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H. B. KICK 
Mayor 



ANNUAL MESSAGE 



H. B. RICE, 



MAYOR OF THE CITY OF HOUSTON 



ANNUAL REPORTS OF CITY OFFICERS 



FOR THE YEAR ENDING FEBRUARY 28, 1907. 



COMPILED BY TOM BRINGHURST, 
City Controller and Secretary. 



HOUSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 



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HOUSTOX TEXAS 

W. H. COYLE & CO., STATIONERS AND PRINTERS 

1907 



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CITY OFFICIALS 


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James Appleby 
J. Z. Gaston 



ALDERMEN 

James B. Marmion 
James A. Thompson 



COMMITTEES 

FINANCE AND REVENUE 

J. Z. Gaston, Chairman. 

James Appleby James B. Marmion James A. Thompson 

WATER, LIGHT AND HEALTH 

James A. Thompson, Chairman. 
James Appleby James B. Marmion J. Z. Gaston 

POLICE AND FIRE 

James Appleby, Chairman. 
J. Z. Gaston James B. Marmion James A. Thompson 

STREETS, BRIDGES AND PUBLIC GROUNDS 

James B. Marmion, Chairman. 
James Appleby James A. Thompson J. Z. Gaston 

ORDINANCE 

James A. Thompson, Chairman. 

J. Z. Gaston James Appleby 

BOARD OF APPRAISEMENT 

J. Z. Gaston, Chairman. 

James A. Thompson . James P. Welsh 



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List of Officers and Committees 



HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS 



Tom C. Dunn (Cashier Merchants' 

National Bank) Treasurer. 

Tom Bringhurst Controller and Secretary. 

Miss Roberta Cotter Assistant Secretary. 

W. H. Wilson City Attorney. 

I. Austin Miller City Engineer. 

James P. Welsh Assessor and Collector. 

Dr. Geo. W. Larendon Health Officer. 

George Ellis Chief of Police. 

Jack Kennedy City Scavenger. 

John McNeely Sewer Inspector. 

W. X. Norris Building Inspector. 

Thomas CTLeary Chief of Fire Department. 

John A. Kirlicks Judge Corporation Court. 

P. J. Ollre Market Master. 

C. R. George City Electrician. 

BOARD OF LIQUIDATION 

P. A. Reichart H. W. Garrow 

B. F. Bonner 
0. T. Holt Ed H. Harrell 

BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES 

Dr. S. C. Red, President. 
H. J. Dannenbaum G. J. Palmer 

Still Hull Rueus Cage 

A. S. Cleveland M. Nicholson 

BOARD OF HEALTH 

Dr. Joe Stuart, President. 
Dr. W. A. Archer Dr. J. W. Scott 

Dr. S. J. Smith Dr. J. D. Duckett 

Dr. S. H. Hillen. 



ANNUAL MESSAGE 



OF 



H. B. RICE, 

MAYOR OF THE CITY OF HOUSTON 



CITY OF HOUSTON 



EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT. 



MAYOR'S MESSAGE. 



Houston, Texas, March 15, 1907. 

To the Honorable Commissioners of the City of Houston: 

Gentlemen : Another year of the Commission form of gov- 
ernment in Houston has passed since I had the honor of sending 
you gentlemen my Annual Message. 

During that period Houston has made rapid progress, and I 
congratulate you gentlemen upon the peace and prosperity that 
exists in this community. It is with great satisfaction that I find 
you gentlemen have operated your departments within the budget 
set forth in my last Annual Message, exhibiting a careful and 
conscientious discharge of your respective duties. The economy 
maintained in the several departments has enabled the Commis- 
sion to construct various permanent improvements out of the Gen- 
eral Fund, such as the building of substantial school houses, pave- 
ment of streets, purchase of additional parks, construction of 
bridges, and appropriation for the betterment of Buffalo Bayou, 
without the issuance of bonds. This is the first time in the his- 
tory of this city that such improvements have been made without 
the sale of bonds. 

My study and experience of municipal government convinces 
me that bond issues are dangerous to a municipality. The main 
cause of trouble in the majority of the cities in the United State* 
is the fearlessness of debt. The local government, to be successful, 



Mayor's Message 



must, like the individual, live within its means, for otherwise debt 
and bankruptcy must follow. It is my observation that all over 
this country the taxpayer is awakening, taking an interest in his 
local government, and will demand not only proper management 
of his public affairs, but some practical and beneficial return for 
what he pays into the treasury. 

It is with pride that I find, after twenty months of association 
with you gentlemen, that not a single veto has issued from me, 
not a dissenting vote has been cast upon any measure, and not 
the slightest ripple of unpleasantness has occurred in any of our 
meetings, either public or private. It is a record that any council 
may be proud of. 

As we face the new year we find that we owe nothing, and have 
a neat cash balance on hand. 

I congratulate the citizens of Houston upon the final settlement 
of the long contested and irritable water question. With the con- 
sent of the taxpayers you purchased the present water system for 
the sum of $901,700.00, which, in my opinion, was a good trade. 
Some doubts have arisen as to the wisdom of municipal owner- 
ship of any public utility, but the few months of the city's man- 
agement of the water plant has demonstrated that it will be a 
success, both for the people and the government. I respectfully 
call your attention to the report of the Water Commissioner, 
which speaks for itself. 

In addition to the purchase of the water plant, I desire to call 
your attention to the various permanent improvements constructed 
by you during the past fiscal year, and the cost thereof : 

Eepaving Main Street, from McKinney to McGowen, with vitri- 
fied brick. Cost, $27,750.32. 

Eepaving Milam Street, Hadley to Dallas, with vitrified brick. 
Cost, $12,447.39. 

Eepaving Liberty Avenue with vitrified brick. Cost, $3,150.04. 

Finding the bois d'arc blocks that were removed from Main and 
Milam Streets to be in very good condition, instead of using them 
for fuel, or selling them, you wisely determined to place them on 
those streets that had no pavements, and where the taxpayer asked 
for them. These blocks have been laid at a very small cost, and 
will last for years. 



Mayor's Message 



The city has been greatly retarded in its paving by the failure 
to secure material which had been contracted for. I suggest to 
you gentlemen that, instead of depending upon one concern in 
Texas to furnish Houston with vitrified brick, you take steps to 
procure them elsewhere. 

SCHOOLS, 

The construction of the Lubbock 8-room brick school at a cost 
of $ 35,823.00 

The construction of the Reagan 8-room brick school at a cost 

of 33,801.00 

The construction of the Allen 12-room brick school at a cost 
of 39,868.00 

Total $109,492.00 

It was absolutely necessary, on account of the growth of the 
scholastic population, to erect the above three school houses. They 
are substantial, and relieve the crowded condition for some time. 

It is with pleasure that I call your attention to the progress and 
satisfactory condition of our schools. Our School Board, although 
serving without compensation, has taken an active and earnest 
interest in their duties. 

Too much credit cannot be given the Superintendent of Schools, 
Prof. P. W. Horn. Under his management Houston schools rank 
with those of any other city of its size in this country. On ac- 
count of his progress and interest in educational affairs, you appro- 
priated $9,750.00 last year for the introduction of manual train- 
ing in the schools. From what I can learn, this new feature is 
a decided success, and is cause for gratification. 



PAEKS. 

A few months ago you gentlemen decided to purchase five and 
one-half acres of land, adjoining Sam Houston Park, for the sum 
of $5,500.00, and paid $45,000.00 for what is known as the Vick 
Place, and $5,500.00 for land adjoining. These purchases served a 
two-fold purpose — additional breathing room for the people, and in- 
creased facilities for your water plant. I recommend that the 
latter parks be improved and beautified, and a large reservoir be 
constructed, to have sufficient water for all practical purposes for 
years to come. This water can be easily obtained by the con- 
struction of artesian wells on this property. 



Mayor's Message 



BUFFALO BAYOU. 

Probably one of the most important and thoughtful actions on 
your part to build up and maintain your city, has been the ap- 
propriation of $50,000.00 for Buffalo Bayou. This waterway from 
Houston to the Gulf is the best asset that the city possesses. 

While the Rational government is constructing a great depth 
of water between Harrisburg and the Gulf, yet the same govern- 
ment recognizes the importance of keeping the bayou in good 
condition between Harrisburg and Houston, having appropriated 
the sum of $50,000.00 at the last session of Congress for that 
purpose. In order to do work of practical benefit in this matter, 
I suggest that the City of Houston purchase or build a proper 
dredge boat for its own use. By the organization and employ- 
ment of proper employes the city can have all necessary work 
done that will insure the free passage of light draft vessels between 
Houston and Harrisburg. The commerce on Buffalo Bayou is in- 
creasing daily, and. with the proper encouragement, it is hardly 
possible to estimate to what magnitude this commerce may grow. 

I also recommend that plans and specifications for wharf im- 
provement be made, and that this work be constructed as soon as 
possible. 

SIDEWALKS. 

I recommend that vigorous steps be taken to compel the con- 
struction of at least respectable sidewalks in this city. Some of 
our property holders, who receive munificent rents from their 
holdings, are callous to the public safety and convenience. Such 
citizens should be forced to perform that duty which every good 
and progressive property holder delights in doing, from a common 
sense and decent standpoint. 

TAX RATE. 

I recommend that the tax levy for the fiscal year be reduced 
from $1.90 to $1.80 per hundred. 

RECOMMENDATIONS OF PERMANENT IMPROVEMENTS 
FOR THE YEAR. 

While the tremendous growth of the city is the cause of many 
calls for various public improvements, such as pavements, light, 



10 Mayor's Message 



water, sewerage, etc., far beyond our present means, I earnestly 
recommend that yon have constructed, as soon as possible, the 
following improvements, that are absolutely needed : 

A storm sewer, not less than six feet in dimension, on Austin 
Street, from Buffalo Bayou to Elgin Street. 

Another storm sewer, not less than four feet in dimension, begin- 
ning at the intersection of Main and Elgin, thence westward 
through the Fair Ground Addition to Buffalo Bayou. Thus for- 
ever draining the southern and western portion of our city. This 
work will probably cost $100,000.00. 

I further recommend that all the wooden pavements in the 
heart of the business district' — that are now on Fannin, San Ja- 
cinto, and other streets — be replaced with modern, up-to-date ma- 
terial. 

I make no other suggestions, as the Commission will, from time 
to time, in their wisdom, recognize what is best to be done. 

Before submitting to you the Annual Budget, I desire to call 
your attention to the great expenditures and improvements that 
our public utility institutions are making throughout the city. 
The electric light company is about to commence to place their 
underground conduits in the business portion of the city. The 
gas company has extended miles of mains and laterals during 
the past year, reaching hundreds of consumers that heretofore 
had no such facilities. The street car company is expending hun- 
dreds of thousands of dollars in betterments, which not only 
emphasize their belief in the future of Houston, but guarantees 
increased and better accommodations to the traveling public. 

All of these institutions have consistently and promptly car- 
ried out, to the best of their ability, at all times, suggestions 
made by this Commission, and it is at least proper for me to state 
that the managers of these several utilities have shown an earnest 
desire and willingness to co-operate with this government for 
the successful development of this city. 

In conclusion, I wish to congratulate you gentlemen upon the 
approval of your conduct while in office by the good citizens of 
Houston, expressed at the recent election. I believe that, adhering 
to the customs that have prevailed for the past twenty months, you 
will give the people renewed assurance that public office is a public 



Mayor's Message 11 



trust, and that a municipal government can be as successfully 

managed as any private corporation. I submit the budget for 

the ensuing year. 

BUDGET. 

Mayor and Commissioners $ 13,600.00 

Controller and Secretary 4,500.00 

Law Department 10,500.00 

Treasurer 620.00 

Assessor and Collector 13,500.00 

• City Hall 2,100.00 

Elections 1,000.00 

Damages 1,000.00 

Interest on Bonds 186,000.00 

Miscellaneous Expenses 15,000.00 

Electric Lights 45,000.00 

Police 72,000.00 

Corporation Court 1,900.00 

Fire Department 75,000.00 

Health Department 11,500.00 

Scavenger Department 13,500.00 

Electrical Department 4,500.00 

City Engineer 9,000.00 

Streets and Bridges Department 60,000.00 

Garbage Departments 15,000.00 

Sewers Department 20,000.00 

Market 5,700 00 

Schools 106,000.00 

Parks 5,000.00 

Carnegie Library 6,000.00 

Storrie Certificates 11,200.00 

Refunding Certificates 20,000.00 

Mayor's Emergency Fund 1,000.00 

Total $730,122.00 

You will notice that the incoming budget is $36,300.00 less than 
the past year. In spite of the city's growth, the departments are 
being economically administered, and the city is paying nothing 
for water. 

WATER BUDGET. 

Upon the recommendation of the Water Commissioner, I recom- 
mend that the sum of $75,000.00 be appropriated for the opera- 
tion and maintenance of the water system for the ensuing year. 
This budget is made separate from the general one, as the insti- 
tution takes care of itself, and is no expense to the city. 

Respectfully, 

H. B. Rice, 

Mayor. 




J. Z. GASTON 

Chairman Finance and Ebtende Committee 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF 



J. Z. GASTON 

CHAIRMAN FINANCE AND REVENUE 
COMMITTEE 



For the Year Ending February 28, 1907 



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REPORT OF FINANCE AND 
REVENUE COMMITTEE. 



Houston, Texas, March 16, 1907. 

TO THE HON. H. B. BICE, 

Mayor of the City of Houston. 

Deak Sir : Your Committee on Finance and Revenue here- 
with submits its Annual Report, reviewing in a general way the 
record of perhaps the most satisfactory fiscal year in the history 
of our city. 

We have endeavored to conduct the affairs committed to our 
hands on strictly business principles, and have allowed no other 
sentiment to influence our course of conduct. 

It is pleasing to note some healthy changes shown by the Con- 
troller's general balance sheet. We start the new fiscal year 
with a good, round cash balance, which assures many needed civic 
improvements. These will be appreciated, especially by those 
rapidly growing localities which have been deprived of those con- 
veniences long enjoyed by citizens living in more central and 
longer established sections of the city. 

The good work of the Board of Appraisement is shown by the 
fact that $60,171.09 has been written off the delinquent tax list, 
after careful and painstaking investigation in ascertaining long 
standing errors of many kinds that have crept into the tax rolls 
through a series of years. 

The purchase of the plant and properties of the Houston Water 
Company removes from our books another eyesore as a contingent 
liability, to the extent, last year, of $70,339.64. This amount, hav- 
ing accumulated during a long period of vexatious litigation, was 
wiped out along with the litigation by the said purchase. 

That good use has been made of the people's money is shown 
bv the fact that the excess of assets over liabilities has increased 



Report of Finance and Revenue Committee 15 

during the year to the extent of $226,938.40. This increase is 
shown, after deducting the two items written off our books, here- 
tofore carried as assets, to-wit, $60,171.09 from delinquent tax 
rolls, and the contingent asset set up by Haskins & Sells of $24,- 
124.01. 

With no debts, save for the current month of February, as shown 
by audited vouchers amounting to $29,857.81, nearly all of which 
has been paid already, and the balance as fast as it is called for. 

The actual interest on bonds, amounting to $44,622.47, is set 
up as f a liability, and shows the interest accrued to the 28th of 
February, but not due, and against this is shown $80,763.45 in 
the hands of the Board of Liquidation. 

The item of "Special Deposits/ 1 shown a.s a liability, in amount 
$4,027.90, is offset by cash in hands of Treasurer as a "Special 
Trust Fund," amounting to $4,140.90, same representing sums 
deposited by persons desiring to make openings in our streets, and 
thus guaranteeing their replacement in as good condition as before. 

The bonded debt shows an increase of $420,000.00, 'occasioned 
by the purchase of the water plant, for which $434,000.00 was 
issued. On July 1st was paid off $14,000.00 30-year consolidated 
bonds, issued July 1, 1876. 

The contingent asset item shown as "Shortages and Discrep- 
ancies/' amounting to $24,124.01, has been written off. This 
.amount represents the balance uncollected and uncollectible of a 
$33,018.81 item set up by Haskins & Sells, accountants, April 
14, 1902, and comprises the following items, to-wit : 

City Treasurer $ 4,414.86 

City Engineer 1,071.95 

Occupation taxes 14,74(3.40 

Omissions from tax rolls 1,871.40 

Police Department 1,782.60 

City Sealer 69.30 

Boiler Inspector 167.50 

Total $24,124.01 

The work of your committee during the year just ended has 
been pleasant, although at times arduous. It has been singularly 
free from those unpleasant controversies so generally experienced 
by large municipalities. Whatever of success we have achieved has 
been the result of harmonious co-operation of all members of 



16 Report of Finance and Revenue Committee 

your committee, aided at all times by the judicious and helpful 
counsel of the Mayor. 

In conclusion, we desire to acknowledge the careful and con- 
scientious performance of duty of the departments under the super- 
vision of this committee, viz : 

T. C. Dunn, Treasurer. 

Tom Bring hurst, Controller and Secretary. 

Miss Roberta Cotter, Assistant Secretary. 

Jas. P. Welsh, Assessor and Collector, and his associates. 

F. J. Ollre. Market Master. 

The Finance and Revenue Committee has worked harmoniously 
with the several departments of the city government, officials and 
employes, and it is due each and every one of them that we 
acknowledge their consideration and courtesy. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. Z. Gaston, 
Chairman Finance and Revenue Committee. 




JAMES A. THOMPSON 
Chairman Water, Light and Health Committee 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF 



JAMES A. THOMPSON 

CHAIRMAN WATER, LIGHT AND 
HEALTH COMMITTEE 

For the Year Ending February 28, 1907 



REPORT OF WATER, LIGHT AND 
HEALTH COMMITTEE. 



Houston, Texas, March 5, 190 r 



TO THE HON. H. B. BICE, 

Mayor of the City of Houston, 



Dear Sir — In compliance with Charter requirements, I herewith 
sumbit for your consideration a brief review of the workings of 
the 'several departments over which I, as Chairman of the Water, 
Light and Health Committee, have had supervision, for the fiscal 
year ending February 28th. I have attached hereto, and made a 
part of this summary, the itemized statements of the Departments, 
these statements being marked Exhibits A, B, C, D and E; and 
these are correct accounts of the workings of the respective branches 
of the municipal affairs under my direction. 

WATER. 

Just five months ago, the city purchased the plant of the Hous- 
ton Water Company; and when directed by you, on the 5th day 
of October, to assume control of the plant in the name of the 
city, I realized the importance of the position, and highly appre- 
ciated the confidence you manifested in me, and resolved then to 
do everything in my power to make municipal ownership of the 
water plant a success. 

Upon investigation, in assuming charge, I found that in order 
to take care of the proposed extensions of water mains (especially 
those to the new school buildings), to meet the rapidly increasing 
demand for water, and to forever insure the people pure artesian 
water that it would be necessary to purchase additional equipment, 



Report of Water, Light and Health Committee 19 

including additional boilers and a new air compressor. These are 
not intended to replace the present equipment, but to augment it. 
The air compressor, for instance, now in use is first-class, and gives 
entire satisfaction. But it cannot be expected to run forever with- 
out accident, and if that accident occurs in time of fire, we do 
not want to be compelled to go to the bayou for water. This 
necessary equipment has been contracted for and will be installed 
in May, at a cost of $27,801, of which $10,264 will pay for the 
boilers, and $17,537 for the compressor. We are now getting 
water from forty-five wells, of which nine are natural flow wells. 
The remaining thirty-six w T ells require the application of air to 
sustain their flow; hence it can be seen that with the air com- 
pressor out of commission in time of fire, as was the case on two 
occasions since the city took control, we would be compelled to 
go to the bayou. With the new compressor installed, the bayou 
connection can be done away with, and we can say to the people 
of Houston : "From this day forth, only pure artesian water will 
be furnished.'' The new boilers will be installed in a new and 
separate building, so as to make it possible to operate them inde- 
pendently of the old ones. The combined capacity of the two bat- 
teries, new and old, will then be 1,645 H. P., sufficient to meet 
the demands of the city for the next fifteen or twenty years. The 
proposed new chimney or stack will be 125 feet high and 72 inches 
inside diameter, sufficiently large to permit the use of wood, coal 
or oil, as fuel. At the plant many improvements have been made, 
including the rearrangement of pipes ; the taking out of many feet 
of useless connections, and the overhauling of the equipment, this 
having been done by the regular force without extra cost. The 
30-inch main leading from the pump-house across the bayou to 
the wells in the City Park has been laid and connected up with 
other wells adjacent, materially increasing the water supply, and 
otherwise improving the system at the plant, also reducing the lift 
on pumps ten feet. 

At the time the city acquired the water plant, it was found that 
the salaries of the employes were not commensurate with the labor 
performed by them, and with your approval, an increase was 
granted to all. By this action, a substantial raise was given the 
men who do the work at the plant, while the annual salary expense 



20 Report of Water, Light and Health Committee 

was increased only $1,695.84, or $141.32 per month, as compared 
with that of the old company. This was made possible by the 
fact that the offices of President, Treasurer and Secretary were 
abolished, as unnecessary under our system. 

You will doubtless note that the item for fuel is much larger 
under the management of the city, than under the water com- 
pany's management ; the expense for the last five months having 
been $14,425.54, as compared with $8,724.44 for the five months 
previous. This material increase is due directly to the increase 
of at least 65 per cent in the price of oil, as our records show that 
we have been able to reduce the consumption of oil at the plant 
from 119.59 barrels per day in September, to 114.33 barrels per 
day in February. 

Since taking charge of the plant, we have increased the total 
average pressure from 53.5 pounds in September, to an average 
pressure in February of 62 pounds. 

A water inspector has been employed, whose duty it is to detect 
leaks, and the willful or negligent waste of water. I am glad to 
report that the consumer, in most instances, obeys his instruc- 
tions, and he has been of much assistance to the Water Department. 

When the city took over the plant it was necessary to stock up 
on supplies in every department; the old company having allowed 
these supplies to run almost completely out, thus increasing the 
expenses of the city's management. 

Since taking over the properties of the water company, it has 
been my constant endeavor to systematize the workings of this im- 
portant branch of the municipal machinery. In order to accom- 
plish this, it has been necessary to change the system of accounting, 
which has meant extra work for the accountants, and the office 
force has worked faithfully, often returning at night. This task 
has been almost completed now, however, and from now on we 
expect the affairs of the Water Department to be handled with 
much greater ease and facility, and in a thoroughly systematic 
manner. 

For information concerning earnings and cost of operation, and 
maintenance of this Department since October 1st, 1906, you are 
referred to statement of Water Department Accountant, hereto at- 
tached, and marked Exhibit "A"; also, to annual report of City 
Controller. 



Report of Water, Light and Health Committee 21 

By reason of the fact that the city is rapidly growing and ex- 
panding, there are families in the new localities not enjoying the 
convenience of water service. For the benefit of these, I therefore 
recommend that extensions of water mains be made as rapidly as 
possible. 

I would further recommend that a budget allowance of seventy- 
five thousand dollars ($75,000) be made for the care and mainte- 
nance of the water plant during the fiscal year, ending February 
28th, 1908. 

LIGHT. 

The city is now maintaing 513 electric lights, while the rail- 
roads maintain 103, making a total of 616. For the 513 lights 
paid for by the city, the first 450 cost $85.00 each per year; the 
remaining 63 costing $80.00 per year; the total expense being 
$43,290.00. 

By being able to meet bills promptly, we have made a saving on 
this item of about $1,000.00 a year, the city being allowed a dis- 
count of two and one-half per cent (2^>%) for cash on its monthly 
bills. The rapid growth of the city has caused an increased de- 
mand for lights, and we would recommend that for the ensuing 
year the appropriation for this purpose be made as liberal as the 
finances of the city will permit. 

HEALTH DEPARTMENT. 

In the Health Department is included the Health Officer and his 
assistants; the Scavenger and his inspectors; the Garbage Super- 
intendent and his force, and the Sewerage System, which includes 
the sewer pumping plant on Willow Street, and the filter beds be- 
yond the city limits. In all these various branches, which are of 
such vital importance to our citizenship, the year has been most 
harmonious. There has been no friction of any kind, and the 
business has been conducted in a thoroughly systematic manner; 
the various heads of departments and their assistants co-operating 
heartily in the effort to improve the service in their respective 
branches. 

HEALTH OFFICER. 

The city has been notably free from anything like an epidemic 
during the last year. There have, of course, from time to time, 



22 Report of Water, Light and Health Committee 

been cases of contagious diseases reported in different parts of the 
city, but in every instance these have received the prompt atten- 
tion of Dr. Geo. W. Larendon, the City Health Officer, and his 
assistants, and by the enforcement of precautionary measures, such 
as fumigation, isolation and quarantine, widespread contagion has 
been prevented. 

From time to time, inspections of milk and food have been 
made, and every possible attention has been given the general sani- 
tary condition of the city, complaints of all kinds having been 
promptly investigated and the necessary remedy applied. 

The establishment of a Drug Dispensary in the Health Office 
during the year has been a most satisfactory innovation, and has 
proved an economical venture for the city from a financial stand- 
point. Last year the city expended for drugs and prescriptions 
the sum of $2,841.40, as compared with $2,304.22 this year; a de- 
crease in expense of $537.18; with the Dispensary in operation only 
five months, it has been possible, because the city had no taxes, in- 
surance or office rent to pay, and was able to save a salary by em- 
ploying one man as pharmacist, to fill the prescriptions, and also 
do the clerical work of the department. By this means the city 
is now enabled to fill prescriptions at an average cost of eight (8) 
cents, whereas, before the cost was thirty-five (35) cents for each 
prescription, which was considered reasonable. 

For further details concerning this department, you are respect- 
fully referred to the itemized report of the Health Officer, marked 
"Exhibit B." 

For this branch of the Health Department, a budget allowance 
of $11,500.00 is recommended. 

SEWERS. 

This Department includes the entire sewerage system of the city, 
consisting of 49 and 7-100 miles of storm and sanitary sewerage, 
and the sewerage pumping plant and filter beds. During the year 
the system has been increased by 2 and 7-100 miles, distributed over 
the city. The reclamation of the filter beds, which were in a dilap- 
idated condition twenty months ago, has been practically com- 
pleted, and with a new dressing of coke, already ordered for the 
purpose, the beds will be in first-class condition. The pumping 



Report of Water, Light and Health Committee 23 

station is now operated both night and day, and is rendering much 
efficient service. 

