Bay City Financial Report for 1884.
Details finances and people by department.
Added April 2014.
Provided are only the highlights from this report. A link at the bottom is provided to the full report which contained detailed revenues sources and expenditures.
Annual State of the Finances of Bay City, Michigan, 1884
Thomas A. E. Weadock, Mayor
Thomas A. Dezell, Recorder
Charles F. Braman, Comptroller
Charles Babo, Treasurer
MEMBERS OF THE COMMON COUNCIL.
1st Ward – William Kennedy, William J. Daunt.
2n Ward – Richard P. Gustin, John McEwan.
3d Ward – Geroge E. Aiken, John Rose.
4th Ward – Samuel Kaichen, Duncan McKinnon
5th Ward – Hamilton M. Wright, Andrew Cunnings.
6th Ward – William H. Trombley, Henry Selleck.
7th Ward – William A. Beebe, Arthur B. Gould.
BOARD OF WATER WORKS.
1st Ward – Andrew Walton
2d Ward – G. Henry Shearer
3d Ware – Benjamin F. Ray
4th Ward – Wm. Smalley
5th Ward – Chas. E. Young
6th Ward – Duncan McGregor
7th Ward – Geo. C. Meyers
Andrew Walton, President of Board
Erastus L. Dunbar, Chief Engineer, Supt. And Sec.
BOARD OF HEALTH.
Dr. William E. Vaughn
Dr. John W. Caughlin
Dr. Robert W. Erwin
Thomas E. Weadock, Mayor, member ex-officio
Thomas A. Delzell, Recorder, member ex-officio
W. E. Vaughn, Chairman
J.W. Caughlin, Secretary
BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS.
Chas. M. Averill
Daniel A. Marshall
Chas. F. Braman, ex-officio
George Turner, ex-officio
Chas. M. Averill, Chairman
Chas. F. Braman, Secretary
BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS.
Thomas A. E. Weadock, Mayor, President of Board.
Thomas A. Delzell, Secretary of Board
John D. McKinnon
Freeman D. Adams
BOARD OF EDUCATION.
1st Ward – Andrew Walton, E. M. Sharp
2d Ward – George H. Shearer, Alfred Jeffery
3d Ward – John N. McDonald, Daniel Shannon
4th Ward – Dr. C. T. Newkirk, Thomas Munn
5th Ward – Frank L. Harrison, Guy E. Thompson
6th Ward – George Lewis, Daniel Campbell
7th Ward – O. A. Watrous, D. J. Kennedy
George H. Shearer, President of Board
T. A. Delzell, Secretary of Board.
Solomon C. Wilson
Thomas K. Harding
N. N. Murphy
TRUSTEES OF PUBLIC LIBRARY.
Thomas A. E. Weadock, President
A. J. Cooke
Chester L. Collins
Miss Julia A. Robinson, Librarian
First ward – R. J. Campbell
Second ward – A. C. Maxwell
Third ward – H. A. Gustin
Fourth ward – Richard Kealy
Fifth ward – Augustus Elias
Sixth ward – Israel Ruelle
Seventh ward – Louis Bouchard
Thos. A. Delzell, ex-officio
Chas. F. Braman, ex-officio
John E. Simonson, ex-officio
First ward – Alexander Welch
Second ward – Henry Woods
Third ward – Benson Conklin
Fourth ward – James Robinson
Fifth ward – Albert O. Perrot
Sixth ward – Thomas Reilly
Seventh ward – Sanford B. Pringle
OFFICERS APPOINTED BY THE COUNCIL.
John E. Simonson, City Attorney
George Turner, City Surveyor and Engineer
Thomas K. Harding, Chief Engineer Fire Department
Samuel D. Hess, Street Commissioner
Edward Cahill, Assistance Street Commissioner
Alexander B. Wells, Director of the Poor.
Matthew Carey, Sealer of Weights and Measures
Robert Pontine, Wood Inspector
STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE COMMON COUNCIL.
Fire Department – Aldermen Aiken, Daunt, Cunning.
Ways and Means – Aldermen Gustin, Kaichen, Beebe.
Streets and Sewers – Aldermen Daunt, Rose, Gould.
Water Works – Aldermen Trombley, Aiken, McKinnon.
Parks and Public Buildings – Aldermen Kaichen, Wright, Cunning.
