fung demands his opium back – December 11, 1888

December 11 1888

Communication from John Boultbee asking for return of $20.00 worth of opium seized by the police from his client King Fung. Referred to City Solicitor. Sub-committee established to review of Charter of Incorporation. Hotel Vancouver manager claims damages to his

Tenders called to supply groceries to hospital – December 17, 1888

Vancouver Hospital 1902
December 17 1888

Tenders called for food supplies to city hospital. Mayor may spend up to $125 per month to subsidize steamer service to Nanaimo 3 times per week. Alderman Brighouse to purchase a horse to flush out the sewers regularly. A.E. McCarney

Fire Department may not supply water to private parties – December 28, 1888

December 28 1888

Manager of Hotel Vancouver informed that as the fire department is a volunteer one, it cannot be ordered by council to supply water to the hotel. City officials to be paid on Dec 31st. Report of Licensing board referred back

James Whetham biography

December 31 1888

is biography of James Whetham was transcribed in June of 2018 by Transcribimus volunteer Chris Mizzoni. JAMES WHETHAM One of the newly elected representatives for Ward 2, is a comparatively young man, having been born in the year 1854, in

Mayor David Oppenheimer biography

December 31 1888

At the end of December, 1888 the “Vancouver Daily World” newspaper published biographies of Mayor-Elect David Oppenheimer and the Aldermen who would form the Council for 1889.

J. W. Horne biography

December 31 1888

Council of 1888 wraps up – January 7, 1889, 11:30 am

January 7 1889

Final reports from the Fire Brigade and the Board of Health were received. Aldermen Coldwell and Clark tendered thanks to Mayor David Oppenheimer for the “phenomenal progress” Vancouver has made under his leadership. This transcript was made in 2015 by

Vancouver Mayor & Aldermen for 1889

January 7 1889

Mayor:  David Oppenheimer Aldermen: Ward 1:  Sam Brighouse, J.F. Salsbury Ward 2:  J.W. Horne, James Whetham Ward 3:  M.J. Brower, Robert Clark Ward 4:  Michael Costello, G.S. McConnell Ward 5:  John M. Lefevre (resigned), Isaac Oppenheimer, Hamilton Mason (elected in

Council for 1889 begins its work – January 7, 1889, 12:00 noon

January 7 1889

Council requests city departments to submit budgets for upcoming year. Request to federal government for contribution to upkeep and improvement of Stanley Park, as “said Park is to be used by the [city of Vancouver] only until the Government of

Readjustment of Council Committees overturned – January 14, 1889, 3:00 pm

January 14 1889

Special meeting to change composition of committees for 1889. Motion defeated, committees remained the same. 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

Portuguese Joe to get $150 compensation – January 14, 1889

January 14 1889

Ex-Alderman Alexander and Mr. McKay made Park commissioners. Extra police payroll of $142 was paid to enforce the quarantine. Portuguese Joe (José Gonsalves) will get $150 for destruction of personal property in quarantine facility at Brockton Point. Fire, Water and

Vancouver Water Works Company given last chance – January 21, 1889

January 21 1889

Last chance for Vancouver Water Works Company to fulfill its contract with city: water supply originally promised to city in early part of 1888. This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland and Joy Marie Vasquez original

Council wants $15,000 more for Court House building – January 28, 1889

January 28 1889

Council to ask province for $15,000 more for Court House, $5,00 grant in aid of Hospital, and $2,000 in aid of the Police. Aldermen Clark, Howe and Whetham to meet with Vancouver Water Works company to arrange for a Guarantee

“Fraudulent absconders” must be stopped, say merchants – February 4, 1889

February 4 1889

Vancouver merchants continually cheated by “fraudulent absconders” who charge goods and then escape on the Steamers without paying. Lawyers Davie & Pooley offer to represent the city in in the pending suit with the CPR for $1,000. Vancouver’s three elementary

Mount Pleasant streets to be named and registered – February 11, 1889

February 11 1889

All streets in Ward No. 4 south of False Creek must be named and registered.City Treasurer authorized to hire an Accountant to assist him. Thos. Stephenson appointed Street Superintendent at a salary of $120 per month. This transcript was made

Business suspended while Councillors wrangle – February 18, 1889

February 18 1889

In-depth procedural debate, no other business accomplished. 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 2 page 708 only [volume 2 page

$50 Exhibit fund granted to Mayor Oppenheimer – February 20, 1889

February 20 1889

$50 granted to Mayor David Oppenheimer “to organize a Provincial Commission for the purpose of preparing a full Exhibit of the Mineral, Forest and Agricultural Resources of our Province with exhibits of its Fisheries, Manufactories and other Industries.” This transcript

Aldermen’s absence cancels meeting – February 25, 1889

February 25 1889

The meeting adjourned due to lack of quorum. 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 2 page 711 only [volume 2

Legal opinion needed re: Mayor’s vote – March 1, 1889

March 1 1889

Council requests a legal opinion on whether the Mayor, an ex-officio member of every civic Committee, has the right to vote in each Committee This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland and Joy Marie Vasquez  

Stanley Park lodge to be built, deadwood removed – March 4, 1889

March 4 1889

Stanley Park to have lodge and outbuildings, twenty seats built, and dead wood cleared or burned – total cost about $800. Claim of $3760.00 damages from J. D. Schmidt for injuries sustained by falling into an open ditch. Fire Inspector

Continual damage to fire engines intentional? – March 11, 1889

March 11 1889

Repeated damage to fire engines may be the result of tampering by “person or persons unknown”; fire department to check condition of engines twice daily. This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland and Joy Marie Vasquez

Council opposes draining of Burnaby Lake – March 18, 1889

March 18 1889

Resolution against the draining of Burnaby Lake to be sent to Victoria, following similar petition by residents of New Westminster. Another to “earnestly petition” the Legislative Assembly to hasten the completion of the railway to the Okanagan. This transcript was

Mayor to take Charter of Amendments to Victoria – March 23, 1889

March 23 1889

Special meeting; Mayor Oppenheimer, Aldermen Salsbury and Lefevre and Dr. McGuigan appointed to go to Victoria with a view of having the Charter of Amendments passed. This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland and Joy Marie

Alderman J.M. Lefevre resigns – April 1, 1889

April 1 1889

J.M. Lefevre resigned his seat on Council. Letter from the Vancouver Typographical Union No. 226 protests against the City printing being done outside the City This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland and Joy Marie Vasquez

Vancouver accountant and street superintendent hired – April 8, 1889

April 8 1889

Estimates of income and expenses for the year received from all City departments. City Accountant and Superintendent of Streets hired. This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland and Joy Marie Vasquez original handwritten minutes here City

Post office boxes needed in Mount Pleasant, West End “suburbs” – April 15, 1889

April 15 1889

Urgent need for more Post Office boxes for the “suburbs” in Mount Pleasant and west of Granville Street. Municipality of Richmond’s agreed contribution toward the Granville Street Bridge has not been received. Bridge agreement had been made among Vancouver, Richmond

Electric lights for Fire Hall No. 1 – April 23, 1889

April 23 1889

8 electric lights to be installed in Fire Hall No. 1 at a monthly cost of $16.50 This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland and Joy Marie Vasquez original handwritten minutes here City of Vancouver Archives

Stray cattle and horses to be curbed, verandah damaged by runaway team – April 29, 1889

April 29 1889

Z. G. Goldberg permitted to re-construct his veranda damaged by runaway team. City Pound enlarged to suppress “nuisance of stray cattle and horses along our streets.” This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland and Joy Marie

Vancouver police get uniforms, batons, handcuffs, and whistles – May 6, 1889

May 6 1889

Council approved purchase of uniforms for police chief, sergeant, 5 officers and caretaker at a cost of $282.50. Police department also authorized to buy “2 Batons, 3 Sets of Handcuffs, 1 Staff Badge, 2 Sets Chain Nippers & 2 Whistles”

Race Course planned for Hastings Park – May 13, 1889

May 13 1889

Council “to arrange with the British Columbia Jockey Club for the lease of a site under the control of the club in the eastern park near Hastings sufficiently large for the construction of a Race Course.” This transcript was made

Future of City Wharf uncertain – May 20, 1889

May 20 1889

Committee formed to either settle with Vancouver Wharfage and Storage re: purchase of wharf as previously agreed or that “the right to purchase same should be abandoned.” Cost of installing phone line from City Hall to cemetery quoted at $70.00

Aldermen to meet with Vancouver Wharfage and Storage Co. – May 27, 1889

May 27 1889

Aldermen Horne, Whetham, Oppenheimer, McConnell and Brewer were appointed to meet with the wharf owners to work out the next step in the acquisition of city wharf. Plan to have 25,000 copies published of a twenty-page pamphlet about Vancouver was