Plans and specifications for a sub-pumping plant to be located 
in the Fourth Ward, in accordance with the plans of Engineer 
Potter, have been drawn, and are now being considered, provision 
having been made for this work at an approximate expense of 
$22,000.00. 

During the year 314 sewer connections have been made, and 
656 plumbing permits granted. The fees for sewer connections 
amounting to $491.90, and for the plumbing permits, $1,439.20, 
were collected, making an aggregate of $1,930.90. 

The total expense of the Sewer Department for the year ending- 
February 28, 1907, was $19,046.47. The appropriation was $20,- 
000.00, which leaves an unexpended balance of $953.53. 

For any further information, you are referred to the very full 
report of the Sewer and Plumbing Inspector, subjoined hereto, and 
made a part of this report, and marked "Exhibit E." 

A budget allowance of $20,000.00 is recommended for this de- 
partment. 

SCAVENGER. 

Affairs in this branch of the Health Department are conducted 
in a thoroughly systematic manner, and without any semblance 
of friction. It is not only self-sustaining, but is a positive source 
of revenue. During the twelve months ending February 28th, the 
gross earnings amounted to $16,692.75, while the expenses were 
$11,074.81, which makes the net earnings $5,617.94. This is al- 
most twice as great as last year, during eight months of which 
the commission had control, and several times greater than any 
previous year. You are referred to the Scavenger's report hereto at- 
tached, marked "Exhibit €," for more definite information con- 
cerning this department. 

This work is now being done with four wagons. I would recom- 
mend that this number be increased to six during the summer 
months. 

A budget allowance of $13,500.00 is recommended for this branch 
of the Health Department. 



24 Report of Water, Light and Health Committee 

GARBAGE. 

The report of the Superintendent of Garbage, which is sub- 
joined hereto and made a part of this report, shows that during the 
year twelve carts have been operated, and two men employed at 
the Crematory. During the year the total of $15,985.87 has been 
expended, which is $985.87 in excess of the budget. This excess 
is explained by the fact that during the year the disposal plant, or 
crematory, was constructed without an extra appropriation, at a 
cost of $778.7(3, while during last summer it was necessary to 
operate five extra wagons for three weeks in the summer clean-up, 
entirely independent of the regular garbage force. This latter 
item amounted to $268.00, making a total of $1,046.76 expended 
which the regular budget did not contemplate. The operation of 
the disposal plant has been most satisfactory. This plant has a 
capacity of about 65 cubic yards, and is sufficiently large to care 
for all the garbage removed from the business center of the city. 
Not only is it a benefit from a sanitary standpoint, but by reason 
of the fact that the haul is shortened, it is possible to clean the 
business center of the city earlier and with less equipment than 
would otherwise be required. No fuel is necessary for the furnace, 
as the lighter material is made to serve as fuel to consume the 
heavier substances. The smaller animals dying in the city limits 
are cremated here, and last summer the 563 dogs destroyed by the 
Dog Calcher were disposed of in this manner. 

A budget allowance of $15,000 is recommended for the mainte- 
nance of this branch of the work during the ensuing year. 

In conclusion, I desire to say that much credit is due the heads 
of the several departments, and their associates, for the faithful 
performance of duty. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Jas. A. Thompson, 
Chairman, Water, Light and Health Committee. 




JAMES APPLEBY 

Chairman Police and Fire Committee 



ANNUAL REPORT 

OF 

JAMES APPLEBY 

CHAIRMAN FIRE AND POLICE COMMITTEE 
For the Year Ending February 28, 1907 



REPORT OF FIRE AND POLICE 
COMMITTEE. 



Houston, Texas, March 6, 1907. 

HON. H. B. RICE, 

Mayor of the City of Houston: 

Dear Sir: As our fiscal year ended with the close of February 
I herewith hand you the annual reports of the various departments 
over which I have the honor of presiding. 

POLICE DEPARTMENT. 

The Police Department has been taxed to its capacity ; the within 
detail will show that each item has increased considerably over the 
past year, which is attributed to the rapid growth of the city, and 
also a more rigid enforcement of the laws. The amount appro- 
priated for the maintenance and operating of this department has 
been exceeded by $1,847.90, which is caused by the demand made 
by the G. H. & S. A. R'y people for special officers during the 
months of October, November, December and January. The city 
collected from the railroad company $2,230.95 for the extra men 
employed, which was credited to revenue accounts, and would leave 
a margin of $383.05 less than our appropriation if the extra men 
had not been employed. My object has been to keep within 
the amount appropriated for the maintenance and operating of the 
department. I consider that this has been accomplished. 

The growth of the business of the department is shown by the 
increased collections of fines and costs; lour years ago the collec- 
tions for fines and costs were ....'....$ 7,307.35 

The fiscal year just ended 15,941 . 80 

An increase of $ 8,634 . 45 

which is more than 118 per cent. An appropriation of $72,000.00 
will, I think, meet the demands required of the Police Depart- 
ment for the next twelve months. 



Report of Fire and Police Committee 27 

FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

The Fire Department, as shown by the attached report, has 
gone through the year without any disastrous fires, although the 
number of alarms have increased; nearly 40 per cent, of the runs 
made by the department were caused by flues in various ways. 
This shows the necessity of using more care in the erection of 
chimneys and flues. This city is building up rapidly. As houses 
are nearer together than heretofore, -our ordinances and inspections 
should be more rigid as to the material used and the method of 
constructing flues and chimneys in frame buildings. 

The department is in good shape ; all onr apparatus is ready for 
immediate service. During the coming year we will probably have 
to purchase four horses to take the place of those that have grown 
old in service or otherwise become unfit for duty. 

Our fire engines will need more or less repairs. I think the most 
of it can be done in our own machine shop at Central Station, ex- 
cepting the work on the boilers. Our small machine shop, consist- 
ing of a lathe, drill press, forge, emery wheel and grinding stone 
has more than paid for itself, and is a valuable addition to our 
equipment. 

I am in hopes of getting into commission the steam fire engine 
at No. 9 station, which will need new engine and pump, and can 
be put in shape at no great cost, thus giving us an extra steamer, 
which is quite necessary when our regular engines go out of com- 
mission on account of repair. We need another truck, as the 
city is too large to be covered by one. I trust we will be able to 
purchase one during the coming year. 

It will be necessary to purchase 3,000 to 4,000 feet of hose to 
keep our supply up to the proper standard. We received only 
2,000 feet during the past year, which is not quite sufficient to 
keep our supply up to the requirements. 

With an appropriation of $75,000.00 I think, that this depart- 
ment can be maintained and put in first-class shape, as it will re- 
quire some outlay to put our buildings in good repair. 



28 Report of Fire and Police Committee 

ELECTRICAL DEPARTMENT. 

The report from the Electrical Department is quite exhaustive, 
and details fully what has been accomplished during the past year. 
The fire alarm system has been increased by six private boxes and 
one public box; the city needs about 100 additional boxes. We 
are now depending on the telephone, which reports about 50 per 
cent, of the fires, I trust that during the coming year the city 
will be able to purchase at least twenty-five new boxes. These, to- 
gether with the private boxes which are being put in occasionally, 
will be of great assistance to the Fire Department. An appropria- 
tion of $4,500.00 will meet all demands for maintaining and oper- 
ating this department for the coming year. I do not recommend 

any addition to the force. 

Respectfully, 

James Appleby, 
Chairman Police and Fire Committee. 




.TAMES B. MA KM I ON 
Chairman Streets, Bridges and Public Grounds Committee 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF 



J. B. MARMION 

CHAIRMAN STREETS, BRIDGES AND 
PUBLIC GROUNDS COMMITTEE 

For the Year Ending February 28, 1907 






REPORT OF STREETS, BRIDGES AND 
PUBLIC GROUNDS COMMITTEE. 



Houston, Texas, March 16, 1907. 

HON. H. B. RICE, 

Mayor of the City of Houston: 

Dear Sir: I have the honor to submit to you the reports and 
statements of the different departments coming under my super- 
vision during the year commencing March 1, 1906, ending Feb- 
ruary 28, 1907. I also enclose a few remarks for your considera- 
tion. 

STATEMENTS. 

Exhibit A. Sweeping and cleaning of streets. 

Exhibit B. Bridges, and repairs of crossings. 

Exhibit C. Ditching. 

Exhibit D. Grading of streets. 

Exhibit E. Flushing. 

Exhibit F. Paving repairs. 

Exhibit G. City prisoners' work. 

Exhibit H. Material on hand. 

Exhibit I. Implements on hand. 



ANNUAL EXPENSES, STREET AND BRIDGE DEPARTMENT. 

Ending 12 Ending 12 Increase 

months months or 

1907. 1906. Decrease. 

Salaries, superintendence $3,514.87 $2,887.42 $ 627.45 I. 

Repairs and removals, buildings. . 994.30 130.80 863.50 I. 

Repairs and removals, equipments. 468.60 3,776.40 3,307.80 D. 

Repairs and removals, bridges 24,894.48 31,101.57 6,207.09 D. 

Live stock, replacement and keep. 496.84 2,677.35 2,280.51 D. 

Street cleaning 25,694.48 17,750.26 7,944.22 I. 

Street repairing 23,416.30 19,378.77 4,037.53 I. 

Others 547.51 2,919.58 2,372.07 D. 

Extraordinary repairs of pave- 
ments and other work 8,106.99 

Totals $88,034.37 $80,622.15 

I. — Increase. D. — Decrease. 



Report of Streets, Bridges and Public Grounds Committee 31 

My report embraces a review of the work done in my depart- 
ment. We have profited by experience, and expect to keep a more 
detailed account of the work done, so that in the future we can 
place our hand on any work that has been done, no matter how 
small it may be. 

The night sweeping gang, which was added to my department 
after the Commission took charge, has done fine work toward 
keeping the city in a good, sanitary condition; the appearance of 
the streets every morning shows the wisdom of doing such work. 

The addition of one more sweeper and two wagons would in- 
crease the sweeping facilities to forty (40) or more blocks a night, 
and I would advise such being done, on account of the increase of 
pavements being put down. The condition of some of our gravel 
streets warrants that we should give them attention as soon as 
possible; we have been getting some gravel, but not enough to do 
much good. I believe that the gravel situation is such that it 
would be advisable for the city to buy its own gravel bed, as the 
price of gravel beds is steadily increasing. It would take close 
to ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) to put the gravel streets in 
good, condition, and I think that we should keep them in better 
condition, and we can only do so by getting the gravel for that 
purpose. I would also advise the addition of two or more sprink- 
lers, for the keeping down of dust is necessary to the health of 
the community. 

We have profited by experience, and now filling our revolving 
brooms, thereby saving to the city from twelve to fifteen dollars 
a month on this one item. 

The following streets should be resurfaced with gravel: Mc- 
Gowen, Rusk, Caroline, German, Buffalo, Hogan, Loraine, Nance, 
Waverley, Clark, Harrisburg Road. 

It would take about 5,000 cubic yards to re-surface the above 
streets. Some of them are worn through to the dirt, and in an- 
other year will be gone. 

We haye, I believe, kept the streets in better condition the past 
year than ever before; but the city is growing so fast, telephone 
and telegraph companies are tearing up the streets, and so many 
homes having gas and sewer connections put in, that the streets 



32 Report of Streets, Bridges and Public Grounds Committee 



are being torn up continually by the different contractors, that 1 
would advise that an inspector be appointed for the purpose of 
attending to such complaints, and see that the cuts are put back 
in good condition, as it is necessary that a continual watch be 
kept on some contractors to see that the cuts in the streets are 
put back in good condition. 

Sam Houston Park is in need of some improvements. The 
addition of play grounds and apparatus for the children, I think, 
would be greatly appreciated by the public, and I would ask that 
one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) be set aside for such improve- 
ments. Three hundred (300) new benches were built for the 
park last year. 

Elizabeth Baldwin Park, opposite Charlotte Allen School, will 
be a beautiful play ground for the children, but will need some 
improvements in the way of benches and such. 

The park is getting to be quite a resting place for the people 
on Sunday. Thousands of people can be seen there every Sun- 
day, especially when the band concerts are given. Last year the 
city donated five hundred dollars ($500.00) toward the concerts, 
the ladies paying the rest by subscription and the giving of a ball 
game, donating the funds to the free music. Every large city 
gives concerts in its parks, and I think that we should not fall 
behind in that respect. I recommend that the music fund be raised 
to two thousand dollars ($2,000.00 )for 1907 and 1908. Xo 
amount that we could give would be more appreciated by the pub- 
lic than this amount, given for the purpose of giving free concerts 
to the people in the city parks. 

The condition of the asphalt streets is getting to be a serious 
question, as they are in constant need of repairs. I believe it would 
be advisable for the city to own a plant of its own, as nearly every 
asphalt contract under which the streets were laid will have run 
out, and the expense of repairing them, while much cheaper at 
present than in the past, can still be lessened by the city doing 
the work itself. 

The expenses of the city naturally increase with the growth of 
the city. The limits have been extended, and residents in the 
newly acquired territory naturally ask for needed improvements. 



Report of Streets, Bridges and Public Grounds Committee 38 

The budget for years past in the Street and Bridge Department 
has been sixty thousand dollars ($60,000.00). The adding of the 
night sweeping gang has increased the expenses about twenty thou- 
sand dollars ($20,000.00) or more above what has been spent in 
the past; therefore I recommend that the budget for the Street 
and Bridge Department be increased to seventy-five thousand dol- 
lars ($75,000.00), and sixty-five hundred dollars ($6,500.00) for 
the parks. 

Eespectfully submitted, 

J. B. Marmion, 
Chairman Streets, Bridges and Public Grounds. 



ANNUAL REPORT 

OF 

TOM BRINGHURST 

CITY CONTROLLER 
For the Year Ending February 28, 1907 



REPORT OF CITY CONTROLLER 



Houston, Texas, March 14, 1907. 

To the Honorable City Council of the City of Houston: 

Gentlemen : As I am directed by charter requirement, I here- 
with submit to you my annual report for the fiscal year ended 
February 28, 1907, which embraces the following exhibits and 
schedules of detail, to-wit : 

Exhibit "A," Comparative General Balance Sheet at February 
28, 1907 and 1906. 
Schedules : 

Xo. 1 — Bills for collection. 
Xo. 2 — Property and improvements. 
Xo. 3 — Warrants outstanding. 
Xo. 4 — Audited vouchers. 
Xo. 5 — Special deposits repayable. 
Xo. 6 — Miscellaneous current liabilities. 
Xo. 7— Bonded debt. 
Exhibit "B," Eevenue and Expenses for the years ended Feb- 
ruary 28, 1907 and 1906. 
Schedules : 

Xo. 1 — Revenues classified and compared. 
Xo. 2 — Expenses classified and compared. 
Exhibit "C" Cash Receipts and Disbursements for year ended 
February 28th, 1907. 

Exhibit "D, v Department Expenses for the current year, with 
the appropriations made therefor. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Tom Bringhurst, 

Controller. 



38 



Report of City Controller 



28, 



CITY OF HOUSTON. 
Office of the City Controller. 

Comparative General Balance Sheet February 
1907 and 1906. 

ASSETS. 

Available: February 28, 

Cash — 1907. 

In hands of City Treasurer: 

Geueral fund * \ . .$ 48,127.04 

Paving fund 

Bond fund 7,255.07 

School fund 839.71 

Special deposits 4,140.90 

Water Department fund 30,062.01 

Total 



February 28, 
1906. 

; 19,039.21 

3,809.76 

33,100.39 

500.49 

3,772.30 



Increase 
or Decrease. 

$ 29,087.83 

3,809.76 

25,845.32 

339.22 

368.60 

30,062.01 



Cash in Hands of 



Treasurer $ 90,424.73 

In other hands : 

Board of Liquidation $ 80,763.45 

City Assessor and Collector 1,881.66 

Police Department 55.10 

Scavenger Department 108.25 

"Water Department .20 

Electrical Department 76.35 

Market Master (Eed) .75 

Total 

Working funds: 

City Attorney • $ 25.00 $ 

Delinquent Tax Department 25.00 

Assessor and Collector 650.00 

Police Department 50.00 

Water Department 50.00 

Total $ 800.00 $ 



60,222.15 $ 30,202.58 



83,716.30 

11,195.31 

39.10 

51.00 

40.60 

287.70 



$ 82,884.26 $ 95,330.01 



25.00 

25.00 

650.00 

50.00 



750.00 



Total Cash in Other Hands, 



Total Cash $ 174,108.99 

Accounts 'Receivable — 

Taxes in hands of Assessor and Col- 
lector $ 382,018.41 

Other items in hands of Assessor 

and Collector 159.25 

Bills for collection— Sched. No. 1 . . 2,260.26 

Water Department 13,980.88 

Scavenger Department 277.70 

Miscellaneous 5.00 



83,684.26 $ 96,080.01 



$ 156,302.16 



$ 469,635.25 

149.25 
10,844.13 

3,137.20 

6,000.00 

Total Accounts Eeceivable. .$ 398,701.50 $ 489,765.83 



Total Available Assets $ 572,810.49 ' $ 

Contingent : * 

Tax suit $ 

Shortages and discrepancies 

Total Contingent $ 

Not Available: 

Property and improvements — Sched- 



646,067.99 

4,039.37 
24,124.01 

28,163.38 



ule No. 2 $5,552,831.06 

Total Assets , 



$4,436,911.34 



125,641.55 $5,111,142.71 



2,952.85 

9,313.65 

16.00 

57.25 

.20 

35.75 

288.45 



*$ 


12,445.75 


$ 








50.00 


$ 


50.00 


*$ 


12,395.75 


$ 


17,806.83 



87,616.84 

10.00 

8,583.87 

13,980.88 

2,859.50 

5,995.00 



*$ 


91,064.33 


*$ 


73,257.50 


■*$ 


4,039.37 
24,124.01. 


*$ 


28,163.38 


$1,115,919.72 


$1,014,498.84 



'Decrease. 



EXHIBIT "A" 



( Continued ) — 1. 



Report of City Controller 39 



CITY OF HOUSTON. 
Office of the City Controller. 

Comparative General Balance Sheet— Continued. 

LIABILITIES. 

February 28, February 28, Increase 

Current: 1907. 1906. or Decrease. 

Warrants outstanding— Sched. No. 3 .. $ 2,601.51 $ 831.15 $ 1,770.36 

Audited vouchers— Schedule No. 4... 29,857.81 30,066.94 * 209.13 

Interest accrued on bond debt 44,622.47 38,564.82 6,057.65 

Special deposits— Schedule No. 5 4,027.90 3,782.30 245.60 

Miscellaneous— Schedule No. 6 1,394.60 1,385.68 8.92 

Total Current Liabilities $ 82,504.29 $ 74,630.89 $ 7,873.40 

Contingent : 

Houston Water Co $ 70,339.64 *$ 70,339.64 

Bonded Debt— Schedule No. 7 . .$3,919,000.00 $3,499,000.00 $ 420,000.00 

Water Works Mortgage $ 467,000.00 $ 467,000.00 

Certificates of Ind'b 'ness (Storrie). .$ 43,000.00 $ 54,900.00 *$ 11,900.00 

Refund Paving Certificates $ 322,443.72 $ 347,517.04 *$ 25,073.32 

Excess of Assets over Liabilities $1,291,693.54 $1,064,755.14 $ 226,938.40 



Total Liabilities $6,125,641.55 $5,111,142.71 $1,014,498.84 

'Decrease. 



EXHIBIT "A." ( Concluded )-2. 



40 Report of City Controller 

CITY OF HOUSTON. 
Office of the City Controller. 

Bills for Collection. 

Date. No. Amount. 

Aug. 31, 1905 Houston Cavalry Co 230 $ 30.00 

Oct. 6, 1906 W. Wise ' 338 5.00 

Nov. 12, 1906 Bobischung Bros 352 17.50 

Nov. 28, 1906 Southwestern Tel. and Tel Co 357 8.00 

Nov. 30, 1906 Citizens ' Telephone Co 361 .25 

Dec. 27, 1906 J. W. Tbiel 368 5.00 

Dec. 31, 1906 County of Harris 371 465.99 

Dec. 31, 1906 Citizens ' Telephone Co 378 1.25 

Jan. 15, 1907 Waterman Car Wheel Co 384 138.52 

Jan. 28,1907 Houston Electric Co 388 1,085.42 

Jan. 31, 1907 H. & T. C. E. B, Co 397 62.90 

Jan. 31, 1907 Southern Pacific Co 398 348.60 

Feb. — 1907 A. N. Fitzgerald 401 30.00 

Feb. 18, 1907 E. C. Lamb 404 3.50 

Feb. 28, 1907 H. & T. C. E. E, Co 409 1.00 

Feb. 28, 1907 Houston Lighting and Power Co 410 3.50 

Feb. 28, 1907 Southwestern Tel. and Tel. Co 411 5.50 

Feb. 28, 1907 Houston Electric Co 412 28.33 

Feb. 28, 1907 C. F. Winkler 413 20.00 



Total $2,260.26 



EXHIBIT "A"— Schedule No. 1. 



Report of City Controller 41 



CITY OF HOUSTON. 
Office of the City Controller. 

Property and Improvements February 28, 1907, and 1906. 

February 28, February 28, Increase 

1907. 1906. or Decrease. 

Legal Department : 

Law Library $ 726.00 $ 726.00 



City Hall and Market House $ 642,022.20 $ 642,022.20 



Police Department — City Jail $ 52,099.00 $ 52,099.00 



Fire Department : 

Central Fire Station $ 87,172.20 $ 87,172.20 

Hose Company No. 1 7,648.50 7,648.50 

Hose Company No. 5 13,528.50 13,528.50 

Hose Company No. 6 10,481.13 10,481.13 

Fire Station No. 7 13,170.50 13,170.50 

Fire Station No. 8 . 14,425.00 14,425.00 

Fire Station No. 9 10,768.50 10,768.50 

Fire Station No. 10 15,124.00 15,124.00 

First Ward Engine House 7,304.92 7,304.92 



Total $ 179,623.25 



Electrical Department : 

Fire Alarm Telegraph $ 15,158.24 $ 13,928.70 $ 1,229.54 



Health Department : 

Smallpox Camp $ 375.00 

Crematory 17,168.00 



Total $ 17,543.00 



Scavenger Department $ 3,400.00 



$ 


179,623.25 


$ 


13,928.70 


$ 


375.00 
17,168.00 


$ 


17,543.00 


$ 


3,400.00 



Street and Bridge Department $ 4,682.90 $ 4,682.90 

City stable building 2,686.43 2,686.43 

Opening and widening streets 26,738.71 26,738.71 

Bridges 61,850.00 61,850.00 



Total $ 95,958.04 $ 95,958.04 



Assessor and Collector: 

Stewart block book system $ 10,000.00 $ 10,000.00 



Garbage Department $ 4,138.76 $ 3,360.00 $ 77? 



Sewer Department : 

Sanitary sewer system — pumping sta- 
tion $ 70,876.29 $ 70,876.29 $ 

Sanitary sewer system — filter beds. . . 111,761.76 111,761.76 

Sanitary sewer system— intercepting. . 137,053.98 137,053.98 

Sewers subsequent to Jan. 1, 1899... 109,698.50 101,449.74 8,248.76 



Total $ 429,390.53 $ 421,141.77 $ 8,248.76 



Forward $1,450,059.02 $1,429,075.96 $ 20,983.06 

EXHIBIT "A"-Schedule No. 2. ( Continued)-!. 



42 



Report of City Controller 



CITY OF HOUSTON. 
Office of the City Controller. 

Property and Improvements, Etc 

February 28, 
1907. 
Forward $1,450,059.02 



, — Continued. 

February 28, 

1906. 
$1,429,075.96 



Increase, 
or Decrease. 

$ 20,983.06 



Schools: 

High School (white) 

High School (manual training) 

Rusk (white) 

Longfellow (white) 

Fannin (white) 

Taylor (white) 

Dow (white) 

Hawthorne (white) 

Cascara (white) 

Jones (white) 

Austin (white) 

Allen (white) 

F. R. Lubbock (white) 

Breckenridge (white) 

Beauchamp Springs (white) 

Site — Washington Street , 

High School (colored) 

First Ward School (colored) 

Langston (colored) 

Douglass (colored) 

Fifth Ward School (colored) 

Sixth Ward School (colored) 

Fourth Ward School (colored) 

Additions to school buildings in 1905 



160,500.00 

7,425.89 

25,400.00 

17,500.00 

67,500.00 

22,587.50 

20,583.00 

29,700.00 

39,800.00 

34,926.00 

26,898.75 

36,101.86 

28,419.00 

24,410.07 

470.00 

5,000.00 

32,450.00 

3,800.00 

10,580.00 

11,500.00 

5,000.00 

2,150.00 

11,690.00 

9,700.95 



160,500.00 $. 



25,400.00 
17,500.00 
67,500.00 
22,587.50 
20,583.00 
29,700.00 
39,800.00 
34,926.00 
26,898.75 



5,112.05 
470.00 

5,000.00 
32,450.00 

3,800.00 
10,580.00 
11,500.00 

5,000.00 

3,700.00 
11,690.00 

9,700.95 



7,425.89 



36,101.86 
28,419.00 
19,298.02 



1,550.00 



Total Schools $ 634,093.02 $ 544,398.25 $ 89,694.77 



Water Works Plant $ 896,423.20 



896,423.20 



Sam Houston Park $ 36,511.65 

Vicks' Park and Annex 50,500.00 

Elizabeth Baldwin Park — donated 



36,511.65 



50,500.00 



Total Parks $ 87,011.65 $ 36,511.65 $ 50,500.00 



Paving subsequent to Jan. 1, 1899 $ 816,081.73 $ 758.459.70 . $ 57,622.03 



Carnegie Library building $ 8,619.62 $ 8,619.62 

Buffalo Bayou $ 696.66 .? 

Undistributed, prior to Jan. 1, 1899. .. .$1,659,846.16 $1,659,846.16 



696.66 



Total Property and Improvem'ts. $5,552,831.06 $4,436,911.34 $1,115,919.72 



^Decrease. 



