Vancouver Board of Health record of work done – 1900

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

original handwritten records here

Work done by Health Dept

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sat Feb 10th
Visited North Pacific & Vaccinated several persons

Mon. 12. 1900

Tues. 13th Visited North Pacific

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

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

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

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

Thurs 22nd
Visited North Pacific

Sat 24th
Visited North Pacific

Health Dept Diary

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

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

Tues 27
Visited North Pacific

Weds 28 Feb
A Robertson commenced duty McL 1/1900

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

Friday, Mar 2nd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Work Executed 1900

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

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

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

Dec 5th
Inspection of boats still going on

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

Dec 6th
Sent Jap to the hospital

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

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

1902 Year
Police Court Cases 23
Plans deposited 186

Health Officers for Exchange

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

Addresses of Guards

M Lackson City Slip
Interchange for 3 months

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