• Mining expert and historian Ernest A. Wiltsee (1862-1947)
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Wiltsee Collection panels 111-116

2019-03-20T14:06:24-04:00
Posted on March 18, 2019

Panel 111

Panel 111

Panel 111

These letters were sent by Wells Fargo.

No. 615 Sent by Wells Fargo from San Francisco to Martin Lemeke in Los Angeles, California, in the 1870s. Likely sent from Mayrisch Bro’s and Co. manufacturers of cigars in San Francisco, California.

No. 616 Sent to Stockton to H. G. W. Daun in Sacramento, California. Features a Wells Fargo sticker.

No. 617 Sent from Mariposa to Abraham Halsey in San Francisco, California. Features a Wells Fargo sticker.

No. 619 Sent by Wells Fargo to Frank Lewis in San Jose, California.

Letter enclosed in commission from Panel 112 from the Sheriff’s office in Mariposa in 1888.

Photograph of Wells Fargo office in Georgetown, California, 1930s.

Photograph of the first Wells Fargo office building in Volcano, California, 1930s.

Panel 112

Panel 112

Panel 112

These letters were sent by Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo commission envelope dated November 30, 1900, from W. Gullesin in Mariposa for Wells Fargo to collect $500 from Crocker Woolworth National Bank in San Francisco, California. Signed by Wells Fargo agent Julia Jones.

Wells Fargo C.O.D. envelope dated September 1, 1886, from J. T. Turner in Mariposa, California, to have Wells Fargo collect and send to Turner $5 from John Gueet in Bear Valley.

Wells Fargo collection envelope dated March 1, 1855, from A. A. Cohen, receiver of the failed Adams and Co.’s Express, in San Francisco for Wells Fargo to collect and send $8,417.08 from his office in Mud Springs, California.

Wells Fargo commission envelope dated November 8, 1900, from J. C. Wilson in Mariposa, California, to have Wells Fargo ship gold to the mint in San Francisco and return the proceeds to the sender.

Wells Fargo commission envelope dated June 14, 1886, from W. J. Howard in Mariposa, California, to have Wells Fargo send $60 in coin to Freeman Bates and Rankin in San Francisco.

Photograph of an old building from Mud Springs, now El Dorado, California, 1930s.

Panel 112A

Panel 112A

Panel 112A

These letters were sent by Wells Fargo.

No. 1291 Sent by mail from Dahlonega, Georgia, via New York to San Francisco, California. From there it was delivered by Wells Fargo near Yankee Jim’s.

No. 1292 Taken by Wells Fargo from San Francisco, California, to L. M. Fry and Co. in New York City, New York. Inside is a letter dated February 8, 1855.

No. 1331 Sent by Wells Fargo, and addressed to Pilsbury “Chips” Hodgkins, a veteran Wells Fargo messenger who lived in Stockton, California. A note on the side indicates that the letter was sent “to Louisa,” his wife. The letter was from S. Shattuck.

No. 1332 Taken by Wells Fargo and delivered to someone in Gold River, California.

No. 1293 Taken by Wells Fargo to George Graham at Robinson’s Ferry via Sonora, California.

No. 1294 Sent from Milton S. Latham, former U.S. Senator of California, to J. W. Mandeville, former U.S. Senator and Surveyor General of California. Taken by Wells Fargo to Columbia, California.

No. 1295 Taken by Wells Fargo “Overland via Los Angeles” by stage to St. Louis, Missouri, where the U.S. mail forwarded it to Edward Reynolds in Boston, Massachusetts.

Photograph of the Wells Fargo building in Columbia, California, 1930s.

Panel 112B

Panel 112B

Panel 112B

Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Angiers’ Express, D. W. Harrier’s Express, Hastings’ Express, Everts, Hannon, Wilson and Co. Express, Singer and Morrow Express, and Tracy and Co.’s Express.

No. 1333 Sent to Col. R. Abbey at Spring Valley Water Works in San Francisco, California. Taken by Angiers’ Express, which ran from North San Juan to Humbug, connecting with Wells Fargo.

No. 1334 Taken by D. W. Harrier’s Express, which ran from Moore’s Flat to Eureka South, now called Graniteville. From there it was forward by Wells Fargo from Nevada City, California, to Dr. Doherty in San Francisco.

No. 1335 Addressed to H. Rosenfeld and Co. in Portland, Oregon. Taken by Hastings’ Express, which ran from Portland to the surrounding camps in Oregon. The Illustration used by Hastings’ appeared in newspapers, advertising the arrival of the Pony Express.

No. 1336 Addressed to Noisy Carrier’s book and stationery dealers in San Francisco, California. Taken by Everts, Hannon, Wilson, and Co. Express from St. Louis, Missouri, and forwarded by Pacific Express Co. to Marysville, California.

No. 1337 Sent to William Wagner in Fredericktown, Ohio. Taken by Singer and Morrow Express, which succeeded W. E. Singer and Co.’s Express in 1856, running from Marysville to all points on the Feather River.

No. 1338 Sent to A. Bush from Richards and M’Craken commission merchants. Taken by Tracy and Co.’s Express.

No. 1339 Sent to Rufus Whiting in Dover, Massachusetts. Taken by Tracy and Co.’s Express.

No. 1340 Sent to A. Bush in Salem, Oregon. Taken by Tracy and Co.’s Express.

