About Marianne Babal

Marianne Babal is a Corporate Historian for Wells Fargo.

William M. Robison: ‘A very noteworthy pioneer’

William M. Robison, Wells Fargo’s express messenger in Stockton, California, in the 1850s, transported millions in gold for the company and its customers — while also advocating for equal rights.

William M. Robison: ‘A very noteworthy pioneer’2020-02-21T17:22:33-08:00

She couldn’t vote, but she could heal

When Florence Scott graduated in 1896, she couldn’t vote, but she could practice medicine. And so she did. She also made history as Wells Fargo’s first company doctor.

She couldn’t vote, but she could heal2020-02-07T16:51:36-08:00

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 magic2019-10-09T15:23:18-07:00

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 War2019-10-09T13:48:50-07:00

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