Carl August Milde

Carl August Milde

by Marie Bowen Editor’s Note:  In the NCHS collection, photograph 1998.29.2 is one of our more popular.  Three smiling men, holding bunches of grapes, and standing before an automobile circa the 1920s.  The photo is captioned only “Dad Milde – left” and “Carl...
Hamden McIntyre

Hamden McIntyre

Hamden W. McIntyre, the now legendary Napa Valley winery designer, was born in Randolph, Vermont in 1834. As a young man he apprenticed as a piano and organ maker, and later was the superintendent of lumber company before taking up machinery manufacturing. He formally...
Ernie Pyle

Ernie Pyle

Today the Los Angeles Times ran a fascinating article about Ernie Pyle, the Pulitzer-prize winning journalist. He was most famous for his articles covering the US involvement in World War II, but he was also the country’s first aviation correspondent. In the...
Winemaking in Calistoga, pt. 1

Winemaking in Calistoga, pt. 1

Sam Brannan was one of the first people in the Calistoga area to commercially produce wine. By 1862 he had several thousand acres of land on which he planted nearly 20,000 French vine cuttings. Within five years he was producing 23,000 gallons of wine and brandy. His...
Winemaking in Calistoga, pt. 2

Winemaking in Calistoga, pt. 2

The origins of Prohibition in the United States run as far back as the 17th century when there were strong religious objections throughout New England. The Puritans did not ban drinking alcohol itself, but did outlaw drunkenness. “This lasting connection between...