Chinese residents to be evicted from Stanley Park – June 3, 1889

June 3 1889

Health inspector to remove “nuisances” along the Park Road, “particularly the Chinese in the vicinity of the Lodge”. [Stanley] Park ranger instructed to impound dogs without license tags. Call for tenders to supply fire alarms to city. This transcript was

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

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

Richmond hedges on its bridge contribution – June 10, 1889

June 10 1889

Municipality of Richmond’s position regarding its financial responsibility toward the construction of a bridge between Vancouver and Richmond “is noted with much surprise and regret by this Board” (see minutes from April 15, 1889). City purchased one horse at a

Market plans take shape, Board of Works budget exhausted – June 17, 1889

June 17 1889

City Market committee recommends “a brick building 63 feet x 100 with basement; ground floor to be divided into stalls with arcades … and hall on second storey, total cost …$16,000.” Board of Works reports its annual budget is emptied

Vancouver street improvements approved for each ward – July 15, 1889

July 15 1889

List of street improvements for each of five city wards itemized and approved, at a total cost of $41,990.00. Leading Chinese citizen J. Cumyow receives permission to exhume Chinese dead in cemetery. City receives a donation of fountain from Vancouver

Sansom & Dawson win City Market contract – July 22, 1889

market hall and auction shed 1895
July 22 1889

Sansom and Dawson’s plan for the City Market selected. Committees established to deal with the Reading Room and to meet with the Street Railway Company. Water service must be extended to Mount Pleasant for “fire and household purposes.” Council agrees

Stanley Brothers may put a photo studio on the roof of London House – July 29, 1889

July 29 1889

Permission was given to the Stanley Bros. to erect a photo studio on the roof of the building known as the London House. The proposition of James M. Holland to move a building from Lot 2 Block 3 was refused.

Knights of Labour want nine hour day – August 5, 1889

August 5 1889

Request received from the Knights of Labour to reduce the workday of City labourers to 9 hours. agreed to call for tender for clearing, close cutting and burning of about 23 acres of land at Hastings for Exhibition grounds. This

Time limits for smelting company, street railway both extended – August 12, 1889

August 12 1889

Council authorizes $65 monthly support for Free Reading Room and Library. Time limit for contract between city and smelting company has expired, and will have to be re-negotiated. Time limit for contract with Street Railway company to be extended, “in

Wanted: one Fire Chief, two Engineers, two Drivers, and two Stokers – August 19, 1889

August 12 1889

Purchase of “another patent collar and harness” for the fire department was approved, as was was the placing of job advertisements for the first paid Fire Department employees, “one Chief, two Engineers, two Drivers, and two Stokers”, plus ten on-call

Mr. Clark donates park to Vancouver – August 26, 1889

August 26 1889

Architects Sansom and Danson win $100 prize for their plan for the City Market. After a presentation from Mr. Sansom, it was agreed to situate the market 16 ft. back from Westminster Ave (now Main Street). The Deed of Conveyance

Salaries set for firemen, nurses – September 02, 1889

Vancouver Hospital staff 1893
September 2 1889

Establishment of professional fire department. Chief engineer J. H. Carlyle’s salary was set at $75 per month; firemen, stokers and drivers were paid $40; and additional on-call men were paid $15. At the same time, Miss Swan as matron of

Special audit of Vancouver Police Court Accounts called – September 09, 1889

September 9 1889

A Special Audit of the Police Court accounts and of the Police Books to be made immediately and a full report brought before the Police Board. A By-Law was introduced borrow a sum of money to improve Brockton Point in

Chain gang set to work on police officer’s private property, report alleges – September 16th, 1889

September 16 1889

Police chief suspended without pay while reports of police misconduct and breach of trust investigated by “Justices of Her Majesty’s Supreme Court of British Columbia or a Judge of the County Court”. Certain officers ordered to turn in “all monies

Vancouver to acquire Water Works, electric street lights – September 23, 1889

September 23 1889

Geo. MacKay resigned as Parks Board chairman: W.J. Horne appointed to Chair. City to negotiate with Vancouver Water Works Company to acquire its system of Water Works. City signs agreement with Vancouver Electric Illuminating Company for street lights. This transcript

Street railway construction will close Westminster Bridge for 15 days – September 30, 1889

September 30 1889

Vancouver Street Railway allowed to close the Westminster Av. (Main Street) bridge for 15 days to install track. City Engineer instructed to notify the contractor(s) that they (and not the City) are responsible for damage done to others’ property while

Westminster Ave. to be repaired, bridge closure still pending – October 7, 1889

October 7 1889

City Engineer must repair Westminster Ave. between the bridge and Prior Street. $13.50 in extra police wages approved. This transcript was made in 2014 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland and Joy Marie Vasquez. original handwritten minutes here City of Vancouver

All building materials and debris to be removed from Vancouver streets – October 14, 1889

October 14 1889

Ongoing investigation of police department by Mr. Justice Drake extended to include officials of police court. Street inspector given five days to notify all parties to remove building materials and refuse from city streets. This transcript was made in 2014

Fire department gets new team of horses – October 21, 1889

horse drawn tank
October 21 1889

Alderman McConnell to select a team of horses to be purchased for the Fire Department. An electric light to be installed in the Fire Inspector’s office. This transcript was made in 2014 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland and Joy Marie

Constable accepted bribes from prostitutes, night policemen dine on the job – November 2, 1889

November 2 1889

Policemen regularly met in a restaurant when they were supposed to be on their beats. Chief Stewart cleared of intentional wrong-doing in some charges, but not all. His “total want of order and system” to blame for many irregularities. Constable

Park leases to Athletic Club, Jockey Club finalized – November 4, 1889

November 4 1889

Brockton Oval lease to Athletic Club and Eastern (Hastings Park) lease to Jockey Club both to be completed and signed. James MacDonald appointed pound keeper at a monthly salary of $35; he had to supply his own horse. Cost of

John Devine resigns as City Auditor – November 11, 1889

November 11 1889

$7,000 in total granted for public works to streets and sidewalks; projects grouped according to city ward. John Devine resigns as city auditor. Date, time and place for election of 1890 Mayor and Council determined. This transcript was made in

Board of Works, Finance Committee debate fountain purchase – November 18, 1889

November 18 1889

Board of Works recommends (and Finance Committee opposes) purchase of a fountain from New York at a cost of $763.00 Fire Brigade staff to be fined $2.50 for a first offense, $5.00 for a second offense, and dismissed for a

Sewer contract decision postponed – November 21, 1889

November 21 1889

Special meeting to reconsider the awarding of the sewer contract. Decision postponed until a meeting with the sanitary engineer. This transcript was made in 2014 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland and Joy Marie Vasquez original handwritten minutes here City of

Election results for Vancouver Mayor & Aldermen for 1890

December 10 1889

This document was transcribed by volunteer Gerald Soon in July of 2018. These election results were published in the “Vancouver Daily World” on December 10, 1889.  The winners took office in January of 1890 for a term of one year. 

City solicitor, two police officers resign – December 11, 1889

December 11 1889

City slaughter houses given six months’ notice to re-locate outside city boundaries. J. T. Abray & W. D. Haywood resign as police officers. J.J. Blake resigns as city solicitor. All vacant lots to be fenced by owner; otherwise city will

Vancouver volunteer militia approved – December 16, 1889

December 16 1889

Formation of a Battalion of Volunteer Militia and one or two Batteries of Garrison Artillery in the City of Vancouver was approved. Decision of last Council meeting to pay former City Solicitor John Devine’s final account was reversed. This transcript

Former city solicitor Devine files charges against Vancouver Mayor and Aldermen – December 23, 1889

December 23 1889

Mayor and Aldermen called to County Court in New Westminster to answer charges filed by Mr. John Devine, former City Auditor. Finance Committee deplores Mr. Devine’s breach of confidentiality in bringing financial irregularities before the public. This transcript was made

Smelting works contract forfeit – December 30, 1889

December 30 1889

City’s 1888 arrangement with Mr. Claude Vautin to build a smelting works had not been completed. Mr. Vautin’s deposit of $5,000 was declared forfeit and property of the City. This transcript was made in 2014 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland

Vancouver Mayor & Aldermen for 1890

January 1 1890

Mayor: David Oppenheimer Aldermen: Ward 1:  J.M. Browning, J.T. Carroll Ward 2: James F. Garden, J.W. Horne Ward 3:  J.M. Fox, F.W. Sentell Ward 4:  Michael Costello, Malcolm McLeod Ward 5: Charles Doering*, Hamilton Mason information from Vancouver’s Elected Representatives

