Bismark Street

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Bismark Street was renamed Kitchener Street during World War I.

1904 June –- R. Perry, D. Harris and others petitioned the Board of Works “for the clearing of Bismark Street from Park Drive to Block 137a.” This was referred to the Engineer. They approved this later in June.i

1904 December — A.H. Westrup and others asked for a “walk on Bismark for one block east of Park Drive.” After a report from the Engineer, the Board approved it on 8th December. ii

April 1905 — The following acquisitions from Appropriations were approved by the Board of Works: iii

              Ward 3 Grading Victoria Drive $1,000

              Ward 4 Grading Cotton Drive $ 260

              Ward 4 Grading Woodland Drive $ 260

              Ward 4 Grading Bismark Street $ 200

1905 October — The Board approved a 3-plank sidewalk on Bismark from Park Drive to Woodland Drive at a cost of $110. iv

1906 February – Board of Works approved a sidewalk on Bismark from Victoria Drive to 280 feet east at a cost of $42. v

1906 March – A 3-plank sidewalk was laid on the south side of Bismark between Victoria Drive to 280’ east. George Freeman was the foreman and the work was completed 21st May.vi

1906 May — The Board recommended that Bismark be opened and rough-graded from Salsbury Drive to Lakewood Drive for $1,000. An appropriation was approved that same month for $1,050, and the work was completed on 7th November. vii

1906 July – In the meanwhile, the chain gang was ordered to open Bismark from Salsbury to Victoria Drives “so that pipe can be laid on the south side of the street.”viii

1907 May — Five residents petitioned the Board of Works: “On behalf of the Property Owners living on the east end of Bismark Street, Grandview, I beg to make application for a three-plank sidewalk on this street from the terminus of the present sidewalk to Lot 9, Block 2B 138. I would point out that the street is cleared but in wet weather there is no means of egress … to Park Drive without getting into mud.”ix That same month, a 3-plank sidewalk was laid on the east side of Bismark from 200’ east of Victoria to Lakewood Drive. George Freeman was the foreman and the work was completed on 19 July. In addition, the chaingang cleared and graded Bismark between Park Drive and Salsbury Drive. x

1907 July – 6’ concrete sidewalk proposed for both sides of Bismark between Woodland Drive and Victoria Drive. Cost $4,258.32 with city paying $773.85. xi

1907 October — Three residents wrote to the Board “to lay a 3-plank sidewalk on the northside of Bismark Street between Park Drive & Salsbury Drive; also that a gutter be made in the street.”xii

1907 December – Three-plank sidewalk was laid on the north side of Bismark Street between Park and Salsbury Drives. George Freeman was the foreman and the work was completed on 16th January 1908. xiii

1908 March – A 3-plank sidewalk was laid on the south side of Bismark from Victoria to Salsbury Drives. The work was completed on 7th April. xiv

1908 June – A 3-plank sidewalk was laid on the north side of Bismark from Victoria Drive to Lakewood. The work was completed on 20th July. xv

1908 September – An appropriation of $2,300 was approved for a new sewer on Bismark between Park Drive and Victoria Drive. The work was undertaken in January and February 1909 under foreman J. Burgoyne at a cost of $1,540.42.xvi

1909 February – An appropriation of $1,200 was approved to clear and grade Bismark from Lakewood to the City Limits. The work was carried out under foreman George Freeman and was completed on 12th June at a cost of $1,238.48. In the same month another appropriation of $200 was approved to clear, grade and rock Bismark between McLean and Odlum Drive. The work was completed on 23 July and cost $153.41. xvii

1909 July – A an appropriation of $2,060 was approved for a new sewer to be laid on Bismark between Victoria and Lakewood Drives. The work was undertaken in the summer under foreman J. Bourgoyne and was completed on 9th September at a cost of $1,537.86. xviii

1910 January – A 3-plank sidewalk was laid on both sides of Bismark from Lakewood Drive to a point 200’ west, and the north side of Bismark from Odlum Drive to a point 150’ east. The work was completed on 3rd June. xix

1910 May – 6’ concrete sidewalks were laid on both sides of Bismark from Woodland to Victoria Drives. The appropriation was for $4,258.32 and the actual cost was $3,765.23. xx

1910 December – An appropriation was approved for $4,000 to lay a new sewer along Bismark from Odlum to Park Drives. The final cost was $3,374.64.xxi

1911 May – An appropriation was approved for $6,054 to grade and rock Bismark from Odlum to Victoria Drives. The final cost was $6,355.52. xxii

1911 June – An appropriation was approved for $1,422 to grade Bismark from Lakewood Drive to Nanaimo Street. The final cost was $1,345.67. xxiii

