Charles Bache and VIPS in the Port of San Francisco

Charles J. Bache, Esq.

February 1, 1851, Sacramento Transcript, Sacramento, California


Per John Mirick, C. L. Bache

April 18, 1851, Sacramento Transcript, Sacramento, California


Wholesale and Retail Druggists, Apothecaries, and Chemists,

Corner Washington street and Plaza,

Have constantly on land a full assortment of fresh Drugs, Medicines, Chemicals, and Perfumery, which they offer for sale on reasonable terms.

August 14, 1852, Daily Alta California, San Francisco


Per R. C. Winthrop: Bache & Grojan; Per Caroline Read: Bache & Grojan

August 21, 1851, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

PERFUMERY. — A very select assortment ofl perfumery and toilet articles was yesterday presented us, from the newly received stock of Bache & Grotjan, druggists, on Washington street, above the Plaza. — The specimens with which we have been favored are very fine; they will please accept thanks.

December 11, 1852, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

QUININE -- 300 oz. Sulph. Quinine, just received and for sale by

Druggists, Washington stret
Opposite Alta California Office

Bache & Grotjan in San Francisco 1851.

Daily Alta California, January 7, 1853, San Francisco

It is with feelings of sincere regret that we learn of the decease of our estimable fellow-townsman Charles J. Bache, Esq., who, on returning with his family from a visit to the States, died of a disease resembling the yellow fever on board the steamship Cortes, on her last trip from Panama.

January 6, 1853, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

DIED On board the steamship Cortes, on her passage up from from Panama--Dec. 23rd, Mr. Woodbridge, Dartmouth, Mass; Dec 25th, J. Gourlie, R. Waterman, F. Desano, of Maine; P H. McCroskey, Tenn.; 26th A. J. Wemer, Mich.; Jos Dee, Conn.; 28th, Chas L. Bache, and one child of Mr. C. L. Bache, of San Francisco; Two children of Mr. Grotjan, of San Francisco; John Anderson, Virginia; LeRoy Wilson, N.York; Alonzo Murdoch, New York; S. Delmarie, New York; Mrs J. H. Howe, Zanesville, Ohio, W Beatty, New York; Mrs. Ekseler, New York; W.P. Ormsby, Galena, Illinois; Benj Grover, Maine; Mr. Greacan, Ohio; Wm Little, Br Provines; N. Bosworth, Ohio; R. Walker, Maine; H. Schatler, Miss Bemis, C L West, New York.

Mr. Bache was one of the earliest settlers in our city, and although quite a young man, had, by his industry, intelligence and integrity, laid the foundation for a future of independence. His untimely death has cast a deep gloom in the circles of his numerous friends.

A little daughter of Mr. Bache succumbed to a similar disease, as well as two young children of his brother-in-law, Mr. T.J. Grotjan.

Out of a happy family of ten souls, who left Philadelphia a month ago, only six survive to reach our shores.

The Annals of San FranciscoTales of Early San Francisco.Stories of Early San Francisco.
Frank Soule, John H. Gihon, Jim Nisbet. 1855
Written by three journalists who were witnesses to and participants in the extraordinary events they describe. The Annals of San Francisco is both an essential record for historians and a fascinating narrative for general readers. Over 100 historical engravings are included.
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San Francisco, You're History!
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San Francisco Artists.California Performers.
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Seattle-based writer Pierce presents a fascinating view of a variety of colorful people and events that molded the unique environment of San Francisco. He chronicles historical highlights: the Gold Rush, earthquakes, and fires and introduces the lives of politicians, millionaires, criminals, and eccentrics.

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Artful Players: Artistic Life in Early San FranciscoArtistic Life in Early San Francisco.
Birgitta Hjalmarson
Artists in early California.With a handful of wealthy Gold Rush barons as indulgent patrons, an active community of artists appeared in nineteenth-century San Francisco almost overnight. A subculture of artistic brilliance and social experimentation was the result -- in essence, a decades-long revelry that purportedly ended with the 1906 earthquake. Witness Jules Tavernier, hungry and in debt, accepting a stuffed peacock and two old dueling pistols in payment for a Yosemite landscape; Mark Twain as reluctant art critic.

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