Submitted by Christine Gorman
From the Daily Examiner, December 8, 1894
A DISASTROUS FIRE
Large Part of Mount Stewart in Ashes
SEVENTEEN STORES AND BUILDINGS DESTROYED
The fire fiend visited Mount Stewart last night and destroyed the better part of the town. Its ravages were begun at J. M Egan's store, about one o'clock this morning. How it originated is not known. The stores, residences and buildings on the Main Street, extending on one side from Ross's to the river, and on the other side from McEachern's to the river, are in ashes today. The burned buildings include:
Store and residence of James Ross,
Two stores of the Messrs. Egan,
Store of S. C. Clarke,
Store of J. McCarthy,
Store of Gordon Douglas,
Store of H. C. Coffin,
Residence of James Gorman,
Residence of Angus McEachern,
Residence of James Coffin,
Residence of Hugh Currie.
With all the buildings and appurtenances connected therewith.
The losses of all who lost property will be severe, as there was not a great deal of insurance upon any of the buildings. The stock and property of J. M. Egan & Co., valued at about $10,000, was insured for $4,000. Mr. S. C. Clarke had we learn, $3000 on his store. Some of the latter's stock was saved by the exertions of the people present. Mr Ross was insured in the United States Insurance Company of Manchester for $1,900.
The total loss cannot be estimated. The insurance amounts to about $10,000.
December 12, 1894.
RELIEF FOR MOUNT STEWART
The inhabitants of Mount Stewart and surrounding country were asked to meet in Mr. J. Pushie's store this evening, 10th inst., for the purpose of considering means of relieving the sufferers in the fire which occurred at that place on the previous Friday night. Mr. George Manson was appointed chairman and the undersigned secretary, and after a few remarks from the chairman and others, it was decided to appoint a committee composed of five gentlemen and three ladies, for the purpose of seeking and receiving aid the relief of the poor sufferers, who are, I am sorry to say, almost destitute.
The following ladies and gentlemen were appointed for the Village of Mount Stewart to receive contributions:
Mrs. Dr. Toombs
H. F. Feehan
All contributions sent will be taken in by Mr Jas Partridge at his residence. The meeting also decided that W. A. Cheverie should be the permanent secretary of committee and that Dr. Toombs be the treasurer.
The following gentlemen have been selected to receive contributions in their respective localities:
Tracadie and Ten Mile House: Fred McDonald, Glenaladale.
Head of Hillsboro: John Jos. McDonald and Art. Jardine.
Savage Harbor and French Village: Fred Pigot and Neal McIntyre.
Dromore: Patrick McManus and Francis McKenna.
Fort Augustus: Rev. Allan McDonald and Angus McPherson.
Savage Harbor East and St. Andrew's: R. Farquharson and Lemuel Smallwood.
St. Peter's West and Lake St. Peter's: Robt. Douglas and Benj McEwen.
St. Peter's Harbor and Morell: S. Arsenault and Luther Davison.
Morell Rear: Rev. A. McAulay and Barnabas Connelly.
Peake's and Baldwin's: Allan McDonald and Rev. M. McMillan.
December 15, 1894.
MOUNT STEWART RELIEF FUND
The Mount Stewart Relief Committee acknowledges receipt of assistance as below:
W. S. Coffin, provisions and clothing
S. A. Coffin
Patrick Feehan, flour
Mrs. Morrison, provisions and clothing
Mrs. D. Feehan, clothing
Mrs. Jas. Feehan, clothing
Fred Pigot, clothing
Elisha Pigot, provisions
D. Coffin, provisions and clothing
Mrs. McIntyre, provisions
Collected by D. Farquharson, Esq.
Rev. Mgr. McDonald
A. J. Grant
B. Egan, flour
Mrs. R. Egan, clothing
Mrs. Ida coffin, clothing
R. Farquharson, sundries
M. Cunningham, provisions
Jos McDonald, provisions
Collected by John McKenzie, Esq:
Owen Hughes, provisions
Michael Steele, provisions
Patrick McKenna, provisions
Bernard McKenna, provisions
Joseph Fisher, provisions
James Wise, provisions
H. Hughes, provisions
David McDonald, provisions
James McKenzie, cash
James McDonald, provisions
Michael Egan, provisions
John McKenzie, provisions
Ed Gay, voluntary provisions
Charles Clark, provisions
W. A. Cheverie, cash
James Feehan, cash
H. F. Feehan, cash
Dr. Toombs, sundries
Charles Pigot, flour
M. Wright & Co., 2 bedsteads,12 chairs, tables and 2 wash-stands
Mr. Anderson, Halifax, cash
E. H. Norton, Ch'town, 1 stove.
Mt. Stewart, Dec. 13, 1894.