Documents of Early Vancouver


Minutes from July 14, 1890

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  • $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 school in the eastern part of the City, Council decides to buy adjoining lots as a school recreation ground

Minutes from June 30, 1890

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  • License fees for wrestlers reduced to $10 per exhibition
  • $1,000 set aside for Dominion Day celebration July 1.
  • Council accepts “kind invitation” to be present at sod turning ceremony for future Temperance Hall.

Minutes from June 16, 1890

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  • Motion to overturn the $10 raise in salary of hospital matron Miss Swan was defeated. Miss Swan’s salary remained at $50 per month.
  • Council to contact Provincial Government re delays in construction of court house building and ask that a temporary registry office be established at once.

Minutes from June 2, 1890

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  • Request from G. Perrie & Matsado Sora Kiche asking Council to cancel the License imposed on wrestlers.
  • All unlicensed dogs running at large to be seized
  • City to specify in its public works contracts that all mechanics and laborers be limited to a nine hour day. Any violation of these limits would nullify the contract.

Minutes from May 26, 1890

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  • The fountain donated to the City by the Foundry and Machine Shops would be  located at the corner of Hastings and Carrall Streets, on the land given to the city by the CPR for that purpose.
  • Laborers for the Corporation of the City of Vancouver’s work day reduced from ten to nine hours daily.

Minutes from Special Meeting May 13, 1890

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  • Mr. Herman Schussler, C.E of San Francisco to come to Vancouver to test the water works.
  • Sansom and Dawson have replied “in insulting terms” to City Council’s letter about completion date of the Market Building.

Minutes from May 5, 1890

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  • Salaries set for 23 fire department employees.
  • All sewer connections to be seen by Health Inspector before pipes can be laid.
  • C.B. Higginson receives contract for street sprinkling (to reduce flying dust) at $5.00 a day when required.

Minutes from April 28, 1890

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  • 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 stench therefrom”.
  • Lengthy list of estimates for street improvements for the year 1890 was reviewed by Finance Committee, then adopted.
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