Claims and Accounts – Aldermen McKinnon, Selleck, Kennedy.
Retrenchment – Aldermen Beebe, McEwan, Rose.
Ordinances – Aldermen Wright, Selleck, Gustin.
Street Lighting – Alderman McEwan, Kennedy, Gould.
EXCERPTS FROM MAYOR'S MESSAGE.
Paving and Drainage:
During the past year live cedar block pavements have been laid on Fifth, Grant, Bowery, Monroe and Adams streets, in all 19,110 feet, at a cost of $42,899.84.
Sewers constructed during the year, 23,494 feet, at a cost of $15,171.15.
The Carney road ditch has proved a splendid improvement in drainage, and has relieved, to a great extent, the eastern portion of the city.
Pavements are already ordered on Water and Harrison streets, and the residents on Washington avenue are petitioning for the pavement of that street, full width.
Large improvements in grading and drainage have been made in the parks during the year. Carroll Park is now a beautiful place to drive. Madison and Washington parks should have suitable fountains and seats places in each this year.
The police force consists of a chief, captain and 16 patrolmen, whose annual salaries amount to $13,300. One or two of the patrolmen may be detailed as sanitary policemen, to serve under the direction of the health officer. According to the reports made to the police commissioners, nearly three-fourths of the arrests are for vagrancy and drunkenness. It is strange, in view of these statistics, that there are not more arrests made of parties who cause this amount of drunkenness, when that offense is so much greater under the law than drunkenness. It is partially owing to the fact that the police have not been properly sustained.
Care should be taken in the approval of liquor bonds and collection taxes.
The question of vagrancy urgently demands attention. Between the first of November, 1883, and the first of April, 1884, 1,190 person were cared for by the police as vagrants. Man of these were doubtless honest and unable to find employment; the majority were idle and vicious.
There is only one way to treat and genuine vagrant who would rather beg than work, and that is to compel him to work.
COMTROLLER'S ANNUAL REPORT.
Receipts and Disbursements of the City Treasurer
Cash on hand March 22d, 1884, charged to City Treasurer per Schedule “A” - $71,517.82
Cash receipts during the year per Schedule “B” - 267,588.04
Total - $339,105.86
Cash disbursed during the year per Schedule “C” - $315,144.25
Balance in treasury March 22d, 1884, per Schedule “D” - $22,961.61
The actual cash in the City Treasury is $5,000.00 less than the amount shown on had, the difference being the amount of shortage in Ex-City Treasurer Cusson's accounts.
CHIEF ENGINEER & FIRE DEPARTMENT.
There are five houses in the city with stables attached, and are all in first-class condition with the exception of the Seventh ward house, which has settled considerably during the past few years, and which will need immediate attention, as the walls are badly cracked and continually leaking. The foundation should be immediately fixed before it is too late.
Manual Force and Equipment.
The department has in service four first-class, four-wheeled hose carriages, and one spare hose carriage in the Fifth ward, one first-class fire escape truck, one second-class Silsby engine, and one third-class Clapp & Jones engine, one Chief Engineer, two Assistant Engineers, five Foremen and thirty firemen, make a total of thirty-eight officers and men. The hose carriages and truck are all drawn by teams which are in the best of condition.
The patent hydrant gates (by which four streams can be taken from one hydrant), the patent shut off nozzles and hose leak stops have proved themselves to be the best investment the city has made in that line during the year, being the direct means of savings a large amount of property.
There is at present in the department 3,950 feet of good serviceable cotton and rubber hose, and 2,700 feet of hose which is not reliable, make in all a total of 6,650 feet.
Fire Alarm Telegraph.
Our fire alarm telegraph system is in perfect condition, and has at all times given the alarms correctly, with but one exception, when it was crossed (on the crossing of Madison street and the D. & B.C. Railroad) by other wires, when all boxes north of No 1 hose house were cut out during the progress of a fire in the First ward, but fortunately the damage done did not exceed $50.00. The different boxes and batteries are in good working order, and there has been put up during the past year three new boxes, one on the corner of Fifteenth and Fitzhugh (No. 26), one on the South Center street crossing of the F. & P. M. Railway (No. 132), and one on the corner of Eighteenth and Farragut (No. 41). There seems to be a considerable demand for new boxes in several parts of the city, one near Eleventh and Sherman, and one on Fourth and Grant streets. The property of the alarm system is:
Boxes – 21 each
Miles of wire – 16
Poles – 314 each
Strength of battery (jars) – 42
We have receive, through the kindness of Mr. Wm. Greene, manger of the Telephone Exchange, several new fire alarm boxes on trial, and thus far they have worked very nicely. They are far less complicated than whose already in service and less liable to get out of order. The old boxes cost from $125.00 to $150.00 each. Those which we have on trail will cost less than $20.00 each, and if they prove themselves a success eventually, the savings in price will recommend place in service several, which are badly need at the present time.
