Peshtigo After The Fire
On October 9th, heavy rain came. It drenched the embers and left only charred skeletons of buildings. Lots of bodies layed in piles of ashes and calcinated bones.Although many survivors died of their dreadful burns and other people were disabled for life.Some survivors were demented even after a year.
166,789 dollars was collected through out the country. Army supplies were sent: 4,000 woolen blankets ,1,500 pairs of pants and overcoats,100 wagons with sets of harnesses, and 200,000 rations of hard bread, beans, bacon, dried beef, pork, sugar, rice, and coffee.
Slowly the devasted city began to recover.Schoolhouses and bridges were rebuilt, roads were repaired too. William G. Ogden ordered that his woodenware company be rebuilt, others followed suit,and Peshtigo strugged back to life.By July most of the survivors had returned to their clearings and, many had raised fair crops, and were hopeful of the future.