John A. Wright, born Ireland, came to the U.S. in 1865. He worked as an attorney in San Francisco; he was married to Elizabeth
Strother and had three daughters and a son. Michael Maher, also born in Ireland, worked as a laborer at the Santa Fe freight
sheds near Spear St., San Francisco, and at the time of the earthquake was single. William Duggan worked as a stenographer
in San Francisco, at one time employed by Pacific Gas & Electric Co.; he produced the four typescripts in this collection.