Fire Department Telephone System.
The Fire Department house are now connected by telephone communication on an independent circuit of its own. The advantages of this are: First, in case our fire alarm should get out of order, we can call any or all companies at a minutes notice, should a fire occur. This is one of the most important advantages to be derived from its use. Of course this same effort could be had in some cases if we were not on an independent circuit calling the Telephone Exchange, but, during the past year, we have had occasion to communicate with the Water Works and hose houses at night time and could not get them, it being after the hours during which the Telephone Exchange is kept open; next, while the boxes are being tested (monthly), it is desirous of ascertaining how correct the test alarms are received at the different houses; this could not be done before the new telephone boxes were put in, as No. 2 and No. 3 hose houses were without them and the lineman could not ascertain whether the alarms were received correctly or not. Under the old system, if certain boxes were not correctly received the lineman would be compelled to go, in some cases, from one end of the line to the other to find the seat of trouble in such boxes or the lines leading to them. For all business connected with the department, such as calling for supplies, feed, attending to repairs, etc., they are a valuable acquisition as a matter of economy and convenience.
Telephone Fire Alarm.
The telephone fire alarm call will be No. 123. In case there is a fire any place in the city, and the regular fire alarm is out of order, the call 123 will be sent over the telephone wire from the house nearest the fire, to which all drivers must answer at the telephone box and listen for the location. No. 123 will be given as follows: One turn of the crank and pause, followed by two turns and pause, followed by three turns and stop.
Below are the different Department calls and signals:
Telephone Exchange – turn crank once and stop.
Superintendent of Water Works – turn crank twice, stopping between each turn and no repeat.
Water Works – turn crank three times, stopping between each turn and no repeat.
Hose Co. No. 1 (headquarters - Neptune) – Turn crank twice, stoppign between each turn and repeat.
Hose Co. No. 2 (Vigilant) – Turn the crank three times, stopping between each turn and repeat.
Hose Co. No. 3 (Rescue) – Turn the crank four times, stopping between each turn and repeat.
Hook and Ladder Truck (Third City) – Use the same signals as are used in calling Hose Co. No. 3.
Hose Co. No. 4 (Nighthawk) – Turn the crank five times, stopping between each turn and repeat.
Instructions to Drivers:
Each driver in the department pays careful attention to the above signals, and answers none but his own. The line is for the use of the Fire Department only, and no other person will be allowed to use it. All of our drivers pay particular attention to the above rules and see that they are strictly enforced.
Expenditures for Department.
Salaries -- $9,145.64
Feed – 860.97
Harness and repairs – 95.50
Shoeing – 120.61
Fuel – 141.61
Repairs on apparatus – 186.96
Repairs on houses – 108.32
Fire alarm telegraph – 130.75
New sleights, No. 1 Co., Second ward – 35.00
New sleights, No. 3 Co., Fourth ward – 34.75
New hub runner No. 1 Hook and Ladder – 39.00
Miscellaneous expenses – 534.36
Total -- $11,464.48
There has been during the year, seventy-two box alarms and two still alarms, involving a total loss of $47,408.00. The following schedule will give you a complete detailed list of all fire, location of same, the owner of property, the occupant of same, the business carried on, the time of fire, day of month and the loss:
No. 2 (Vigilant; First ward), corner Belinda and Fitzgerald – 25
No. 3. (Rescue; Fourth ward), Water between Tenth and Eleventh – 59
No. 4 (Nighthawk; Seventh ward), corner Thirty-fourth and Taylor – 34
No. 1 Hook and ladder Co. (Fourth ward), Water, between Tenth and Eleventh – 72
List of City Fire Hydrants:
(skipped – 150 listed by location)
Code of Fire Alarm Signals:
First alarm given by pulling the box nearest the fire. Second alarm given by pulling same box second time.
