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 52 Vict. Correspondence—Incorporation of Kamloops. 353
R E T U R JN
To an Address of the Legislative Assembly, praying for copies of correspondence
between the Government, or any member thereof, and any person or persons,
in reference to the Incorporation of Kamloops.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
28th February, 1889.
JOHN ROBSON,
Provincial Secretary.
Mr. Clarke to the Provincial Secretary.
Kamloops, October 6th, 1888.
Dear Sir,—I have the honour to enclose herewith a petition for the incorporation of
Kamloops, addressed to His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, and bearing a
majority of the names of those legally qualified to sign.
I also enclose a statutory declaration as to the number of persons legally qualified to sign
such a petition.
I have, etc.,
(Signed)        S. Clarke, M. D.,
Chairman, Incorporation Committee.
[Declaration.]
Dominion of Canada,
Province of British Columbia,
County of Yale.
I, John S. Bennet, of Kamloops, in the County of Yale, Clerk, do solemnly and sincerely
declare that I have made a careful list and census of the freeholders, householders, free miners,
pre-emptors and leaseholders of the full age of twenty-one years, resident in the locality
described in the annexed petition, and that the same number one hundred and twenty-five
(125). That nine (9) of the said number are at the present temporarily absent from the said
area; that such number of one hundred and twenty-five (125) was arrived at by careful examination of the assessment roll, Government census, and a careful personal canvass.
And I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true, and by
virtue of the "Oaths Ordinance, 1869."
(Signed)       John S. Bennet.
Declared before me, at Kamloops aforesaid, this 27th day of September, A. D. 1888.
(Signed)        W. M. Cochrane,
[Seal.] Notary Public in and for B. C.
[Petition.]
To His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor in Council of the Province of British Columbia :—
The petition of the undersigned freeholders, householders, free miners, pre-emptors, or
leaseholders of the full age of twenty-one years, and resident within the area hereinafter mentioned, humbly sheweth :—
That the total number of residents entitled to petition for Letters Patent for incorporation
of the locality hereinafter described as a municipality under the " Municipality Act, 1881,"
is one hundred and thirty-four (134), and that the area or extent contained in the premises
hereinafter described and proposed to be incorporated is 749 acres. 354
Correspondence—Incorporation of Kamloops.
1889
Your petitioners pray that the following described premises may be incorporated as a City
under the said "Municipality Act, 1881," viz.:—Commencing at a point on the north-west
corner of Lot 231, called Rocky Point, running thence south 2,400 feet; thence east 2,475
feet; thence south 990 feet ; thence east 3,564 feet ; thence south 1,320 feet; thence east
5,280 feet to the eastern limit of what is known as the new townsite; thence following the
eastern limit of said new townsite to the bank of the South Thompson River ; thence along
the bank of the Thompson River to the point of commencement.
That the name of such incorporation shall be the Corporation of the City of Kamloops,
and that Letters Patent under the public seal of British Columbia may issue incorporating the
above described locality into a municipality under the said "Municipality Act, 1881," by the
name aforesaid.
That the number of Municipal Council thereof shall bo eight Councillors and a Mayor, and
that five shall form a quorum thereof.
That the elections for the first Council shall be held on the second Monday in January,
1889, in the manner prescribed by the " Municipality Act, 1881."
That the proposed incorporation shall be divided into four wards, as follows :—All that
portion of said described land lying west of the lot upon which the post office is erected, shall
be one ward, called the West Ward; that portion between the West Ward and Second Avenue
extended to the Thompson River, the Centre Ward ; that portion east of Second Avenue and
south of Victoria Avenue, the South Ward ; and that portion east of Second Avenue extended
to the river, and north of Victoria Avenue, the North Ward.
And that each Ward shall elect two Councillors.
And your petitioners will ever pray.