EXHIBIT "A"- Schedule No. 2. ( Concluded )— 2. 



Report of City Controller 43 

CITY OF HOUSTON. 
Office of the City Controller. 

List of Warrants Outstanding- February 28, 1907. 

Pate. School Warrants. No. Amount. 

Nov. 17, 1904 Southwestern Tel. and Tel. Co 178 $ 18.00 

Jan. 31, 1907 Union Iron Works 820 12.36 

Feb. 28,1907 Houston Paint Co 835 3.40 

Feb. 28, 1907 C. O. Williams 844 2.75 

Feb. 28, 1907 Eudolph Jung 846 7.75 

Feb. 28, 1907 Fuller-Cook Hardware Co 850 " 18.25 

Feb. 28, 1907 T. Pillot 852 2.00 

Feb. 28, 1907 Eice & Coles 853 10.26 

Feb. 28, 1907 John Clay 855 27.50 

Feb. 28, 1907 L. W. Woods 859 10.00 

Feb. 28, 1907 Mrs. W. J. Thompson 860 20.00 

City Warrants. 

Oct. 17, 1902 F. F. Chew 17344 100.00 

Pec 19, 1904 H. C. Cain 2328 16.25 

July 3, 1905 W. P. Cleveland 12746 500.00 

Nov. 26, 1906 J. P. Welsh 4605 40.00 

Nov. 26, 1906 C. M. Lusk 4609 8.00 

Jan. 15, 1907 Hendre Wire Brush Co 4821 13.50 

Jan. 18, 1907 Bering-Cortes Hardware Co 4876 34.00 

Jan. 23, 1907 W. G. Love '. 4884 10.00 

Feb. 16, 1907 W. L. Lane 4925 20.50 

Feb. 19, 1907 Stewart Abstract Co 4930 90.90 

Feb. 19, 1907 Flaxman Notion Co 4941 36.00 

Feb. 19, 1907 S. F. Hayward Co 4943 36.83 

Feb. 19, 1907 Woods Electric Co 4945 15.97 

Feb. 19, 1907 N. Y. Belting and Pkg. Co 4946 69.00 

Feb. 19, 1907 Lewis Batting Co 4952 13.50 

Feb. 19, 1907 F. E. Koehler 4953 12.15 

Feb. 19, 1907 W. L. Morris & Co 4955 90.00 

Feb. 19, 1907 G. A. Schifer 4956 13.75 

Feb. 19, 1907 John Blau 4957 2.50 

Feb. 19, 1907 Peden Iron and Steel Co 4973 34.15 

Feb. 19, 1907 Texas Lamp and Oil Co 4974 14.75 

Feb. 19, 1907 W. Euppersberg 4982 84.96 

Feb. 19, 1907 Chas. H. Vass & Co 4984 60.00 

Feb. 19, 1907 Bonner Oil Co 4988 103.17 

Feb. 19, 1907 T. Pillot 4989 3.00 

Feb. 19, 1907 Wm. Ware Lumber Co 4993 28.30 

Feb. 19, 1907 Fuller-Cook Hardware Co' 4996 1.92 

Feb. 19, 1907 Kettler Brass Mfg. Co 4997 14.40 

Feb. 19, 1907 Hartwell Iron Works 4999 25.75 

Feb. 19, 1907 Eeynolds Fisher 5001 1.85 

Feb. 19, 1907- H. Mueller Mfg. Co 5005 318.75 

Feb. 19, 1907 Bonner Oil Co 5007 34.78 

Feb. 19, 1907 Peden Iron and Steel Co 5008 99.56 

Feb. 23, 1907 B. W. Armstrong 5015 162.02 

Feb. 25, 1907 Geo. Ellis 5019 19.37 

Feb. 27, 1907 B. W. Armstrong 5020 324.6b 

Feb. 27, 1907 Pave McNally '. 5022 15.00 

Total .$2,601.51 

EXHIBIT "A" -Schedule No. 3. 



44 



Report of City Controller 



CITY OF HOUSTON. 
Office of the City Controller. 

Audited Vouchers— February 28, 1907. 

No. 

11792. Legal pay roll, February $ 658.33 

11793. Electrical pay roll, February 315.00 

11794. Miscellaneous pay roll, February 2,470.87 

11795. Garbage pay roll, February 140.00 

11796. Scavenger pay roll, February 358.21 

11797. Street and bridge pay roll, February 167.50 

11798. Street and bridge pay roll, February 400.00 

11799. Assessor and Collector pay roll, February 995.00 

11800. Engineer pay roll, February 985.00 

11801. Sewer pay roll, February 565.00 

11802. Health pay roll, February 610.83 

11803. Chain Gang pay roll, February 205.00 

11804. Police pay roll, February 5,318.85 

11805. Fire pay roll, February 4 582.25 

11806. Water pay roll, February 375.00 

11807. Water pay roll, February 340.00 

11808. Water, week ended February 28 122.50 

11809. Water, week ended February 28 113.00 

11810. Park, week ended February 28 24.00 

11811. Sewer, filter beds, February 28 48.00 

11812. Sewer, pump house, February 28 65.80 

11813. Scavenger, week ended February 28 119.74 

11814. Garbage, week ended February 28 242.07 

11815. Street and bridge, week ended February 28 771.70 

11816. Special Police, Mayor, February 53.60 

11817. Block paving improvement, week ended Feb. 28 110.50 

11818. Houston Chronicle, printing election 14.40 

11819. Lawyer 's Co-operative Pub. Co., books 6.00 

11820. J. L. Mitchell, winding clock 10.00 

11821. Magnolia Paper Co., paper 6.25 

11822. W. H. Coyle & Co., stationery 65.20 

11823. Houston Gas Co., gas ' 22.63 

11824. W. H. Irvin, feed 4.40 

11825. Jos. F. Meyer Co., one wagon 42.00 

11826. Hobson Electric Co., supplies 89.56 

11827. Keithly-Barber Co., gas hose 1.25 

11828. John Blau, shoeing horse 1.25 

1 1829. Chas. H. Vass & Co., bamboo 121.50 

11830. Texas Lamp and Oil Co., oil .60 

11831. Mosehart & Keller Co., repairs 26.60 

11832. Frank Eller, repairs 7.25 

11833. Peden Iron and Steel Co., sundries. 1.60 

11834. South Texas Lumber Co., lumber 26.90 

11835. C. Jim Stewart & Stevenson, repairs 8.00 

11836. Simon Roos & Sons, overalls 1.50 

11837. F. W. Heitmann Co., sundries 4.05 

11838. Dickson Car Wheel Co., repairs 2.00 

Forward $20,620.69 



EXHIBIT "A"-Schedule No. 4. 



Continued)—!. 



Report of City Controller 



45 



CITY OF HOUSTON. 
Office of the City Controller. 

Audited Vouchers— Continued. 

Forward $20,620.69 

No. 

11839. Houston Electric Co., gravel $ 674.09 

11840. Buske 's Towel Supply Co., clean towels 1^00 

11841. C. H. Hoencke, repairs . 5 00 

11842. "W. H. Coyle & Co., stationery 6.00 

11843. G. A. Schifer, horseshoeing 12.50 

11844. Bering-Cortes Hardware Co., valve leather .15 

11845. James Bute, paints 11.50 

11846. Buske 's Towel Supply Co., clean towels 2.00 

11847. Stewart Abstract and Title Co., block books 69.00 

11848. Buske ; s Towel Supply Co., clean towels 1.00 

11849. W. H. Coyle & Co., stationery . 19/59 

11850. Houston Printing Co., advertising 23.00 

11851. A. E. Stinson, court costs , 60.00 

11852. Peden Iron and Steel Co., boiler gaskets 6.50 

11853. Peden Iron and Steel Co., sundries 257.21 

11854. Bonner Oil Co., oil 68.90 

11855. W. H. Coyle & Co., stationery 6.35 

11856. Lilienthal Bros., feed 23.11 

11857. W. L. Macatee & Sons, cement 2.25 

11858. F. W. Heitmann Co.. sundries 10.93 

11859. H. Mueller Mfg. Co., sundries 397.81 

11860. Collins Bros., wiped joints 5.25 

11861. P. H. Eies, repairs " 9.00 

11862. B. A. Eiesner, repairs 38.00 

11863. Buske 's Towel Supply Co., clean towels 1.00 

11864. South Texas Grain Co., feed 2.70 

11865. Peden Iron and Steel Co., sundries 56.31 

118.66. Houston Lyceum and Carnegie Library, 1906 appropriation 416.74 

11867. Settegast & Kopf Co., buggy, February 50.00 

11868. Buske 's Towel Supply Co., clean towels 1.00 

11869. Henke & Pillot, groceries 4.25 

11870. St. Joseph 's Infirmary, care of sick 148.80 

11871. Southern Drug Co., drugs 3.78 

11872. Isaac S. Fox, supplies 4.85 

11873. C. L. & Theo. Bering, supplies 5.95 

11874. F. E. Koehler, groceries 22.60 

11875. Brasher & Curlee, feeding mules 150.00 

11876. B. A. Eiesner, repairs ■. 9.55 

11877. Jesse Jones Lumber Co., lumber 21.70 

11878. Houston Blue Print Co., paper 13.98 

11879. W. H. Coyle & Co., stationery 13.50 

11880. Buske 's Towel Supply Co., clean towels 1.00 

11881. Stewart* & Masterson, horse and buggy 41.25 

11882. Bering-Cortes Hardware Co., sundries 4.86 

11883. Tofte Boiler and Sheet Iron Works, repairs 17.00 

11884. Peden Iron and Steel Co., sundries 38.2S 

' Forward $23,359.84 



EXHIBIT "A"— Schedule No. 4. 



Continued 



46 



Report of City Controller 



CITY OF HOUSTON. 
Office of the City Controller. 

Audited Vouchers— Continued. 

Forward $23,359.84 

No. 

11885. Texas Lamp and Oil Co., oil $ .60 

11886. Brasher & Curlee, feed, one mule 15.00 

11887. B. A. Riesner, repairs 3.75 

11888. F. W. Heitmann Co., sundries 10.50 

11889. Houston Lighting and Power Co., lights, Jan. and Feb 18.20 

11890. Standard Printing and Litho. Co., stationery 1.80 

11891. W. S. Hipp, repairs 1,126.81 

11892. A. T. Lucas, eoal , 22.00 

11893. Houston Chronicle, advertising 5.45 

11894. Schilling & Coles, horseshoeing ' 3.75 

11895. J. N. Mclver, hay 24.00 

11896. Texas Lamp and Oil Co., oil .60 

11897. W. H. Coyle & Co., printing 25.75 

11898. Childress & Taylor, insurance 43.75 

11899. Houston Lighting and Power Co., lights 2.20 

11900. Henke & Pillot, supplies 4.35 

11901. Robischung Bros., repairs 22.20 

] 1902. Houston Gas Co., gas 20.13 

11903. Mosehart & Keller, repairs 2.00 

11904. O. P. Jackson & Co., feed 41.82 

11905. Mrs. W. H. Smith, feeding prisoners 395.20 

11906. Bering-Cortes Hardware Co., supplies .75 

11907. Oliver Cranston, feed 361.38 

11908. Houston Lighting and Power Co., lights 60.60 

11909. Texas Lamp and Oil Co., oil 14.45 

11910. Texas & Louisiana Lumber Co., lumber 16.44 

11911. John Rudersdorf, work 77.50 

11912. C. L. & Theo. Bering, supplies .15 

11913. Gus W. Tips, supplies 20.25 

11914. John Blau, horseshoeing 1.25 

11915. F. W. Heitmann Co., supplies .90 

11916. G. W. Price, work 35.00 

11917. Bering-Cortes Hardware Co., supplies 9.90 

11918. Houston Gas Co., gas 13.49 

11919. Mosehart & Keller; repairs 92.10 

11920. James Bute, paint 8.80 

11921. Henke & Pillot, supplies 14.30 

11922. Stewart & Masterson, horseshoeing 17.25 

11923. A. T. Lucas, coal 151.50 

11924. Schilling & Coles, horseshoeing : 13.25 

11925. Hartwell Iron Works, supplies 10.00 

11926. A. T. Lucas, coal 84.00 

11927. Crystal Ice and Fuel Co., ice 6.00 

11928. Houston Lighting and Power Co., lights 3,698.85 

Total $29,857.81 



EXHIBIT " A"-Schedule No. 4. ( Concluded ) -3. 



Report of City Controller 47 

CITY OF HOUSTON. 
Office of the City Controller. 

Special Deposits, Re-Payable, February 28, 1907. 

Modern Plumbing Co 6 $ 75.00 

J. W. Thiel 8 97.20 

W. W. Otter 11 35.00 

Lead Pipe Plumbing Co 15 45.00 

Eobischung Bros 20 230.00 

Western Union Telegraph Co 22 200.00 

Southwestern Tel. and Tel Co 23 2,062.50 

Houston Gas Co 24 500.00 

John Brooks 27 38.50 

F. L. Putnam 30 10.00 

Eice Hotel 35 74.80 

T. T. Ollis 38 10.00 

Otto Gersteman 40 10.00 

Citizens ' Telephone Co 47 10.00 

Pete Wilson 48 10.00 

J. O. Eoss 50 10.00 

A. Stewart 50 10.00 

Mrs. Josie Bell 51 20.00 

Collins Bros 53 106.00 

Houston Saw Mill Co 55 20.00 

J. J. Sweeney for A. Stewart 55 10.00 

F. Stech . 55 10.00 

Binz & Settegast 56 10.00 

Stancliff Well Screen and Mfg. Co 56 10.00 

F. Waeldeman 58 15.00 

McNeely & Heitmann 63 45.00 

Keithly-Barber Co. 65 70.40 

C. H. Condon & Son 67 28.50 

F. C. Van Liew 69 75.00 

Frank & Bammel 71 80.00 

D. Eipley i 74 10.00 

P. K. Fonsworth 75 20.00 

L. W. Craig. 76 10.00 

American Coffee Co 76 10.00 

Frank Phillips 76 10.00 

C. E. Oliver 77 30.00 

C. J. Gary 77 10.00 



Total $4,027.90 



EXHIBIT "A"-Schedule No. 5. 



48 Report of City Controller 

CITY OF HOUSTON. 
Office of the City Controller. 

Miscellaneous Current Liabilities, 
February 28, 1907. 

Unclaimed wages $ 253.00 

Firemen 's fund 7.45 

School building insurance 1,134.15 

Total $1,394.60 



EXHIBIT "A"-Schedule No. 6. 



Report of City Controller 49 



CITY OF HOUSTON. 
Office of the City Controller. 

Bonded Debt, February 28, 1907. 

Date Issued. Rate. Amount. 

1882 30-year funding bonds 6% $ 524,000.00 

1888 30-year compromise bonds 6% 500,000.00 

1888 30-year compromise bonds 5% 503,000.00 

1894 30-year public school building bonds 6% 100,000.00 

1896 40-year bridge building bonds 5% 39,000.00 

1897 40-year Market House funding bonds 5% 109,000.00 

1897 40-year paving and sewer bonds 5% 250,000.00 

1897 40-year school building bonds 5% 50,000.00 

1898 25-year school building refunding bonds 5% 60,000.00 

1898 40-year paving, sewer and permanent improve- 
ment bonds 5% 100,000.00 

1899 40-year paving and sewer bonds 5% 100,000.00 

1899 40-year sewerage and sanitary system bonds. 5% 300,000.00 

1901 40-year paving bonds 5% 240,000.00 

1901 40-year sewer bonds 5% 60,000.00 

1901 40-year school building bonds 5% 50,000.00 

1903 40-year Market, Engine and School House 

bonds 5% 100,000.00 

1903 40-year paving bonds 5% 300,000.00 

1904 40-year improvement bonds 5% 100,000.00 

July 16, 1906 40-year Water Works bonds 5% 434,000.00 

Total $3,919,000.00 



Jan. 


1, 


July 
July 


1, 
1, 


May 
May 
Jan. 


1, 
1, 
1, 


July 
Dec. 


1, 
1, 


Jan. 


1, 


July 


1, 


Jan. 


2, 


Nov. 


15, 


Aug. 
Aug. 
Aug. 
Aug. 


1, 

1, 

1, 

15, 


Oct. 


1, 


Oct. 


1, 



EXHIBIT "A" -Schedule No. 7. 



50 Report of City Controller 

CITY OF HOUSTON. 
Office of the City Controller. 

Statement of Revenue and Expense for the Years 
Ended February 28, 1907 and 1906. 

1907. 1906. 

Eevenue — 

Schedule No. 1, Exhibit " B ' '—ordinary $1,122,091.18 $968,581.10 

Schedule No. 1, Exhibit ' ' B ' '—extraordinary 12,550.00 



Total Eevenue $1,134,641.18 $968,581.10 



Expense — 

Ordinary— Schedule No. 2, Exhibit ' ' B ' ' $ 849,474.94 $801,175.31 

Extraordinary— Schedule No. 2, Exhibit < < B " 233,305.51 25,009.75 



Total Expense $1,082,780.45 $826,185.06 



Excess of revenue over expense $ 51,860.73 $142,396.04 



EXHIBIT "B." 



Report of City Controller 51 



CITY OF HOUSTON. 
Office of the City Controller. 

Revenue, Classified and Compared, for the Fiscal Years Ended 
February 28, 1907 and 1906. 

General Government: 

Law Department — 1907. 

City Attorney 's office $ 437.00 



Finance Department — 

City Assessor and Collector: 

Interest $10,151.39 

Advertising and costs 4,791.60 



Total Finance Department $14,942.99 



Total General Government $15,379.99 

Public Safety: 

Police Department — 

Special details and appointments $ 7,299.45 

Pound fees 3,641.25 

Dog Licenses 808.00 

Other 396.50 



Total $12,145.20 



Corporation Court — 

Fines and costs $15,941.80 



Fire Department $ 25.00 



Health Department $ 29.00 



Scavenger Department $16,692.75 

Boiler Inspector — 

Inspection fees 

Engineer 's examination fees 



Total 



Electrical Department $ 3,104.05 

Total Public Safety $47,937.80 



Eevenue (Forward) $63,317.79 



■Decrease. 



1906. 
$ 506.31 


Increase 
or Decrease. 
*$ 69.31 


$ 8,397.62 
3,815.95 


$1,753.77 
975.65 


$12,213.57 


$2,729.42 


$12,719.88 


$2,660.11 


$ 3,797.00 

3,302.65 

524.00 


$3,502.45 
338.60 
284.00 
396.50 


$ 7,623.65 


$4,521.55 


$12,835.00 


$3,106.80 




$ 25.00 


■ $ 29.00 


$17,551.50 


*$ 858.75 


$ 533.75 
303.00 


*$ 533.75 
* 303.00 


$ 836.75 


*$ 836.75 


$ 2,864.75 


$ 239,30 


$41,711.65 


$6,226.15 


$54,431.53 


$8,886.26 



EXHIBIT "B" -Schedule No. 1. (Continued)—!. 



h-i 



Report of City Controller 



CITY OF HOUSTON. 
Office of the City Controller. 



Revenue, Classified e 
Eevenue (Forward) 


tnd C 


om] 

.$ 


pared, Etc 

1907. 
63,317.79 


;. — Continuec 

1906. 
$ 54,431.53 

$ 793.25 

1,857.50 

1,343.00 

491.20 


1. 

Increase, 
or Decrease 

$ 8,886.26 


Public Works: 
City Engineer — 


$ 


1,099.50 

2,058.50 

1,439.20 

491.70 


$ 306.25 

201.00 

96.20 

.50 


Building permits 

Plumbing and sewer inspection 
Other 


fees. . 


..$" 


Total 


5,088.90 


$ 4,484.95 


$ 603.95 






Street and Bridge Department. . . 




7,248.11 
12,337.01 




$ 7-,248.11 




Total Public Works 


$ 4,484.95 
$ 17,526.55 


$ 7,852.06 


Public Industries: 


$ 


17,401.15 
67,270.81 


*$ 125.40 






$ 


Water Department 




$ 67,270.81 




Art: 






Total Public Industries. . 


..$ 


84,671.96 


$ 17,526.55 


$ 67,145.41 


Public Education, Eecreation and 
Schools 


$ 


70,053.83 
150.00 


$ 67,029.21 
90.00 


$ 3,024.62 


Sam Houston Park 






60.00 




Eecri 






Total Public Education, 
tion and Art 


3A- 


70,203.83 
809,926.59 


$ 67,119.21 


$ 3,084.62 


Taxation : 

Ad valorem tax 


$742,820.00 

$ 3,678.10 
27,166.67 

8,227.76 
3,892.50 


$ 67,106.59 


Occupation taxes — 

Merchants 

Liquor 

Beer 


..$ 


3,657.15 

15,951.50 

5,290.56 

4,080.05 


*$ 20.95 

* 11,215.17 

* 2,937.20 

187.55 


Other 






Total 


..$ 


28,979.26 


$ 42,965.03 
$ 5,062.00 
$ 6,123.26 
$796,970.29 


*$ 13,985.77 


Poll tax 


$ 


5,079.00 


17.00 










Franchise tax 


..$ 


6,270.48 


$ 147.22 


Total Taxation 


..$ 


850,255.33 


$ 53,285.04 


Premium on Bonds 


$ 


25,259.23 


$ 25,259.23 










Miscellaneous . 


$ 


16,046.03 
,122,091.18 

11,000.00 
1,550.00 

12,550.00 

,134,641.18 


' $ 28,048.57 
$968,581.10 


*$ 12,002.54 
$153,510.08 

$ 11,000.00 


Total Ordinary Revenues. 
Eevenue — Extraordinary : 




..$1 

$ 




grour 


d. 

..$ 
..$1 




1,550.00 








Total 




$ 12,550.00 






Grand Total Eevenue. 


$968,581.10 


$166,060.08 



^Decrease. 



EXHIBIT "B"-Schedule No. 1. ( Concluded )-2-. 



Report of City Controller 53 

CITY OF HOUSTON. 
Office of the City Controller. 

Expense, Classified and Compared, for the Fiscal Years Ended 
February 28, 1907 and 1906. 

ORDINARY EXPENSE— Increase 

General Government: 1907. 1906. or Decrease. 

Executive — ■ 

Mayor's office: 

Salaries $ 4,000.00 $ 3,999.96 $ .04 

Other 863.10 1.00 862.10 

Total Executive $ 4,863.10 $ 4,000.96 $ 862.14 

Legislative — 
City Council: 

Salaries $ 9,600.00 $ 8,352.88 $1,247.12 

Other 

Total $ 9,600.00 $ 8,352.88 $1,247.12 

City Secretary : 

Salaries $ 1,200.00 $ 2,267.49 *$1,067.49 

Stationery and printing 76.75 73.85 2.90 

Other 154.50 65.75 88.75 

Total $ 1,431.25 $ 2,407.09 *$ 975.84 

Total Legislative: $11,031.25 $10,759.97 $ 271.28 

Law Department — 
City Attorney: 

Salaries $ 8,149.95 $ 7,579.95 $ 570.00 

Court costs 2,032.83 860.42 1,172.41 

Other 1,732.34 475.05 1,257.29 

Total Law Department $ 11,915.12 $ 8,915.42 $2,999,70 

Finance Department — 
City Controller's office: 

Salaries $ 3,090.30 $ 3,000.00 $ 90.30 

Stationery and printing 238.20 268.80 * 30.60 

Other 5.25 * 5.25 

Total $ 3,328.50 $ 3,274.05 $ 54.45 

Treasurer 's office : 

Salaries $ 600.00 $ 1,924.26 *$1,324.26 

Stationery and printing .50 * .50 

Other 14.00 * 14.00 

Total $ 600.00 $ 1,938.76 *$1,338.76 

Assessor and Collector 's office : 

Salaries $ 12,174.80 $ 12,412.55 *$ 237.75 

Advertising 950.85 995.83 * 44.98 

Stationery and printing 776.70 649.05 127.65 

Other 1,884.89 7,562.10 * 5,677.21 

Total $ 15,787.24 $ 21,619.53 *$5,832.29 

Total Finance Department $ 19,715.74 $ 26,832.34 *$7,116.60 

General Government {Forward) $ 47,525.21 $ 50,508.69 *$2,983.48 

*Decrease. EXHIBIT "B"— Schedule No. 2. ( Continued ) -1. 



54 Report of City Controller 



CITY OF HOUSTON. 
Office of the City Controller. 

Expense, Etc.— Continued. 

Increase 

Ordinary Expense {Continued). 1907. 1906. or Decrease. 

General Government {Forward) $ 47,525.21 $ 50,508.69 *$ 2,983.48 

Miscellaneous — 
City Hall : 

Repairs and renewals $ 619.80 $ 168.90 $ 450.90 

Salaries— operation 1,206.75 1,412.20 * 205.45 

Other— operation 914.89 1,001.80 * . 86.91 

Total... $ 2,741.44 $ 2,582.90 $ 158.54 

Elections : 

Salaries— judges and clerks $ 413.00 $ 651.00 *$ 238.00 

Stationery and printing 430.07 557.39 * 127.32 

otn er 140.10 583.00 * 442.90 

Total $ 983.17 $ 1,791.39 *$ 808.22 

Damages not Chargeable to Dep'ts: 

Injuries to individuals $ 2,725.00 $ 1,662.00 $ 1,063.00 

Damage to property 9,851.79 9,851.79 

Total $ 12,576.79 $ 1,662.00 $10,914.79 

Interest on bonded debt $205,146.40 $186,330.00 $18,816.40 

Miscellaneous interest and exchange $ 11,680.66 *$11,680.66 

Miscellaneous: 

Salaries $ 432.75 $ 90.00 $ 342.75 

Other 23,696.69 19,415.92 4,280.77 

Total $ 24,129.44 $ 19,505.92 $ 4,623.52 

Electric lights $ 41,603.52 $ 41,653.06 *$ 49.54 

Water $ 13,959.68 ' $ 23,930.88 *$ 9,971.20 

Total Miscellaneous $301,140.44 $289,136.81 . $12,003.63 

Total General Government $348,665.65 $339,645.50 $ 9,020.15 

Ordinary Expense {Forward) $348,665.65 $339,645.50 $9,020.15 

*Decrease. 



