Fire - June 20, 1893
THE DEVASTION - PART 2
give us a picture of the destruction caused by the June 20, 1893, Gibson
fire. The June 21, 1893, edition of The Daily Gleaner listed the consequences
of the conflagration: The value of insurance, if any is given in square
[ ] brackets.
From Arthur Sewell's down to the Marysville Road on the south side (roughly from Neill St. to Gibson on the river side of Union):
Arthur Sewell - dwelling house and barns owned by occupant, $4,000; all furniture lost. [Residence & barn, $2.000; furniture $800.]
Arthur Sewell -dwelling house, occupied by Wm Nelson, $800; almost all furniture lost.
Abbie Neill - Tenament House occupied by 4 families, $1000. All furniture lost.
Mrs. Cowperthwaite -Dwelling house, occupied by owner & McLean family, over $1.000; all furniture lost. [Residence. $400.)
Malcolm Brown - Dwelling house, $1,200, all furniture lost.
Harry Currie of Woodstock - residence occupied by Alex Heron, $1,000; few articles of furniture saved.
Charles Chase - residence unoccupied, $1.200.
Mrs. Currie of Woodstock - dwelling house occupied by Mrs. Colwell, $1000. Half of furniture rescued .
Chesley Moore - residence, $1000, nearly all furniture lost. [Residence $700, furniture $300.]
George Sherwood - dwelling occupied by Chas. Hall, $800, all furniture lost.
Benj. Babbitt - residence, $1,500, all furniture lost. [dwelling, $1,500, furniture $300.]
Ezekiel Allen - residence, $800. Furniture nearly all lost. [dwelling $600.]
C.P.R. Round House burnt. Babbitt's saw mill up river from the round house and two small houses owned and occupied by John Allen & George Logan were not burnt. However the lumber at the mill valued at $3.000 was destroyed. [It was insured for $300.]
Below the Round House - C.P.R. depot & tunnel burnt. Below station 4 cottages owned by the C.P.R. and occupied respectively by James Bailey, Mr. BagneIl, Owen Doherty and Isaac Smith were all destroyed together with all furniture in them. Buildings worth $1.200 apiece.
The fire stopped here and the Canadian Eastern Railway depot, the old brick works and the old tannery were left standing.
Across from Arthur Sewell's on the north side of what is now Union, near Neill St. and coming down toward Gibson the fire destroyed the following:
Mrs. Robt. Neill - dwelling, $1.500, all furniture lost.
Hiram Brewer - dwelling occupied by himself and Charles Brown. $1,000, all furniture lost.
Hiram Brewer - dwelling occupied by Rev. Mr. P.R. Knight, $1,200. [dwelling, $400. Mr. Knight's furniture and carriages $400)
Malcolm Brewer - shop, $500, stock all lost, $500.
Daniel Flinn - occupied by Abraham Rideout & John Culligan, $800, all furniture lost.
Abbie Neill - dwelling occupied by the Widow Rideout, $500, all furniture lost.
Chris Johnston - dwelIing occupied by the widow Titus and Samuel Merritt, $800, all furniture lost.
Justis Gill - occupied by Mrs. Sherwood, $800, all furniture lost.
Jas. R Gardner, post master - dwelling, $1,000. All furniture lost. [residence $600, furniture $200].
Henry Garrity - residence, $1,000, nearly all furniture lost.
Benj. Babbitt - dwelling, $1,200. [dwelling $1,500; furniture $300]
Benj. Babbitt - shop, $700. Entire stock lost $1,200. [store $250. stock $500.]
Baptist church - Burnt, $3000. [building $1,500, organ $100]
Henry Sewell - $1,200. Furniture all lost. [Dwelling $1,000, furniture, piano, carriages, $750]
Robt MackIin, - residence with barns, $3,000. All furniture lost. [residence $1,500, crops $500]
Prof. Bailey - large building on comer - J.R. Garden store downstairs, Hall upstairs, $2,000. All remaining stock destroyed. [Garden's Hall, $1,200]
Below the corner (i.e. of what is now Gibson & Union) on north side:
Alex. Gibson - tenament house occupied by David Cowie & Bevan Hughes, $1,000. [$2,000]
G.S. Peters - residence, $1,200.
Mrs. Andrew McLaughlin of Boston - dwelling occupied by Charles Morgan & David Wallace, $1,000. Considerable furniture saved.
Thos Hoben - residence, $1,200, all furniture lost.
Chas. Johnson of McAdam - dwelling occupied by Timothy Trib, $800, all furniture lost.
P.A. Logan - dwelling occupied by Rev. Mr. Parkinson, $2,500, most of furniture and library lost. [house $2,000]
Recorder A.D. Yerxa - residence, $2,100. some furniture saved. [dwelling & barns $1,200; furniture, $500.]
Harry Pickard - dwelling, $1,200. Furniture nearly all lost. (house $900, furniture $400]
John F. Miles - dwelling and two barns, grainery and woodshed. Some furniture saved. $2,500. [house and outbuilding $1,600)
James Pickard - dwelling, $1,200. Greater part of furniture saved. [dwelling $1,000]
Beverley Jewett - building, $500, all furniture lost.
Stair Jewett & sisters - residence, $400, all furniture lost.
Last revised: February, 2001