The end of David Oppenheimer’s term as Mayor
On Monday, December 14, 1891, the Vancouver Daily World published a petition signed by more than 450 voters including R. H. Alexander, M.A. MacLean, H. F. Keefer, John Hendry, and Walter Graveley – all pledging support to David Oppenheimer as Mayor, should he choose to run again.
Oppenheimer replied in the same issue that he must “decline the honour…and ask that you will permit me to retire from public service for the present.” He cites his health and business as the two reasons for his retirement:
“As you are aware, my health for some time past has not been all that can be desired, and my relatives (particularly my wife) insist that I shall take a rest in order to recover lost ground.”
“I am also, as you know, actively interested in several important industries and enterprises connected with this city and neighborhood, and I think it is due to the gentlemen with whom I am associated therein, that I should be free to devote more of my time and attention to the furtherance of their interests.”
David Oppenheimer died December 31, 1897.