EXHIBIT "B"-Schedule No. 2. ( Continued )— 2. 



Report of City Controller 55 

CITY OF HOUSTON. 
Office of the City Controller. 



Expense, Etc.— Continued. 

Increase 

1907. 1906. or Decrease. 

Ordinary Expense {Forward) $ 348,665.65 $339,645.50 $ 9,020.15 

Public Safety: 

Police Department — 

Salaries $ 65,389.45 $ 62,022.75 $ 3,366.70 

Eepairs and renewals, wagons and 

harness 94.10 21.60 72.50 

Live stock, replacement and keep.... 378.40 347.54 30.86 

Eepairs and renewals — building 175.15 166.15 9.00 

Eepairs and renewals — equipment... 39.35 141.00 * 101.65 

Light and heat 326.41 362.60 * 36.19 

Subsistence of prisoners 4,077.00 4,887.88 * 810.88 

Stationery and printing 107.55 119.10 * 11.55 

Other 779.82 813.50 * 33.68 

Eepairs and renewals — pound 55.75 13.65 42.10 

Other expenses— pound 424.92 550.75 * 125.83 

Total $ 71,847.90 $ 69,446.52 $ 2,401.38 

Corporation Court — • 

Salaries $ 1,695.95 $ 2,220.00 *$ 524.05 

Other 199.35 196.00 3.35 

Total $ 1,895.30 $ 2,416.00 *$ 520.70 

Fire Department — ■ 

Salaries $ 54,705.30 $54,631.34 $ 73.96 

Eepairs and renewals— buildings.... 253.09 888.43 * 635.34 
Eepairs and renewals — furniture and 

bedding 28.40 114.10 * 85.70 

Eepairs and renewals— equipment .. . 4,278.70 1,932.80 2,345.90 

Live stock— replacement and keep. .. 6,657.06 4,983.16 1,673.90 

Fuel for engines 859.00 1,232.25 * 373.25 

Lubricants and other engine supplies 70.26 194.64 124,38 

Chemicals 119-32 75.52 43.80 

Light and heat 1,257.98 812.77 445.21 

Stationery and printing 14.50 55.25 40. to 

otber 519.08 266.82 252.26 

ToTAL $ 68,762.69 $65,187.08 $ 3,575.61 

Public Safety (Fonvard) .$ 142,505.89 $137,049.60 $ 5,456.29 

Ordinary Expense (Forward) $ 348,665.65 $339,645.50 $ 9,020.15 

*Decrease. 

EXHIBIT "B"— Schedule No. 2. (Continued)— 3. 



56 Report of City Controller 



CITY OF HOUSTON. 
Office of the City Controller. 



Expense, Etc.— Continued. 

Increase 
1907. 1906. or Decrease. 

Ordinary Expense {Forward) $ 348,665.65 $339,645.50 $ 9,020.15 

Public Safety (Forward) $ 142,505.89 $137,049.60 $ 5,456.29 



Health Department — 

Salaries, superintendence $ 3,649.96 $ 3,699.96 *$ 50.00 

Salaries, inspectors 3,057.80 2,873.29 184.51 

Eepairs and renewals, pest house. . . . 11.85 11.85 

Operation, pest house 243.20 4.00 239.20 

Quarantine expense 13.50 1,085.85 * 1,072.35 

Drugs, chemicals and appliances 2,304.22 2,841.40 * 537.18 

Stationery and printing 29.65 135.70 * 106.05 

Other 92.00 102.79 * 10.79 

Total $ 9,402.18 $ 10; 742.99 *$ 1,340.81 

Scavenger Department — 

Salaries and wages $ 8,378.15 $11,254.84 *$ 2,876.69 

Repairs and renewals, buildings 2.73 2.73 

Repairs and renewals, equipment.... 158.75 930.80 * 772.05 

Live stock, replacement and keep... 1,813.73 2,008.67 * 194.94 

Stationery and printing 296.75 183.00 113.75 

Other 424.70 202.70 222.00 

Total $ 11,074.81 $ 14,580.01 *$ 3,505.20 

Boiler Inspector — 

Salaries $ 976.70 *$ 976.70 

Other 6.30 * 6.30 

Total $ 983.00 *$ 983.00 

Electrical Department — 

Salaries, superintendence $ 1,500.00 $ 1,500.00 $ ,. 

Salaries, inspectors 1,200.00. 1,337.00 * 137.00 

Repairs and renewals, F. A. telegraph .1,288.32 1,313.42 * 25.10 

Other 94.65 56.25 38.40 

Total $ 4,082.97 $ 4,206.67 *$ 123.70 

Total Public Safety $ 167,065.85 $167,562.27 *$ 496.42 

Ordinary Expenses (Forward) $ 515,731.50 $507,207.77 $ 8,523.73 

*Decrease. 



EXHIBIT "B"— Schedule No. 2. ( Continued )-4. 



Report of City Controller 57 

CITY OF HOUSTON. 
Office of the City Controller. 

Expense, Etc.— Continued. 

Increase 
1907. 1906. or Decrease. 

Ordinary Expense {Forward) $ 515,731.50 $507,207.77 $ 8,523.73 



Public Works: 

Board of Public Works $ 114.00 *$ 114.00 



City Engineer — 

Salaries $ 8,220.40 $ 8,706.07 *$ 485.67 

Eepairs and renewals, instruments . . . 85.61 34.50 51.11 

Stationery and printing 186.18 177.45 8.73 

Other 205.99 146.50 59.49 

Total $ 8,698.18 $ 9,064.52 *$ 366.34 






Street and Bridge Department — 

Salaries, superintendence $ 3,514.87 $ 2,887.42 $ 627.45 

Eepairs and renewals, buildings 994.30 130.80 863.50 

Eepairs and renewals, equipment 468.60 3,776.40 * 3,307.80 

Eepairs and renewals, bridges 24,894.48 $31,101.57 * 6,207.09 

Live stock, replacement and keep 396.84 2,677.35 * 2,280.51 

Street cleaning 25,694.48 17,750.26 7,944.22 

Street repairing 23,416.30 19,378.77 4,037.53 

Other 547.51 2,919.58 * 2,372.07 

Total ' $ 79,927.38 $80,622.15 *$ 694.77 

Garbage Department — 

Salaries and wages $ 14,840.14 $11,782.20 $ 3,057.94 

Eepairs and renewals, buildings 328.70 328.70 

Eepairs and renewals, equipment.... 38.27 244.05 ** 205.78 

Live Stock, replacement and keep 1,526.68 * 1,526.68 

Other 652.75 * 652.75 

Total $ 15,207.11 $14,205.68 $ 1,001.43 

Setver System — 

Sanitary sewer system, pumping sta- 
tion, operation $ 9,950.30 $ 5,327.65 $ 4,622.65 

Sanitary sewer system, pumping sta- 
tion, repairs and renewals 1,925.94 1,631.54 294.40 

Sanitary sewer system, filter beds .. . 3,738.31 2,123.68 1,614.63 

Sanitary sewer system, other 97.22 1,566.17 * 1,468.95 

Sewers, repairs and renewals 1,336.05 2,362.05 * 1,026.00 

Sewer inspections 1,500.00 1,500.00 

Other .. 498.65 406.95 91.70 

Total $ 19,046.47 $14,918.04 $ 4,128.43 

Total Public Works $ 122,879.14 $118,924.39 $ 3,954.75 

Ordinary Expense (Fonvard) $ 638,610.64 $626,132.16 $ 12,478.48 

"Decrease. EXHIBIT "B"- Schedule No. 2. (Continued)— 5. 



58 Report of City Controller 

CITY OF HOUSTON. 
Office of the City Controller. 

Expense, Etc. 



Ordinary Expense {Forward) 

Public Industries: 
Markets — ■ 

Salaries , 

Eepairs and renewals of buildings, 
Other 



Total 

Water Department — 

Salaries, operation , 

Fuel , 

Lubricating oil, waste and packing, 

Machinery repairs , 

Building repairs 

Other expenses at pump house 

Salaries, office force , 

Eepairs, street service 

Service connections 

Other 



$ 
$ 


Continued. 

1907. 
638,610.64 

4,200.00 

257.35 

2,340.72 

6,798.07 


1906. 
$626,132.16 

$ 4,121.60 

35.50 

2,157.66 

$ 6,314.76 


Increase 

or Decrease. 

$ 12,478.48 

$ 78.40 
221.85 
183.06 


$ 


$ 


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14,425.54 

674.10 

532.50 

52.73 

308.02 

1,595.00 

1,207.87 

2,251.15 

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1,207.87 






2,251.15 






1.393.13 



Total $ 26,428.05 $ 26,428.05 



Total Public Industries $ 33,226.12 $ 6,314.76 $26,911.36 

Public Education, Recreation and Art : 
Schools — 

Salaries $ 147,823.68 $136,642.04 $ 11,181.64 

Eepairs and renewals, buildings 5,459.76 6,948.40 * 1,488.64 

Repairs and renewals, furniture and 

fixtures 3,687.54 2,336.85 1,350.69 

Other school supplies 1,774.02 1,232.71 541.31 

School libraries 2.25 718.21 * 715.96 

Rent of sites and buildings 966.25 527.00 439.25 

Light and heat 2,661.71 5,242.82 * 2,581.11 

Stationery and printing 1,501.40 1,033.10 468.30 

Other 4,508.33 5,895.91 * 1,387.58 

Total $ 168,384.94 $160,577.04 $ 7,807.90 

Sam Houston Park— 

Salaries $ 1,611.00 $ 1,273.55 $ 337.45 

Eepairs and renewals, buildings 690.14 53.80 636.34 

Eepairs and renewals, equipment.... 108.31 4.40 103.91 

Animals, replacement and keep 106.61 786.30 * 679.69 

Maintenance of grounds 1,410.68 1,783.77 * 373.09 

Other 326.50 249.53 76.97 

Total $ 4,253.24 $ 4,151.35 $ 101.89 

Houston Lyceum and Carnegie Library. $ 5,000. 00 $ 4,000. 00 $ 1,000.00 
Total Public Education, Recrea- 
tion and Art $ 177,638.18 $168,728.39 $ 8,909.79 



Total Ordinary Expense $ 849,474.94 $801,175.31 $48,299.63 



"Decrease. EXHIBIT "B"— Schedule No. 2. ( Continued)— 6. 



Report of City Controller 59 

CITY OF HOUSTON. 
Office of the City Controller. 

Expense, Etc.— Continued. 

Increase 
1907. 1906. or Decrease. 

Total Ordinary Expense {Forward) $ 849,474.94 $801,175.31 $ 48,299.63 



EXTBAOEDINAEY EXPENSE— 

Certificates of indebtedness (Storrie) . .$ 11,900.00 $16,700.00 *$ 4,800.00 



Refund pavement certificates $ 25,073.32 $ 25,073.32 



Legal Department — 

Law Library $ 726.00 $ 726.00 



Assessor and Collector — 

Stewart block book system $ 10,000.00 $ 10,000.00 



Electrical Department — ■ 

Fire alarm boxes, etc $ 1,229.54 $ 359.70 $ 869.84 



Street and Bridge Department — 

New street paving $ 52,929.82 $ 4,000.00 $48,929.82 



Garbage Department — • 
Furnace $ 778.76 $ 778.76 



Sewer Department — 

New Sewers $ 1,301.46 $ 3,950.05 *$ 2,648.59 



Water Department — 

Street 's dairy, etc $ 5,723.20 $ 5,723.20 



Schools — ■ 

Breckenridge School . $ 500.00 $ 500.00 

Third Ward School—' < Allen " 36,101.86 36,101.86 

Second Ward School—' ' F.E.Lubbock ' ' 28,419.00 28,419.00 

Yicks ' Park and Annex 50,500.00 50,500.00 

High School manual training system. 7,425.89 7,425.89 

Buffalo Bayou 696.66 696.66 



Total Extraordinary Expense $ 233,305.51 $25,009.75 $208,295.76 



GKAND TOTAL EXPENSE $1,082,780.45 $826,185.06 $256,595.39 



Decrease. 



EXHIBIT "B"-Schedule No. 2. ( Concluded 



60 



Report of City Controller 



CITY OF HOUSTON. 
Office of the City Controller. 

Cash Receipts and Disbursements for the Fiscal Year Ended 

February 28, 1907. 

Balance on Hand „ . Balance on Hand 

Feb. 28, 1906 Receipts Disbursements Feb> 2g? 190 , 

In Hands of Treasurer : 

General fund $19,039.21 $1,023,831.63 $ 994,743.80 $48,127.04 

Paving fund 3,809.76 2,145.98 5,955.74 

Special fund 3,772.30 8,319.50 7.950.90 4.140.90 

School fund 500.49 176,062.28 175,723.06 839.71 

Bond fund 33,100.39 500.00 26,345.32 7,255.07 

Water Department fund 84,752.13 54,690.12 30,062.01 

Water Works bond fund 463,896.48 463,896.48 ...: 

Totals $60,222.15 $1,759,508.00 $1,729,305.42 $90,424.73 

In Other Hands: 

Board of Liquidation $83,716.30 $ 208,350.00 $ 211,302.85 $80,763.45 

Assessor and Collector 11,195.31 1,062,698.38 1,072,012.03 1,881.66 

Police Department 39,10 25,003.15 24,987.15 55.10 

Scavenger Department 51.00 16,510.25 16,453.00 108.25 

Electrical Department 40.60 2,759.35 2,723.60 76.35 

Market Master 287.70 17,401.15 17,689.60 * .75 

Working funds 750.00 50.00 800.00 

Water Department 64,249.93 64,249.73 .20 

Totals $96,080.01 $1,397,022.21 $1,409,417.96 $83,684.26 



*Red 



EXHIBIT "C." 



Report of City Controller 61 

CITY OF HOUSTON. 
Office of the City Controller. 

Statement of Department Expenses for the Year Ended February 28, 
1907, Showing Budget Allowances and Expenses. 

, . Expended More Expended Less 

Amount Amount t|l . ln than 

Appropriated Expended Appropriated Appropriated 

Executive : 

Mayor $ 5,000.00 $ 4,863.10 $ 136.90 

Legislative : 

City Secretary 1,300.00 1,431.25 $ 131.25 

City Council 9,600.00 9,600.00 

Law Department: 

City Attorney 10,500.00 12,641.12 2,141.12 

Finance Department: 

Controller 3,200.00 3,328.50 128.50 

Treasurer 620.00 600.00 20.00 

Assessor and Collector 24,000.00 25,787.24 1,787.24 

Miscellaneous : 

City Hall 2,100.00 2,741.44 641.44 

Elections 1,000.00 983.17 16.83 

Damages not charged to departments .. . 1,000.00 12,576.79 11,576.79 

Interest on bonds 186,000.00 205,146.40 19,146.40 

Miscellaneous expense 15,000.00 24,129.44 9,129.44 

Electric lights 45,000.00 41,603.52 3,396.48 

Water 24,000.00 13,959.68 10,040.32 

Public Safety: 

Police 70,000.00 71,847.90 1,847.90 

Corporation Court 1,600.00 1,895.30 295.30 

Fire Department 72,000.00 68,762.69 3,237.31 

Health Department 11,500.00 9,402.18 2,097.82 

Scavenger 13,500.00 11,074.81 2,425.19 

Electrical Department 4,300.00 5,'312.51 1.012.51 

Public Works: 

Engineer 9,000.00 8,698.18 301.82 

Street and bridge 60,000.00 88,034.37 28,034.37 

Garbage 15,000.00 15,985.87 

Sewer 20,000.00 20,347.93 

Public Industries : 

Markets 5.700.00 6,798.07 

Water Department 32,151.25 

Public Education, Recreation and Art: 

Schools 100,000.00* 175, 810. 83* 

Parks 5,000.00 4,253.24 

Lyceum '. 5,000.00 5,000.00 

Extraordinary : 

Redemption of bonds 14,000.00 14,000.00 

Storrie certificates 11,500.00 11,900.00 

Refund paving certificates 20,000.00 25,073.32 

Public improvements 40,000.00 161,040.35 



$806,420.00 $1,096,780.45 
806,420.00 



290,360.45 



985.87 




347.93 




1,098.07 




32,151.25 




75,810.83 






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400.00 




5,073,32 




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$312,779.88 
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NOTE — The schools received in all, for the year: 

From the City $100,000.00 

From the State 68,230.00 

From the County 1,072.64 

From tuitions, etc 751.19 



Making total $170,053.83 

EXHIBIT "D." 



ANNUAL REPORT 

OF 

T. C. DUNN 

CITY TREASURER 
For the Year Ending February 28, 1907 



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State of Texas, | 
County of Harris : ) ss * 

This affiant, T. C. Dunn, City Treasurer, being first duly sworn, 
says that the within [foregoing] is a full and true statement of 
all matters relating thereto for the period covered by this report, 
to the best of his knowledge and belief. 

T. C. Dunn, 
City Treasurer. 

Subscribed and sworn to before me this fourth day of March, 

1907. 

W. H. Hurley, 

Notary Public, Harris County, Texas. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF 



JAMES P. WELSH 

CITY ASSESSOR AND COLLECTOR 



SHOWING COLLECTION AND 
DISPOSITION OF TAXES 



For the Year Ending February 28, 1907, 



REPORT OF CITY ASSESSOR 
AND COLLECTOR 



Houston, Texas, March 9, 1007. 



HON. H. B. RICE, 

Mayor of the City of Houston: 



Dear Sir: In compliance with the laws and charter of the 
City of Houston, I herewith submit 1113' annual report for year 
ending February 28, 1907. The report speaks for itself in detail 
as to collections and distributions of monies, and shows a very 
healthy increase. 

Thanking you for your ever ready assistance always given my 
department, and would respectfully ask that the appropriation for 
running this department for 1907 be made $13,500.00. 

Yours truly, 

James P. Welsh, 
City Assessor and Collector. 



Report of City Assessor and Collector 69 

Annual Report of James P. Welsh, Assessor and Collector, of Collections and Distribution 

Thereof, during the 12 Months beginning March 1, 1906, and 

Ending February 28, 1907. 

COLLECTIONS. 

Ad valorem tax, bond $413,328.0S 

Ad valorem tax, general 413,328.14 $ 826,656.22 

Costs and interest $ 10,149.39 

Costs, advertising and other 4,791.60 

Costs, Court 437.00 15,377.99 

Occupation tax, Merchant $ 3,808.65 

Liquor 15,800.00 

Beer „ 5,290.56 

Other 4,076.05 28,975.26 

Poll tax $ 5,083.00 

Franchise tax , 380.00 5,463.00 

Special deposits 8,149.50 

Permits and fees 5,046.40 

Engineer 's certificates 2.50 

Miscellaneous 88,006.11 

Bills for collection 20,731.67 121,936.18 

Water Department $ 64,289.73 $ 64,289.73 

$1,062,698.38 
Balance on hand February 28, 1906 11,195.31 

$1,073,893.69 
DISTRIBUTIONS. 

Deposited with City Treasurer, March, 1906 $ 61,054.92 

April, 1906 22,079.53 

May, 1906 20,674.02 

June, 1906 22,700.00 

July, 1906 103,248.57 

August, 1906 36,331.60 

September, 1906 58,977.28 

October, 1906 67,887.62 

November, 1906 70,612.62 

December, 1906 82,908.84 

January, 1907 312,384.19 

February, 1907 29,652.84 $ 888,512.03 

Deposited with Board of Liquidation, July, 1906. .$ 42,500.00 

December, 1906 ' 141,000.00 183,500.00 

$1,072,012.03 
Balance on hand February 28, 1907 1,881.66 

$1,073,893.09 



ANNUAL REPORT 

OF 

I. AUSTIN MILLER 

CITY ENGINEER 
For the Year Ending February 28, 1907 



REPORT OF CITY ENGINEER 



Houston, Texas, March 5. 1907. 



HON. H. B. RICE, 

Mayor of the City of Houston: 



Dear Sir: I herewith submit reports for this department for 
the fiscal year ending February 28, 1907. 

Attached thereto you have : 

First: A tabulated statement showing revenue collected through 
the different departments in this office. 

Second : Statement showing the expense incurred by the de- 
partment, including salaries of employes. 

Third : Statement showing the location and cost of two miles 
of paving constructed of the old bois d'arc blocks removed from 
Main and Milam Streets. 

Fourth. : Statement showing the cost of resurfacing Main Street 
from McKinney Avenue to McGowan Avenue, Milam Street from 
Dallas to Hadley Avenue, and Liberty Avenue from McKee Street 
to the T. & X. 0. 1?. ft. crossing near Walnut Street, with Thurber 
paving brick. 

Fifth : Statement showing sewers constructed by the city and 
I. & G. X. R. R. on Commerce Street, also all catch basins put in 
during the past year. 

Sixth: Tabulation showing all classes, yardage and total miles 
of pavement in the city. 

The Building Inspector's report I hand to you under separate 
cover. 

The Plumbing Inspector's report was made and handed to the 
chairman of the Health and Sewer Departments. 






Report of City Engineer 73 

You will note, in looking over the paving statement, that the 
block pavement cost $2,858.37 per mile. This amount is less than 
one-third the cost of gravel paving per mile and will prove to he 
better than the gravel in the black land districts; of course, if we 
had to purchase the blocks it would be quite expensive, but having 
the blocks to dispose of, and realizing they had a value, I do not 
know of another way to get the value out of them to better advan- 
tage. 

The city purchased 3,250,000 packing brick in June, 1906. for 
the purpose of paving Main, Milam, Liberty and McKee Streets, 
but owing to irregular shipments, and other causes known only 
to the brick company, we have not been able to complete the work 
as laid out for the past fiscal year. We have received 2,514,800 
brick, and have balance of 735,200 yet to be shipped. 

The paving done on Main Street was delayed, owing to waiting 
for brick, but when the material was at hand the work was done 
in less than thirty days, which was quite different from old meth- 
ods, which required four to six months to pave a mile of street. 
This pavement will require some attention for several months, 
owing to several excavations being made in the foundation a short 
time before the pavement was laid, but it is a very small propor- 
tion of the whole. Considering the rapid growth of the South 
End district this street will have to be widened in ten or twelve 
years, and at that time you will appreciate this class of construc- 
tion, which can be handled at much less expense when the change 
in width of street becomes necessary. 

Part of Milam Street was paved under similar circumstances, 
and with proper attention will last many years and give good ser- 
vice. 

Brick are now being hauled to Milam Street north of Dallas, 
and when a sufficient quantity is on hand the work will proceed. 

The budget allowance for this department was $9,000.00, and 
our statement shows that the same was exceeded by the amount 
of $01 52, which can be accounted for by material on hand that 
was not used since purchased. 

I beg to call your attention to the cramped quarters the dif- 
ferent departments under the Engineer's Department are now 
using, and request that some arrangement be made to relieve the 



74 



Report of City Engineer 



situation. It is almost impossible to do draughting in an office 
where four to six men are conversing about various matters of 
business, which is a common state of circumstances at present. 

There are employed in this office two clerks, two assistant engi- 
neers and surveyors, and four rodmen, making eight men in all. 

The total number of surveys made for private individuals dur- 
ing the past year was 172, and at least an equal number was 
made for the different departments for drainage, law suits, Water 
Department, and Assessor and Collector, and schools. 

Eespectfully submitted, 

I. Austin Miller, 

City Engineer. 



Statement of Revenue, Expense and Unexpended Appropriation for the 
Annual Report of February 28, 1907. 

REVENUE. 

24-D, 

24-C, others, 

04* .) 4 . R Plumbing: Street T f , 

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tees Permits inspectors' Laying; Year 

Fees Permit 

Fees 

March $ 134.00 $ 275.50 $ 121.00 $58.00 $ 588.50 

April 107.00 174.50 94.00 48.50 424.00 

May 108.50 166.50 134.00 65.00 474.00 

June 109.50 175.50 93.00 54.00 432.00 

July 78.50 154.50 216.00 47.00 496.00 

August 117.50 140.00 132.00 41.50 431.00 

September 61.50 146.50 124.50 24.00 356.50 

October 93.00 176.50 140.00 36.00 445.50 

November 74.50 119.00 143.70 32.50 369.70 

December 69.00 120.50 80.00 34.20 303.70 

January 76.50 129.50 84.00 21.50 311.50 

February 70.00 280.00 77.00 29.50 456.50 

Totals for twelve 

months $1,099.50 $2,058.50 $1,439.20 $491.70 $5,088.90 

Total revenue for 
12 months ending 

Feb. 28th, 1906..$ 793.25 $1,857.50 $1,343.00 $491.20 $4,484.95 

Increase of year 
ending February 
28th, 1907, over 
year ending Feb- 
ruary, 1906 $ 306.25 $ 201.00 $ 96.20 $ .50 $ 603.95 



Report of City Engineer 



Statement of Revenue, Expense and Unexpended Appropriation for the 
Annual Report of February 28, 1907. 



EXPENSES, 



DATE 



(A) 
Salaries 



March $ 675.00 

April 670.00 

Maj 670.00 

June 670.00 

July 568.70 

August 600.00 

September 730.00 

October 755.00 

November 727.50 

December 685.00 

January 709.20 

February 760.00 



Repairs 

and 
Renewals 

of 
Instrnm'ts 

$ 5.30 
9.00 



Totals 



$8,220.40 



1.50 

3.70 

5.05 

61.06 



$85.61 



(C) 
Stationery 

and 
Printing 

$ 10.00 

1.90 

31.75 

9.00 

14.75 

33.80 

16.75 

7.85 

20.00 

2.50 

8.60 

29.28 

$186.18 



(D) 
Other 



$ .50 
8.75 
.50 
30.16 
15.23 
22.60 
20.75 
22.75 
20.75 
22.25 
20.75 
21.00 

$205.99 



Expenses for years ending February 28th, 1906 and 1907 : 

Total expense, year ending February 28th, 1906 $9,061.52 

Total expense, year ending February 28th, 1907 8,698.18 

Decrease $ 363.34 



Paving Work Done Under the Supervision of this Department for the 
Twelve Months Ending February 28, 1907. 

BLOCK PAVEMENT. 

The blocks were taken from the Main and Milam Streets pavement and 
were all placed upon two and three inch sand foundation. 