No. 1341 Sent to Lieut. John T. Apperson in Walla Walla, Washington Territory. Taken by Tracy and Co.’s Oregon Express. On the back of this cover is pasted an unused Wells Fargo cover.

Photograph of a building with a spiral staircase in Weaverville, California, 1930s. The staircases were built on the outside to conserve floor space within.

Panel 113

Panel 113

Panel 113

Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Berford and Co.’s Express, Burdin’s Express, Geo. Cooper’s Port Discovery Stage and Express, Beekman’s Express, Smalley’s Heyward and S.F. Express, and Pacific Express Company.

No. 620 Sent to J. S. Houston in San Jose. Taken by Berford and Co’s. Express, and noted as received November 1, 1851.

No. 620a Unused cover with a frank for Berford and Co.’s Express.

No. 621 Sent to John F. Tukey in Port Discovery. Taken by Burdin’s Express which operated in Washington State between Port Discovery and Port Townsend.

No. 622 Sent to J. F. Tukey in Washington Territory. Taken by Geo. Cooper’s Port Discovery Stage and Express, which operated after 1873.

No. 623 Unused cover with a frank for Beekman’s Express, Jacksonville, Oregon.

No. 624 Sent to Adolph Hromada at the Steam Candy Factory in San Francisco, California. Taken by Smalley’s Heyward and San Francisco Express.

No. 625 Sent to Joseph Pratt Thompson in San Francisco, California. Taken by Pacific Express Company from Los Angeles.

Photograph of the Wells Fargo office in Volcano, California, 1930s.

Photograph of the Wells Fargo office in Forbestown, California, 1930s.

Panel 114

Panel 114

Panel 114

Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by J. W. Sullivan’s Express, Grammer’s Express, Gregory’s Express, and Reynolds and Co.’s Express.

No. 626 Sent to Jeremiah P. Russell in Kingston, New York. Taken by J. W. Sullivan’s California Express. This cover once contained a letter dated “at San Francisco Harbor” September 29, 1849.

No. 627 Sent to Jeremiah P. Russell in Kingston, New York. Taken by J. W. Sullivan’s California Express. Contains instructions “Please send 50 cents to pay the Expense on this from San Francisco to N.Y. City- J. W. Sullivan, 28 Park Row.”

No. 628 Sent to Amos P. Catlin in San Francisco, California. On the back is a note that “This letter was taken to Mormon Island under the expectation that you were there, it is now returned to you here. I have called 4 times… I leave this there(fore) and when I return from San F. shall (collect) Express on Letter $1.50.” Taken by Grammer’s Express, which operated from Sacramento to Forest Hill Divide and Mormon Island. Inside is a letter dated May 14, 1850 from William Catlin in Henderson, Kentucky, to his brother Amos.

No. 629 Sent to Winslow S. Pierce in Vallejo, California. Taken by Gregory’s Express. Inside is a letter dated August 18, 1852, from P. P. Hull and Co., publishers of the Daily Whig. Answer requested sent by Gregory’s Express.

No. 630 Sent to Edward S. Stephenson in Mormon Gulch, California. Taken from New York to San Francisco by Thompson and Hitchcock, the New York agents of Gregory’s Express. Forwarded to Mormon Gulch by Reynold’s and Co. Express. Inside is a letter dated April 20, 1851 from E. S. Stephenson.

Panel 115

Panel 115

Panel 115

These letters were sent by Livingston, Wells and Pomeroy Express, Hale and Co.’s Express, Jerome and Co.’s Express, Pullen and Co.’s Express, and Hodgman and Co.’s Boston and Bangor Express.

No. 630a Sent to A. C. Flagg in Albany, New York. Taken by Livingston, Wells, and Pomeroy Express, which later became part of American Express Co. Inside is a page dated June 1, 1845, summarizing the account held for the Treasurer of the State of New York at the Onondaga County Bank.

No. 631 Sent to W. P. Gragg in Boston, Massachusetts. Taken by Hale and Co.’s Express. Inside is a letter dated October 24, 1844, from N. Sands in New York.

No. 632 Sent to N. and T. Atwood in Frankfort, Maine. Taken by Jerome and Co.’s Express. Inside is a letter dated December 19, 1844 from Neans and Clark in Boston, Massachusetts.

No. 633 Sent to the Kohlsaat Brothers in New York City, New York. Taken by Pullen and Co.’s Express. Inside is a letter dated July 21, 1847, from S. P. Lovett in Troy, New York.

No. 634 Sent to Sands and Craft in Boston, Massachusetts. Taken by Hodgman and Co.’s Boston and Bangor Express. Inside is a letter dated April 12, 1848, from B. D. and J. W. Webster in Bangor, Maine.

Panel 116

Panel 116

Panel 116

These letters were sent by Livingston, Fargo and Co. Express, Wells, Butterfield and Co. Express, American Express, and United States Express.

No. 635 Sent to L. T. Defigamere in New York. Taken by Livingston, Fargo and Co. Express and Wells, Butterfield and Co. Express, which were owned by four of the most prominent men in the express business. Inside is a letter dated June 16, 1852 from J. G. Hughes in Cleveland, Ohio.

No. 636 Sent to S. W. Spaulding in Lockport, New York. Taken by American Express Co. with offices in Buffalo, Albany, and New York. Wells, Butterfield and Co. are listed as Proprietors. On the back is a note dated August 15, 1850 instructing “two hundred dollars to be returned on demand”

No. 637 Taken by Wells Fargo from California and returned from Cincinnati, Ohio, by United States Express.

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