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Guide to the Bale Family Papers, [ca. 1841-1899]
BANC MSS C-B 746  
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Description
Some accounts and legal papers of Dr. Edward T. Bale and papers relating to the establishment of his flour and saw mills in Napa Co., 1841-1849; personal and business papers of his wife, Maria I. Soberanes de Bale (niece of Mariano G. Vallejo), relating primarily to the management of their property, Carne Humana Rancho, Napa Valley, ca. 1850-1899.
Background
Dr. Edward Turner Bale, surgeon on the English ship Harriet, came to California in 1837, practiced medicine for several years in Monterey, and in 1840 was appointed surgeon of the Mexican army. In 1841 he married María Ignacia Soberanes, the niece of Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo and was granted the Carne Humana Rancho in the Napa Valley. From that date until his death in 1849, he made his residence there and began his work as one of the early promoters of industry north of San Francisco Bay. Among his important accomplishments were the construction of a water-power flour mill in 1846 and the erection of a sawmill in 1848.
Extent
Number of containers: 2 boxes and 1 oversize folder
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
Collection is open for research.