Victor Guillaume,
S. Geo. Roadley,
W. M. Cochrane,
Arthur Morton,
Sibree Clarke,
W. R. Megaw,
John Campbell,
Thos. Eckersley,
Marshall P. Gordon,
James D. Gordon,
Fred. H. Robson,
Thos. Hornby,
J. S. Smith,
J. L. Brown,
0. Olndrino,
D. M. Hosker,
1. Bannerman,
J. S. Lawrence,
J. Blair,
E. M. Sloane,
J. J. Sears,
James D. Reid,
W. Hickens Smith,
Alex. Mowatt,
W. J. Unwin,
Jno. Goodfellow,
Joseph Power,
Wm. Rowc,
J. S. Laurent,
N. McPhee,
Gladius Teodoro,
R. J. Smith,
Jas. Foster,
H. Atherton,
Alex. McLean,
J. W. Church,
F. Allingham,
H. 1). McLeod,
E. C. Davidson,
Jos. Fletcher,
Fred. Dufresne,
N. Sylvester,
Alex. McDonald,
R. J. Park,
Simon J. Tunstall,
Phoebe Nelson,
Lawrence Quinn,
Chas. E. Stephenson,
Edw. F. White,
Philip Wade,
W. D. Thexton,
P. S. Reinier,
E. H. Grindrod,
Seth Woodbridge,
S. C. Hill,
D. H. McKenzie,
William Taylor,
E. Stuart Wood,
Thomas H. Armstrong,
William Grant,
T. W. Graham,
D. K. Robertson,
F. F. Crotty,
F. A. Mcintosh,
Chas. McNichol,
S. C. Viek,
M. Mattheson,
Justin Duprat,
Samuel Moore.
The Provincial Secretary to Messrs. Guillaume and others.
Victoria, 9th October, 1888.
Gentlemen,—I have the honour to acknowledge receipt of your petition, praying for the
incorporation of Kamloops as a city, and to assure you that it will receive the early and earnest
attention of the Government.
I am, etc ,
(Signed)       Jno. Robson,
Provincial Secretary.
The Provincial Secretary to the Government Agent, Kamloops.
Victoria, B. C, 9th October, 1888.
Sir,—The enclosed copy of petition and declaration are sent in order that you may enquire
into the facts and bona fides of the signatures, and report upon the same to this department at
your earliest convenience.
I am, etc.,
(Signed)        Jno.   Robson,
Provincial Secretary. 52 Vict. Correspondence—Incorporation of Kamloops. 355
The Government Agent, Kamloops, to the Provincial Secretary.
Kamloops, B. 0., 15th October, 1888.
Sir,—-I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 9th instant, containing enclosures as stated.
I will make enquiries regarding the bona fides of the signatures to the petition and inform
you of the result at an early date.
I have, ete,
(Signed)        Fredrick Hussey,
Government Agent.
Mr. James Mcintosh to the Provincial Secretary.
Kamloops, October 22nd, 1888.
Sir,—I beg herewith to hand you a petition to His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor in
Council, signed by 76 householders and freeholders, 74 of whom are bona fide residents of the
town, praying that His Honour will not grant Letters Patent incorporating Kamloops into a
city.
The petition is, as you will observe, signed by the largest property holders as well as the
leading business and professional men in the town.
The following gentlemen signed the petition in favour of incorporation under a misapprehension, and subsequently signed the one which I now enclose. Their names should therefore
be struck off the first one, viz. :—Victor Guillaume, Thos Hornby, N. McPhee, W. S. Church,
J. S. Laurent, W. Hickens.
I beg to call your attention to the following names on the first petition which should not
be entitled to any weight with your Government, as the parties are either non-resident, or have
no interest in the town :—
O. Olndrino is not a resident and has no interest here.
J. D. Reid is neither a freeholder or a householder, and intends leaving shortly.
J. J. Unwin, a 0. P. R. Conductor, is a freeholder, but resides at North Bend.
F. Allingham, a free miner, has no legal residence here. He happened to be in Kamloops
while the petition was in circulation, because the water in the North Thompson was too high
for him to ascend the river.
R. J. Park has left the country. He was for a time bar-tender at the Cosmopolitan, but
was never either a freeholder or householder.
Wm. Taylor and Wm. Grant are unknown to hie. I have made diligent enquiry and have
been unable to find two men resident of this place answering to those names.
Jos. Fletcher is not, strictly speaking, a resident of Kamloops. He spent a few months
here this summer, but has no interest in the town.
Chas. MoMchol has been a resident, but is not now.
