The Red Cross went quickly to the scene to help the victims' families but Governor Charles Mabey realized the community needed additional relief and called for public subscription of a relief fund for the widows and children. (Governor's official proclamation.) Mrs. Stevenson, the second woman to the left, was chosen to be a member of the Castle Gate Relief Fund Committee which oversaw the distribution of the fund. (Series 19624, Reports)
The following pages contain pictures of widows and their children taken only a few days after the disaster. The pictures were intended to create public sympathy for the widows' situation.