John Anderson was a local correspondent for “The Elevator” a San Francisco newspaper. He writes “Mr. Editor: – Since I last wrote you, we have met with a serious calamity. – Barkerville has been entirely destroyed by fire, and it has been a ruinous loss to many …. among the sufferers are our friends W.D. Moses, I.P. Gibbs, and Miss Hickman. Mrs. R. Gibbs saved her things, but lost her house.”
*William Delany Moses ran a barbershop, I.P. Gibbs is a brother of Mifflin Gibbs and R. Gibbs is Rebecca Gibbs, a sister-in-law of Mifflin Gibbs.