Prescott, AZ Fire, July 1900 - the aftermath, part 2
Hon. W. A. Clark, of the United Verde Copper company, who was visiting the works at Jerome, wired a draft for $500.
All the sufferers from the fire are provided with food, shelter and clothing, and it is not thought any outside assistance will be required.
The only business houses remaining in town are Goldwater Bros., A. Blumberg and Mrs. R. R. Blaine, dry goods; Jos. Dougherty, T. W. Otis and J. I. Gardner, grocers, and W. W. Ross and W. P. Covillaud, drug stores. The express office and post office were both out of the fire limits, but the later had a close call. All the mail and effects were ready to move at a momentâ€™s notice.
The office of the supervisor of census for territory was located in the Prescott National bank building and contained all the official statistics of the census of the territory, but they were removed to a place of safety.
The Western Union opened its office this morning in a grocery store and the Postal office has opened an office at the railroad depot. The electric light poles and wires were in the burned district and the town will be in darkness until they can be replaced. The company also owns the telephone system and loses more than half of its instruments.
May citizens who yesterday were comfortably fixed are to-day [sic] homeless and penniless, a number losing both their business places and their residences. An army of carpenters has been busy all day putting up temporary structures, many of which have been completed and will open for business to-morrow [sic].
Of the three printing offices in town all that was saved was about thirty cases of type by the Courier. The destruction of the others was complete. J. C. Martin, proprietor of the Journal-Miner, saved only his books. Included in his loss was a Merganthaler linotype installed in the office only three months ago. The two above papers have already made arrangements for continuing publication, although but little insurance was carried by either. Most of the heaviest losers will rebuild at once.
The origin of the fire was unknown until this evening, when it was learned that a man rooming over the bottling works was lying a on bed reading by candle light when a piece of loose paper on the wall caught fire. He ran out to give the alarm and before others reached the place, the fire was beyond control.
Extra police are on guard to-night [sic] over goods in temporary structures.
The Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, MT 16 Jul 1900