Council of 1889 concludes; John Clough awarded $50 – January 6, 1890

January 6 1890

Final reports received, Council for 1889 retires. This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland and Joy Marie Vasquez and sponsored by Arnold Silber original handwritten minutes here City of Vancouver Archives Series 23-A Volume 3 pages

Floating cabins to be removed – Jan 6, 1890

January 6 1890

Floating cabins and other “public nuisances” built along English Bay, Burrard Inlet, Coal Harbour and False Creek to be removed. Council to establish a “crematory” for burning garbage and a “pest house” to quarantine those with infectious diseases, and to

Chain gang labour to be seen on city streets – Jan 20, 1890

January 20 1890

Licensed “hackmen” (horse-drawn public cab drivers) ordered to post standard fares in some conspicuous place in their vehicles. The Sergeant of Police is instructed to use prison labor as much as possible in cleaning up the streets in the business

Vancouver to acquire its own Water Works – January 27, 1890

water works under construction
January 27 1890

Council agrees to acquire the Water Works from its current private owners. It was agreed to request the provincial government not to dissolve the current Small Debts Court Act until a judge is actually resident in Vancouver. Council to request

Recommendations needed to guard against electrical accidents – February 3, 1890

February 3 1890

The Fire, Water and Light Committee directed to recommend safeguards against accidents “from the wires of the Telegraph, Telephone and Electric Light Companies when the Electric currents are of such intensity as to be dangerous to human life”. The License

Rogers sugar factory bonus drafted – February 10, 1890

February 10 1890

Council specifies that their grant of a bonus “in aid of the establishment of the said [Rogers] Sugar Refinery is enacted …on the condition that the Company…shall not at any time employ Chinese labor in and about the said works”.

Post office petition draws Dominion Government wrath – February 17, 1890

February 17 1890

The Minister of Public Works is reported to be “naturally irritated at the imposition and misrepresentation” in a petition for a Post Office in Vancouver, “that to a great extent such a petition is fraudulent, many of the [supposed 1800

City Charter to be amended – February 24, 1890

February 24 1890

Many amendments made to City Charter. Mr. Hamersley, city solicitor, sent to Victoria to see them carried through. Site for [Rogers] sugar refinery established, to be purchased from F. C. Cotton, proprietor of San Juan Lime Co.  Dominion (federal) Government

Robert Hemphill new Pound Keeper at $420 per year – March 3, 1890

March 3 1890

Cattle shed to be built in city Pound facility at a budget of $35. Robert Hemphill to be appointed pound keeper at a salary of $35 per month, he to furnish his own horse and “devote his whole time to

Isaac Hallet new Police Magistrate at $1,500 per year – March 17, 1890

March 17 1890

(Special Meeting) After three rounds of balloting, it was agreed that Isaac H. Hallett be appointed Police Magistrate at a Salary of $1,500.00 a year on the conditions that “he shall not begin or carry on any law practice nor

Labor wants nine hour day, no chain gang on city contracts – March 17, 1890

March 17 1890

Letter received from Joseph Dixon, President of the Trades and Labor Council asking the Council to discontinue Prison Labor on the Streets and to reduce the time of corporation Day Laborers to nine hours. Arrangements for the Roger’s Sugar Refinery

Fire alarm boxes received at customs – March 24, 1890

March 24 1890

Fire alarm boxes ordered by the City and shipped from San Francisco have been confiscated by Customs. City authorizes $1,140.50 in customs be paid to release the shipment. Board of Health has mediated a dispute regarding a tannery proposed by

Hack (horse-drawn taxi) fares standardized – March 31, 1890

March 31 1890

Representatives from the Hackmen have met with Police Committee and set standard fares to apply at all times except public holidays. Health department has tested the milk supplied to the Hospital and determined it is not up to the specified

Alderman Browning OK to serve as sugar company director – April 14, 1890

April 14 1890

Alderman J. M. Browning, elected President of BC Sugar Refining Company, to whom Council has granted a sizeable bonus, assured that “his being a Director in said Company in no way disqualifies him from serving as an Alderman”. O. W.

Citizens must protect trees from stray animals – April 21, 1890

April 21 1890

Request from Robert Dickie and others asking the Council to allow them to use the Common South of Nelson Street for herding their cattle. Meanwhile, “…while everything possible is being done by the Council to put a stop to animals

Changes to liquor license by-law – April 26, 1890

April 26 1890

A Special Meeting was held to consider the liquor license by-law This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland and Joy Marie Vasquez and sponsored by Arnold Silber original handwritten minutes here City of Vancouver Archives Series

Water Street property owners may be forced to fill in lots to the low water mark – April 28, 1890

April 28 1890

Looking into whether the City “can compel the owners” of the lots in the low lands on the North side of Water Street in the Old Granville Townsite to “fill them up to high water mark to abate the disagreeable

Fire department salaries established – May 5, 1890

May 5 1890

Salaries set for 23 fire department employees ranging from $15 to $75 per month. All sewer connections to be seen by Health Inspector before pipes can be laid. C.B. Higginson receives contract for street sprinkling (to reduce dust) at $5.00

Public meeting will be held over July 1 celebration – May 13, 1890

May 13 1890

Council, having reviewed the cost of last year’s celebration, will hold a public meeting regarding this year’s July 1 celebration. Mr. Herman Schussler, C.E of San Francisco to come to Vancouver to test the water works. Sansom and Dawson have

City of Vancouver work day reduced to nine hours – May 26, 1890

May 26 1890

Labourers for the Corporation of the City of Vancouver’s work day reduced from ten to nine hours daily. The fountain donated to the City by the Foundry and Machine Shops to be located at the corner of Hastings and Carrall

Dogs running without a license will be seized – June 2, 1890

June 2 1890

All unlicensed dogs running at large to be seized. Request from G. Perrie & Matsado Sora Kiche asking Council to cancel the License imposed on wrestlers. Aldermen Doering, Costello, Horne, Sentell and Browning form a committee to look into increasing

No dumping off the Granville Street Bridge – June 16, 1890

June 16 1890

Chief of Police to post signs on the Granville Street Bridge to prevent dumping off the bridge. Pound keeper’s salary increased to $60 per month to cover extra duties. C.B. Higginson to be paid $5 per day for street sprinkling

License fees for wrestlers reduced to $10 per show – June 30, 1890

June 30 1890

License fees for wrestlers reduced to $10 per exhibition. Cemetery caretakers’ salary increased to $50 per month. $1,000 set aside for Dominion Day celebration July 1. Council accepts “kind invitation” to be present at sod turning ceremony for future Temperance

City band gets $400 for musical instruments – July 14, 1890

July 14 1890

$400 set aside to purchase musical instruments to form a city band as petitioned. City was advised by legal counsel to have the morgue moved away from its present location. As CPR has donated half a city block for a

Police may keep all outside rewards – July 21, 1890

July 21 1890

Rule 48 of the Police Regulations was amended so that Police Force officers be allowed to keep all rewards offered by persons outside the city for the arrest of criminals and runaway sailors. Several sites were proposed for a city

Barbers clamour to re-open on Sundays – July 28, 1890

July 28 1890

City barbers request to be allowed to re-open their shops on Sundays, and the request is seconded by the hotel keepers. Royal City Planing Mills objects to the Cambie Street Bridge being built without a draw (a section that can

Garbage burning crematory urgently needed – August 4, 1890

August 4 1890

City Clerk instructed to reply to Harbour Master’s complaint about the City’s dumping of waste into the harbour would soon be replaced by burning it. Burning site to be established along False Creek. Letter from John Crabb asking to be

Rev. E. D. McLaren to head University of British Columbia – August 11, 1890

August 11 1890

Rev. E.D. McLaren appointed the City’s representative to the newly-formed Corporation of the University of British Columbia. Council recommended that the Union Steam Ship Company be granted a subsidy of $250.00 per month to run the S.S. Cutch “or some

Morley gets $200 reward for info on Sunbury murder – August 25, 1890

August 25 1890

Chief of Police recommended George Morley for $200 reward for information on Henry T. Sunbury murder. Mr. Wetzler suggested that the nozzles of fire hoses should be furnished with a cut-off, so that when firemen entered a building the water

Street railway route revealed – September 8, 1890

September 8 1890

Committee met with Street Railway Company and recommends the company be allowed to extend their line along Westminster Ave (Main Street) to Ninth Ave (Broadway), then west to Centre Street (Granville), then south to the Granville Street Bridge and across

Council carefully review market by-laws – September 9, 1890

September 9 1890

This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteer Donna Kynaston and sponsored by Arnold Silber original handwritten minutes here City of Vancouver Archives Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 39 only [volume 4 page 39] Vancouver September 9th 1890 The

