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Guide to the Bale Family Papers, [ca. 1841-1899]
BANC MSS C-B 746  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Bale Family Papers,
    Date (inclusive): [ca. 1841-1899]
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 746
    Creator: Bales Family
    Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes and 1 oversize folder
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: 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.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Bale Family papers, BANC MSS C-B 746, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Biographical Sketch

    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.

    Scope and Content

    The bulk of these papers was given to the Bancroft Library by Mrs. Stephen C. Clark and Edwin J. Bruck in 1952. They include a few of Dr. Bale's accounts and legal Papers and some material relating to the flour and saw mills, but consist primarily of the personal and business papers of his wife, who continued to live on the Rancho after her husband's death and managed the extensive property left to her. Additional material was given to the Library by Mrs. Viola L. Warren in 1967 and by Owen Duffy, courtesy of Miss Ivy M. Loeber, in 1968.