Cost Per 

Square Square 

Yard. Yard. 

On Hadley, from Crawford to Hamilton Streets 1,898 34Jc 

On Chenevert, from Leeland to Tuain Streets 4,464 26 c 

On Drew, Main to Fannin 745 18£e 

On Calhoun, Main to Fannin Streets 489 24*c 

On Bell and Euthven, Main to Frederick Streets 3,013 28*c 

Frederick, Euthven to San Felipe Streets 1,377 24*c 

Andrews and Clay, Frederick to Louisiana Streets. . . . 776 26-J-c 

Mcllhenny, Crawford to Main Streets 3,667 26 Jc 

Travis, McGowen to Dennis Streets 647 27^c 

Pease, Louisiana to San Jacinto Streets 3,014 36? c 

Total Length 2 miles 

Total number of square yards 20,090 

Average cost per square yard 28|c 

Total cost $5,716.75 



Report of City Engineer 



BRICK PAVEMENT. 
Main Street, From McKinney to McGowen. 

Length 96/100 miles 

Width 40 feet 

Square yards 22,666 

Old block pavement foundation, 6-inch gravel, with sand 
cushion; surfaced with Thurber paving brick. 
Total cost $30,116.45 

Milam Street, From Hadley to Dallas. 

Length 68/100 miles 

Width 35 feet 

Square yards 14,075 

Old block pavement foundation, 6-inch gravel, with sand 
cushion ; surfaced with Thurber paving brick. 
Total cost $17,309.80 

Liberty Avenue and McKee Street to T. & N. 0. R. R. Crossing. 

Length 1/4 miles 

Width 35 feet 

Square yards 4,615 

Old asphalt pavement foundation, 6-inch concrete, with sand 
cushion ; surfaced with Thurber paving brick ; repaired and 
resurfaced old gutter with concrete. 

Total cost $5,966.08 

Proportion of cost paid by Houston Electric Co 1,085.42 

Balance of cost paid by the City $4,880.66 

Report of Sewer Department for the Twelve Months 
Ending February 28, 1907. 

SEWERS CONSTRUCTED. 

Lin. Feet. 

8-inch sewer 970 

10 : inch sewer 1,242 

24-inch sewer 8,744 

Total 10,956 = 2.07 miles 

Number of catch-basins 34 

LOCATION OF SEWERS. 

On Preston Avenue, from Caroline to Austin. 
On Pease Avenue, from Main to Travis. 
On Bell Avenue, from Main to Travis. 
On Polk Avenue, from Main to Travis. 
On Lamar Avenue, from Main to Travis. 
On Pease Avenue, from Travis to Louisiana. 
On Louisiana Street, from Pease to Holman. 
On Commerce Avenue, from Austin to Chenevert. 

The above includes the Louisiana Street sewer, which had not been com- 
pleted at the time of the last report; and also the two sewers which the 
I. & G. N. Rv. built on Commerce Street from Austin to Chenevert. 



Report of City Engineer 11 



LOCATION OF CATCH BASINS. 

On Main, between Lamar and Pease 16 

On Commerce, between Austin and Chenevert 18 

Total catch-basins 34 



Tabulation of all Pavements in the City. 

Year Ending Year Ending 

Class. February 28, February 28, 

1906. 1907. 

Asphalt 160,462 165,077 

Brick 257,948 221,207 

Belgian blocks 1,892 1,892 

Bois D 'Arc blocks 58,324 78,700 

Macadam 28,148 28,148 

Gravel 567,244 567,244 

Shell 5,558 5,558 



Totals 1,079,579 1,962,826 

Three blocks on Bagby now under construction (gravel). 

Miles. 

Total mileage, February 28th, 1907 64.63 

Total mileage, February 28th, 1906 62.86 



Increase, year ending February 28th, 1907 2.07 



ANNUAL REPORT 

OF 

W. X. NORRIS 

BUILDING INSPECTOR 
For the Year Ending February 28, 1907 



REPORT OF 
BUILDING INSPECTOR 



Houston, Texas, March 5, 1907. 

HON. H. B. RICE, 

Mayor of the City of Houston: 

Dear Sir : I herewith hand to you my report and tabulated 
statements showing the class, number and value of buildings con- 
structed, also revenue collected from permits issued for the year 
ending February 28, 1907. 

It is unnecessary to state that the increase of population in this 
city has caused a proportional increase in buildings of all kinds, 
and I am pleased to note that the class of dwellings constructed 
during the past year is above the average in cost and. style of 
architecture. 

Within the fire limits or business district the buildings, as a 
rule, are being constructed on a modern basis, and as our ordinance 
has not been revised for several years it becomes necessary that we 
revise the same to conform to modern building practice. 

Owing to the value of building materials being much higher 
than in recent years, there is considerable remodeling and im- 
proving of old buildings with walls that are not up to the standard 
required by present ordinance, and the revised ordinance should 
state to what extent these old walls could be used in reconstruc- 
tion. 

It should also contain requirements for concrete construction, 
with steel reinforcement, as we now have a building of that class 
being built in this city. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. X. Nonius, 
Building Inspector. 



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Number of Building Permits and Amount of Fees for Each of the Twelve Months 
Ending February 28, 1906 and 1907. 

1906 , , 1907 

Permits. Fees. Permits. Fees. 

March 100 $ 128.00 117 $ 275.50 

April 108 199.50 111 174.50 

May 98 210.50 90 166.50 

June 79 146.50 80 175.50 

July 159 238.00 89 154.00 

August 91 176.5(3 83 140.00 

September 103 110.50 90 146.50 

October 242 131.50 91 176.50 

November 179 141.50 70 119.00 

December 125 123.00 60 120.50 

January 175 136.50 67 129.50 

February 170 115.50 6Q 280.50 



1,629 $1,857.50 1,014 $2,058.50 

Permits. Fees. 

Total for year ending February 28th, 1907 1,014 $2,058.50 

Total for year ending February 28th, 1906 1,629 1,857.50 

Difference between 1906 and 1907 (increase) 615 $ 201.00 



Permit Valuations of Temporary Structures ( Additions and Repairs under $500.00 ) 
During Twelve Months Ending February 28, 1906 and 1907. 

1906. 1907. 

March $ 4,850.00 $ 8,139.00 

April 4,610.00 7,120.00 

May 5,710.00 7,580.00 

June 5,650.00 8,015.00 

July 3,640.00 8,115.00 

August 4,915.00 9,795.00 

September 6,145.00 7,120.00 

October 8,274.00 9,496.00 

November 8,820.00 4,915.00 

December 1,948.00 6,751.00 

January 13,770.00 6,145.00 

February 8,965.00 4,870.00 



$77,297.00 $88,068.00 

Total valuation year ending February 28th, 1907 $88,068.00 

Total valuation year ending February 28th, 1906 77,297.00 



Increase year ending 1907 over year ending 1906 $10,771.00 



82 



Report of Building Inspector 



Permanent Permits and Valuation for Years Ended 
February 28, 1907 and 1906. 

Valuation on 1,014 permits, year ending Feb. 28, 1907 $2,038,380.00 

Valuation on 1,629 permits, year ending Feb. 28, 1906 1,852,880.00 



Increase value of year ending Feb. 
Feb., 1906 . . . '. 



1907, over year ending 



$ 185,500.00 



Remodeling and Additions Over $500.00. 



March '. 

April 

May 9 

June 12 

July 6 

August 6 

September 13 

October 10 

November 9 

December 6 

January . 6 

February 4 



105 



12 permits, val 
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$ 14,831.00 
30,750.00 
14,135.00 
16,000.00 
12,530.00 

6,300.00 
15,050.00 

6,100.00 

9,300.00 
32,775.00 

9,800.00 
37,025.00 

$204,596.00 



Remodeling and Additions Under $500.00. 

permits, valued at 



108 

106 

74 

73 

107 



March 

April 

May 

June 

July 

August 98 

September 82 

October 114 

November 66 

December 61 

January 71 

February 60 

1,020 



$ 8,139.00 
9,795.00 
8,115.00 
8,015.00 
7,580.00 
7,120.00 
7,127.00 
9,496.00 
4,915.00 
6,751.00 
6,145.00 
4,870.00 

$88,068.00 



There were sixteen fire escapes attached to buildings that had none. 
There were sixty houses moved from their old to new locations. 



Report of Building Inspector 



S3 



Classification of Permanent Improvements. 

No. of 
Bldgs. 

8-story steel and concrete office building 1 

8-story brick flats 1 

5-story brick hotel and stores 1 

3-story brick flats and stores 1 

4-story brick printing house 1 

3-story brick stores , 1 

3-story brick ice and storage plant 1 

3-story brick stable 1 

2-story brick flats 3 

2-story stone church 1 

2-story brick church 1 

1- and 2-story brick S. P. By. car sheds 1 

1- to 5 -story brick warehouses 8 

2-story brick stores 1 

1- and 2-story brick foundry 1 

2-story brick office 1 

2-story brick schools 4 

2-story brick creamery 1 

1-story brick bake house 1 

1-story brick postof f ice 1 

1-story brick and iron warehouse 1 

1-story brick and iron car sheds, Ho. Elec. Co 1 

2-story veneered residences 1 

2-story brick residences 2 

1-story concrete drying kiln 1 

1-story wooden screen factory 1 

1- and 2-story wooden and iron stores 3 

2-story concrete residences 2 

14-story brick cottages 2 

Wooden churches 6 

1-story brick and wood machine and blacksmith shops 8 

1-story brick cooling room 1 

1-story brick engine house 1 

2-story shell and wood hotel 1 

2-story wooden boarding houses 3 

1-story iron tent factory 1 

2-story wooden lodge hall 1 

1 -story wooden fruit cannery 1 

1- and 2-story wooden skating rinks 2 

1-story wooden mills 2 

1-story wooden and iron warehouses 14 

1- and 2-story wooden stores 23 

2-story wooden residences 226 

1-story wooden cottages 500 

1- and 2-story wooden and iron sheds, stables, barns. 177 

1-story glass greenhouse 1 



1,014 



Value. 

$ 170,000.00 

95,000.00 

43,500.00 

31,000.00 

28,425.00 

58,840.00 

43,000.00 

11,870.00 

36,000.00 

127,000.00 

35,000.00 

13,500.00 

87,300.00 

8,600.00 

20,000.00 

2,500.00 

116,000.00 

4,000.00 

1,800.00 

4,000.00 

5,000.00 

21.700.00 

20,000.00 

20,500.00 

1,400.00 

800.00 

1,430.00 

9,000.00 

2,800.00 

9,950.00 

7,115.00 

800.00 

500.00 

4,800.00 

9,500.00 

1,430 00 

1,000.00 

2,000.00 

5,000.00 

3,000.00 

17,510.00 

19,535.00 

554,850.00 

337,975.00 

43,300.00 

150.00 

$2,038,380.00 



ANNUAL REPORT 

OF 

WM. H. WILSON 

CITY ATTORNEY 
For the Year Ending February 28, 1907 



REPORT OF CITY ATTORNEY. 



Houston, Texas, March 5, 1907. 

HON. H. B. RICE, 

Mayor of the City of Houston: 

Dear Sir : Conforming to the legal requirements, I herewith 
submit a statement of the conduct of the Legal Department of 
the City of Houston for the year ending the 28th day of Feb- 
ruary, 1907. 

There have been disposed of during the year as many as forty 
(40) cases pending against the City of Houston in the Federal and 
State courts of this city, leaving the docket of cases against the 
City of Houston, at the present time, very much smaller than it 
has been for several years. 

There has been the usual amount of business in the way of prep- 
aration of ordinances, examination of titles, drawing up of con- 
tracts, and advice to the city in its various departments upon the 
questions of law arising in the conduct of the city's affairs. 

The most important and responsible work done by this depart- 
ment, during the fiscal year just preceding, was that connected 
with the negotiations ending in the purchase of the water works 
plant and system of the Houston Water Company; and in the 
elections held and the various steps taken in connection with the 
issuance of the bond issue of $434,000.00, made necessary by that 
purchase. The properties of the waterworks company were pur- 
chased subject to outstanding bonds of said' company in the sum 
of $467,000.00. The city did not assume the payment of the 
$467,000.00 of bonds of the Houston Water Company, so that 
these bonds do not constitute obligations of the City of Houston, 
but purchased the properties subject to the lien of the $467,000.00 



Report of City Attorney 87 

of bonds, without assuming to pay them as obligations of the city. 
This issue of bonds involved several difficult and nice legal ques- 
tions; but the $434,000.00 of bonds issued by the City of Houston 
were approved by Messrs. Dillon & Hubbard, of New York, as 
constituting valid obligations of the City of Houston, and were 
sold at a good premium. 

The charter requires the City Attorney to be present in person 
or by deputy at the sessions 'of the Corporation Court, which are 
held twice each day, namely, 9 A. M. and 4 p. m. 

During the year beginning March 1, 1906, and ending February 
28, 1907, there were disposed of in the Corporation Court of 
the City of Houston (including those cases in which the com- 
plaints were dismissed) 3,729 cases, in which there were assessed 
and collected fines and costs aggregating $15,941.80; all of which 
amount, under the charter of the city, belongs to the City of 
Houston, and goes into its general revenues. 

The costs in the Recorder's Court charged against the City of 
Houston during the fiscal year amount to but a trifle. 

There has been a marked falling off during the past year in 
the disposition prevalent some time back to file damage suits 
against the city. 

During the past year the customary force of the department hap 
been continued and maintained as heretofore. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Wm. H. Wilson. 
City Attorney. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF 



JOHN A. KIRLICKS 



JUDGE CORPORATION COURT OF THE 
CITY OF HOUSTON 



For the Year Ending February 28, 1907 



REPORT OF JUDGE OF 
THE CORPORATION COURT. 



Houston, Texas, February 28, 1907. 

To the lion. II. B. Rice, Mayor, and the Hon. Commissioners of 
the City of Houston: 



Gentlemen : I respectfully submit to your honorable body re- 
port of the business transacted and disposed of in the Corpora- 
tion Court of the City of Houston, Texas, for the fiscal year end- 
ing February 28, 1907, as follows, to-wit : 

Complaints Presented and Disposed of. 

Affrays 380 

Abusive language 109 

Assaults 258 

Cruelty to animals 12 

Drunkenness 1,122 

Disturbance of peace 680 

Gambling 239 

Permitting gambling on premises 2 

Interfering with an officer 5 

Dealing in liquor without bond 10 

Malicious mischief 10 

Trespassing 31 

Train jumping 20 

Vagrancy 620 

Accompanying lewd women on street 4 

Driving vehicle faster than walk over bridge. . . 14 

Bicycle without light 14 

Carriage at night without light 1 

Carriage on sidewalk 4 

Unlawfully soliciting at depot 11 

Causing collision 4 

Fast driving 23 

Driving through funeral procession 7 

Distributing hand-bills 15 

Dripping oil on asphalted streets 1 



Report of Judge of Corporation Court 91 

Complaints Presented and Disposed of — Continued. 

Violation of electrical ordinance 2 

Discharging firearms in city limits 9 

Fast driving of automobiles 7 

Peddling without license 12 

Violation of plumbling ordinance 3 

Selling live stock on streets 1 

Street walking 2 

Obstructing streets 17 

Sleeping in public place 61 

Street car jumping 8 

Throwing trash on streets 1 

Leaving teams unhitched 83 

Tacking signs on telegraph poles 8 

Violating sidewalk ordinance 16 

Violating quarantine ordinance 1 

Violating slop ordinance -4 

Unlawful intrusion 3 

Violating midnight ordinance 16 

Violating health ordinance 6 

That the sum total of the fines imposed in the hereinbefore 

stated complaints amount to in the aggregate the sum of $5,761.00, 

irrespective of costs. 

Eespectfully- submitted, 

John A. Kirlioks, 

Judge Corporation Court, City of Houston. 



ANNUAL REPORT 

OF 

F. J. OLLRE 

MARKET MASTER 
For the Year Ending February 28, 1907 



REPORT OF MARKET MASTER. 



Houston, Texas, February 3, 1907. 



HON. H. B. RICE, 

Mayor of thr City of Houston: 



Dear Sir: In compliance with Article 7, Section 10, of the 
city charter, requiring each department to submit an annual re- 
port, I beg- leave to submit the following: 

As this department is in a harmonious and first-class condi- 
tion, I have no suggestions to offer. 

Following are the receipts from March 1, 1906, to February 
28, 1907: 

RECEIPTS. 

March, 1906 $ 1,486.00 

April, 1906 1,464.00 

May, 1906 1,497.25 

June. 1906 1,589.75 

July, 1906 1,428.15 

August, 1906 1,426.75 

September, 1906 1,411.00 

October, 1906 1,362.25 

November, 1906 1,455.50 

December, 1906 1,472.00 

January, 1907 1,411.75 

February, 1907 1,397.25 

Total $17,401.15 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. J. Ollre, 
Market Master. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF 



GEO. R. BRINGHURST 

ACCOUNTANT 
WATER DEPARTMENT 



For the Year Ending February 28, 1907 



EXHIBIT "A." 

"Water, Light and Health Committee. 



REPORT OF ACCOUNTANT 

WATER DEPARTMENT. 



Houston, Texas, March 11, 1907. 



TO THE HON. H. B. RICE, 

Mayor of the City of Houston, 



Dear Sir — I submit herewith a statement of the revenues and 
expenses of the Water Department for the five months ended Feb- 
ruary 28, 1907, eompard with the five months ended September 30, 
1906. 

Attention is called to the fact that the earnings for the five 
months ending September 30, 1906, are estimated on the basis of 
the earnings for the past year, since the waiter company did not 
keep the earnings separate by months and their figures for the 
period could not be arrived at bv any other way. 

In reference to the earnings it should be borne in mind that the 
Water Department does not receive any credit for the services it 
renders the city in the way of hydrants, etc., which formerly the 
city paid for at the rate of $1,994.24 per month. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Geo E. Bringhurst, 
Accountant Water Department. 



Report of Accountant Water Department 97 

Comparative Statement of Revenue and Expenses of the Water Department of the City 

of Houston for the Five Months Ended September 30, 1906, 

and February 28, 1907. 

EXPENSES. 

Five Months Five Months 

February 28, September 80, Increase Decrease 
City Company 

A. Salaries— operation $3,988.01 $2,152.55 $1,835.46 $ 

B. Fuel 14,425.54 8,724.44 5,701.10 

C. Lubricating oil, waste and 

packing 674.10 646.83 27.27 

D. Machinery repairs 532.50 532.50 

E. Building repairs 52.73 52.73 

F. Other expenses at pump 

house 308.02 33.95 274.07 

G. Salaries— office force 1,595.00 5,228.34 3,633.34 

H. Eepairs— streiet service... 1,207.17 1,694.34 487.17 

I. Service— connections 2,251.15 2,903.57 652.42 

J. Other 1,393.13 604.91 788.22 



Total $26,427.35 $21,988.93 $9,211.35 $4,722.93 

EARNINGS. 

For five months, ended February 28, 1907 $67,270.81 

For five months, ended September 30, 1906 (estimated on basis 

of past year) 66,666.66 



Excess for five months, ended February 28, 1907 $ 604.15 



ANNUAL REPORT 

OF 

E. R. JONES 

SUPERINTENDENT WATER DEPARTMENT 
For the Year Ending February 28, 1907 



EXHIBIT "A." 

"Water, Light and Health Committee. 



REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT 

WATER DEPARTMENT. 



Houston, Texas. March 5, 1907. 



HON. H. B. RICE, 

Mayor of the City of Houston: 



Dear Sir — As per your request, I herewith submit report of 
work done, embracing a period of five months, from October 1, 
1906, to February 28, 1907. The branch of the Water Depart- 
ment over which I have supervision is the care of the mains and 
water service generally. During the period above stated I have 
connected 267 feet of 30-inch pipe to wells and tank at pump 
house, 302 feet of 8-inch and 30 feet of 6-inch air line pipe to 
wells at Park, also connected the 20-inch and 12-inch pipe to wells 
at pump house and pump, removed about 1,500 feet of 12-inch pipe 
that was temporarily connected with wells, strengthened the two 
bridges crossing the bayou at pump house and Park, by putting 
braces on same; repaired pipe line bridges over Buffalo Bayou at 
Preston Street bridge, and over White Oak Bayou at Second Street ; 
made 120 new connections for consumers, repaired 300 leaks and 
removed pipe from old bridge at pump house, and connected all 
wells up to tanks and 30-inch main to pumps. Twenty additional 
meters have been placed. I am pleased to state that the service 
has been greatly improved by the increased pressure that is now 
being furnished, and that the affairs of this branch of the Water 
Department is being managed in a systematic and business-like 
manner. 

Respectfully submitted, 

E. R. Jones, 
Supt. Water Department. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF 



JOHN CRUMMY 



CHIEF ENGINEER 
WATER DEPARTMENT 



For the Year Ending February 28, 1907 



EXHIBIT "A." 

Water, Light and Health Committee. 



REPORT OF CHIEF ENGINEER 

WATER DEPARTMENT. 



Houston, Texas, March 5, 190 r 



HON. H. B. RICE, 

Mayor of the City of Houston: 



Dear Sir — I herewith submit statement showing the most im- 
portant changes and improvements that have been made during 
the five months of city ownership of the water plant; also, for 
comparison, I submit reports of the water pumpage, fuel consump- 
tion and pressure furnished by the old company for the five months 
next preceding the city's purchase of said plant. By reference to 
reports hereto attached you will note that the average oil con- 
sumption for the month of September, 1906, was 119.59 barrels 
per day, against 114.33 per clay in February, 1907. The total aver- 
age pressure in September was 53.5 pounds, against an average 
pressure in February of 62 pounds. 

For further and more definite information you are referred to 
statements hereto attached and made a part of this report. 

Important repairs and changes since the city purchased the water 
plant : 

Month of October, 1906 — Put in new brass plungers in boiler 
feed pump. Eepaired butterfly valve on receiving tank No. 2. 

Month of November, 1906 — Repaired fire furnaces on boilers 
Nos. 3 and 5. 

Month of December, 1906 — Repaired air piston on compressor 
(a breakdown). 

Month of January, 1907 — Connected up and finished new pipe 



Report of Chief Engineer Water Department 103 

line to wells in City Park, thereby putting tank No. 5 in use ; also 
connected receiving tank No. 2 to the new 36-inch suction; also 
connected receiving tank No. 1 with the new 36-inch suction, and 
thereby doing away with the old dangerous bridge, and also reduc- 
ing the lift on the pump about ten feet. Put in new plungers and 
glands on the compressors on engine 764. 

There are twenty-eight wells attached to the new 36-inch suction 
pipe, and we can work the City Park wells with air when we desire 
to do so. 

Total daily capacity of pumps, 19,000,000 gallons. 

Total number of fire hydrants maintained by the city, 589. 

Total number of miles of service mains, different sizes, 75 miles. 

For comparison the pumpage for the five months next preced- 
ing city ownership of the plant is given as follows : 

MAY, 1906. 

As indicated by engine counter: 

Gallons. 

Engine No. 764 . 218,196,220 

Engine No. 330 120,778,240 

Total per month 338,974,460 

Total per day 10,934,660 

Average daily pressure, pounds 54 

Barrels. 

Fuel oil — Consumption of, per month 3,636 

Fuel oil — Consumption of, per day 117.03 

JUNE, 1906. 

As indicated by engine counter: 

Gallons. 

Engine No. 764 212,246,200 

Engine No. 330 131,107,350 

Total per month 343,353,550 

Total per day 11,453,183 

Average daily pressure, pounds 53 

Barrels. 

Fuel oil — Consumption of, per month 3,327 

Fuel oil — Consumption of, per day 110.9 



104 Report of Chief Engineer Water Department 

JULY, 1906. 

As indicated by engine counter: Gallons. 

Engine No. 764 219,657,180 

Engine No. 330 120,987,150 

Total per month 340,644,330 

Total per day 10,988,526 

Average daily pressure, pounds 53 

Barrels. 

Fuel oil — Consumption of, per month 3,692 

Fuel oil — Consumption of, per day 119.09 

AUGUST, 1906. 

As indicated by engine counter: Gallons. 

Engine No. 764 216,962,800 

Engine No. 330 126,138,360 

Total per month 343,101,160 

Total per day 11,067,779 

Average daily pressure, pounds 53 

Barrels. 

Fuel oil — Consumption of, per month 3,707 

Fuel oil — Consumption of, per day 119.59 

SEPTEMBER, 1906. 

As indicated by engine counter: Gallons. 

Engine No. 764 216,152,620 

Engine No. 330 114,176,000 

Total per month . 330,328,620 

Total per day 11,010,954 

Average daily pressure, pounds 53.5 

Barrels. 

Fuel oil — Consumption of, per month 3,510 

Fuel oil — Consumption of, per day 117 

The average monthly pumpage since the city acquired ownership 
of the plant, is as follows: 

OCTOBER, 1906. 
As indicated by engine counter: Gallons. 

Engine No. 764 217,520,260 

Engine No. 330 121,726,220 

Total per month 339,246,480 

Total per day 10,943,434 

Average daily pressure, pounds 53 

Barrels. 

Fuel oil — Consumption of, per month 3,627 

Fuel oil — Consumption of, per day 117 



Report of Chief Engineer Water Department 105 



NOVEMBER, 1906. 

As indicated by engine counter: Gallons. 

Engine No. 764 203,374,000 

Engine No. 330 121,753,600 

Total per month 325,127,600 

Total per day 10,837,553 

Average daily pressure, pounds 54 

Barrels. 

Fuel oil — Consumption of, per month 3,498 

Fuel oil — Consumption of, per day 116.6 

DECEMBER, 1906. 

As indicated by engine counter: Gallons 

Engine No. 764 215,746,520 

Engine No. 330 122,183,680 

Total per month .337,930,200 

Total per day 10,900,974 

Average daily pressure, pounds 54 

Barrels. 

Fuel oil — Consumption of, per month 3,599 

Fuel oil — Consumption of, per day 116.09 

JANUARY, 1907. 

As indicated by engine counter: Gallons. 

Engine No. 764 208,963,340 

Engine No. 330 124,382,880 

Total per month 333,346,220 

Total per day 10,753,103 

Average daily pressure, pounds 60 

Barrels. 