City buildings to be numbered – September 15, 1890

September 15 1890

Board of Works to undertake contract with Mr. Henderson to number all the buildings in the city, “provided the cost does not exceed 25 cents for each set of numbers.” The Finance Committee reports that “…a general view (photograph) of

CPR bridge must have a draw, Council affirms – September 22, 1890

September 22 1890

The CPR bridge across False Creek “… offers a serious obstruction to the passage of steamers and sailing vessels.” City to “communicate with” Canadian government to “cause” the CPR to either remove the bridge or “have a draw span inserted

Garbage burning crematory will cost $6,000 – September 30, 1890

September 30 1890

Vancouver to contract with the Dominion Sanitary and Cremating Co. to build a garbage burning facility at a cost of $6,000. H.B. Warren appointed City Engineer. BC Government informs Council that Mr R.H. Alexander was appointed Reviser of Municipal Voters

City Market rents established – October 13, 1890

market hall and auction shed 1895
October 13 1890

Rents for the new City Market – five cents per front foot per day for a stall in the market building for a period of one month or more (six cents if for a period of less than one month,

McGeer vows he will close Westminster Road – October 20, 1890

October 20 1890

Property owner James McGeer gave notice that he would close Westminster Road running through his property within ninety days unless some arrangement was made with him. Question of whether to omit taxes on improvements to existing real estate is deferred

Cemetery Road to be made passable for “the upcoming wet weather” – October 27, 1890

October 27 1890

$3,500 allocated to make the Cemetery Road passable “so that funerals can reach the cemetery…in the upcoming wet weather.” Proposal received from the Phoenix Water Works Company to lay system of underground pipes for water supply. 62 electric lights, 400

Water Works price to be set at arbitration – October 31, 1890

October 31 1890

The amount to be paid by the Vancouver for the Water Works to be determined by an independent arbitration. This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteer Chris Stephenson and sponsored by Arnold Silber original handwritten minutes here City

Library requests $125 per month – November 3, 1890

November 3 1890

Mr. M.H. Hirschberg, President of The Vancouver Free Reading Room and Library requested $125 per month in order to rent a suitable room – $25 per month to rent a room and $100 for expenses. Decision referred to “Messrs Charles

Citizens Committee wants Market Hall entertainments three nights per week – November 10, 1890

November 10 1890

Market Hall Committee to meet with Citizens Committee, who are asking for use of the Market Hall three nights per week to provide “free public entertainments such as lectures, music and debates”.  Mayor Oppenheimer anxious to have the east park

Present street lighting is “unsatisfactory” – November 24, 1890

November 24 1890

The Fire Water and Light Committee report suggests Council put the Vancouver Street Railway and Light Company on notice that the present lighting is unsatisfactory and the City does not intend to pay for any light which is out for

Library budget increased, building planned – December 1, 1890

December 1 1890

Budget for library increased to $125 per month from $60. A Committee of four Aldermen and the Mayor find a site and develop a building suitable for a Reading Room, Library, Museum, and Lecture Room. Plan No 3 for Hastings

Police, firemen to get free first aid training – December 15, 1890

December 15 1890

St. Johns Ambulance Association offers free first aid training to police and fire departments. The Police Committee request that W.S. Patterson be authorized to receive and execute writs, rather than having to send for a writ to the Sheriff in

Officer Grady injured on the job, receives full salary – December 22, 1890

December 22 1890

No reduction be made in the Salary of Officer Grady, injured while helping the Chain Gang to remove a stump in one of the lanes of the City. Two miles of wire to be purchased to extend the range of

Council seeks company to build drydock for less than $100,000 – December 29, 1890, 10:00 am

December 29 1890

A Special Meeting to resolve to offer financial incentive to any company who could build a “graving dock” (dry dock) for less than $100,000. A By-Law was drafted, and a date and time fixed for an election to ratify the

Chinese citizens to be buried separately – December 29, 1890, 7:30 pm

December 29 1890

Chinese community granted separate plot in Cemetery. Telephones needed to connect the Sheriff’s office in Vancouver and in the New Westminster Courthouse to “facilitate the processes of the law.” A clock to be placed on the Market Building tower, cost

Final reports received, Council of 1890 concludes – January 5, 1891

January 5 1891

Final committee reports and audit for 1890 received. Council then adjourned Sine Die. This transcript was made in 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Donna Kynaston and sponsored by Shirley Barnett original handwritten minutes here City of Vancouver Archives Series 23-A Volume

Vancouver Mayor & Aldermen for 1891

January 5 1891

Mayor: David Oppenheimer Aldermen: Ward 1:  Sam Brighouse, J.T. Carroll Ward 2:  James F. Garden (resigned), Alexander Godfrey, A.W. Scouller (elected in byelection) Ward 3:  C.G. Hobson, William Templeton Ward 4:  William Brown, John McDowell Ward 4:  H. De Pencier

Committees established for 1891 – January 5, 1891

January 5 1891

Six committees established for the year 1891, with some initial disagreement about the composition of the Finance Committee and the Board of Works.  The Licensing Board, Health Committee, Police Committee, and the Fire, Water and Light Committee were established without

Garden resigns council, Brighouse now Works chairman – Jan 12, 1891

January 12 1891

Alderman James F. Garden resigns.  Hansen brothers of Montreal purchase $25,000 of city debentures. Crowder and Penzer granted contracts for coal and feed, provided that both be weighed on the Market scales. Miss Bowes requests stricter temperance regulations, also to

Progress in drydock negotiations – Jan 14, 1891

January 14 1891

Council met with Mr. Imrie Bell to discuss the proposed graving dock (drydock). Bank of BC confirmed that the investors were good for the amount required. Mr. Bell agreed that after the completion of the project no Chinese workers would

Old floating quarantine to be burned – Jan 19, 1891

January 19 1891

Tenders to be invited to supply the City with coal, wood, and feed for 1891, with the provision that coal and feed must be weighted at the Market scales before delivery. Residents of Mount Pleasant requested a police beat in

Second exit to be added to market building – January 26, 1891

market hall and auction shed 1895
January 26 1891

No action to be taken for the moment about Mr. Lawson’s letter of dismissal from the City Engineer.  Misses Woodward and Drummond, nurses at the City Hospital, ask for increases of salary. The Market Committee asks the Board of Works

Vancouver to acquire its own water works – January 27, 1891

January 27 1891

Council agrees to acquire the Water Works from its current private owners. It was agreed to request the provincial government not to dissolve the current Small Debts Court Act until a judge is actually resident in Vancouver. Council to request

Rogers’ sugar factory complete – Feb 2, 1891

February 2 1891

Henry B. Warren (City Engineer) and John P. Lawson (Assistant Engineer) have each filed charges against the other. Mount Pleasant citizens request an electric light at the intersection of Westminster Ave (now Kingsway/Main) and Eighth Ave, and the Police Committee

C.P.R. denies responsibility for street crossing safety – Feb 12, 1891

February 12 1891

H. Abbott, General Superintendent of the C.P.R., denies C.P.R.’s responsibility to “furnish, at its own cost” the protection Council has requested at certain street crossings. The Board of Works orders that the City Morgue be connected to the water works

Vancouver sends condolences re New Westminster fire – Feb 16, 1891

New Westminster, 1888
February 16 1891

Council sends condolences to New Westminster Council on the loss of life and property due to its recent fire, and regrets it could not send its fire engine to help. Request received from John McCulloch asking to be reimbursed for

Mayor walks out re City Engineer firing – Feb 23, 1891

February 23 1891

The Board of Works report instructs the City Clerk to fire the current Engineering Department staff and advertise for a new staff (Alderman Brighouse, Godfrey, Templeton and Brown supporting the motion, Alderman de Pencier dissenting). Mayor David Oppenheimer refuses to

Vancouver sends $500 for Springhill mining disaster relief – Feb 24, 1891

February 24 1891

Council read a telegram from the mayor of Halifax calling for assistance for the sufferers of the Springhill Disaster. $500 was telegraphed at once for their relief.  [editor’s note: The Nova Scotia provincial Archives maintains a database of Nova Scotia

Committee off to Victoria to oppose Water Works amendments – Feb 28, 1891

February 28 1891

Mayor and Aldermen Godfrey, Brown, Hobson, Scoullar, Carroll, McDowell, and Templeton to go to Victoria to meet the members of the Legislature with the view of having the proposed amendments to the Vancouver Water Works Co’s Act opposed This transcript

Six aldermen walk out, leaving no quorum – Mar 9, 1891

March 9 1891

Mayor David Oppenheimer declined to sign the minutes of the last meeting beyond the point at which he left the Chair and the special meetings. Alderman Brighouse moved and Alderman Brown seconded a motion that the Mayor leave the Chair,

