Documents of Early Vancouver


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Minutes from September 15, 1890

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  •  The Finance Committee reports that “…a general view (photograph) of Vancouver on a large scale can be got up for about $150
  • 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”
  • A number of deficiencies in the new Market Building were listed.  It was agreed to hold back $175 from account with Mr. Keefer pending completion
  • George McKay appointed pound keeper in place of W.P. West, dismissed, and a “distinguishing badge be furnished him

The transcription of this Vancouver City Council Meeting was made in August of 2015 by guest transcriber Donna Kynaston

Minutes from September 9, 1890

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  • Meeting to establish By-Laws governing the Market House and Place

The transcription of this Vancouver City Council Meeting was made in August of 2015 by guest transcriber Donna Kynaston

Minutes from September 8, 1890

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  • Committee met with Street Railway Company and recommends the company be allowed to extend their line along Westminster Av (Main Street) to Ninth Ave (Broadway), then west to Centre Street (Granville), then south to the Granville Street Bridge and across the bridge.  The company had to construct an addition to the bridge on which to lay their track, and the overhead wire could not interfere with navigation when the swing portion of the bridge was open.
  • The Street Inspector to hire “such help as is necessary” to flush surface drains at least once a month to keep the drains from “emitting nauseous odors detrimental to the health and comfort of the public”.

The transcription of this Vancouver City Council Meeting was made in August of 2015 by guest transcriber Donna Kynaston

Minutes from August 25, 1890

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  • As the Chief of Police reported that George Morley gave the information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the murderers of Henry T. Sunbury, Council recommended that the $200.00 reward be paid to him.
  • 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 need not be turned on until the actual location of the fire was ascertained. (!)
  • The tender of William Murphy to supply police uniforms at $35.00 per suit was accepted.
  • Council decided to proclaim Saturday September 6th ‘Labor Day’.

The transcription of this Vancouver City Council Meeting was made in August of 2015 by guest transcriber Donna Kynaston

Minutes from August 11, 1890

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  • 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 other good boat” on the Vancouver-Nanaimo route, at least six days per week, in order to build up trade and develop commerce between the two cities.
  • A motion was moved and carried that since the Park Commissioners had “no amount placed in the estimates” for buying or maintaining animals or birds in Stanley Park or elsewhere, no payments would be made for related expenses.
  • A deputation appeared before Council on behalf of the graduates of British Universities resident in Vancouver, to stress the necessity of establishing a university on the mainland and gaining the co-operation of New Westminster. Council appointed the Reverend E.D. McLaren to represent the City of Vancouver “on the Corporation of the University of British Columbia”.

The transcription of this Vancouver City Council Meeting was made in August of 2015 by guest transcriber Donna Kynaston

Minutes from August 4, 1890

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  • Letter from John Crabb asking to be paid for burying a horse (!) in the cemetery. Odd Fellows organization allowed a separate location within cemetery. Distance allowed between graves to be regulated by the Health Department.
  • City Clerk instructed to reply to Harbour Master’s complaint about the the City’s dumping of waste into the harbour would soon be replaced by burning it. Burning site to be established along False Creek.
  • Mayor and aldermen form a committee to review Royal City Planing Mills’ injunction against bridge across False Creek.

Minutes from July 28, 1890

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  • 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 be raised or drawn aside)
  • Dispute between the Athletic Club and the contractor selected to lay out cricket ground and lacrosse pitch at Stanley Park. Contractor claims work is complete; Athletic Club says not. $400 held back on contractors’ account until issue is settled.

Minutes from July 21, 1890

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  • 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 crematory facility (garbage burning, not disposal of human remains). Committee decided to visit each site before deciding on one.
  • Motion: “That the question of providing a place for Crazy George to locate his Shanty be referred to the Police Committee for action.” Carried!
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