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Home for the Aged and Infirm
extracted from 'The Annual Reports of the Corporation of the
City of Victoria for the year ending 31 Dec 1900 (1901 Report) and 31 Dec 1901 (1902)

Home for the Aged and Infirm Committee's Report

1901 Report     1902 Report

1901 Report
VICTORIA, B.C., Jan. 14, 1901.


Gentlemen. - Your Committee having the oversight of matters connected with the Home for the Aged and Infirm during the past year have pleasure in stating that the affairs of the institution have, in their opinion, been conducted satisfactorily. And although there has been, at times, an unusual amount of sickness and a large number of inmates, there have been few complaints.

We beg to impress upon the incoming Council the importance of taking such steps as will result in a change of location and increased accommodation for the Home at an early date.

We submit herewith the Report from the Manager.

All of which is respectfully submitted.
J.L. Beckwith,
A. Stewart,
H. Cooley.

VICTORIA, B.C., Jan. 9, 1901.


Gentlemen: - I have the honor to submit to you the Annual Report of this institution. During the year 1900 ten men were received into the Home, viz.:
Henry Rudge6210th January
Samuel Goodwin5831st January
Charles Saulay7228th February
Kirk Jackson857th March
Chas. P. McCormack703rd May
Mahlon Cooper6715th May
Clark H. Lambkin7327th June
John B. Frear758th November
John Crabb7614th November
Thomas Shakespeare6518th December

Seven inmates died last year as follows:
J.F. Silva Pernash14th Jan72
Henry Rudge9th March62
Frank Devoe5th July60
James Sewell 6th Sept80
John Wagnar10th Sept56
Sewall Simpson14th Nov70
William Raby29th Nov65

In addition to the above, three men left the Home, viz.
John McLeodon 24th April.
William Monkson 23rd May.
Thomas Shakespeareon 28th December.
McLeod went away to join a mining party. William Monk's, who had been an inmate nearly four years, said he would not remain because he was afraid of being poisoned - a delusion he had suffered from nearly the whole time he had been in the Home.

Thomas Shakespeare was with us only a few days. He went off a few hours after he was admitted. The police brought him back on 25th December, but be finally left the Home by jumping through the sitting room window about 7 p.m. on the 28th. It was a very dark, stormy night and we could lot find him. He has since been removed to the lunatic asylum at New Westminster.

The seven deaths and three inmates who left the Home exactly counterbalance the ten admissions during the year. I had, therefore, the same number of old men on 31st December, l900, as on the corresponding date of the previous year. There are 24 men at present in the Home, viz.:
Gilbert Brabant80  William Bell73
Duncan Cameron72  Mahlon Cooper67
John Crabb76  William Fairbairn77
William Fraser71  John B. Frear75
Samuel Goodwin58  William Griffiths73
Thomas B. Hicks73  George Hughes72
Kirk Jackson85  Darius P. Kingsbury74
Clark H. Lambkin73  Chas. P. McCormack 70
William Muldoon67  Frederick Rodgerson53
John Ross72  William Stark74
Charles Sawlay72  James Tallard65
James Thomas64  Augustus Van Sickle74

Although several of the above are very feeble both in body and mind. I am glad to say that none are confined to their beds; in, fact, since the death of Raby on 29th November the whole of the inmates have been able to take their meals in the Dining Room.

The House in Lover's Lane has proven a most useful acquisition to the Home. It is now occupied by six men. Without this extra accommodation I could not have dealt satisfactorily with the numerous cases of sickness during last year, or housed the other inmates comfortably.

We had some good vegetables very early - later on the cut worms gave us some trouble near the house, but the crops in the field were not damaged by these pests. The yield of potatoes was very good - it was not necessary to purchase any after the month of June, and I estimate we have 1 1/4 tons on hand at the present time.

Four social entertainment's were given at the Home during 1900 - the first on 5th January by Mr. Gideon Hicks and friends from the Metropolitan Methodist Church Choir; the second on 24th January by the Young People from Spring Ridge Methodist Church; the third on 6th February was organized by Mr. Kitto and family, Mr. W.P. Best attending with his excellent magic lantern: the last on 27th March was given by the members of the Epworth League.

Christmas and Year's Day passed off very happily - the old men greatly enjoyed the good things provided for them, and much appreciated the liberality of the Home committee and the kindness of friends who sent presents and good wishes for their welfare.

The expenditure for the year 1900 was as under: --
Salary of Manager$ 600 00
Provisions2,798 67
Fuel250 07
Clothing966 50
Furniture180 52
Rent157 95
Medicines122 80
Sundries200 35
Repairs to Building44 50
Total$4,621 36
I remain, Gentlemen, Your obedient servant,
Henry H. Hobbis, Manager

1902 Report
VICTORIA, B.C., January 13th., 1902.


Gentlemen. - I beg to submit my fifth annual report of this Home.

During the year 1901 eight men were admitted, viz:

John Bings6025th March
Thomas Waterhouse8310th May
George Thompson6627th May
James Smith635th June
Samuel Arnold60 on 16th August
George Parry703rd October
John Leach7115th October
John E. Westerman5417th October
Four inmates died last year as follows:
William Fairbairn11th September76
William Stark1st October73
Samuel Arnold31st October60
Kirk Jackson10th December86
In addition to, above deaths five men left the Home as under :-
Thomas Waterhouseon 29th May.
John B. Frearon 3rd June.
John Crabbon 10th August.
James Smithon 19th December.
George Thompsonon 23rd December.

Waterhouse was removed at his own request by his grandson.

Frear went to Hamilton, Bermuda, to take a situation.

Crabb returned to Vancouver.

Smith was removed to the Jubilee Hospital for treatment.

Thompson was dismissed because he refused to hand over his pension to the City Treasurer.

There are 23 men at present in the Home, viz:
Gilbert Brabant81  William Bell74
Duncan Cameron72  Mahlon Cooper69
John Bings60  William Fraser73
Samuel Goodwin59  William Griffiths73
Thomas B. Hicks74  George Hughes73
Davins P. Kingsbury72  Clark H. Lambkin75
John Leach75  Chas. P. McCormack72
William Muldoon69  George Parry70
Frederick Rodgerson64  John Ross73
Charles Saulay73  James Tallard66
James Thomas65  Augustus Van Sickle75
John E. Westerman54 
James Thomas has been almost entirely confined to his bed since the middle of last February, but lately has somewhat improved in health.

Van Sickle is extremely weak and feeble, with these two exceptions the other inmates are enjoying their usual health.

During the year five social entertainment's were given, the first on 30th January by the Spring Ridge Young Peoples Society, the second on 19th March by Mr. Yeo and friends, and the other three on 14th November, 6th and 25th December by Mr. William H. Kent and family.

Christmas and New Year were very pleasantly spent by the old men, they had an abundance of good things and seemed to greatly appreciate all that was done to promote their happiness. We were, as usual, very successful with our vegetables, excepting potatoes, which did not yield satisfactorily the ground in the Cemetery being very poor and sour and altogether unsuitable for raising vegetables of any kind. I may state that we have not had any manure brought to the Home since February 1898, if we are permitted to cultivate any of the ground round the house this year it will be necessary to have a supply of manure as soon as possible.

Although the number of inmates during 1901 has been nearly equal to that of 1900, I am glad to be able to state that last year there was a reduction in the expenditure amounting to $414.66 as compared with the year 1900.

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