Oppenheimer obliged to sign minutes – Mar 16, 1891

March 16 1891

A majority vote of two thirds of the aldermen present compelled Mayor Oppenheimer to sign the minutes of February 23, 24, 28 and March 9. Vancouver Trades and Labour council requested that the Chain Gang not be employed on Street

Tracy voted city engineer – Mar 20, 1891

March 20 1891

Special Meeting to consider applicants for the position of Chief Engineer. Mayor David Oppenheimer not present; Alderman Dowell appointed Chairman. Thomas H. Tracy of London, Ontario was unanimously selected. This transcript was made in 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Donna Kynaston

Mayor protests “illegal” appointment of Tracy – Mar 23, 1891

March 23 1891

Mayor Oppenheimer sends regrets and protest against “illegal” appointment of Thomas Tracy as City Engineer. Council to send letter of protest against the Attorney General’s reported intention to change several details of the City Charter. The meeting was adjourned out

Warren to contest Tracy appointment – Mar 31, 1891

March 31 1891

License for the What Cheer house transferred to Mr. Sciutto. Transfer for license of the Germania Hotel not approved. Plans for the city market hall approved, tenders for building to be invited. Mr. H.B. Warren will continue his post as

Women’s & Children’s hospital to go ahead – Apr 6, 189

April 6 1891

The anticipated arrival of the S.S. Empress of India from the Orient to be celebrated with a performance by the City Band and an address to the officers and passengers. Mayor David Oppenheimer absent. The Board of Works to have

Fire Department given raises – Apr 13, 1891

April 13 1891

The entire Fire Department budget was reviewed and the staff given raises.  City Clerk asked to contact telephone company for a discount on rates to city government telephones. This transcript was made in 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Christopher Stephenson and

Battle re City Engineer continues – Apr 20, 1891

April 20 1891

In consideration of $2,000 grant given to the women’s and children’s hospital by the City, the Chairman of the Board of Health to be one of directors of the hospital. Ongoing conflict over the firing of Chief Engineer Warren and

Browning named to Water Works arbitration panel – Apr 22, 1891

April 22 1891

Council appointed J.M. Browning as their arbitrator in the Water Works arbitration. A list of potential third arbitrators was presented – the City Solicitor to contact each of them to see if he would be willing to act as third

Browning appointment finalized – Apr 29, 1891

April 29 1891

Appointment of Browning finalized. This transcript was made in 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Christopher Stephenson and sponsored by Arnold Silber original handwritten minutes here City of Vancouver Archives Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 313 only Vancouver Apr 29/91 A Special

Thomson building at Howe & Pender must be removed – May 4, 1891

May 4 1891

$1,032 to be paid to George Telford et al for their work on Brockton Point Athletic Grounds.  Mr. Thomson, owner of the building on the corner of Howe and Pender Streets, to be notified that his building is on the

Water Works by-law complete – May 9, 1891

May 9 1891

A Special Meeting was held to consider the Works By-Law; the by-law was read over, signed, sealed, and sent to the newspapers for publication This transcript was made in 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Donna Kynaston and sponsored by Arnold Silber

By-law no. 118 altering Vancouver’s ward boundaries – May 9, 1891

May 9 1891

This by-law was passed in the Vancouver City Council meeting of May 8, 1891. It changed Vancouver’s ward boundaries first set up under By-Law No. 3 in 1886. Transcribed by volunteer Anita Dos Santos in July of 2018. original by-law

Clark Park to be seeded over – May 11, 1891

May 11 1891

The Board of Works reported that “the South Park (now Clark Park on Commercial Drive between 14th and 15th Avenues) is to be seeded at once”, and that Robson Street cannot “at present” to be made to open onto “the

Street lights not to be lit during full moon – May 18, 1891

May 18 1891

The Electric Light Co. was instructed not to light the street lights on the night of full moon and for two nights before and after full moon. The appointment of Mr. Tracy as Chief Engineer came up again; however, Mayor

Brighouse blocks Council resignation – May 26, 1891

May 26 1891

Alderman Brighouse refused to sign document of resignation previously signed by Mayor and all Aldermen, in response to demand brought forth at a recent public meeting. H. B. Warren brought suit against the City for wrongful dismissal. Aldermen Carroll and

Warren’s wrongful dismissal suit could cost the City $5,000 – May 27, 1891

May 27 1891

Former Chief Engineer H.B. Warren brought a suit of $5,000 against Council for unlawful dismissal. The mayor and Aldermen had their names struck off a document of resignation signed at the last meeting of Council. This transcript was made in

No signs of leprosy within City of Vancouver – June 1, 1891

June 1 1891

Dr. A. C. Smith reported that “after full investigation, there were no signs of leprosy within the City”. Meanwhile, hospital matron Miss Swan was directed to “exclude all cases of venereal disease from the Hospital”. Mr. Tracy’s appointment as City

Council meeting adjourned to mark the passing of Sir John A. Macdonald – June 8, 1891

June 8 1891

Council passed a resolution of condolence to telegraph to the Lady Macdonald, window of Sir John A. Macdonald, Prime Minister of Canada, then “adjourned until Monday next out of respect to the memory” of Macdonald This transcript was made in

Vancouver taxes will increase 2% to fund schools – June 15, 1891

June 15 1891

The Board of Licenses approved liquor licenses for 47 hotels, 8 saloons, 6 retail establishments (including the Hudson’s Bay Company) and 6 wholesalers. City taxes were raised to 2% “to provide an additional sum for school purposes”. This transcript was

Mayor Oppenheimer’s $500 expense account called into question – June 22, 1891

June 22 1891

The firemen allowed use of the Market Hall July 1 without charge. Alderman Godfrey to obtain a flag for the building. The Finance Committee disallows Mayor’s account of $500 to the Coquitlam Water Works after “having examined the papers and

Regulations formed for the sanitary storage & transportation of the deceased – June 29, 1891

June 29 1891

Firemens’ salaries were raised to $10 per month ($25 for Fire Chief J. H. Carlisle). Nurses’ salaries were raised by $5 per month ($10 for matron Swan). Council chambers were ordered painted and repaired. Detailed regulations for sanitary storage and

Vancouver By-Law 121 : a by-law to establish rules, regulations, etc. for the interment of the dead in cemeteries and burial places controlled by the City of Vancouver – June 29, 1891

June 29 1891

Illustration: City of Vancouver Archives photo AM54-S4-: Dist P9 [The first caretaker’s cottage at Mountain View Cemetery near Bodwell Road (33rd Avenue) and North Road (Fraser Street)] Document: City of Vancouver Archives COV-S36– By-law no. 121 : a by-law to

Brown, Macgowan, Murray and Baldwin elected school trustees – July 6, 1891

July 6 1891

The school board were unanimously elected by Council ballot; Brown was elected Chairman. An offer to the New Westminster and Vancouver Tramway Company was drafted. The city would grade certain streets, then allow the company to put in its rails.

Police “cannot interfere” with children playing on railway tracks – July 15, 1891

July 15 1891

Police “cannot interfere” to compel children to keep away from the Electric Railway track on city streets.  Dr Fleming granted permission to erect a tent for the sale of drugs on Cordova St. The Women’s Christian Temperance Union advised that

Phone brought in to Mountain View Cemetery – July 20, 1891

July 20 1891

Mrs. McDonald, wife of the cemetery keeper, to be paid $5.00 per month for attending to the telephone. City Solicitor gave his opinion that the position of Police Magistrate is technically vacant as Mr. Isaac Hallett is not a qualified

Ratepayers protest Isaac Hallett’s continuing as Police Magistrate – July 27, 1891

July 27 1891

Mayor Oppenhiemer and Alderman receive a notice of injunction from Elizabeth Ann Studden on behalf of the ratepayers, prohibiting the City from paying any further salary to Isaac Hallet as Police Magistrate. Hastings Street to be graded for Street Railway

Water Works worth $330,081.93 – August 3, 1891

August 3 1891

Water Works arbitration panel Browning, Tilton and Drake submit their findings. The City to regulate private “scavengering” (garbage/recycling collection) within the city as soon as the waste-burning Crematory is in operation. Police officer Joseph Gibson dismissed for being found asleep

Street railway construction halted – August 6, 1891

August 6 1891

A bylaw was introduced to license Master Plumbers within the City. The City to immediately file an injunction to prevent further construction of a street railway along Venables Street to Boundary Road This transcript was made in 2016 by Transcribimus

Police to enforce tramway construction ban – August 10, 1891

August 10 1891

The Police Chief authorized to prevent the New Westminster Tramway Co to interfere with Vancouver streets, and to obtain extra assistance if necessary. Alderman Carroll authorized to purchase an artificial leg for Mr. R. D. Pitt, “the City to pay

