About Marianne Babal

Marianne Babal is a Corporate Historian for Wells Fargo.

When Santa travels by stagecoach, Wells Fargo stays open

Julia L. Jones, a Wells Fargo agent in Mariposa, California, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, provided a link for her customers to the outside world — and even stayed open on Christmas Day so they could receive their gifts.

When Santa travels by stagecoach, Wells Fargo stays open2020-01-09T12:51:05-08:00

From above the Civil War battlefield to the bank

Before founding Citizens Bank, now a part of Wells Fargo, in Los Angeles in the late 1800s, Thaddeus Lowe was a renowned inventor and the chief aeronaut for the Union Army Balloon Corps.

From above the Civil War battlefield to the bank2019-11-18T13:20:39-08:00

Charter Number 1

In the 1860s, the federal government created a new type of bank to provide standardization for bank customers. The First National Bank of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania was the first of its kind.

Charter Number 12019-12-03T10:15:45-08:00

Dispensing money like magic

A Wells Fargo historian shares how the company’s ATMs have improved the customer experience over time, from “Silver Service” ATMs at just a few branches in the 1970s to more than 13,000 today.

Dispensing money like magic2019-10-09T15:23:18-08:00

Around the world since 1852

Find out how Wells Fargo expanded its presence from California to 38 overseas offices, serving customers worldwide today.

Around the world since 18522019-11-22T11:54:22-08:00

Wells Fargo’s role in the Great War

A Wells Fargo historian explains how the company helped with financial and transportation needs during World War I — and how the end of the war led to a national holiday.

Wells Fargo’s role in the Great War2019-10-09T13:48:50-08:00

Outwitting outlaws

Find out how Wells Fargo’s special agents in the 1800s helped protect the company and its customers.

Outwitting outlaws2019-12-05T09:49:14-08:00

Uncorking e-commerce

Learn how the e-commerce revolution started in December 1994 when a small business worked with Wells Fargo to process credit card purchases online for the first time.

Uncorking e-commerce2020-01-21T13:13:06-08:00