Fuel oil — Consumption of, per month 3,723 

Fuel oil — Consumption of, per day 120.09 

FEBRUARY, 1907. 

As indicated by engine counter: Gallons. 

Engine No. 764 185,195,400 

Engine No. 330 116,389,440 

Total per month 301,584,840 

Total per day 10,774,815 

Average daily pressure, pounds 62 

Barrels. 

Fuel oil — Consumption of, per month 3,202 

Fuel oil — Consumption of, per day 114.33 



Respectfully submitted, 

John Crummy, 
Chief Engineer Water Plant. 



ANNUAL REPORT 

OF 

DR. GEO. W. LARENDON 

HEALTH OFFICER 
For the Year Ending February 28, 1907. 



EXHiBIT "B." 

"Water, Light and Health. Committee. 



REPORT OF HEALTH OFFICER 



Houston-, Texas, March 4, 1907. 



HON. H. B. RICE, 

Mayor of the City of Houston: 



Dear Sir — I herewith submit my annual report for the year 
ending February 28, 1907, embracing tables of expense, mortality, 
summary of deaths by ages, births reported, contagious diseases re- 
ported and revenue. I am pleased to report that we have had no 
epidemic during the pas.t year, although we have had a few con- 
tagious diseases, such as diphtheria, scarlet fever and smallpox. 
We have been very successful in the control of contagious diseases, 
having, in every case reported, enforced rigid quarantine and thor- 
ough fumigation after the recovery of each case. I desire in this 
connection to commend to you Mr. J .E. Foster for his thorough 
and efficient manner of fumigating infected houses. He lias fre- 
quently been called upon for extra work in this connection, and 
has freely and willingly responded, both night and day. It is 
gratifying to this department to note the decrease in the preva- 
lence of malaria and typhoid fever, most cases of the latter being 
traced to infection outside of the city. This decrease in the preva- 
lence of these two diseases we attribute to the improved drainage, 
the better water supply of the city, the paving of additional streets 
and the great increase in sanitary sewer connections, all of which 
have had a most beneficial effect in the improvement of the health- 
fulness of our citizens. 

Mr. C. K. Lockhart has been particularly diligent in securing 
sanitary sewer connections, having enforced about four hundred 



110 Report of Health Officer 

connections. He has been courteous, but firm, in the performance of 
his duties, and the value of the work he has performed will have 
a marked effect in the improvement of the health conditions of 
the city. We have been alert in the enforcement of milk inspections, 
and I am pleased to report that our people can be assured that 
they are getting pure and unadulterated milk. In a recent report 
sent to a prominent Texas magazine, a chemist not connected with 
this department, and without the knowledge of this department, 
reported that Houston's milk supply conformed to every health 
requirement and surpassed that of all cities of Texas. 

We have maintained a strict food inspection, and have con- 
demned and destroyed when necessary, impure and unfit food. 

The inauguration of our city dispensary last October has been 
the means of considerable saving in expense to the department. 
The expense last year for drugs and prescriptions amounted to 
$2,961.65, against $2,304.22 for the twelve months past. A sav- 
ing or $657.43 with the dispensary in operation but five months. 
Out of this $2,304.22, the sum of $42.00 was expended for chem- 
icals for the use of the milk inspector and fumigating officer. In 
the five months the dispensary has been in operation there has 
been expended the sum of $152.38 for drugs and appliances. At 
this time we have on hand 50 per cent of stock and all of the 
appliances, which are in good condition. We have filled to. date 
345 prescriptions, and we have treated during the past year 1,620 
patients maimed and afflicted in a surgical dressing room in con- 
nection with this department, which we have fitted up. Thereby 
saving an increased hospital account, as many of the patients get 
hospital treatment in the dispensary daily and at the same time 
can reside at their humble homes, all of which has been most satis- 
factory to this department, and likewise the needy ones who have 
required drugs, etc. Our chief clerk Mr. L. W. Kirtland, who 
is a pharmacist, has been able to dispense drugs without interfer- 
ence with his clerical duties, and the fact that we have no rent 
to pay, no additional salary for pharmacist, and that we buy our 
drugs and supplies at wholesale prices, have enabled us to make 
quite a saving over the old system of having prescriptions filled at 
various drug stores, at contract price of 35 cents each, which was 
secured by bids, while under the present system we are able to 



Report of Health Officer 111 

fill prescriptions at an average cost of 8 cents each, a isaving of 27 
cents per prescription, which certainly speaks for itself. 

We have cared for deserving hospital cases at St. Joseph's In- 
firmary and visited the indigent isick at their homes whenever our 
services were needed. 

This department has vaccinated three thousand school children 
during the past year. This work has been done as an accommo- 
dation to the School Board, and without cost to the children, ex- 
cept the price of the vaccination point. Indigent children have 
been vaccinated without charge for the point, the city defraying 
the expense. Perfect harmony has marked our relations throughout 
the year, and I could not close this report without expressing my 
gratitude to you for the kindly interest you have shown in its 
workings, and for your hearty co-operation in every measure that 
has been proposed for the good and improvement of the depart- 
ment. It is fitting, too, that I should express my appreciation of 
the efficient and faithful services rendered by the inspectors and 
other employes of the department. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Geo. W. Larendon, 

City Health Officer. 



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117 



Summary of Contagious Diseases for Twelve Months Ending February 28, 1907. 



Name of Disease 


Cases 


Deaths 


Total 


White 


Black 


White 


Black 


Deaths 


Tuberculosis. . . . 


* 


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61 


77 


138 


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46 
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34 


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* Tuberculosis cases not reported. 

Precautionary Measures: 3,000 school children and adults vaccinated 
during year. 



Summary of Births 

1906 : White. 

March 22 

April 19 

May 13 

June 12 

July 17 

August 12 

September 16 

October 18 

November 20 

December 15 

1907: 

January 24 

February 12 

Total 200 



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Total 


4 


26 


9 


28 


8 


21 


5 


17 


8 


25 


9 


21 


25 


41 


19 


37 


20 


40 


25 


40 


6 


30 


10 


22 


148 


348 



Summary of Expenses for Twelve Months Ending February 28, 1907. 



1906 


Salaries 
Superin- 
tendence 


^efl-newals 
Inspectors House 


Operation 
Pest 
House 


Drugs 
Chemicals 
Applian- 
ces and 
Hospitals 


Stationery 

and 

Printing 


Other 


March 

April 


$ 308.33 
308.33 
308.33 
308.33 
308.33 
308.33 
308.33 
308.33 
308.33 
308.33 

308.33 
308.33 


$ 187.50 
195.00 
252.80 
262 . 50 
262 . 50 
262 . 50 
262.50 
262.50 
262 . 50 
262 . 50 

267.50 
267 . 50 


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54.90 
24.85 


$ 229.70 
173.50 
167.00 
192.00 
170.70 
226.05 
194.44 
247.37 
190.87 
186.33 

173.68 
152.58 


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6.50 


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22.90 

9.05 

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1907 




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$3,699.96 


$3,007.80 


$11.85 1 $256.70 '$2,304.22 


$29.65 1 $92.00 



118 Report of Health Officer 

Summary of Revenue. 
Fumigation of Contagious Diseases. 

March $19.50 

April 1.50 

May 4.50 

October 4.50 

November 2.00 

February 1.50 



Total $33.50 



ANNUAL REPORT 

OF 

JACK KENNEDY 

CITY SCAVENGER 
For the Year Ending February 28, 1907 



EXHIBIT "C." 

Water, Light and Health. Committee. 



REPORT OF CITY SCAVENGER. 



Houston, Texas, March 5, 1907. 



HON. H. B. RICE, 

Mayor of the City of Houston: 

Dear Sir — I beg to submit herewith my annual report, show- 
ing disbursements and work done in my department from March 
1st, 1906, to February 28th, 1907. 

GENERAL REVENUE. 

AMOUNT OF WORK DONE AND CLOSETS CLEANED. 

March $ 1,561.25 

April 1,640.50 

May 1,587.00 

June 1,183.00 

July 1,169.75 

August 1,354.25 

September 1,043.00 

October 1,353.50 

November 1,234.50 

December 1,379.00 

January 1,547.50 

February 1,597.00 

Total $16,650.25 

AMOUNT OF CASH COLLECTED. 

March $ 1,565.00 

April 1,641.00 

May 1,528.00 

June 1,160.50 

July 1,171.75 

August 1,339.00 

September 1,026.75 

October 1,353.00 

November 1,202.75 

December 1,405.50 

January 1,554.00 

February 1,563.00 

Total $16,510.25 



Report of City Scavenger 121 

OUTSTANDING BILLS FOR 1906. 

Charity $ 20.75 

Crittenton Home and Infant 8.50 

Public School 72.00 

City employes 5.75 

Unpaid Bills . 56.00 

City Water Works Plant 2.75 

$165.75 
Recapitulation. 

Cash $16,510.25 

Bills outstanding 165.75 

Total $16,676.00 

Expense 11,074.81 

Net profit over operating expenses $ 5,601.19 

Amount of appropriation for 1906 $13,500.00 

Amount expended 11,074.81 

Balance unexpended '. $ 2,425.19 

Percentage of appropriation unexpended 17.96 

General Expense. 

Inspection $ 3,195.99 

Clerk 510.00 

Laborers, $2.25 and $2.50 per day 4,672.16 

Feed bill 1,667.03 

Horseshoeing 146.70 

Repairs on wagons 45.30 

Repairs on barrels and renewals 85.00 

Repairs on tools 28.45 

Stationery and printing 297.40 

Disinfectants, crude 90.00 

Towels and soap for office 11.55 

Miscellaneous supplies 8.96 

Stamps 316.27 

Total $11,074 81 

Number Places Cleaned and inspected. 

Good 

Cleaned. Condition. Bad. 

March 1,688 2,629 1,645 

April 1,914 2,648 1,538 

May 1,804 3,148 1,408 

June 1,446 3,321 1,291 

July 1,384 2,996 1,175 

August 1,576 3,349 1,262 

September ■ 1,200 3,328 1,085 



122 



Report of City Scavenger 



Number of Places Cleaned and Inspected — Continued. 



Good 

Cleaned Condition 



October 1,604 3,379 

November '. 1,422 3,314 

December 1,534 3,313 

January 1,733 3,421 

February 1,792 3,547 

Totals 19,097 38,393 16,512 



Bad 
1,361 
1,246 
1,342 
1,420 
1,739 



Inventory of Stock, Barrels and Wagons. 

Good. Bad. Total. 

Sanitary barrels 41 6 47 

Disinfectant kegs 3 . . 3 

Box hooks 3 . . 3 

Dippers, short handle 3 . . 3 

Dippers, long handle 1 . . 1 

Shovels 3 . . 3 

Wagons 4 1 5 

Mules 10 . . 10 

Harnefes 8 4 12 

Disinfectants, crude, gallons . . . . 225 

Faucets 2 . . 2 

Pumps 1 . • 1 

Pipe, feet 20 . . 20 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. Kennedy, 

City Scavenger. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF 



R. G. ASHE 

SUPERINTENDENT GARBAGE 
DEPARTMENT 



For the Year Ending February 28, 1907 



EXHIBIT "D." 

"Water, Light and Health. Committee. 



REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT. 

GARBAGE DEPARTMENT. 



Houston, Texas, March 5, 1907. 

HON. H. B. RICE, 

Mayor of the City of Houston: 

Dear Sir — In compliance with your request, I herewith sub- 
mit to you my report for the fiscal year ending February 28, 1907. 
In this report I shall not attempt to itemize the many things ac- 
complished by this branch of the Health Department during the 
year just closed, but will state that every detail connected there- 
with has had my personal supervision, and can say that fairly good 
service has been rendered to all. The garbage furnace lately con- 
structed at the isewer pumping plant has been of great assist- 
ance to my department, by reason of the fact that the long 
hauls have been done awav with, and we are now able to quickly 
dispose of the trash accumulating in the business center of the 
city. The furnace is being operated by two men at a salary of 
$2.00 per day each. The capacity of the furnace is about 65 cubic 
yards daily. This department has a force of twelve carts, for 
which the city pays $2.97 per day each. Attached hereto you will 
find statement of expense for the year just ended. 

Respectfully submitted, 

R. G. Ashe, 
Supt. Garbage Department. 



Expense of Garbage Department From March 1906, to February 28, 1907. 

Labor $15,207.11 

Furnace 778.76 

Total $15,985.87 

Budget 15,000.00 

Amount over-expended $ 985.87 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



OF 



B. W. WARREN 

SEWER INSPECTOR 

I. AUSTIN MILLER 

CITY ENGINEER AND 
EX-OFFICIO SEWER INSPECTOR 

For the Year Ending February 28, 1907 



EXHIBIT "E." 

"Water, Light and Health. Committee. 



REPORT OF SEWER INSPECTOR. 



Houston, Texas. March 5, 1907. 



TO THE HON. H. B. RICE, 

Mayor of the City of Houston. 

Dear Sir — I herewith hand to you report on the Sewer Depart- 
ment of this city. The tabulations show the expense and revenue 
of the different departments, also number and class of fixtures and 
inspections made for the year ending February 28, 1907. 

Eespectfully submitted, 

I. Austin Millek. 

City Engineer. 



TO THE HON. H. B. BICE, 

Mayor of the City of Houston: 

Dear Sir — I hereto attach tabulated statement showing the work 
done under my supervision for the year ending March 1st, 1907. 
I respectfully call your attention to the City Plumbing Ordi- 
nance, which has not been revised tsince its passage in 1890. Since 
that date the progress and improvement in this line of business 
has kept pace with other health and sanitary discoveries and in- 
ventions, and I' think it would be advisable to revise the plumbing 
ordinance so that we may attain better sanitary conditions. 
Respectfully submitted, 

B. W. Warren, 
City Plumbing Inspector. 



Report of City Seiver Inspector 127 

SEWER DEPARTMENT REPORT 

For the Twelve Months Ending February 28th, 1907. 

The extensions and additions to the sewer system have added 
2 and 7-100 miles of pipe with man-holes, catch-basins, etc. 

Included therein are 2,640 lineal feet of 24-inch pipe, con- 
structed on Commerce Avenue by the I. & G. N. E. E. Co., as a 
condition governing change of tracks on that avenue, and is used 
for storm water drainage. The Louisiana Street sewer, which was 
started in 1905, was finally completed and accepted by the city. It 
is 24-inch tile pipe, and is 6,104 feet in length. The sewer dis- 
charges into the old Louisiana District brick main sewer, and is 
for sanitary purposes only. It is the main sewer for the Fair- 
ground District and Westmoreland systems, and will be used for 
the sub-pumping station discharge from the South End District. 
The cost of same was $15,247.30. One block, or 330 lineal feet, of 
10-inch pipe was constructed on Preston Avenue, from Caroline 
to Austin Streets, and cost $247.75. This sewer was constructed 
for the purpose of placing certain property in that vicinity within 
the required distance necessary to compel, by law, certain premises 
to make sewer connection that have been a source of complaint to 
the Health Department for years, and has answered the purpose. 

Plans and specifications have been made for the extension of 
the South End District .sewers, which require a sub-pumping sta- 
tion, and which will be constructed in the near future. The estimat- 
ed cost to the city is $22,758.75. The sewers constructed on Lamar, 
Polk, Bell and Pease Streets between Main and Travis Streets, were 
constructed for the purpose of improving the drainage on Main 
Street, when the street was repaved. There was used in the con- 
struction 97t) lineal feet of 8-inch pipe, and 912 lineal feet of 10- 
inch pipe, .sixteen catch-basins and four man-holes. The cost of 
same was $1,831.13. 

Connected to the sanitary system we have a total of 2,944 house 
connections, of which number 314 were put in during the past 
year. This indicates that at least 2,500 additional individuals have 
access to sanitary conveniences, which should make a favorable 
showing in the city health statistics in a short period of time. 



128 Report of City Server Inspector 

A study of the tabulated statement showing the number and 
and class of plumbing fixtures installed and inspected by the 
Plumbing Inspector during the fiscal year will give an idea of the 
work done by the inspector, considering the many lines of small 
pipes and joints and connections used in connection therewith. 

The coke has been ordered for the repair of the coke strainers, 
and it is hoped that the proper repairs will be made before the 
hot weather sets in. A sceptic tank for receiving the fluid at the 
filtration beds, which was recommended as a matter of economy 
in last annual report, is important and should be constructed. The 
estimated cost of same, with necessary change in piping at the 
beds, is $10,000.00. 

The force main, leading from pumping station to beds, was re- 
ported in bad condition in last report, and some necessary im- 
provements to the trestle bents at gully crossings were made, but 
the trouble of silting or (settlement of gravel, etc., in main was 
not removed, as it was thought that the fact that the plant would 
be running constantly in a short time, and the increased circula- 
tion of the fluid in the main would have a tendency to remove the 
objectionable substance. This has proved to be true, and the neces- 
sity for cleaning the main appears to be less important at the 
present time. The breaking of a cross-head in the -engine that 
runs the 12-inch pump last September, was an unusual happening, 
and outside of the expense of repairs, did not affect the running of 
the plant, as the 10-inch pump did double duty, and the repairs 
were made in a few days. 

The pumping station is in good condition, and if it is possible to 
decrease the waste water that is discharged into the sanitary sew- 
ers from leaking faucets, valves, etc., the machinery, will be ample 
to take care of the sewage of that part of the town that is sewered 
for several years to come. 

The only necessary expense outside of regular operation that 
will be necessary this year will be the reconstruction of a part of 
the brick-work enclosing the boilers, and it is estimated to cost 
about $200.00. 

The estimated quantity of sewage handled at the beds is three 
million gallons each twenty-four hours. 

The budget allowance for the entire sewer department for the 



Report of City Seiver Inspector 



129 



past year was $20,000.00. The accompanying tabulated statement 
of expense of the department shows that $19,046.53 was expended, 
which leaves a balance of $953.53 to the credit of the department. 

The revenue derived from the plumbing and drain laying in- 
spections is $1,930.90. This shows that the net cost of running the 
department was $17,115.57. 

Considering that the plant was operated 3,780 hours more than 
any other year since the plant was installed, and comparing the 
expense, will show a marked degree of economy. 



SEWER SYSTEM. 
Statement of Expense for Twelve Months Ending February 28, 1907. 



SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM 




(f) 

Sewer 

Repairs 

and 

Renewals 


(g) 

Sewer 
Inspec- 
tions 




1906 and 1907 


Pumping 

(a) 
Oper- 
ation 


j Station 

(b) 
Repairs 

and 
Renewals 


(c) 
Filter 
Beds 


(e) 
Other 


(h) 
Other 


March 

April 

May 


$ 322.60 
491.95 
576.67 

1,007.67 
715.00 
863.13 
887.33 

1,021.75 
987.64 

1,008.34 
782.60 

1,285.62 


$ 135.72 
106.80 
133.70 
103.17 
146.16 
104.00 
239.25 
355 . 73 
135.90 
137.68 
152.30 
175.53 


$ 211.75 
218.13 
512.19 
393.93 
436.20 
299.80 
246.95 
296.30 
242.00 
357.90 
262.80 
260.36 


$ 

6.62 

16.10 
3.75 
7.00 
7.00 
8.25 
7.00 
8.25 

15.75 
8.75 
8.75 


$ 144.70 
138.00 
112.00 

92.00 
116.50 
100.55 

96.00 
128.40 

94.80 
112.80 
100.00 
100.30 


$ 125.00 
125.00 
125.00 
125.00 
125.00 
125.00 
125.00 
125.00 
125.00 
125.00 
125.00 
125.00 


$ 13.98 
10.42 
17.50 


June 

July 


82.35 
21 60 


August 

September.. . . 

October 

November.. . . 
December. . . . 

January 

February 


28.90 
27.00 
179.30 
34.10 
28.50 
27.50 
27.50 


Totals . . . 


$9,950.30 


$1,925.94 


$3,738.31 


$ 97.22 


$1,336.05 


$1,500.00 


$498.65 


Total Expense 


$5,327.65 


$1,631.54 


$2,123.68 


$1,566.17 


$2,362.05 


$1,500.00 


$406.95 



Total expenses Sewer Department year ending Feb. 28th, 1907. . .$19,046.47 
Total expenses Sewer Department year ending Feb. 28th, 1906. . . 14,918.04 



Decrease of last over previous year $ 4,128.43 

Appropriation for year ending February 28th, 1907 $20,000.00 

Expense for year ending February 28th, 1907 19,046.47 

Balance of appropriation unexpended February 28th, 1907 $ 953.53 



Sewer connections, 314- 
Plumbing permits, 656- 

Total 



Fees Collected. 

-24 D. = drain and street opening fees. . . .$ 491.70 
-24 C. = plumbing and inspection fees.... 1,439.20 



$1,930.90 



Ttl. No. of 




Fixtures 


"W 


263 


32 


150 


27 


258 


41 


151 


31 


509 


44 


220 


34 


239 


2° 


257 


27 


271 


15 


219 


11 


178 


16 


198 


14 



130 Report of City Sewer Inspector 



Plumbing Fixtures Installed During the Twelve Months 
Ending February 28th, 1907. 

N °PerrnTts' ff closets Bath s Basins Sinks Urinals 

March 52 82 57 72 52 

April 31 46 37 32 35 '.'. 

May 54 97 60 50 51 

June 38 73 33 22 23 

July 81 177 124 141 51 6 

August 58 90 54 43 41 2 

September .... 83 86 52 58 41 2 

October 81 105 51 53 45 3 

November .... 54 83 52 57 77 2 

December 39 61 34 81 30 13 

January 42 71 36 37 33 1 

February 43 51 29 88 28 2 

Totals 656 1,022 619 734 507 31 2,913 314 

•k Number of Drain Laying- Permits. 



Report of Work Done by Two Sewer Repairers, Other Than Regular Duties, 
During the Twelve Months Ending February 28th, 1907. 

Hours. 

June 21 Repairing the sewer of No. 7 Engine House 15 

July 31 Forcing the Market House sewer 30 

Aug. 3 Putting in 5 catch-basin bars, Cor. Capitol and Smith 5 

Sept. 14 Cutting weeds at Katy Depot and hauling 4 catch-basins. .. 10 

Sept. 27 Placing screen at Louisiana and Texas Avenue inlet 5 

Oct. 11 Cleaning out fish market sewer ; 5 

Oct. 12 Hauling brick for Austin and Preston Streets man-hole 5 

Oct. 25 Laying drain-pipe from Katy Depot catch-basin to White 

Oak Bayou 50 

Nov. 30 Building up 2 man-holes at Chenevert and Mcllhenny 5 

Dec. 3 Building up 2 man-holes at Fannin and Pierce 5 

Dec. 6 Forcing City Hall sewers 5 

Dec. 11 Laying drain-pipe from Houston Avenue and Winter Street 

catch-basins 10 

Dec. 17 Forcing and relaying Market House sewer 15 

Jan. 10 Putting in three catch-basins at Milam Street bridge ...... 5 

Feb. 9 Eepairing the sewer of No. 5 Engine House 10 

During the twelve months there were four (4) stoppages. 

Sewers Constructed. 

Lin. Feet. 

8-inch sewer 970 

10-inch sewer 1,242 

24-inch sewer 8,744 

Total 10,956 = 2.07 miles. 

Number of catch-basins 34 



Report of City Sewer Inspector 131 



Location of Sewers. 

On Preston Avenue, from Caroline to Austin. 
On Pease Avenue, from Main to Travis. 
On Bell Avenue, from Main to Travis. 
On Polk Avenue, from Main to Travis. 
On Lamar Avenue, from Main to Travis. 
On Pease Avenue, from Travis to Louisiana. 
On Louisiana Street, from Pease to Holman. 
On Commerce Avenue, from Austin to Chenevert. 

The above includes the Louisiana Street sewer, which had not been com- 
pleted at the time of the last report; and also the sewers which the I. & 
G. jST. Ky. built on Commerce Street from Austin to Chenevert. 

Location of Catch Basins. 

On Main, between Lamar and Pease 16 

On Commerce, between Austin and Chenevert IS 

Total catch-basins 34 



Plumbing Fixtures Installed During the Twelve Months 
Ending February 28th, 1907. 

Closets 1,022 

Baths 619 

Basins 734 

Sinks 507 

Urinals 31 

Total fixtures installed, 12 months ending Feb. 28, 1907. . .2,913 
Total fixtures installed, 12 months ending Feb. 28, 1906 . . . 2,486 



Increase last 12 months over previous 12 months 427 

Sewer Connections. 

Sewer connections, 12 months ending Feb. 28, 1906 396 

Sewer connections, 12 months ending Feb. 28, 1907 314 

Decrease last 12 months under previous 12 months 82 



. 



ANNUAL REPORT 

OF 

GEORGE ELLIS 

CHIEF OF POLICE 
For the Year Ending February 28, 1907 



REPORT OF CHIEF OF POLICE 



Houston, Texas, March 5, 1907. 



HON. H. B. BICE, 

Mayor of the City of Houston: 

Dear Sir: Complying with your request, I herewith hand you 
copy of the annual report of the Police Department for the fiscal 
year ending February 28, 1907. 

The work of this department has increased considerably during 
the last fiscal year, as compared with the past. We have kept with- 
in our budget by hard work and close figuring. 

Owing to the increased work, as shown by the report of this de- 
partment, I would recommend an increase in our budget for the 
coming year. There is an urgent necessity for more officers on the 
force, as the city is growing rapidly, and the residence limits are ex- 
tending far beyond the former lines. 

During the coming year, it will be necessary to purchase a horse 
for this department, to take the place of one we have, which is 
old and lame. 

I would also recommend that some necessary repairs to the in- 
terior of the police station be done in the near future, as there 
has not been anything spent in this direction for some years. 

I am happy to say that the City of Houston compares favorably, 
from a moral standpoint, with any city in this country, and is far 
in advance of many cities in Texas. 

Respectfully submitted, 

George Ellis, 
Chief pf Police. 



Report of Chief of Police 135 



Cost of Operating the Police Department for the Fiscal Year 
Ending February 28th, 1907. 