Tramway agreement reached, construction to resume – August 13, 1891

August 13 1891

A Special Meeting was held to finalize an agreement between the Tramway Company and the City. This transcript was made in 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Anonymous and sponsored by Shirley Barnett original handwritten minutes here City of Vancouver Archives Series

Tramway back on track, business as usual – August 17, 1891

August 17 1891

Officer Grady “allowed $12 for a suit of clothes.” R.W. Hart awarded the contract for “burying the pauper dead at the rate of $15 for each corpse. ” The City Council “will not countenance any monopoly of the bathing facilities

Nine hour day reaches City Hall – August 31, 1891

August 31 1891

Board of Works recommends all future contracts state “that 9 hours shall constitute a day’s work.” City Hall caretaker John Clough injured in accident; a replacement to be hired for one week. Albert Yates, Messenger for the City Hall, to

Post Office obstruction on Granville Street to be removed – September 7, 1891

September 7 1891

Federal government seems to have stopped building post office on Granville Street, but has left stone blocks and building debris obstructing traffic. Two railcar loads of gravel to be purchased from the CPR for use on city streets. A by-election

C.P.R. Terminal at foot of Granville Street to be built – September 14, 1891

September 14 1891

Letter received from H. Abbott, General Superintendent of the Canadian Pacific Railway Co., stating that he was authorized to proceed with the construction of the terminal station at the foot of Granville Street (now Waterfront Station). Moved by Alderman Godfrey,

Vancouver plans exhibit at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair – September 28, 1891

September 28 1891

Council “cordially endorses” Victoria council’s plan for a BC building at the (1893) Chicago World’s Fair. The Board of Health met to discuss the care and treatment of two Chinese lepers formerly employed by the CPR. Advertisement for a new

C.L. Brown wins seat in Ward 5 – October 5, 1891

October 5 1891

C.L. Brown elected as Alderman for Ward 5, and appointed to the Board of Works, Police, and License Committees. City will purchase 20,000 cubic yards of crushed rock from Dr. Kendall. R.S. Coldwell appointed Police Officer. This transcript was made

Hallett resigns as Police Magistrate – October 12, 1891

October 12 1891

Isaac Hallett resigned as Police Magistrate and was paid out at $125.00 per month. The lane in Block 97 D.L. 196 be graded by the chain gang. James Carnahan allowed to cut wood from five acres of the Cemetery Grounds

Champion and White to oversee garbage burning – October 19, 1891

October 19 1891

Champion and White appointed as caretakers of the new city garbage burning facility at a joint salary of $75 per month. Board of Works to meet with the City Solicitor about how best to remove squatters from the City’s foreshore.

Vancouver’s population is more than 18 thousand – October 26, 1891

October 26 1891

Recent city census taken by Mackay and Emanuels shows population to be 18,260. Finance committee enquired into the City’s advertising in the News-Advertiser, and concluded that there was no over-charging by the newspaper. This transcript was made in 2016 by

Water Works total tops $452,000 – November 2, 1891

water works under construction
November 2 1891

Final price for City’s purchase of Water Works was $452,530. $225 to be paid to A. Larwill for guarding lepers. Guard to be withdrawn and Mr Abbot of the CPR be notified. Police Officers allowed to receive rewards offered outside

Leprosy correspondence to be made public – November 9, 1891

November 9 1891

All correspondence between the City, the Dominion Government and the C.P.R. regarding the leper cases to be published. City Market hall rented for a Temperance lecture for the sum of $10. City Hall to be re-insured for $5,000 over 3

Council to meet with Victoria City Council to decide the leper matter – November 13, 1891

November 13 1891

A committee was appointed to meet with representatives from Victoria to establish a jointly-funded leprosy quarantine facility. This transcript was made in 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Margaret Sutherland and sponsored by Shirley Barnett City of Vancouver Archives Series 23-A Volume

Lepers to be moved to Darcy Island – November 16, 1891

November 16 1891

Vancouver’s share of the cost of the Darcy Island leprosy quarantine will be 2/7, Victoria’s will be 5/7. W.J. Hogg wrote to request that the Sunday Closing By-Law be enforced. D.J. McLean awarded contract for supplying waterproof overcoats for the

Council selects new Police Magistrate – November 18, 1891

November 18 1891

A Special Meeting was held to appoint a Police Magistrate at a salary $125 per month. A. Williams was unanimously selected. This transcript was made in 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Bronwen Cripps and sponsored by Shirley Barnett original handwritten minutes

Police Magistrate appointment delayed, $500 for free library – November 23, 1891

November 23 1891

A. Williams declined appointment as Police Magistrate with restrictions. $500 was set aside for the Free Library for the purchase of books only. Market Committee empowered to find out what it will cost to deaden sounds from the basement of

G.A. Jordan new Police Magistrate – November 30 1891

November 30 1891

G.A. Jordan elected Police Magistrate. Matron “not to admit D.T. patients*” to the city jail. City scavengers must dump all watery matter into manholes using proper chutes from the carts into the manholes. The City to apply to the Government

Sidewalk to be put in for Baptist Church – December 7, 1891

December 7 1891

A six foot sidewalk to be put on 7th Avenue to the Baptist Church, with stumps and roots “which may be obstructions” to be removed. The new Crematory (garbage burning) facility to be insured for $3,000. The City Clerk to

Water Works debentures sold at 96% – December 10, 1891

December 10 1891

The rate for the sale of the Water Works Debentures was set at 96% (The City had wanted a minimum of 97.5%, the bank had advised a straight 95). The City will submit a by-law to the citizens to acquire

Several new by-laws formed – December 11, 1891

December 11 1891

Several by-laws were completed: Vagrancy, Bread, Guns etc., Pound, Market, Liquor, Fire Limit & Trades License. Use of the Market Hall was granted for the 26th of December to hold a concert in aid of the Alexandra Hospital. This transcript

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

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

City may acquire Electric Light and Street Railway – December 16, 1891

December 16 1891

Special Meeting to review purchase of the Vancouver Electric Light and Street Railway Co. and to revise the Liquor License By-Law. This transcript was made in 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Anonymous and sponsored by Shirley Barnett original handwritten minutes here

One Vancouver leper placed on Darcy Island – December 21, 1891

December 21 1891

Duncan MacRae to be paid $87.50 for building on Darcy Island. One Vancouver leper established there. Accounts were submitted before year end, particularly from the Board of Works. By-Law was established to fix time and place for election of Mayor,

Street railway proposition lost; Council wraps up business – December 28, 1891

December 28 1891

Final meeting of the Council of 1891 Fire Chief allowed to order caps for the whole department from New York, as “they are not manufactured in this city”. A Trades License By-Law was put through at the last moment. However,

Vancouver Mayor & Aldermen for 1892

January 1 1892

The election of Fred Cope (b. 1860, d. 1897) in 1892 was the closest in Vancouver’s history, with a winning margin of 11 votes over his rival Dr. J.T. Carroll. Cope was also the youngest mayor in Vancouver history, only

Last Year’s Civic Overspending Tops $66,000 – Jan 18, 1892

January 18 1892

Newly-elected Mayor Fred Cope gave address. The Finance Committee, Standing Committee on Works, Board of Health, the Fire, Water & Light Committee, and the Market & Police Committee were established. Last year’s Council and Committees overspent $66,000; $45,000 of which

Committee Meetings to be held in private – Jan 25, 1892

Dupont Street, Vancouver, 1906
January 25 1892

Alderman McGuigan moved and alderman Gavan seconded that henceforth all Committee meetings be held in private. Liquor license payments to be refunded for unsuccessful applicants. Letter received from Miss Bowes, a frequent writer to Council, drawing attention to the Social

$250 donation Sir John A McDonald memorial fund overturned – Feb 1, 1892

February 1 1892

William Sutherland appointed tax collector at $75 per month; J.A. Reid poundkeeper at $50 per month. Committee formed to acquire Vancouver Electric Railway Co. Account of all city salaries for 1891 called for. A recommendation from the finance committee to

Bell-Irving and Paterson get Water Works contract – Feb 2, 1892

February 2 1892

The Council granted the Water Works contract for cast iron pipes, lead pipes, and lead to Bell-Irving and Paterson, commerical merchants at 436 Cordova Street. Use of the hall at the City Market was granted free for a hospital fund-raiser.