General alarms or calls for all companies will be Six Blows, to be given by an Engineer of the Department or Superintendent of Water Works only.
Calls for Steamers:
Four Blows calls for steamers, followed by number of
Signals Regulation Pressure at Water Works:
Three Blows for more pressure.
Two Blows (repeated) for moderate pressure.
Two Blows for domestic pressure.
All calls for Steamers or Blows for the regulation of Pressure at the Water Works are given only by an Engineer or the Department or Superintendent of Water Works.
No person is allowed to give an alarm for the same fire (after the first alarm has been given) without an order from an Engineer; and the person so ordered will be sure to go to the box from which the first alarm was given, then report the same to the Chief Engineer.
Location of Fire Alarm Boxes: (skipped)
Fire Districts of the City:
Fire District No. 1
All that part of the city north of Center street and from river front to east city limits. Boxes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, 14, 15. No. 1 Hose Company (Neptune_ and No. 2 Hose Co. (Vigilant) responds on first alarm.
Fire District No. 2
All that part of the city lying between District No. 1 and 17th street and from river font to east city limits. Boxes 12, 13, 14, 15, 21, 23, 24, 26, 41. No. 1 House Company (Neptune) and No. 3 Hose Company (Rescue) responds on first alarm.
Fire District No. 3
All that part of the city from 17th street to south limits of the city and from river front to east city limits. Boxes 23, 24, 25, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 132. No. 3 Hose Company (Rescue) and No. 4 Hose Company (Nighthawk) responds on first alarm.
Names of Members and Annual Return of Property.
Name, age, residence, rank.
Hose Company No. 1 -- Neptune (Headquarters)
Luther W. Tobias, 28, cor. Center and Saginaw, Foreman
Cyrus McGregor, 34, Fire Department headquarters, Driver.
Geo. Thompson, 36, Washington St., bet. 1st and Woodside, Pipeman
Henry Stork, 38, Jefferson St., bet. 7th and 8th, Pipeman
Peter Wackerly, 33, Center St., bet. Water and Saginaw, Pipeman
Thomas Ora, 27, Water St., corner of 5th, Pipeman
Ernest Burland, 21, Center St., bet. Saginaw and Water, Pipeman
Hose Company No. 2 – Vigilant. (First Ward)
George Wanless, 44, Webster St., bet. Johnson and Sherman, Foreman.
Patrick McAuliffe, 28, Belinda St., bet. Ketchum and Barney, Driver.
John Curran, 38, Mercer St., bet. Barney and Dolsen, Pipeman.
John Livingston, 33, Ketchum St., bet. Johnson and Belinda, Pipeman.
Richard Baker, 29, Campbell St., bet. Johnson and Shearer, Pipeman.
William Wanles, 22, Water St., bet. Johnson and Shearer, Pipeman.
Robert Watson, 42, Corner of Johnson and Campbell, Pipeman.
Hose Company No. 3 – Rescue. (Fourth Ward)
Edward Atkins, 30, Washington St., bet. 11th and 12th, Foreman.
John Masterson, 25, Adams St., bet. 11th and 12th, Driver.
William Daly, 23, Saginaw St., bet. 10th and 11th, Pipeman.
William Madden, 37, 12th St., bet. Washington and Saginaw, Pipeman.
Michael Ryan, 35, Corner of 13th and Fitzhugh, Pipeman.
John Whitlock, 20, Washington St., bet. 11th and 12th, Pipeman.
Hose Company No. 4 – Nighthawk. (Seventh Ward)
Gola Kempter, 30, Webster St., bet. Fremont and 30th, Foreman.
John McGuiness, 40, Corner 34th and Taylor streets, Driver.
Chas. Abrams, 30, Corner 34th and Polk streets, Pipeman.
Henry Stark, 27, Corner 31st and Polk streets, Pipeman.
H. J. Winterhalter, 37, Corner 31st and Marsac streets, Pipeman.
A. Benewine, 32, Taylor St., bet. 34th and 35th, Pipeman.
Charles Benewine, 28, Taylor St., bet. 34th and 35th, Pipeman.
Hook and Ladder Company No. 1. (Forth Ward)
Israel H. Catlin, 30, Corner of 10th and Saginaw streets, Foreman.
John Atkinson, 25, Saginaw St., bet. 10th and 11th, Driver.
William Thompson, 27, Water St., bet. 10th and 11th, Ladderman.
