By treating packages with care, hiring more people, providing easy access to ship gifts, and extending hours, Wells Fargo became known as the ‘modern Santa Claus’ in the early 20th century.
About Marianne BabalMarianne Babal is a Corporate Historian for Wells Fargo.
Wells Fargo helped Canadian businesses grow in the 1850s, and continues to provide international banking services to customers in Canada and around the globe.
Wells Fargo Express Messenger Aaron Y. Ross showed a deep commitment to protecting customers’ assets during a train robbery attempt in 1883.
When a customer wanted to share its gold spike, a priceless artifact from a milestone in American history, it turned to Wells Fargo for help.
Meet the many women who made history on the bank’s board of directors.
Before Andy Hall was a Wells Fargo shotgun messenger who died in the line of duty, he was a part of the historic Powell Expedition in the 1860s. His family, Arizona citizens, and Wells Fargo recently honored him during Andy Hall Day.
Cassie Hill not only served as an express agent for Wells Fargo in Roseville, California, from 1884 to 1908, she also served as a local agent for the Southern Pacific Railroad and her town’s telegraph operator.
In the last half of the 1800s, Wells Fargo’s network of hundreds of agents would take care of a customer’s personal or commercial business by commission.
Find out why Americans started observing daylight saving time.
In the late 1960s, Birtan Aka became the first female banking officer to represent a U.S. bank overseas, working in Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
Wells Fargo’s iconic treasure boxes were one of the first ways the company kept its customers’ valuables secure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Find out how Wells Fargo expanded its presence from California to 38 overseas offices, serving customers worldwide today.
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.
Meet some of the dogs that served as devoted companions and protectors of Wells Fargo team members.
Find out why Wells Fargo & Co. closed more than 10,000 express offices around the country over 100 years ago.
Find out how Wells Fargo’s bank and express companies helped communities recover after a devastating earthquake and fires struck San Francisco in 1906.
Learn about Philo T. Farnsworth’s invention — and how backing from a bank helped bring TV into homes today.
Mary Roebling was the first woman to run a major U.S. bank. She made history in 1937 when she became president of Trenton Trust Company, now part of Wells Fargo.
Find out how Wells Fargo’s special agents in the 1800s helped protect the company and its customers.
Find out how Wells Fargo’s stagecoaches in 1868 were a “sight never seen before” and how some of those stagecoaches live on today.
Alexander Cartwright became Wells Fargo & Co.’s express agent in Honolulu in February 1861, but before that, he helped create the game of baseball.
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.