Salaries $65,389.45 

Patrol wagon and equipment 472.50 

Repairs to buildings 175.15 

Light and fuel . 336.41 

Subsistence 4,077.00 

Stationery and printing 107.55 

Expenses of pound 424.92 

Other 874.92 



Total $71,857.90 

Received from private corporations and individuals for special 

officers, detailed for their protection and included in Revenue. .$7,299.45 

Comparative Statement of the Revenue and Operating Expenses of the 
Police Department. 

Revenue OperV Expenses 

1901 $ 9,891.90 $62,274.97 

1902 12,603.50 62,498.66 

1903 13,407.15 58,604.97 

1904 16,414.85 64,506.55 

1905 20,458.55 69,446.52 

1906 28,094.75 71,857.90 

A Comparative Statement. 

1903 1904 1905 1906 

Total arrests 4,322 4,439 4,770 4,815 

Stock impounded 2,139 2,127 2,437 2,767 

Wagon calls . . 2,308 2,482 

Wagon mileage 3,844J 

Pound fees $2,925.80 $2,587.60 $3,250.40 $3,641.25 

Fines and costs 7,307.35 9,162.35 12,887.15 15,941.80 

Dog tax 550.00 550.00 524.00 808.00 

Special detail 2,624.00 4,114.90 3,797.00 7,299.45 

RECAPITULATION. 

Violating State laws 4,234 

Violating United States laws 8 

Violating City Ordinances 360 

Escaped convicts recaptured 2 



Fugitives from other counties 16 

Arrests on suspicion 226 

Total arrests 4,846 

Number of head of stock impounded 2,767 

Total fines and costs collected. $15,941.80 

Total pound fees collected 3,641.25 

Total special detail collected 7,299.45 

Total dog tax collected 808.00 

Total miscellaneous collected 396.50 



Total collections $28,087.00 



136 



Report of Chief of Police 



Arrests Made During the Fiscal Year Ending February 28th, 1907. 



March . . . 
April 

May 

June 

July 

August . . 
September 
October . 
November 
December . 
January . 
February 

Total 



, Wt 


ITE 


i — Colored — < 


Total 


Male 


Female 


Male 


Female 


190 


7 


121 


22 


340 


198 


10 


157 


40 


405 


222 


7 


162 


22 


413 


169 


15 


148 


39 


371 


184 


6 


184 


43 


417 


219 


4 


162 


34 


419 


203 


26 


154 


34 


417 


181 


7 


100 


25 


313 


302 


2 


128 


26 


458 


251 


5 


137 


15 


408 


272 


7 


161 


21 


461 


208 


7 


153 


25 


393 



2,599 103 



1,76- 



346 4,815 



Violating State Laws. 



Affray 

Abusive language . 

Assault 

Aggravated assault 
Assault to murder . 
Assault to robbery 
Assault to rape . . . 
Arson 



380 

109 

258 

40 

72 

5 

4 

1 

2 

183 

12 

9 



Adultery 

Burglary 

Cruelty to animals 

Dirk unlawfully carried 

Drunkenness 1 ,122 

680 

3 

6 

4 

3 

3 

23 

239 

2 

6 

5 

3 

22 

10 

11 

10 

43 

11 

2 

4 

2 

1 



Disturbing the peace 

Displaying a pistol 

Disorderly house 

Enticing minor from parents 

Embezzlement 

Fornication 

Forgery 

Gaming 

Gaining, permitting on premises 

Horse theft 

Interf erring with an officer 

Knuckles, unlawfully carried 

Lunacy 

Liquor, without filing ' ' liquor dealers ' bond ' ' . 

Murder 

Malicious mischief 

Pistol, unlawfully carried 

Robbery 

Robbery, by fire arms 

Receiving stolen property 

Resisting an officer , 

Rape 



Report of Chief of Police 137 



Violating State Laws— Continued. 

Seduction 2 

Swindling 11 

Sodomy 1 

Theft * 235 

Trespassing 31 

Train jumping , 20 

Threatening life 9 

Theft of person 21 

Vagrancy 620 

Violating election law 1 

Total 4,234 



Viohting City Ordinances. 

Accompanying lewd women on streets 4 

Bridge, driving over faster than a walk 14 

Bicycle, riding without a light 14 

Bicycle, riding on sidewalk 4 

Building without a permit 2 

Carriage, without a light 1 

Carriage, unlawfully soliciting at depot 11 

Driving fast 23 

Driving through funeral procession 7 

Distributing hand bills 15 

Dripping oil on asphalt streets 1 

Electrical Ordinance, violation of 2 

Fire arms, discharging within city limits 9 

Fast driving of automobiles 7 

Peddling, without license 12 

Plumbing Ordinance, Violation of 3 

Selling live stock on streets 1 

Street walking 2 

Street obstructing 17 

Sleeping in public place 61 

Street car, jumping 8 

Throwing trash in streets 1 

Team, leaving unhitched 83 

Tacking signs on telegraph poles 8 

Violating Sidewalk Ordinance 16 

Violating Quarantine Ordinance 1 

Violating Slop Ordinance 4 

Unlawful instrusion 3 

Violating Midnight Ordinance 16 

Violating Health Ordinance 6 

Total 360 

Violating United States Laws. 

Deserter '. 8 



138 Report of Chief of Police 



RECAPITULATION. 

Violation of State laws 4,234 

Violation of United States laws 8 

Violation of City Ordinances 360 

Escaped convicts recaptured 2 

Fugitives from other counties . 16 

Arrests on suspicion 226 



Total arrests 4,846 



Force of the Department. 

Salary 
No. Per Year. 

1 Chief $ 2,000.00 

1 Assistant Chief 1,380.00 

2 Sergeants 2,220.00 

3 Clerks 3,000.00 

4 Detectives 4,260.00 

1 Warrant Officer 1,020.00 

2 Turnkeys 1,800.00 

1 Matron 600.00 

2 Patrol Drivers 1,800.00 

12 Mounted officers 12,240.00 

36 Patrolmen 33,300.00 



65 Total $63,620.00 



Report of Chief of Police 139 



Number of Arrests Made by the Detective Department for the Fiscal Year 
Ending February 28th, 1907. 

Fighting 23 

Assault 11 

Gaming 125 

Theft, misdemeanor 48 

Vagrancy 138 

Burglary 86 

Suspicious characters 164 

Unlawful instrusion 1 

Theft, felony 51 

Forgery 14 

Permitting gaming 2 

Trespassing 2 

Disturbing the peace 42 

Carrying a pistol 2 

Swindling, misdemeanor 6 

Asasult to commit murder 14 

Malicious mischief 4 

Aggravated assault 5 

Violating Move-on Ordinance 1 

Drunk and disorderly 16 

Fugitives from justice 15 

Horse theft 5 

Murder 6 

Robbery by fire arms 1 

Robbery 6 

Assault to commit rape 2 

Eeceiving and concealing stolen property 3 

Disorderling conduct 2 

Peddling, without license 1 

Interf erring with an officer 1 

Deserter from United States Army 2 

Theft from person 21 

Keeping a disorderly house 1 

Assault and battery 7 

Abusive language 5 

Seduction 2 

Felony embezzlement 1 

Carrying bowie knife 1 

Fornication 1 

Misdemeanor embezzlement 2 

Assault to rob 1 

Cow theft 1 

Discharging fire arms in city limits 1 

Seriously threatening to take life 1 

Sodomy 1 

Obstructing the street 3 

Defaulting witness 1 

Fast driving, automobile 1 

Total 899 



140 Report of Chief of Police 

Statement of Property Stolen and Lost, and Recovered by the Detective Department 
for the Fiscal Year Ending February 28th, 1907. 

Including the loss of $50,000.00 from the J. J. Sweeney Jewelry Com- 
pany of the March 18, 1907. 

Property reported stolen $84,504.00 

Property reported lost 1,254.00 



$85,758.00 



Stolen property recovered $20,237.00 

Lost property recovered ' 324.00 



$20,561.00 



Property reported stolen unrecovered $64,267.00 

Property reported lost unrecovered 930.00 



$65,197.00 



Total amount of property reported stolen and lost re- 
covered $20,561.00 

Total amount of property reported stolen and lost 

unrecovered 65.197.00 



$85,758.00 
Stock Empounded. 

Number head of stock empounded for fiscal year end- 
ing February 28th, 1907 2,767 

Total Number of Runs and Mileage Made by the Patrol Wagon During the Fiscal Year 
Ending February 28th, 1907. 

Miles- 

1906. Day. 

March 120 

April 154 

May 139 1/4 

June 117 

July 132 3/4 

August 126 3/4 

September 136 

October 110 1/4 

November 139 3/4 

December 187 3/4 

1907. 

January 160 1/4 

February 141 1/2 



Night. 


Night. 


Dav. 


Ill 3/16 


81 


88 


193 3/16 


125 


113 


174 


124 


105 


256 1/6 


152 


76 


216 1/16 


142 


88 


211 1/8 


130 


90 


172 


117 


87 


125 1/16 


87 


82 


189 


145 


107 


173 1/8 


133 


141 


183 3/8 


128 


114 


173 5/16 


121 


105 



Total 1,665 1/4 2,179 1/2 1,196 1,286 

Total runs . . 2,482 

Total miles 3,8441 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF 



THOMAS O'LEARY 



CHIEF OF 
FIRE DEPARTMENT 



For the Year Ending February 28, 1907. 



REPORT OF 
CHIEF OF FIRE DEPARTMENT, 



Houston, Texas, February 28, 1907. 



Hon. II. B. Bice, Mayor, and Commissioners of the City of Hous- 
ton: 



Gentlemen" : I herewith submit this, my annual report, for 
the year ending February 28, 1907, showing the number of miles 
traveled, number of feet of hose laid, number of feet of ladders 
used, the amount of chemical fluid used in extinguishing fires, also 
account of all losses by fires of buildings and contents, insured and 
uninsured, carried and paid. 

This report also contains recommendations for the coming year, 
with other items of interest, showing what is necessary for the bet- 
terment and improvement of the department. 

RECOMMENDATIONS. 

I would call your attention to the necessary improvements that 
should be made in the department as early as possible. 

That is, the building of three more engines houses, and fully 
equipping them with the apparatus as herein recommended. 

One to be placed in the vicinity of south of McGowan, between 
La Branch and Jackson Streets, as this portion of the city has 
been and is building so rapidly that it is absolutely necessary that 
a station should be built in this locality in order to furnish ade- 
quate fire protection to those people leaving in the neighborhood. 

This house to be equipped with a combination chemical and hose 
wagon, and a second size steamer. 

The second house to be placed in the vicinity of Baldwin and 



Report of Chief of Fire Department 143 

Polk Streets, as this part of the city is very thickly settled, and the 
nearest fire station is over a mile away. I would suggest that this 
house be equipped with a combination chemical and hose wagon 
and a second size engine. 

The third house to be built and located within about three blocks 
of the present location of No. 9's house, and the equipment to con- 
sist of one village truck and a hose wagon, as at present we only 
have one village truck and crew, which is compelled to cover the 
entire city on all alarms, and in event of the second alarm, which 
frequently happens, and disables the department for the want of 
protection in the way of ladders and men, as they are supplied with 
the only ladders that will reach to the top of a three-story build- 
ing. 

I would especially request that your honorable body take this 
matter up as early as possible, for the city is entirely growing 
away from the department. 

I would further recommend the placing of three extra men at 
the Central Station during meal hours, for the purpose of replac- 
ing those men that are off to their meals. During those hours 
one-third of the entire department are absent, including men at 
meals and those with their days off. 

As a general rule there are more fire alarms received through- 
out the twenty-four hours of each day during meal hours than any 
other part of the day. With this explanation you can readily see 
the necessity for the additional three men that I ask for, as we 
are very often caught short-handed. 

These additional men would not only add to the efficiency of 
handling the truck, but would add greatly to the outside houses 
as well, for there are times during meal hours that the number of 
men is greatly reduced at all houses. 

I would also recommend the purchase of 5,000 feet of two and 
one-half inch cotton, rubber-lined hose, as very few of the outside 
houses are equipped with an additional supply, which they all 
should have. In case of a large fire at present we would find our- 
selves very short of hose, especially so in those parts of the city 
that are thickly settled and where fire hydrants are few and far 
between. 

I would recommend that all of the old. type of McLean fire 



144 Report of Chief of Fire Department 

hydrants in the roof limits he replaced by a more modern and 
up-to-date hydrant for steamer connections. I would also recom- 
mend that all fire hydrants be painted white, as it is almost im- 
possible to locate some of the hydrants at night, on account of 
their being so near the color of the ground. 

I would especially call your attention to one of the greatest 
nuisances that we have to contend with during fires in the business 
district, and that is the practice of the occupants of large whole- 
sale and warehouses of blocking the windows and doors of their 
buildings. I would suggest that you take this matter up with the 
insurance people for the purpose of preventing such practice, or 
pass an ordinance compelling the insurance companies to employ 
an inspector, whose duty it shall be to make regular inspections 
of all buildings and see that the doors and windows are at all 
times kept open and clear, so that the firemen will be able to pass 
in and out of such buildings through a clear passageway, without 
being cut off. 

Had there been in vogue at the time of the Japhet & Co. fire 
such ordinance or regulations there would not have been more 
than 25 per cent, lost, but as it was, it was impossible for the 
firemen to obtain an entrance to this building above the first floor. 
This will enable you to see why I ask for such regulations. 

I would also recommend that you pass an ordinance compelling 
all theaters and bouses of amusement that have a stage to equip 
their stage with an approved automatic sprinkler system, as this 
has been adopted in all cities of any size, and is highly recom- 
mended by the International Fire Engineers' Association since the 
Iroquois theater fire in Chicago in 1903. 

ACCIDENTS AND DEATHS OF MEMBERS. 

H. Farly, while riding the truck in respone to box 24, October 
14, 1906, at 4 p. M., met with an accident by being thrown from 
the truck and the wheels running over him, breaking one of his 
legs, and has been laid up ever since the accident, though at present 
he is improving very rapidly, and expects to report for duty by 
or about the 10th of March. 

While Engine Company No. 10 was responding to box 56, the 
driver, Barney Baffitt, was thrown from his seat while crossing the 



Report of Chief of Fire Department 145 

H. & T. C. R. R. yards, and sustained injuries that disabled him 
for about five months. This accident happened June 4, 1906, at 
4:45 p. M. He reported for duty November 30. 

I regret very much to state that one of the oldest members of 
the Fire Department, Captain T. H. Martin, of Company No. 6, 
located at 1700 Washington Avenue, died November 25 at 5 p. m., 
and was buried the following day with firemen's honors at Glen- 
wood Cemetery. 

PROMOTIONS. 

C. A. Dortic was promoted to the captaincy of Company No. 6 
to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Captain Martin. 

I wish to extend my thanks to his honor, the Mayor, and the 
Fire Commissioner, together with the other members of the Com- 
mission, for the assistance they have rendered me in responding to 
my requests for the necessities for the department, which were 
badly needed. Respectfully submitted, 

Tom O'Leary, 
Chief of Fire Department. 



Cost of Maintaining and Operating the Fire Department for the Fiscal Year 
Ending February 28, 1907. 

Salaries $54,705.30 

Eepairs to buildings 253.09 

Repairs and renewals of furniture 28.40 

Repairs and renewals of equipment 4,278.70 

Live stock, renewal and maintenance 6,657.06 

Light and fuel 2,116.98 

Lubricants and engine supplies 70.26 

Chemicals 119.32 

Stationery and printing 14.50 

All other 519.08 

Total $68,762.69 



146 



Report of Chief of Fire Department 



Fire Alarms During the Fiscal Year Ending February 28, 1907. 

Box Telephone Total 

1906. Alarms. Alarms. Alarms. A. M. P. M. 

March 27 19 46 13 33 

April . . 22 5 27 13 14 

May 18 4 22 10 12 

June . . 36 23 59 21 38 

July 9 9 18 10 8 

August 8 19 27 13 14 

September 5 8 13 7 6 

October 8 19 27 11 16 

November 18 40 58 11 47 

December 21 27 48 17 31 

1907. 

January 10 12 22 13 M 

February 14 23 37 14 23 

Total 196 208 404 153 251 



Cause of Fires During the Year 1906. 



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Alcohol explosion 




















1 
1 
1 

9 

10 

3 

1 

6 


5 
4 
2 


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9 

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Bed near gas jet 




















1 


Bed near gas stove 




















1 


Boiler 


















1 

1 
1 

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5 

6 
2 

1 


1 


Candle in closet.. . . 
















1 


1 


Curtain fire from lantern 


1 






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1 


Can of oil 


1 


Cleaning gloves 








1 


Coal in box 


















1 


Clothing caught fire 
















1 

*2 
5 
1 


1 


Defective wiring 




1 






1 
1 


1 


1 

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4 


Defective light and fixture. . . . 




1 


Electric^wire 










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Flue... 

Flue defective 

False alarms 

Furnace on gallery 


7 
6 
1 


4 
3 
1 
1 


1 
6 

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2 
4 


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2 
5 
1 


41 

63 

12 

3 






1 


Furnace set sack on fire 




1 




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1 


Fumigating chicken house 




1 


Fuse blew out 








1 


Fire works 










6 


Gasoline stove 


1 
1 
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2 
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7 


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Gas iron 


1 


Gasoline explosion 


4 








1 


Gasoline lamp explosion 






1 


Gasoline pot leaking 








1 



Report of Chief of Fire Department 



147 



Cause of Fires During the Year 1906— Continued. 



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Gas pipe exploded. . . . 














1 










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2 

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1 


Gas jet bursted 














1 


Hot jounal 


















1 
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2 
3 

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Incendiary 


3 

1 
2 


2 


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4 

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2 


1 


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16 


Lamp turned over 


9 


Lamp explosion 


1^ 


Lightning 


1 


Matches on awning 










1 


1 


Matches, rats eating 










1 


Matches, children playing with. . . . 




1 




1 


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2 

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'2 

5 

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6 


Mattress on fire, 




1 


Oil on stove 








1 


Oil in bayou, waste 






1 

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1 

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8 
15 


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1 

2 

1 
1 


1 


3 


Paper on fire 


1 




1 


Stove 


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3 


Stove, oil . . . . 


4 


Sparks from locomotive 






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Sparks from flues. . 


12 


5 


56 


Sparks from fires 


1 5 


Sack under house. . . . 








1 


Smoking in bed 










4 


Sparks from stack 








2 




8 


Spark from foundry 








1 


Trash on fire. . . . 


1 






4 




1 
6 

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1 
3 

13 


1 

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26 


13 


Tank explosion 


9 


Tailor's iron neglected 












1 


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4 
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46 


7 

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7 
22 


9 
59 


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75 


Valve open on launch 


1 


Total 


403 

















Insurance Statistics. 

Value of buildings ."$1,541,430.00 

Value of stock or furniture 1,254,155.00 



Total value of property involved. 



$2,795,585.00 



Insurance on buildings $ 232,540.00 

Insurance on stock or furniture 470,210.52 



Total amount of insurance on buildings and contents 

Damage to insured buildings 

Damage to uninsured buildings 

Damage to insured stock or furniture 

Damage to uninsured stock or furniture 



,$ 702,750.52 



61,111.02 

18,729.10 

102,228.90 

9,655.44 



Total damage to buildings and contents $ 191,724.46 



148 



Report of Chief of Fire Department 



Service Performed by the Fire Department During the Fiscal Year Ending 
February 28, 1907. 





Fires 


Miles 


Feet 


Feet 


Gallons 


Time 


COMPANY 


Attend- 


From 


Hose 


Ladder 


Chemical 


at 




ed 


Station 


Used 


Used 


Used 


Work 


Hose Co. No. 1 


108 


72.00 


18,200 


75 


636 


112.00 


Hose Co. No. 5 


93 


80.25 


18,300 


650 


57 


121.25 


Hose Co. No. 6 


97 


88.75 


15,850 


960 


347 


95.50 


Hose Co. No. 7 


89 


82.00 


12,400 


147 


30 


71.00 


Hose Co. No. 8 


154 


145.25 


18,700 


438 


39 


123.25 


Hose Co. No. 9 


117 


121.00 


15,400 


384 


45 


58.00 


Hose Co. No. 10 


123 


85.50 


22,700 


600 


42 


62.25 


Steamer No. 2 


77- 
83 
71 
55 
87 
88 
168 


39.50 
70.50 
63.75 
50.50 

71.25 

58.50 

114.00 








82.00 


Steamer No. 5 








112.00 


Steamer No. 6 








76.00 


Steamer No. 7 








38.75 


Steamer No. 8 








77.50 


Steamer No. 10 








52.75 


Chemical No. 4 


8,753 


550 


2,832 


98.25 


Hook and Lad- 














der Truck 














No. 14.. . . 


278 


317.25 




5,571 


121 


216.50 


Aerial Truck 














No. 15.. . . 


27 


10.50 




515 


56 


44.60 


Total 


1,715 


1,470.50 


130,303 


9,890 


4,206 





Character of Buildings Damaged During the Fiscal Year Ending February 28, 1907. 

Frame Brick Other than 

1906. Buildings. Buildings. Buildings. 

March 41 2 2 

April 21 5 2 

May 19 .. 3 

June 53 3 3 

July 16 2 

August 19 7 1 

September 10 2 1 

October 20 2 3 

November 43 4 10 

December 37 7 2 

1907. 

January 19 . . 1 

February 32 4 

Total 330 38 28 



Report of Chief of Fire Department 149 

Comparative Statement of Alarms and Number of Men Employed. 

No. of Men No. of 

Year. Employed. Alarms. 

1898 55 226 

1899 55 259 

1900 60 298 

1901 62 297 

1902 59 300 

1903 61 258 

1904 65 391 

1905 65 364 

1906 65 396 

Number of Water Hydrants in the City. 

First Ward 45 

Second Ward 50 

Third Ward 189 

Fourth Ward 133 

Fifth Ward 119 

Sixth Ward 53 

Total 589 

Force of the Department. 

Per Month. Salary. 

1 Chief $ $ 1,800.00 

1 Assistant Chief 1,080.00 

1 Second Assistant Chief 960.00 

7 Captains 75.00 6,300.00 

15 Drivers 70.00 12,600.00 

1 Driver 72.50 870.00 

1 Tillerman 70.00 840.00 

6 Engineers 90.00 6,480.00 

1 Stoker 70.00 840.00 

4 Chemical Tankmen 65.00 3,120.00 

6 Laddermen 65.00 4,680.00 

20 Pipemen 60.00 14,400.00 

1 Housekeeper — Central Station 720.00 

Total amount of salaries $54,690.00 

Horses in Service. 

Central Station 12 

Fire Station No. 5 4 

Fire Station No. 6 4 

Fire Station No. 7 4 

Fire Station No. 8 5 

Fire Station No. 9 3 

Fire Station No. 10 5 

Total 37 

Value. 

1 horse died during the year $ 150.00 

4 horses sold, or transferred to other Departments 190.00 

8 horses purchased during the year 1,850.00 



150 



Report of Chief of Fire Department 



Apparatus. 

We have in service twenty-one pieces of apparatus, located at the 
various stations as follows: 

Apparatus. Location and Number. 

1 Combination Hose Wagon 1— Central Station. 

1 second size La France Steamer 2 — Central Station. 

1 double 60-gallon Holloway Chemical 4 — Central Station. 

1 Hose Wagon 5— Fire Station No. 5. 

1 third size La France Steamer 5— Fire Station No. 5. 

1 Combination Hose Wagon 6— Fire Station No. 6. 

1 fourth size La France Steamer 6 — Fire Station No. 6. 

1 Hose Wagon 7— Fire Station No. 7. 

1 fourth size La France Steamer 7 — Fire Station No. 7. 

1 Hose Wagon 8— Fire Station No. 8. 

1 third size Clapp & Jones Steamer 8 — Fire Station No. 8. 

1 Hose Wagon 9 — Fire Station No. 9. 

1 fifth size La France Kotary (reserve*) 9 — Fire Station No. 3. 

1 Hose Wagon 10 — Fire Station No. 10. 

1 fourth size La France Steamer 10 — Fire Station No. 10. 

1 Hayes Aerial 65-foot Extension Ladder 15 — Central Station. 

1 Preston Hook and Ladder 14 — Central Station. 

1 Chief 's Buggy —Central Station. 

2 Assistant Chiefs' Buggies — Central Station. 

1 Hose Eeel in reserve — Central Station. 

*Not in use. 



Size and Dimensions of Fire Steamers and Date Placed in Service. 



ay ir 



Make 



Boiler 









•Sa 


a 


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.5 8 


g 





u 


3 

a. 


ts> 


7? 


4h 


9 


7i 


4* 


8 


6f 


4 


7 


6| 


4 


7 


7 


4} 


8 


en 


4 


7 


* 


t 





Capacity 

of water 

per minute 



1895 
1894 
1901 
1901 
1896 

1901 
1900 



2 
5 
6 

7 
8 

10 
9 



La France 

La France 

La France 

La France 

Clapp & J o n e s- 
American make 

Metropolitan 

La France 



2d 
3d 
4th 
4th 

3d 
4th 

5th 



33x60 
30x62 

28x72 
28x72 

30x62 
30x60 
30x66 



700 
600 
500 
500 

600 
500 



Steamer No. 9 is not in service, as its pumps are disabled. 

*Steam— Uxl/ 1. 
t Water— 5x4*. 
§400, Rotary. 



ANNUAL REPORT 

OF 

CLARENCE R. GEORGE 

CITY ELECTRICIAN 
For the Year Ending February 28, 1907 



REPORT OF CITY ELECTRICIAN 



Houston, Texas, February 28, 1907. 



HON. H. B. RICE, 

Mayor of the City of Houston: 



Dear Sir — I have the honor of submitting to yon this, my 
annual report for the year ending February 28, 1907. 

This report contains a full statement of all matters pertaining 
to this department, covering the fire alarm system, its value, with 
repairs, additions and extensions thereto, expenses and receipts, 
with information covering the inspection of electrical wiring for 
the prevention of fires caused by defective installations of wire and 
other electrical appliances, with recommendations for the im- 
provement and extension of the fire alarm system. 

The following statement is the expense of this department for 
the past year: 

Expenses. 