Griffith H. Clover, 22, Madison St., bet. 13th and 14th, Ladderman.
Ladue Black, 35, Water St., bet. 7th and 8th, Ladderman.
William Stevens, 36, Saginaw St., bet. 10th and 11th, Ladderman.
Fred Stowell, 30, Saginaw St., bet. 10th and 11th, Ladderman.
Valuations of Properties. (skipped)
Allow me to terminate my report by acknowledging the aid and favor extended the department by your honorable body. To Erastus L. Dunbar, Superintendent of the Water Works Board, with whom the fire department is so intimately connected, for his always prompt and effective service and co-operation, the department is largely indebted. To the gentlemen of the Fire Department Committee, Messrs. Hine, Kaichen, Aiken, and C. F. Braman, and to the Chief of Police, N. N. Murphy, for their valuable assistance, my earest thanks for the department are especially due.
THOMAS K. HARDING,
Chief Engineer of Fire Department.
BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS.
To the Honorable The Common Council:
We herewith submit to you our second annual report of the Chief of Police and Secretary of the Board of Police Commissioners, for the year ending March 22, 1884, showing the departmental work in detail and the receipts and expenditures of all moneys under our control since April 28, 1882.
T. A. E. WEADOCK,
President of Board of Police Commissioners.
Report of the Chief of Police.
Gentlemen – As per requirement of the city charter, I herewith present to you my annual report for the fiscal year ending, March 22d, 1884. The force is in admirable condtion at the present time, both as regards discipline and health. There should be some immediate action taken in regard to the department officers and prisoners' quarters, as the rapid growth of the city during the last few years have made them inadequate to the wants of the city, there being hardly room enough to accommodate prisoners and lodgers as they are arranged at present. I wish to ask the use of the rear room of the old hose house for police purposes. By its use we can place all cells on the north side of the building (used at present for prisoners and lodgers) for prisoners only, and with the addition of the room on the south side of building, we can accommodate all lodgers for years to come. There should be action taken by your honorable body for he care of insane and sick persons brought to our quarters for safe keeping. The police department has not now and new had accommodations for such persons. We have no place to keep them, and have no means of treating them. Very often it is impossible to get communication with the city physician, he living at such a distance from headquarters. The largely increased number of vagrants we have had to accommodate during the past year would lead me to urge upon your board the great need of a place to put such persons to work, which will materially decrease their number, also be a considerable source of revenue to the city.
Strength of the Department.
There is at present in the department on Chief, one Captain and sixteen patrolmen.
N. N. Murphy, Chief
Wm. Simmons, Captain
Geo. A. Hemstreet, Patrolman
S. M. Catlin
Health of Department. (Skipped)
Fines Collected. (Skipped monthly detail, total was $240.01)
Statement of property stolen, wash was recovered, doors found open, children found, and burglaries frustrated during year:
Amount of property stolen -- $4,456.55
Amount of property recovered – 2,686.85
Number of doors found open – 237
Number of children found – 69
Number burglaries frustrated – 18
Note: The details of the Police Department report are very interesting, in that it lists types and number of criminal activities by subject, i.e, Prisoners arrest: Butchers 10, Blacksmiths 8, Barbers 4, etc.
Adams, Freeman D.
Aiken, Geo. E.
Beebe, Wm. A.
Braman, Charles F.
Caughlin, John W. Dr.
Catlin, Irael H.
Clover, Griffith H.
Collins, Chester L.
Daunt, Wm. J.
Dezell, Thoms. A.
Dunbar, Erastus L.
Erwin, Robt. W. Dr.
Gould, Arthur B.
Green, Wm. Mrs.
Gustin, Richard P.
Harding, Thomas K.
Harrison, Frank L.
Hemstreet, Geo. A.
Hess, Samuel D.
Marshall, Daniel A.
McDonald, John N.
Meyers, Geo. C.
Newkirk, C.T. Dr.
Perrot, Albert O.
Pringle, Sanford B.
Ray. Benj. F.
Robinson, Julia Mrs.
Shearer, Geo. Henry
Simonson, John E.
Thompson, Guy E.
Tobias, Luther W.
Trombley, Wm. H.
Vaughn, Wm. Dr.
Wells, Alexander B.
Wilson, Solomon C.
Wright, Hamilton M.
Young, Chas. E.
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