1913 April – An appropriation was approved for $3,150 to lay a new sewer along Bismark from Lakewood Drive to Garden. The final cost was $2,104.17. xxiv

1913 June – In July 1912 an appropriation was approved for $2,500 for a 6’ concrete sidewalk on both sides of Bismark Street between Victoria Drive and Lakewood Drive. In June 1913, the list of local improvements was published that showed this work at a cost of $3,513.24 with the city paying $144.43. The final cost appears to have been $3,100.84 xxv

1914 March – Appropriations were approved for $2,900 to grade and rock Bismark from Victoria to Lakewood Drives. The final cost was $2,548.56. xxvi

 


i  Board of Works Minutes 2 Jun 1904, CVA, MCR-36 Roll 2; 9 Jun 1904 and 7 Jul 1904, CVA, MCR-36 Roll 2

ii  Board of Works Minutes, 1 Dec 1904 and 8 Dec 1904, CVA, MCR-36 Roll 2

iii Board of Works Minutes, 19 Apr 1905, CVA, MCR-36 Roll 2

iv  Board of Works Minutes, 27 Oct 1905, CVA, MCR-36 Roll 2

v  Board of Works Minutes, 13 Feb 1906, CVA, MCR-36 Roll 2

vi  WO 580, 13 Mar 1906, CVA, Series 356, Record of Work Orders 1906-1910, 128-B-2

vii  Board of Works Minutes, 22 May 1906, CVA, MCR-36 Roll 2; App 413, 24 May 1906, CVA, series 358, Register of Appropriations, 134-D-4; WO 807, 7 Jun 1906, CVA, Record of Work Orders 1906-1910, 128-B-2

viii  WO 961, 25 Jul 1906, CVA, Series 356, Record of Work Orders 1906-1910, 128-B-2

ix  Letter dated 1st May 1907, CVA, Series 342, Board of Works, Letters Reported 21 May 1907, 129-A-5 File 9

x  WO 1431, 23, 28 May 1908, WO 1426 CVA, Series 356, Record of Work Orders 1906-1910, 128-B-2;

xi  Schedule published 7 Jul 1907, CVA, Series 356, Proposed Local Improvements, 134-A-2 File 1

xii  Petition to Board of Works dated 29 Oct 1907, CVA, Series 342, Board of Works, Letters Reported 3 Dec 1907, 129-A-5 File 23

xiii  WO 1781, 19 Dec 1907, CVA, Series 356, Record of Work Orders 1906-1910, 128-B-2

xiv  WO 2015, 25 Mar 1908, CVA, Series 356, Record of Work Orders 1906-1910, 128-B-2

xv  WO 2251, 4 Jun 1908, CVA, Series 356, Record of Work Orders 1906-1910, 128-B-2

xvi  App 172 under By-Law 560, 18 Sep 1908, CVA, series 358, Register of Appropriations, 134-D-4; WO 2790, 16 Feb 1909, CVA, Record of Work Orders 1906-1910, 128-B-2

xvii  WO 1426, 23 May 1908, App 374 under By-Law 652, 25 Feb 1909, CVA, series 358, Register of Appropriations, 134-D-4; WO 3163, 5 Jun 1909, CVA, Record of Work Orders 1906-1910, 128-B-2

xviii  App 607 under By-Law 653, 2 Jul 1909, CVA, series 358, Register of Appropriations, 134-D-4; WO 3677, 4 Aug 1909, CVA, Record of Work Orders 1906-1910, 128-B-2

xix  WO 3744, 19 Jan 1910; WO 3875, 15 Mar 1908, CVA, Series 356, Record of Work Orders 1906-1910, 128-B-2

xx  App 920, 31 Mar 1910, CVA, Series 358, Register of Appropriations, 134-D-4; see also WO 4094, 10 May 1910, CVA, Series 356, Record of Work Orders 1906-1910, 128-B-2

xxi  App 1345 under By-Law 768,16 Dec 1910, CVA, Series 358, Register of Appropriations, 134-D-4

xxii  App 1735 under By-Law 784, 4 May 1911, CVA, Series 358, Register of Appropriations, 134-D-4

xxiii  App 1826 under By-Law 784, 29 Jun 1911, CVA, Series 358, Register of Appropriations, 134-D-4

xxiv  App 4236 under By-Law 990, 30 Apr 1913, CVA, Series 358, Register of Appropriations, 134-D-4

xxv  App 3229, 24 Jul 1912, CVA, Series 358, Register of Appropriations, 134-D-4 shows appropriation and final cost; the Schedule was published 6 June 1913, CVA, Series 356, Proposed Street Improvements, 134-A-2 File 1

xxvi  App 5123 under By-Law 990 and App 5149 under By-Law 1139, 18 Mar 1914, CVA, Series 358, Register of Appropriations, 134-D-4