City Hospital staff reappointed, slaughterhouses all “in order” – Feb 8, 1892

Vancouver Hospital staff 1893
February 9 1892

Complaint received from Philip Fewster of his being ill-treated at Police Court.  Miss Swan reappointed as Matron at the City Hospital at $50 a month and allowed an assistant at $15.  W.G. March appointed as hospital cook and Frank Humphries

Projected new oil warehouse alarms neighbours – Feb 15, 1892

horse drawn tank
February 15 1892

Letter received from R.D. Pith thanking Council for giving  him an artificial leg.  Condition of city street lights is a problem.  The Vancouver Electric Railway & Light Co. “urged to erect all lights that they had been notified to purchase

Alderman Scoullar’s Seat on Council declared vacant – Feb 22, 1892

February 22 1892

A by-election was established for Ward 2 to replace Alderman Scoullar. Plumbing for the hospital addition and 34 new Lawson-Tait hospital beds were ordered for the hospital. All requests for street work to be laid over until estimates can be

Special meeting of Council to arrange funding for water works purchase – February 24, 1892

February 24 1892

Present staff of Capilano Water Works to be kept on when the purchase by the City is complete. Temporary financing arranged with the Bank of British Columbia while debentures sold in London. This transcript was made in 2018 by Transcribimus

Popular Aldermen Get Two-Year Term – Feb 29, 1892

market hall and auction shed 1895
February 29 1892

Alderman McGuigan led opposition to the proposal that the Aldermen with the highest number of votes be appointed for a two-year term; proposal carried nevertheless. Rates raised for the rental of the Market Hall for all users, including the Zion

Vancouver asks Canadian government to establish steamship postal service as far north as Comox– Mar 14, 1892

March 14 1892

The Finance Committee recommended the purchase of two sea lions that were currently on display at a price of $115. Aldermen Franklin, Connon and Gavin appointed to meet with the Jockey Club about Hastings Park. Council also sent a request

Joseph Huntly appointed Health Inspector: M. G. MacLeod both License Inspector & Gaoler – Mar 21, 1892

March 21 1892

 Arthur Cecil Green appointed night nurse at the hospital; monthly salary $30.00 E. G. McGarrigle and others petitioned that Oppenheimer Street be renamed Cordova St. The Lacrosse Club granted the use of City Hall for April 24, and the Brockton

Nothing Decided on Railway Bonus Question – Mar 24, 1892

March 24 1892

Council met with representatives of the Burrard Inlet and Fraser River Valley Railway Company, who were requesting a bonus of $300,000 and explained how they intended to expend that sum. Council decided to grant that sum by purchasing stock in

Pardon for Sam Greer? – Mar 28, 1892

Sam Greer
March 28 1892

R.H. Alexander spoke in support of the requested $300,000 bonus for Burrard Inlet and Fraser River Valley Railway Company. Entire Council to meet with Company representatives tomorrow (Tuesday May 29, 1892). Many 53 out of 160 property owners on Oppenheimer

Council goes over draft contract with the railway – March 29, 1892

March 29 1892

Council reviewed and amended a draft agreement with the Burrard Inlet and Fraser River Valley Railway Company. City Solicitor to prepare amended draft to take to Council on Monday April 4, 1892.

Liquor license by-law amended – April 4, 1892

April 5 1892

The C. P. R. will be asked to donate land for a Fairview recreation ground. The W. C. T. U. and the Barbers press for greater enforcement of the Sunday closing by-law. The City needs to acquire a triangular piece

MacLean for Sheriff; City to buy Studebaker street sprinkler – April 11, 1892

horse-drawn Studebaker street sweeper, photo taken about 1947
April 11 1892

Malcom A. MacLean (first Mayor of Vancouver) unanimously favoured by Council as Sheriff of the newly-formed Judicial District of the City of Vancouver. Current Mayor Cope to call a public meeting to decide whether to form a Militia Corps. Mr.

Gravel price increased to $1.75 per yard – April 19, 1892

Scavengers with brooms and hand-cart
April 19 1892

Crushed rock available at city scow on wharf increased to $1.75 per yard from previous $1.50. None of the tenders received for scavengering (waste removal) accepted; matter laid over. Health Committee recommends a review of Hospital plumbing. Butcher George Matthews

Foreshore shacks again threatened – Apr 25, 1892

April 25 1892

Thee debate was fierce over the Police Committee’s recommendation that the police force forcibly demolish private shacks and cabins to ensure the City’s jurisdiction over the area.   Alderman Scoullar Franklin and Odlum objected to the idea; the rest found them

Selected city streets to be paved – May 2, 1892

water works under construction
May 1 1892

Pavement for Hastings, Cordova, Carrall, Abbott and Cambie Streets to be paid by frontage tax (city pays 1/3, owners pay 2/3). Property owners on these streets must get their water and gas connections in before paving takes place. Water temporarily

Council will meet again on Thursday to consider 1892 budget – May 9, 1892

May 9 1892

Lawyer J.J. Blake informed council that his client Mrs. Mary Winch had a $300 mortgage on the Hose Wagon. Officer O’Grady was granted $15.00 for a suit of clothing, and (cemetery groundskeeper) Mr. Alex McDonald’s salary was raised by $10.00

Rates for 1892 will be 2 1/4 percent with 20% off – May 12, 1892

May 12 1892

The estimates of income and expenses for 1892 were presented to a Committee of the Whole. Totals estimated to be $360,865.55 A number of adjustments were proposed and carried. Rates this year will be 2 1/4 percent with 20% off.

Money to be found, but not for Oppenheimer – May 16, 1892

May 16 1892

Taxpayers to be polled June 21, 1892 regarding tax increase to fund schools, sewers and water works extensions. Council refuses (by one vote) to reimburse former Mayor Oppenheimer $500 spent out of his own funds on City business. A.M. Beattie

Local improvement bylaw passed – May 26, 1892

Residence of J.M. Lefevre, Alderman from 1887-1889
May 16 1892

The business of May 23 was continued. The Local Improvement By-Law was passed, with two new clauses regarding verandahs and projections. The matter of the Free Library By-Law not to be heard for another six months (November, 1892). Professor Rae

Smallpox, vaccination and quarantine house matters dominate Council agenda – May 23, 1892

May 23 1892

The services of nurses Sister Frances (of St. Luke Home, 309 Cordova St) and Edith Lyle of the Victoria Salvation Army offered to Vancouver Council for the Small Pox Pest House (quarantine facility). Vaccination made compulsory for children of school

“More stringent and effective” health inspection needed for incoming ships – May 30, 1892

May 30 1892

Two recent “Asiatic” ships are believed to have brought smallpox infection to the city. Council sends urgent message to the Government in Ottawa, and copies all the local Members of Parliament, urging them to review and improve the health and

Board of Works to find a new quarantine site – June 6, 1892

June 6 1892

The location for the new Pest House (quarantine facility) to be determined by the Board of Works.  Cabins behind the Market Hall to be burned, as recommended by the Health Inspector. Vancouver Council writes letter of concern and protest to

English Bay bath houses may never be built – June 13, 1892

June 13 1892

English Bay Bath Houses question was deferred, as the available budget was not sufficient. Federal Minister of Marine offers to pay 91 cents per day for care of sick mariners in the city hospital. BC Department of Lands and Works

Reward for Conviction of Tree Vandals Increased to $300.00 – June 20, 1892

June 20 1892

Council will attend July 4th celebrations in Seattle. Westminster and Vancouver Tramway officials complain of cows “running at large” on their tracks. W. S. Westcott awarded the contract for laying flexible water main across the Second Narrows. This transcript was

Deadman’s Island not to be used for quarantine – Jun 27, 1892

June 27 1892

Temperance societies insist on Sunday closing. Lawn sprinkling hours restricted until the new water main is put in. No food or refreshments to be sold in Stanley Park or along the Park Road. Committee appointed to find a site for

Water main replacement to go ahead across First Narrows – July 4th 1892

July 4 1892

Money enclosed with applications for licenses to be returned if the license is not granted.  The City Solicitor was asked to look into the question of whether an Alderman had the right to contract with the City for school construction.

Vancouver and New Westminster Councils urge formation of Provincial Board of Health – July 9, 1892

July 9 1892

Joint meeting of New Westminster and Vancouver City Councils to prevent the spread of smallpox from Victoria and other suspected ports. Provincial Government urged to form a Provincial Board of Health to coordinate vaccinations.

