Monthly Archives: September 2009

Arturo Garcia, Numero Uno

Arturo Garcia was a 20th century pioneer, the first Hispanic bank branch manager for Wells Fargo Bank. Born into a family of farm laborers in Brawley, California  and raised in the state’s Central Valley , Garcia knew and understood his customers… Continue reading

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Katherine Davalos Ortega

It’s a long career path from bank teller to Treasurer of the United States . Katherine Davalos Ortega was Treasurer of the United States during the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush, (1983-1989) As Treasurer, Davalos Ortega’s signature appeared… Continue reading

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Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

It’s that time of year again! We haul out the decorations, start addressing cards to loved ones, plan get-togethers…Yes, it’s Hispanic Heritage Month , one of my favorite times of the year. These past couple years here at GBH, we’ve reflected… Continue reading

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The First National Bank on the Pacific Coast

Here’s an interesting question: What State had the first national bank charter on the Pacific Coast, and what city was it in? While most people may think the first national bank was in California — and may guess San Francisco… Continue reading

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This past week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi unveiled a plaque  at the US Capitol. It commemorates the heroism of passengers aboard Flight 93 , who turned back a hijack attempt on September 11, 2001, at the cost of their… Continue reading

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Who Was Madison Larkin?

Amanda Hopper Koehler is an interpreter at the Old Sacramento History Museum, where she presents Wells Fargo’s history to visitors. This is her second post for Guided by History. (CR) A few days ago I was looking in a box… Continue reading


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Historians Are Cranky. Good Thing, Too!

This came in from Dave, commenting on my Lewis & Clark piece: Charles, I have noticed in your writing that you often seem a little “down” on America’s westward expansion (which would seem to make sense considering the frequently left… Continue reading

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