D. W. McKenzie is not a resident.
J. W. Graham and S. Moore are freeholders, but not residents.
Fred Dupresne, a barber, was employed by Mr. LeBlanc for about two months. He has
since left and has no interest here.
I have, etc.,
(Signed)       James McIntosh. 356 Correspondence—Incorporation of Kamloops. 1889
[Petitions.]
Kamloops, 15th October, 1888.
To His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia, in Council:—
We, the undersigned, request that our names be taken from the petition for the incorporation of Kamloops, we having signed the same without properly understanding the effect
thereof and without due consideration.
(Signed)       Victor Guillaume,
,, J. S. Laurent,
„ F. Hornby,
„ W. S. Church,
„ N. McPhee,
signed at his request by
Wm. Ward Spinks,
„ W. Hickens Smith.
Kamloops, 28th August, 1888.
To His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia in Council:
The humble petition of the undersigned freeholders and householders resident in the town
of Kamloops, sheweth :—
That a petition has been circulated praying your Honour to cause Letters Patent to be
issued incorporating the town of Kamloops.
That your petitioners consider that it would be unwise for the town of Kamloops to
assume the responsibility of municipal government at present, for the following reasons :—
I. The town is well governed, and the Government Agent is an energetic and painstaking
official and manages the several departments under his control efficiently and economically.
II. The district gaol is well managed and discipline strictly enforced, and the gaol is a
credit to the Province.
III. That the constables are attentive to their duties, and that law and order are as
well maintained as in any village or town in the Dominion.
IV. The streets of Kamloops are now being put into a thorough state of repair by the
chain-gang, with a slight cost to the Province and beneficial effect upon the prisoners, who are
in this manner given healthy employment.
V. The sanitary laws are as well enforced by the Government Agent as they could possibly
be if the town were incorporated.
VI. Your petitioners are of opinion that a large proportion of the revenue to be collected
under incorporation would be swallowed up by a second staff of officials and the necessary
expenses for carrying on the Council.
And this petition further sheweth,—
That the majority of your petitioners have resided here for many years and have
assisted materially in the growth of Kamloops and have large vested interests there, and are
naturally as anxious as others for the welfare and advancement of their town, but they fail to
see that the benefits to be derived from incorporation will be commensurate with the increased
burthens they will be compelled to assume.
That the total white population of Kamloops, including children, is only 655, and that the
amount of real estate available for taxation, according to the last assessment roll is under
$200,000.
Your petitioners therefore pray that your Honour will not grant Letters Patent incorporating Kamloops into a city, with a Mayor and Board of Alderman or Councillors.
And your petitioners will ever pray, etc.
NAME. QUALIFICATION. NAME. QUALIFICATION.
James Mcintosh Freeholder.
J. A. Mara Freeholder.
John T. Edwards Freeholder.
Wm. Ward Spinks Freeholder.
J. Odgen Grahame Chief Trader, H. B. Co.
G. H. Jones Freeholder.
G. B. Scuitto  Freeholder.
Henry Davis Freeholder.
R. H. Lee, C. E Freeholder.
John Chisholm Freeholder.
C. A. McGregor Freeholder.
William Edmunds Freeholder 52 Vict.
Correspondence—Incorporation of Kamloops.
357
NAME. QUALIFICATION.
J. R. Hull Freeholder.
R. Harpol, Spt. P.Div., C.P.R. .Householder.
J. Vain Freeholder.
R. Lea Barnes Mang'r Bank B. C., & F'r.
A. M. Gnign Householder.
James Woodland Freeholder.
John Johnson Householder.
S. Martine Freeholder.
W. E. McCartney Freeholder.
August Manento Freeholder.
D. P. Leonard Freeholder.
A. McKinnon Freeholder.
Ed, Furrer Householder.
W. A. Simmons Freeholder.
George P. Raven Freeholder.
E. H. Jones Householder.
R. E. Smith Freeholder.
F. M. Sehenck Householder & Freeholder.
John F. Smith Freeholder.
John O'Brien Freeholder
Frank Harvey Freeholder.
Jno. Turner Freeholder.
J. W. Mackay Indian Ag't & Free Miner.
Ed. Cannell Freeholder.
D. C. McGillivry Freeholder.
A. McCole Free Miner.
D. W. Villiers Freeholder.
George Sinclair Freeholder.