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

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

Dr. Harold appointed Vancouver health officer – July 13, 1892

July 13 1892

Special Meeting to appoint municipal health officer, to appoint the new hospital as a quarantine facility, and to notify the C.P.R. that no goods could come ashore until they were “thoroughly disinfected”. This transcript was made in 2017 by Transcribimus

Labour Day to be granted as public holiday – July 18, 1892

labour day 1898
July 18 1892

Labour Day (August 11 in 1892) to be granted as a public holiday. The Board of Health empowered to buy a site for a separate Chinese “pest house” (isolation hospital) within the City limits. City to ask the provincial government

Council unanimously backs smallpox quarantine against Victoria – July 22, 1892

July 22 1892

Council unanimously backs Mayor Fred Cope’s announced smallpox quarantine. Mayors of other municipalities to be contacted to join the quarantine formed by Vancouver and New Westminster. This transcript was made in 2017 by Transcribimus volunteer Christine Cathcart and sponsored by

New Westminster to lift smallpox quarantine on Monday – July 23, 1892

July 23 1892

Mayor Townsend of New Westminster announced he would raise a quarantine on New Westminster Monday July 25 if other municipalities would do the same. John Brenton appointed temporary Health Inspector, Alderman Anderson as Acting Mayor. This transcript was made in

Vancouver will crack down on prostitution at once – July 25, 1892

July 25 1892

In an effort to curb prostitution, the allowable area for brothels will be made as small as possible. Drinking in open vehicles, “sauntering” around on foot, smoking at open windows, and other ways of attracting attention to be “wholly restrained”.

Quarantine decision delayed until tomorrow – July 27, 1892

July 27 1892

This transcript was made in 2017 by Transcribimus volunteer Christine Cathcart and sponsored by the Woodward family original handwritten minutes here City of Vancouver Archives Series 23-A Volume 5 page 97 only [vol 5, pg 97] Vancouver July 27th 1892

Smallpox quarantine lifted – July 28, 1892

July 28 1892

This transcript was made in 2017 by Transcribimus volunteer Christine Cathcart and sponsored by the Woodward family original handwritten minutes here City of Vancouver Archives Series 23-A Volume 5 pages 97 only [vol 5 pg 97] Vancouver July 28th 1892

Deadline for 20% tax rebate extended to August 15 – August 1, 1892

August 1 1892

Because the volume of trade has decreased, the deadline for receiving a 20% tax rebate will be extended to August 15. All material used in the new sewers (except Portland Cement) to be a product of British Columbia. $10,000 placed

Additional quarantine buildings needed within the week – August 8, 1892

August 8 1892

Vancouver quarantine hospital upgrade to include a kitchen and nurses’ quarters, and an observation facility, plus a well and a brick-lined cesspit.

Council proposes $300,000 bonus to Burrard Inlet & Fraser Valley Railway Co. – August 10, 1892

August 10 1892

Informal discussion of the proposed $300,000 bonus to the Burrard Inlet & Fraser Valley Railway Co.

Steamer Sunbury given a $25 weekly bonus – August 15, 1892

August 15 1892

The steamer Sunbury to be subsidized $25 per week. The City Engineer was to number streets in Fairview and Mount Pleasant consistent with the numbering north of False Creek. A plan to set aside 10 acres in Stanley Park for

Vancouver objects to paying salary for trains health inspector – August 22, 1892

August 22 1892

Because of the continuing smallpox epidemic, the B.C. Government has appointed a health inspector to examine train passengers arriving and leaving Vancouver. The City of Vancouver objects to paying that health inspector’s salary. One more case of smallpox reported. Miss

Vancouver & North Vancouver co-operate to build a road along Capilano water works pipeline – August 29, 1892

August 29 1892

The sum of $10,000 was placed in the School Board’s bank account. The City of Vancouver and the Municipality of North Vancouver will cooperate in building a road beside the Capilano Creek pipeline. The Finance Committee recommended W. B. Fisher

Water Works Superintendent Nickson dismissed – September 5, 1892

September 5 1892

J. J. Nickson was dismissed as superintendent of the Water Works with one month’s salary in lieu of notice. The Police Committee’s recommendation that J. M. Beattie be allowed to build a shed on the Market grounds was overturned. This

$2,000 bonus granted to the B. C. Iron Works Company – September 7, 1892

September 7 1892

The bonus of $2,000 was granted in 4 per cent debentures. Council also agreed to pay for fences etc. for the Jockey Club grounds.

B.C. Iron Works bonus question delayed for one week – September 12, 1892

September 12 1892

Leatherdale + Smith claims damages to a horse and “rig” while it was rented by the City. Mr. R.D. Pitt is also claiming damages for the loss of his leg, while Mrs. Staff is claiming compensation for her salary while

Lots at the foot of Main Street to be expropriated for street expansion – September 19, 1892

September 19 1892

Michael Costello was appointed arbitrator to determine the value of the lots to be expropriated by the City of Vancouver for street use. Compensation was made to several parties for loss of time and property during the recent smallpox quarantine.

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

September 26 1892

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,

New Local Improvement By-Law Passed- October 3, 1892

October 3 1892

“Crushed rock” (gravel) will be used to repair Westminster Avenue (now Main Street) and to surface the basement of the City Market. The Telephone company gives notice that they will have to raise the price for telephone service out to

Costello and Munro give up Water Mains contract – October 5, 1892

October 5 1892

Council directed the Fire, Water and Light Committee to proceed with another company once a settlement was made with Costello and Munro for work done to date. This transcript was made in July of 2018 by Transcribimus volunteer Anonymous original

Westminster Ave. purchase delayed six months – October 10, 1892

October 10 1892

Immediate fire by-law enacted to eliminate standing rubbish in back yards. The chain gang was assigned to level a lane way behind Beach Avenue. Street lights were approved for fifteen intersections. This transcript was made in July of 2018 by

Cemetery road must be repaired, Vancouver & South Vancouver tell Victoria – October 17, 1892

October 17 1892

Mr. Abbott of the C. P. R. allowed 180 cubic yards of rock at the same prices as City. Thomas Allen to be paid $450.00 for purchase of a team of horses for the Fire Department.

City to hire Building Assessor – October 24, 1892

October 24 1892

Aldermen Anderson, Franklin and McGuigan to meet with the Library Board regarding the size of the current library. B.C. Government reports that $400 has been set aside for the North Arm (cemetery) road. Police officers’ uniforms will cost $30 each,

Dry dock needed in Vancouver, says Board of Trade – October 31, 1892

October 31 1892

The Opera House to gain an awning or covered walkway.  Oppenheimer Brothers must clear their lots in Mount Pleasant.  Mr. St. Armand granted permission to build his house over running water, provided he does not hold the City liable for

Taxpayers will soon vote on $300,000 Railway Bonus – November 3, 1892

November 3 1892

Two by-laws were finalized: one granting a bonus of $300,000 to the Burrard Inlet and Fraser Valley Railway Co, and the other setting a polling time, places, etc for the Railway By-Law to be “elected” [ratified] by the taxpayers.

Vancouver Council to look into City staff cuts – November 8, 1892

November 8 1892

A special committee was formed to see if any reduction of City staff is possible. A telephone will be installed in the Mount Pleasant Fire Hall. The Mayor of Seattle reported seven cases of smallpox in that city. A six

No additional City layoffs needed, Committee finds – November 14, 1892

November 14 1892

A meeting of all the standing committee chairs found that no additional staff can be reduced past the three Engineering department employees already laid off. A new City Solicitor will be hired in the new year at a fixed yearly

Vancouver Library and Reading Room to move to larger quarters – November 21, 1892

November 21 1892

Dr. McGuigan (who was also an Alderman) was appointed City Health Officer at no salary. Council agreed with the Library Board that the present Reading Room and Library was far too small. Request from the B. C. Cooperage and Jute

Vancouver Fire Hydrants to be made locally – November 28, 1892

November 28 1892

Vancouver Council agreed to buy fire hydrants and valves from the B. C. Iron Works. R. A. Muskett requested a road be built to his house on Fairview. Former Mayor and current policeman Malcolm MacLean to be furnished with an

Huntly cleared of charges – December 5, 1892

December 5 1892

Mr. Huntly was cleared regarding the overpayment of Mr. Larwill. Huntly was also asked to inspect the rear portion of a certain stables. Resolution from a recent Public Meeting regarding a Dry Dock was received. Mayor and Council entertained aboard

G. A. Stevenson to buy Local Improvement Debentures – December 12, 1892

December 12 1892

Mr. G. A. Stevenson bought $110,000 worth of Local Improvement Debentures. Awning allowed for Vancouver Opera House. Terms of employment and salary ($2,000 per year) fixed for City Solicitor. Mrs. Watmough appointed as a hospital nurse at a salary of

Election set for Mayor and Council of 1893 – December 19, 1892

December 19 1892

Election date and places set for election of Mayor, Aldermen, School Board, and Licensing Board. The Capilano Water Works is almost finished; the Fire Water + Light’s proposal for Assistant Superintendent Lawson to take over day to day operations was

Mr. Pitt not to be compensated for loss of his leg – December 27, 1892

December 27 1892

The Fire Brigade to take over inspection and maintenance of Vancouver fire hydrants, beginning in the new year. Mr. Pitt, who had been writing to council weekly regarding the loss of his leg, was denied $50 compensation. The city’s insurance