Salary, superintendent $1,500.00 

Salary, inspector 1,200.00 

Eepairs and renewals to fire alarm, including lineman 1,285.32 

Other expense 96.65 



Total ordinary expense $4,081.97 

Extraordinary expense 855.54. 

Grand total $4,937.51 

Changes and Improvements to the Fire Alarm System. 

Neiu Construction. — The following new wires have been run and 
others changed: 

One wire on Summer Street, from Sabine to Taylor; two on 
Summer, from Taylor to Hemphill; one wire on Hemphill, from. 



Report of City Electrician 153 

Summer to Shearn; one wire on Shearn, from Taylor to Colorado. 

Set two poles on Hemphill, between Summer and Crockett. 

Two wires on White, from Shearn to Alamo, and set four poles 
on White, between Spring and Alamo. 

One wire on Harrisburg Road, from Eoberts to Sampson, on 
Sampson to Engelke, on Engelke to Grand. 

Two wires on Roberts, from Engelke to the Houston Packing 
Company. 

One wire on Buffalo, from Eunnels to Commerce Avenue. 

Two wires on Harrington, from Montgomery to Fletcher, for 
the Waters Pierce Oil Company's box No. 55, moved from old 
warehouse. 

One wire on Chenevert, from Pierce to McGowen Avenue, on 
McGowen Avenue to Jackson, on Jackson to Drew, on Drew to 
Crawford, on Crawford to Jefferson. 

One wire on Caroline to Tuam, on Tuam to San Jacinto, ou 
San Jacinto to Anita, on Anita to Fannin, on Fannin to Stewart. 
on Stewart to Louisiana, on Louisiana to Elgin. 

Two wires on McGowen, from Bagby to Helena, 

One wire on Dallas, from Travis to Smith, to replace old wire. 

One wire through the H. & T. C. R. R. yards, from Walnut 
Street to Hill Street, to replace old wire. 

Two wires on Hill, from La Porte R. R. tracks to Nance Street, 
to replace old wire. 

New Fire Alarm Boxes Installed. 

No. 

115. Waterman Car Wheel Co., White and Alamo Streets, private box. 

121. Houston Ice & Brewing Co., private box. 

22. Houston Packing Co., Second Ward, private box. 

221. Houston Electric Co. Car Barns, Engelke and Milby, private box. 

328. San Jacinto and Anita, city box. 

55. Waters-Pierce Oil Co., Harrington and Fletcher, private box. 

58. Dickson Car Wheel Co., Walnut and Eailroad, private box. 

66. South Texas Grain Co., Winter and Hemphill, private box. 

All of the above boxes except box No. 328 were installed for the 
parties as herein shown at their own expense; at the same time 
they are used for sounding alarms in the vicinity of their location. 

This renders the use of all private boxes to the city just the same 
as if the city had placed them there at its. own expense. 



No. 


Location. 


No. 


23. 


Congress and Austin. 


334. 


113. 


Summer and Sabine. 


13. 


331. 


McGowen and Austin. 


45. 


332. 


Chenevert and Pierce. 


413. 



154 Report of City Electrician 

Boxes Overhauled. 

The following boxes. have been taken into the shop and thor- 
oughly overhauled and made as good as new, by repainting, clean- 
ing and rewiring: 

Location. 
Harrisburg Ed. and Roberts. 
Capital and Louisiana. 
McKinney and Milam. 
Gray and Brazos. 

Number of Fire Alarm Boxes. 

The following number of fire alarm boxes are in use : 

Total number of boxes owned by city 91 

Total number of private boxes owned 10 

Total 101 

You will note from the number of private boxes as shown herein 
that the large manufacturing concerns are coming to realize that 
the system that affords them the quickest and most rapid trans- 
mission for calling the fire department is "the fire alarm box," and 
that it is always ready and in working order, and the most reliable 
means for sounding an alarm of fire. 

Some of these concerns have had large losses by fire owing to 
the delay of the fire department at a time when "time" was most 
valuable. And these delays are caused by trying to send in an 
alarm by telephone, which is not only delaying the department, but 
very often confusing to the fireman receiving the alarm. 

I would especially recommend that your honorable body make 
an additional anoropriation for the purpose of installing more fire 
alarm boxes, as the few that we now have in service do not cover 
the city. There are some parts of the city where one can go from 
four to ten blocks and not find a fire alarm box, while they should 
be not less than from three to four blocks apart. 

In recommending the addition of more boxes it is well to con- 
sider two facts of "economy," as follows: 

First — If we are provided with more fire alarm boxes than we 
now have the public will have the close distribution of the means 
for calling the fire department when needed without delay. 

Second — The timely arrival of the fire department enables them 



Report of City Electrician 155 

to extinguish the fire before it has made any headway, without the 
waste of much water, which I would consider economical in itself. 

I have often heard it said that a city may have a well equipped 
Fire Department and a good supply of water, but without the 
proper means — the fire alarm box — for calling the department 
neither is available at the time when they would prove most val- 
uable. 

The city is very badly in need of more fire alarm boxes, espe- 
cially in the Third, Fourth and Fifth wards, as these parts of the 
city have grown very fast in the past few years, and the growth 
continues, but the department has only been supplied with three 
new boxes in the past four years, which shows that we are far be- 
hind the growth of the city. According to the estimated popula- 
tion of the city we only have about one fire alarm box to every 
ten thousand inhabitants. 

Valuation of the Fire Alarm System. 

The following figures are an approximate valuation of the fire 
alarm system, including instruments in each engine house, central 
office, signal boxes and lines : 

Central Station, ground floor $ 830.00 

Engine House No. 5 348.50 

Engine House No. 6 305.25 

Engine House No. 7 290.50 

Engine House No. 8 305.50 

Engine House JNo. 9 268.50 

Engine House No. 10 299.00 

First Ward Engine House instruments on hand 280.00 

Outside construction, including signal boxes, bell machine, wire, 

poles, and other fixtures 19,303.39 

Central Fire Alarm Office instruments, furniture, etc 9,356.00 

Horse and buggy 50.00 



Total $31,636.64 

The above figures do not include the number of private fire 
alarm boxes attached to the system. 

Inspection of Electric Wiring. 

Permits for electrical wiring. . 1,415 

Permits for electrical service 1,192 

Certificates on electrical installations 68 

Permits to set poles * 82 

Revenue from inspection $2,972.65 

Revenue, extraordinary 389.52 



Total revenue , $3,362 17 



156 Report of City Electrician 

I wish to state that in reference to the installation of wire for 
electric light and power service, that too much care and attention 
cannot be given to the inspection of such installation, and the in- 
spector must be ever on the watch for the slightest defects that 
would sooner or later cause fire from improper installation of ma- 
terial not approved. 

Work Done by this Department for Other Departments. 

Wired and installed a complete conduit system of lighting in 
the basement of the High School. 

Wired the Travis Street side of the City Hall temporarily for 
the carnival decoration. Heretofore this work was given out by 
contract, but this year the city purchased the material, and it is 
now held in reserve for each year, which will enable the city to 
decorate the City Hall at very little cost. 

Furnished the City Engineer with estimate for the electric- 
pumps for the proposed sub-pumping station for the south end 
of the city. 

Wired and installed electric motor for the Fire Department in 
the shop at Central Station. 

Installed two electric fans in the Assessor's office. 

Wired and installed lights in the office of the Wharfmaster. 

In concluding this report, I desire to extend my thanks to his 
honor, the Mayor, and the Commissioners, for their assistance dur- 
ing the past year, and beg to state that with the coming year I 
will, with your assistance, endeavor to keep the system up to the 
same working standard of efficiency as in the past. 

Eespectfully submitted, 
Clarence E. George, 

City Electrician. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF 



Work Done by Street and Bridge 
Department 

For the Year Ending February 28, 1907 



work done by 
Street and Bridge Department 



The following table shows the work done by the clay cleaning 

men, the following streets being cleaned, weather permitting: 

Main, from Franklin to McKinney. 
Travis, from Franklin to Prairie. 
Congress, from Travis to Fannin. 
Prairie, from Travis to Fannin. 
Texas, from Travis to Fannin. 
Fannin, from Franklin to Preston. 



Labor. 



1,053,397 


$ 509.50 


1,014,286 


481.85 


1,014,286 


577.00 


1,014,286 


373.40 


1,014,286 


492.00 


1,248,993 


509.50 


1,053,297 


589.00 


1,014,286 


505.85 


1,014,286 


481.85 


1,014,286 


555.40 


1,248,993 


679.40 


1,053,297 


553.00 


12,757,879 


$6,207.75 



Square Yards 
Date. Cleaned. 

March 

April 

May 

June 

July 

August 

September 

October 

November 

December . . „ 

January 

February 



The following streets are cleaned every night, weather permit- 
ting: 

No. Blocks. 

Main, from Commerce to McKinney 9 

Travis, from Commerce to McKinney 9 

Caroline, from Commerce to McKinney 8 

Fannin, from Franklin to Preston 2 

Commerce, from Fannin to Milam 3 

Franklin, from bridge to San Jacinto 7 

Congress, from Milam to I. & G. N. Depot 19 

Preston, from bridge to Caroline 9 

Prairie, from Milam to Caroline 5 

Texas, from Milam to Caroline 5 

Capitol, from Milam to Fannin 3 

Washington, from Fifth to Tenth 5 

San Jacinto, from Preston to bridge 4 

Willow, from San Jacinto bridge to S. P. Depot 5 

Total number of blocks 82 



Report of Street and Bridge Department 



159 



The following streets are swept from one to three t'imes a week: 

McKinney. Hardy. 

Crawford. Montgomery. 

Odin. Lyons. 

Houston Avenue. Chartres 

Franklin, from San Jacinto to Chartres. 
Liberty, from S. P. Depot to Car, to Lyons Avenue. 
Washington, from Tenth to Brashear. 



Cost of Sweeping Streets at Night. 

Month. No. Loads. No. Blocks, Cost. 

March 6841. 1,700 $ 1,018.74 

April 589 1,320 1,092.50 

May 505 1,942 994.87 

June 377 1,766 945.96 

July 306 1,340 921.89 

August 443 2,071 1,067.37 

September 398 1,980 965.62 

October 542 ' 2,302 1.186.08 

November ...... , 546 2,063 1,088.34 

December 299 1,254 746.46 

January 532 2,603 1,293.54 

February 612 2,197 1,079.11 

Total 5,8331. 22,538 $12,400.48 

The following table shows amounts of lumber used, and cost of 
labor in constructing aprons, culverts, bridges and crossings: 



BRIDGE GANG REPORT. 
March, 1906. 



No. Feet. 

21 Crossings 2,672 

46 Bridges and cemetery fence 5,440 



Total 



Feet. 

New lumber 8,112 

Old lumber 9,573 



,112 Total 17,685 

, Labor $253.40 



No. 

23 Crossings 

80 Bridges . 



Total 



April, 1906. 

Feet. 



3,272 
14,790 



New lumber 
Old lumber 



Feet. 
18,062 
15,183 



18,062 Total 33,245 

] Labor $330.75 



160 Report of Street and Health Department 

May, 1906. 

No. Feet. Feet. 

44 Crossings 3,589 New lumber 21,770 

91 Bridges 18,181 Old lumber 9,645 



Total 21,770 Total 31,415 

Labor $386.95. 

June, 1906. 

No. Feet. Feet. 

38 Crossings 6,226 New lumber 22,351 

63 Bridges, aprons and box Old lumber 3,450 

drains 16,125 

Total 25,801 



Total 22,351 

Labor $348.40 

July, 1906. 

No. Feet. Feet. 

44 Crossings 4,496 New lumber 18,713 

18 Bridges 14,217 Old lumber 1,730 



Total 18,713 Total 20,443 

Labor $333.30 

August, 1906. 

No. Feet. Feet. 

37 Crossings 9,364 New lumber 25,408 

64 Bridges 16,044 Old lumber 3,784 

Total 25,408 Total 29,192 

Labor $349.10 

September, 1906. 

No. Feet. Feet. 

13 Crossings 2,844 New lumber 18,586 

59 Bridges and aprons 15,742 Old lumber 3,229 

Total 18,586 Total 21,815 

Labor $340.50 

October, 1906. 

No. Feet. Feet. 

20 Crossings 4,544 New lumber 18,061 

65 Bridges and aprons 13,517 Old lumber 6,370 

Total 18,061 Total 24,431 

Labor $357.10 



Report of Street and Bridge Department 161 

November, 1906. 

No. Feet. Feet. 

11 Crossings 3,088 New lumber 25,256 

75 Bridges, aprons and bulk Old lumber 7,4 J 

heads 22,168 



Total 32,666 

Total 25,256 

Labor $362.50 

December, 1906. 

No. Feet. Feet. 

18 Crossings 4,280 New lumber 20,836 

77 Bridges and aprons 16,556 Old lumber 7,410 



Total 20,836 Total 32,666 

Labor $362.50 

January, 1907. 

No. Feet. Feet. 

27 Crossings 6,682 New lumber ; 18,762 

59 Bridges and aprons 12,080 Old lumber 6,160 



Total 18,762 Total 24,922 

Labor $315.90 

February, 1907. 

No. Feet. Feet. 

24 Crossings 4,416 New lumber 18,128 

57 Bridges and aprons 13,712 Old lumber 2,510 



Total 18,128 Total 20,638 

Labor $355.40 

RECAPITULATION. 

Number crossings 328 Number feet lumber, new. . .234,045 

Number bridges 754 Number feet lumber, old... 74,847 



Total 308,892 

Labor $4,043.70 

Streets Graded and Graveled During March, 1906. 

Streets. Labor. Teams. 

Milby $345.80 $402.19 

Pinckney 12.00 22.50 

Hutchins 1.00 5.62 

Crockett 13.50 4.50 

Walker 2.00 5.62 

Smith 6.00 15.00 

Brazos 12.00 22.50 

Texas 14.00 

Harrisburg Eoad 1.50 1.50 

Sampson 17.00 

Velasco 17.00 



Total $441.80 $479.43— $921.33 



162 



Report of Street and Bridge Department 



Streets Graded, Graveled and Ditched During April, 1906. 

Streets. Labor. Teams. 

Milby $189.00 $116.25 

Velasco 22.00 

Harrington 2.00 3.75 

Lamar 4.00 

Preston 32.00 5.62 

Houston 6.00 11.25 

McKee 6.00 11.25 

Colorado and De Pelchin 3.00 5.62 

McKee and Sterrett 6.00 11.25 

Sterrett and Hardy 2.00 3.00 

Louisiana 12.00 5.62 

Nance 18.75 

Louisiana 12.00 22.50 

Caroline and Louisiana 28.00 65.62 

McGoTven 44.80 61.50 

Total $368.80 $341.98— $710. 



Streets Graded and Graveled During May, 1906. 

Streets. Labor. 

Smith, McGowen, Rusk and Holman $ 14.50 

Buffalo and Congress 71.50 

McGowen 6.50 

Harrisburg and Buffalo 12.50 

Keene 6.50 

Harrington 14.50 

Noble 18.50 

Lee and Sterrett 22.50 

Loraine , 10.50 

Stevens 10.50 

Davis 6.50 

McMillan 6.50 

McClelland . 6.50 

Total $207.50 



Teams. 

$ 37.50 

140.62 

5.62 

22.50 

11.25 

33.75 

45.00 

56.25 

22,50 

22.50 

11.25 

11.25 

11.25 

$431.24— $638.74 



Streets Graded and Graveled During June, 1906. 

Streets. Labor. 

McClelland $ 6.50 

Grota 6.50 

Montgomery 6.50 

Myrtle 17.00 

Eunnels 6.50 

Texas 20.50 

Prairie 6.50 

Cook 10.50 

Wilson 13.00 

Bailey 7.00 

Total $100.50 



Teams. 
$ 11.25 

1125 

11.25 

33.75 

11.25 

56.25 

11.25 

22.50 

22.50 

65.00 

$2501.25— $356.75 



. 



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163 



Streets Graded During July, 1906. 

Streets. Labor. 

LaBranch $ 22.00 

Silver and Moore 15.00 

Moore 48.70 

Sam Houston Park 19.50 

Trinity 4.50 

Runnels 6.50 

Grand 15.00 

Bering and Grand 6.50 

Grand and Eice 6.50 

Bailey 2.00 

Common 13.00 

Total $159.20 



Teams. 
$ 33.75 

28.12 

80.25 

33.75 

11.25 

11.25 

22.50 

11.25 

11.25 
5.62 

22.50 

$271.49— $430.69 



Streets Graded and Ditched During August, 1906. 

Streets. Labor. Teams. 

Sam Houston Park $ 3.00 $ 16.81 

Common 1.00 5.62 

Montgomery 2.00 11.25 

Sumpter 16.00 16.87 

Davis 17.00 22.50 

Stevens 6.00 11.25 

Campbell 25.50 33.75 

Mills 15.00 22.50 

Hailey 29.50 33.75 

LaBranch 44.50 65.62 

Hamilton 19.00 22.50 

Hadley 18.00 33.75 

Total $196.50 

Streets Graded During September, 1906. 

Streets. Labor. 

Colorado Street and Eiclimond Eoad $ 6.50 

Summer Street 6.50 

Butcher 's Lane 26.00 

Total $39.00 

Streets Graded During October, 1906. 

Streets. Labor. 

Quitman and Keene $ 6.50 

Quitman 6.50 

Summer 6.50 

Butcher 's Lane 6.50 

Carl 6J.50 

Keene 6.50 

Pierce 6.50 

Commerce 6.50 

Park 6.50 

Total $58.50 $101.25— $159.75 



.23— $492.73 



Teams. 

$11.25 

11.25 

45.00 

$67.50— $104.50 



Teams. 

$ 11.25 
11.25 
11.25 
11.25 
11.25 
11.25 
11.25 
11.25 
11.25 



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Streets Graded During November, 1906. 

Streets. Labor. 

Smith $ 6.50 

Texas 6.50 

Elysian 6.50 

Louisiana and Elysian 13.00 

Noble 6.50 

Kansas 6.50 

Market 21.50 

Worms 19.50 

Chenevert 15.00 

Elgin 19.50 

Total $121.00 



Teams. 
$ 11.25 

11.25 

11.25 

22.50 

11.25 

11.25 

37.50 

33.75 

26.25 

33.75 

$210.00— $331.00 



Streets Graded During December, 1906. 

Streets. Labor. 

Hare $12.00 

Providence 12.00 

Elgin 38.00 

Gregg 25.50 

Total $87.50 




$112.49— $199.99 



Streets Graded and Ditched During January, 1907. 

Streets. Labor. 

Elgin $ 17.00 

Pinckney 36.50 

Freeman 15.00 

Meadow 850 

Freeman and Gentry 8.50 

Providence i 8.50 

Bayou 8.50 

Bayou and Hare 17.00 

Orange 3.00 

Waverly 25.50 

Old Houston Avenue 4.50 

Charles 4.50 

Harrington 11.00 

Common 6.50 

Total $174.50 



Teams. 
$ 11.25 

56.25 

22.50 

22.50 

11.25 

11.25 

11.25 

22.50 
5.62 

33.75 

11.25 

11.25 

22.50 

11.25 

$264.37— $438.87 



Report of Street and Bridge Department 



165 



REPORT OF PAVING GANG. 
Repairs to Paved Streets. 

No. of 
Bricks. 
July, 1906— 

Washington 952 

Sabine 80 

Crawford 931 

Austin . . 30 

August, 1906— 

Crawford 736 

September, 1906— 

Franklin 

Walker 

San Jacinto 

Caroline 

McKinney 

Washington 

October, 1906— 

Travis 

Walker 

McGowen 

McKinney 

Sabine 

Travis 

November, 1906 — 

Washington 

Texas 

December, 1906 — 

Austin 605 

Commerce 

Texas 340 

Travis 2,261 

Washington 105 

Washington 1,200 

January, 1907 — 

Third 755 

Washington 180 

Travis 275 

McKinney 1,126 

Crawford 1,845 

February, 1907— 

Crawford . . . , 3,725 

Total 15,146 



Cost of 
Labor. 



$ 13.50 

9 9" 



40.50 
4.50 



54.00 



49.50 
9.00 
4 50 
4.50 
4.50 
9.00 
9.00 



55.10 
4.50 
4.50 
9.00 
7.00 

13.50 



41.00 
17.00 



18.00 
13.50 

4.50 
38.00 

7.00 
20.00 



11.00 

2.50 

4.50 

27 00 

32.00 

90.5H 
524.85 



166 



Report of Street and Bridge Department 



Repairs to Sewers and Streets Worked on 

August, 1906— Feet. 

Silver and Moore 67 feet sewer 

Leeland and Hamilton 183 

Railroad and Third 

September, 1906— 

Market House 

Corner Sixth and Kessler 

Tenth Street 

October, 1906— 

Sixth and Kessler 

Girard 

German and Shepherd 

McKinney Avenue 



Travis Street 
Jefferson . . . 



November, 1906 — 
Travis Street . . . 

Crawford 

Schwartz 

Texas 

LaBranch Street 
Austin Street . . 

February, 1907— 
Lamar Avenue . . 











Cost. 


feet sewer 


pipe.. 




.$ 9.00 


J 7 ) 


) 


> } 




22.50 








. 22.50 


4.50 


Laying 


12 


sewer 


pipe. 


9.00 


; j 


7 } 


" 




9.00 


> } 


; f 


7 } 


? } 


. 9.00 


j j 


? j 


y > 


" 


4.50 


j > 


} > 


» 


j i 


. 4.50 


" 


) j 


j ) 


j j 


4.50 


? > 


i j 


> j 


> ) 


4.50 


> y 


j ) 


) ) 


j j 


. 44.50 


i y 


> > 


} i 


5 J 


9.50 


i > 


} > 


j J 


? y 


. 18.00 


} > 


> > 


} ■> 


j > 


9.00 


) j 






> > 


4.50 
9.00 


} > 


> f 


; > 


' ' . 


4.50 


} > 


>; 


> > 


i } 


9.50 



Total 250 



$162.00 



The following report is of the two pick-up teams used for the 
filling up of holes in streets, and general work over the city. 

Teamsters' Report. (Two Teams, Pick Up.) 

No. of Loads. Cost of Labor. 

May 474 $ 274.15 

June 1571 212.75 

July 155 120.75 

August 203 189.75 

September 14 28.75 

November 227 172.50 

October 203 276.00 

December 219 218.50 

January 327 264.50 

February 227 247.50 

Total 2,206i $2,105.15 



Report of Street and Bridge Department 



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Work Done by Ditching Gang. 

1906. No. Blocks. No. Lin. Ft. 

March 74 38,850 

April 72 37,800 

May 76 39,900 

June 59 31,150 

July 46 24,150 

August 122 64,050 

September 88 46,200 

October 86 44,250 

November 88 46,200 

December 135 70,700 

1907. 

January 137 71,750 

February 107 56,000 

Total 1,090 571,000 



Cost. 


$1,624.00 


789.00 


1,074.70 


448.20 


508.00 


911.80 


530.20 


539.40 


538.00 


501.00 


58100 


539.00 



,584.30 



Report of Flushing Gang. 

Street Number 

1906. Intersections. Blocks. 

March 615 775 

April 705 229 

May 575 683 

June 705 700 

July 637 775 

August 615 690 

September 705 665 

October 535 604 

November 575 826 

December 425 922 

1907. 

January 480 620 

February 576 730 

Total 7,148 8,219 



Lineal 
Feet. 
247,362 
148,795 
231,144 
262,000 
267,000 
245,400 
252,000 
212,872 
270,000 
279,000 



215,000 
252,000 

28,852,573 



Cost. 
$ 186.00 
180.00 
186.00 
180.00 
186.00 
184.00 
178.00 
144.00 
180.00 
186.00 

144.00 
168 00 

$2,102.00 



Material on Hand. 



1 Doz. steel push brooms, 14 in. 

1 keg 60" nails. 

1 gallon gasoline oil. 

16 joints 18-inch drain pipe. 

I barrel pitch. 

16 machine bolts. 

300 feet ^-inch rope. 

1,600 pounds broom straw. 

150 feet sprinkler hose. 

1 gasoline stove. 



4 pick handles). 
10 lanterns. 

2 5-gallon oil cans. 

3 Yale locks. 

1 pad lock. 

5 lantern globes. 

65 push brooms, 14 inches. 

2 sweeper brooms, 9 feet. 

6 small broom?, push, 12 inches. 



168 



Report of Street and Bridge Department 





Implements on Hand. 


5 street sweepers. 


1 


plow. 


6 sprinkling wagons. 


1 


hatchet. 


11 broom drums. 


1 


hammer. 


1 broom filling rack. 


3 


adzes. 


1 street roller. 


6 


mattoxes. 


1 wagon jack. 


4 


scoops. 


1 vise. 


1 


bucket. 


1 saw clamp. 


1 


torch. 


1 maul. 


25 


feet | hose. 


1 cross-cut saw. 


1 


screw driver. 


2 steel bar picks. 


1 


ax. 


12 short handle shovels. 


1 


saw set. 


9 long handle shovels. 


1 


hand saw. 


2 rakes. 


2 


chisels. 


2 post-hole augers. 


1 


punch. 


1 scythe. 


1 


monkey wrench 


1 tool brand. 


2 


S wrenches. 


1 line. 







INDEX TO CONTENTS. 



City Officials 3 

Mayor's Message 5 

Finance and Revenue Committee, Report of 13 

Water, Light and Health Committee, Report of 17 

Fire and Police Committee, Report of 25 

Streets, Bridges and Public Grounds Committee, Report of 29 

City Controller, Report of 35 

City Treasurer, Report of 63 

City Assessor and Collector, Report of 67 

City Engineer, Report of 71 

Building Inspector, Report of 79 

City Attorney, Report of 85 

Corporation Court, Report of Judge of 89 

Market Master, Report of 93 

Accountant Water Department, Report of 95 

Superintendent Water Department, Report of 99 

Chief Engineer Water Department, Report of 101 

City Health Officer, Report of 107 

City Scavenger, Report of 119 

Superintendent Garbage Department, Report of 123 

City Sewer Inspector, Report of 125 

Chief of Police, Report of 133 

Chief of Fire Department, Report of 144 

City Electrician, Report of 151 

Street and Bridge Department, work done by 157 



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