Arthur Wagstaff Freeholder.
Arthur Olson Householder.
H. Archibald Freeholder.
Wentworth F. Wood Householder.
NAME. QUALIFICATION.
A. Smith Householder & Freeholder.
N. MePhee Householder.
Y. Savoy	
J. P. Burnyeat Householder.
Canon H. Henry Cooper . Householder & Incumbent.
J. S. Wood Householder.
M. Sullivan Freeholder.
L. Campbell Freeholder.
Peter Barnhart Householder.
C. C. Brown Freeholder.
C. J. Corney    .        Freeholder.
Fred. A. Kelly Householder.
Jos. Ratchford     Householder.
Alex. McLean Freeholder.
Simon Crubuckle Freeholder.
H. C. M. Ridley Freeholder.
B. B. Bowell  Freeholder.
T Hornby Freeholder.
E. Leblanc Freeholder.
M. J. Church Freeholder.
J. R. Lark Freeholder.
Victor Guillaume Freeholder.
J. S. Laurent  Householder.
D. H. Campbell Leaseholder.
Ernest Fletcher Householder.
Sam. Woods Freeholder.
J. W. Simond Householder.
J. T. Gorrie Freeholder.
John Fox Householder.
R. S. Morse Householder.
G. A. Minout Householder.
W. Hickens Smith Freeholder.
The Government Agent, Kamloops, to the Provincial Secretary.
Kamloops, 22nd October, 1888.
Sir,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 9th instant,
enclosing petition, which I herewith return. I believe all the persons named in the petition
have signed the same, and I have placed opposite to each signature what I have been informed
are the qualifications of every person.
Mr. J. S. Bennet was employed to make a list and census of persons entitled to vote, and
he, apparently, took great pains to do the work correctly.
I have, <fec ,
(Signed)       Frederick Hussey, G. A.
To His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor in Council of the Province of British Columbia:—
The petition of the undersigned freeholders, householders, free miners, pre-emptors, or
leaseholders of the full age of twenty-one years and resident within the area hereinafter
mentioned, humbly sheweth :—
That the total number of residents entitled to petition for Letters Patent for incorporation
of the locality hereinafter described as a municipality under the Municipality Act of 1881, is
one hundred and thirty-four (134), and that the area or extent contained in the premises hereinafter described and proposed to be incorporated is 749 acres.
Your petitioners pray that the following described premises may be incorporated as a city
under the said Municipality Act, 1881, viz.: Commencing at a point on the North-west corner
of lot 231, called Rocky Point, running thence south 2,400 feet, thence east 2,475 feet, thence
south 990 feet, thence east 3,564 feet, thence south 1,320 feet, thence east 5,280 feet to the
eastern limit of what is known as the new townsite, thence following the eastern limit of said
new townsite to the bank of the South Thompson River, thence along the bank of the Thompson
River to the point of commencement.
That the name of such incorporation shall be the Corporation of the City of Kamloops,
and that Letters Patent under the Public Seal of British Columbia may issue, incorporating 358
Correspondence—Incorporation of Kamloops.
1889
the above described locality into a municipality under the said Municipality Act, 1881, by the
name aforesaid.
That the number of the Municipal Council thereof shall be eight Councillors and a Mayor,
and that five shall form a quorum thereof.
That the elections for the (irst Council shall be held on the second Monday in January,
1889, in the manner prescribed by the Municipality Act, 1881.
That the proposed incorporation shall be divided into four wards, as follows:—All that
portion of said described land lying west of the lot upon which the post office is erected shall
be one ward, called the West Ward; that portion between the Western Ward and Second
Avenue extended to the Thompson River, the Centre Ward; that portion east of Second
Avenue and south of Victoria Avenue, the South Ward; and that portion east of Second
Avenue  extended to the river, and north of Victoria Avenue, the North Ward.
And that each ward shall elect two Councillors.
And your petitioners will ever pray.
Victor Guillaume Freeholder&Non-Resident.
Thos. Roadley Freeholder and Resident.
W. M. Cochrane      . . Householder and Resident.
Arthur Morton Freeholder and Resident.
