William Daegener

William Daegener

Agent at Wells Fargo & Company

420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, California, United States
HQ Phone:
(415) 396-4000

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Well Fargo - Columbia State Historic Park

William Daegener rented a portion of these structures as early as 1853 and used them as the Columbia office of the Wells Fargo Company.
Another section of the Hotel housed the Stage Office of Kelty & Company. Fires burnt down these structures on a number of occasions. In 1856, Daegener purchased the building. After a fire once again destroyed the American Hotel in August of 1857, Daegener (not a real quick study) rebuilt of wood. Finally, in 1858, Daegener built two structures of brick. The Wells Fargo Office occupied the downstairs of the two story structure and Daegener and his family lived upstairs. A store occupied the other, single story structure (now the "Stage Coach Office") on Daegener's property. In 1861 the smelting room was added to the rear of the structures. In 1872 Daegener sold the structures to H. Sevening, who became the Wells Fargo Agent. He in turn sold to a man named Conlin, who ran the Wells Fargo Office as well as a store and telegraph office.

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CB&S - History

Wells Fargo built by William Daegener. Daegener sells Wells Fargo to H. Sevening.

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Wells Fargo Building History - Compliments of CB&S

Daegener, Agent.
Principal Offices - New York, Express Building, 16 Wall Street Montgomery Street, San Francisco. (Advertisement in Columbia Gazette) 1857 August 25th (Tuesday) - Fire rages through town. Wells, Fargo Express office is burned. (Actual location not known for sure; it is assumed the same location where the building is today) 1857 The American hotel burns in the August fire, William Daegener rebuilds of wood; later in the year he builds a second frame building on the lot housing Sturzenegger and Newman's saloon. (Where current Wells Fargo building stands.) 1857 August 26th - Wells, Fargo & Co. were finishing a frame building on the old site that evening. (from Sacramento Daily Union) 1858 Daegener replaces his wood structures with brick. The two story building cost $4400, the one story $2375. 1860 Census reports: William Daegener 39 year old from Prussia with $9500 personal worth. Listed as an Express Agent, living with Maria age 25 from Prussia and their children, born in California; Hetty age 4, William age 2, Emma age 2/12. 1872 Daegener sells to H. Sevening, who becomes the Wells, Fargo agent.

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