Taking the Waters in Rutherford

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...
How Milton Road Got Its Name

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...
Delilah L. Beasley

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...
Henry Hanson Thompson

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...
The Late Nathan Coombs

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...
#Movember

#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...
The Elusive Emerson

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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