Sibree Clarke  ,, ,,
W. R. Megaw ,
John Campbell    ... ,, ,,
Thos. Eckersley  ,, ,,
Marshall P. Gordon  ,, ,,
James D. Gordon  ,, ,,
Fred H. Robson          „ ,,
Thos. Hornby  ,, ,,
J. S. Smith            ,, ,,
Joseph Power         ,, ,,
Wm. Rowe        Householder and Resident.
J. S. Laurent  ,, ,,
N. MePhee	
Gladius Teodoro .... .   Freeholder and Resident.
R. J. Smith  Householder and Resident.
Jas. Foster         „ ,,
H. Atherton         „ ,,
J. L. Browne  ,, ,,
0. Olndrino Freeholder and Resident.
D. M. Hosker	
J. Bannerman   „ „
J. S. Lawrence           ,, ,,
J. Blair	
E. W. Sloan	
J. J.  Sears         ,, ,,
James D. Reid Householder and Resident.
W. Hickens Smith Freeholder and Resident.
Alex. Mowatt  ,, ,,
W. J. Unwin Freeholder.
Jno. Goodfellow Householder and Resident.
Samuel Moore Freeholder & Non-Resident
Chas E. Stevenson. Householder and Resident
Ed. F. White	
Philip Wade         Freeholder  and   Resident
W. D. Thexton Householder and Resident
P. S. Reinier	
E. H. Grindrod	
Seth Woodbridge	
S. C. Hill	
Alex. McLean	
J. W. Church Freeholder  and   Resident
F. Allingham Free Miner and Resident
H. D. McLeod Freeholder   and   Resident
E. C. Davidson         ,, ,,
Jos. Fletcher Free  Miner and Resident
Fred. Dufresne         ,, ,,
N. Sylvester Freeholder and   Resident
Alex. McDonald  ,, ,,
R. J. Park FreeMiner&Non-Resident
Simon J.   Tunstall Freeholder and   Resident
Phcebe Nelson         ,, ,,
Lawrence Quinn Freeholder.
D. H. McKenzie Householder and Resident
William Taylor Free  Miner and Resident
E. Stuart Wood Freeholder   and   Resident
Thomas H. Armstrong. . .Freeholder.
William Grant Free Miner and Resident
J. W. Graham         ,, ,,
D. K. Robertson Householder & Free Miner
F. F. Crotty Freeholder.
F. A. Mcintosh Householder and Resident
Chas. McNichol        Free  Miner and Resident
S. C. Vick    Householder and Resident
M. Matheson         ,, ,,
Justin Duprat Freeholder   and  Resident
Mr. Clarke to the Provincial Secretary.
Kamloops, December 12th, 1888
Sir,—On October 6th I had the honour to transmit to you a petition for the incorporation
of Kamloops. I have had no official intimation that it was received or was being considered,
but the opponents of incorporation are circulating a report that the petition has failed of its
object.
If the matter has been decided it would be satisfactory to the Committee to have official
information to that effect, and, if decided adversely, to have reasons for such adverse decision.
I have, &e,
(Signed)        S. Clarke,
Chairman, Incorporation Committee. 52 Vict. Correspondence—Incorporation of Kamloops. 359
The Provincial Secretary to Mr.  Clarke.
Victoria, 10th January, 1889.
Sir,—Your letter of the 12th ultimo duly came to hand, but absence from the city and
subsequent indisposition prevented an earlier reply. I have now to inform you that receipt of
the petition praying for incorporation was duly acknowledged on the 9th of October.
On the 26th October a counter petition was received, and consideration of the whole
matter was delayed in consequence of my departure to Ottawa.
Upon a careful examination of both petitions and covering letters, &c, it is found that
the question now stands,—sixty-three for incorporation and seventy-six against it. This
includes six names which were appended to the first petition "under misapprehension," and
subsequently appended to the second petition.
Inasmuch as the Act requires that a majority shall petition for incorporation, you will
readily perceive that, under the above recited circumstances, the Lieutenant-Governor could
not comply with the prayer of your petition.
Regretting the delay which has occurred in this matter,
I am, &e,
(Signed)        Jno.  Robson,
Provincial Secretary.
VICTORIA : Printed by Richard Wolfekdek, Government Printer,
at the Government Printing Office, James' Bay.

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