Blog Roll

The Battery “B” Mystery

by Marie Bowen, NCHS volunteer A small book with photographs pasted on the blank pages entitled On the Trail of the Kaiser was found recently among NCHS’s collections. The item had no donor or accession number and was a complete mystery. I was asked to find, if...

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César Chávez Day in Napa

by Kilian Fitzgerald One of the major issues of the 2016 Presidential election is illegal immigration and how to respond to it. In the spirit of César Chávez Day, let’s take a look at his life  and the impact his movement had on California and the United States....

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Ellen and John Hogan

Born in Tipperary County, Ireland on May 29, 1837, John S. Hogan immigrated to New Orleans in 1849 where some of his other relations already resided. New Orleans had a thriving Irish community at the time, and many lived in the neighborhood known as the Irish Channel....

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Taking the Waters in Rutherford

by Marie Bowen, NCHS volunteer The March 1, 1878, edition of the Napa Register reports Elizabeth Watson’s acquisition of 500+ acres near Rutherford from “Smithsonian Springs Hygienic Medical Association” and “Barlow J. Smith.” Thinking this probably was the same...

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How Milton Road Got Its Name

by Marie Bowen, NCHS volunteer Found in the “In Days Gone by” column of the Napa Register, June 14, 1974, is the following: “25 years ago, the county supervisors approved a change in the name of a road in the Carneros District -from Dutra Road to Milton Road. The...

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Delilah L. Beasley

Delilah Leontium Beasley was born in 1871 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her father, Daniel Beasley, was an engineer and her mother, Margaret Harris, raised her five children at home. When her parents died when she was a teenager, Beasley went to work, first as a masseuse then...

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NCHS and Tulocay Cemetery Announce New Collaboration

Game-changing agreement forged to use the old office at Tulocay Cemetery to house a small history display, library, and additional NCHS office space and staff. The Tulocay Cemetery Association and the Napa County Historical Society are pleased to announce an agreement...

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Henry Hanson Thompson

by Patricia Renait, NCHS volunteer Henry Hanson Thompson was born on January 16, 1866, in San Francisco. His father died that same year leaving his mother with four young sons. She remarried, had two more sons and they moved to a ranch in Napa in 1873. It was there...

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Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Last summer NCHS received a huge donation of thousands of negatives from the Napa Valley Register spanning the 1960s-2000s. We are still in the arduous process of sorting through the negatives, but we have uncovered some very cool gems. The negatives below were taken...

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Snow Days

It may be chilly this winter, but the jury is still out as to whether or not the temperature will dip low enough to get snow down on the valley floor. Napans of the past, however, got their fair share of white winters… Boys playing in the snow, January 1898....

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The Late Nathan Coombs

For more than a year past the friends of Hon. Nathan Coombs have been under constant apprehension concerning his physical condition. For several years it has been known that consumption has fastened upon him, and was slowly but surely sapping his vitality, inch by...

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#Movember

For Movember, NCHS poured through our collections of historic photography to pull together a veritable cornucopia of awesome ‘staches. Check out the gallery below to see how men in Napa’s olden times styled their flavor savers, lip luggages, and nose...

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The Elusive Emerson

  This is an excerpt of “In a Corner of Pope Valley, 1870-1900” by Marie Bowen, an article first published in the Vol. 22, No. 3 edition of Tidings, our quarterly newsletter. To get your copy of Tidings, become a member today! Many years ago, I came upon the...

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Werner vs. Wardner

This is an excerpt of “In a Corner of Pope Valley, 1870-1900” by Marie Bowen, an article first published in the Vol. 22, No. 3 edition of Tidings, our quarterly newsletter. To get your copy of Tidings, become a member today! Recently, while transcribing an oral...

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day first began as Armistice Day, declared by President Woodrow Wilson on November 11, 1919, to commemorate the end of World War I the year prior. Wilson said of the event, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn...

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