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Marianne Babal

Marianne Babal

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I have been aboard the stagecoach for over 20 years as a corporate historian. Earlier, I worked for the National Park Service and as a consultant in preservation and cultural resource projects. When not bicycling through the hills of Marin County, California, I also serve on the board of my hometown historical society in Mill Valley.

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History

A Renaissance woman: Cassie Hill

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.


History

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.


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‘The man who had lived adventures beyond imagination’

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, local citizens, and Wells Fargo recently honored him during Andy Hall Day.


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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.


History

The golden spike that united the nation

On this day 150 years ago, a crowd gathered in Utah to witness the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad.


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Before apps, there was a Wells Fargo agent for that

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, setting off to pay a bill in person, file a deed, or even help make special purchases for hard-to-find fancy doorknobs, a saxophone instruction manual, or a large 34-star U.S. flag.


History

‘A pioneer’ in international banking: Birtan Aka

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.


History

‘Hold-the-Fort’ Ross stops a train robbery

Wells Fargo Express Messenger Aaron Y. Ross showed a deep commitment to protecting customers’ assets during a train robbery attempt in 1883.


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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.


History

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.


History

From ‘prettiest’ banker to one of the ‘most powerful women of the century’

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.


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Inventor makes a dollar sign appear. The rest was TV history

Learn about Philo T. Farnsworth’s invention — and how backing from a bank helped bring TV into homes today.


History

Where in the world has the stagecoach been?

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


History

Enlisting the stagecoach during WWI

Find out why Wells Fargo & Co. closed more than 10,000 express offices around the country 100 years ago.


History

Wells Fargo’s earliest risk managers

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


History

The journey of Wells Fargo’s ‘gems of beauty’

Find out how Wells Fargo’s stagecoaches in 1868 were a “sight never seen before” and how some of those stagecoaches live on today.


History

Helping San Francisco rise from the ashes

Find out how Wells Fargo’s bank and express companies helped communities recover after a devastating earthquake and fires struck San Francisco in 1906.


History

The history of skipping clocks ahead

Find out why Americans started observing daylight saving time.


History

Wells Fargo’s faithful companion canines

In honor of the 2018 Lunar New Year, the Year of the Dog, meet some of the dogs that served as devoted companions and protectors of Wells Fargo team members.


History

A legacy of women in leadership

Elizabeth “Betsy” Duke, who is making history as the first woman to serve as board chair at one of the largest banks in the U.S., is following in the footsteps of female leaders at Wells Fargo.


History

The ‘most colorful New Year’s Day tradition’

Find out the history of Wells Fargo’s participation in the annual New Year’s Day Rose Parade and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the work involved in preparing the company’s stagecoaches and floats.


History

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.


History

Dispensing money ‘like magic’

A Wells Fargo historian shares how the company’s ATMs have improved the customer experience over time.


History

Wells Fargo’s evolving role in Canada

In honor of Canada’s 150th anniversary, a Wells Fargo historian shares the company’s history with the country.


History

‘Father of baseball’ once a Wells Fargo team member

Alexander Cartwright became Wells Fargo & Co.’s express agent in Honolulu in February 1862, but before that, he helped create the game of baseball.