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A FEW WORDS ABOUT

THE VOLKMANN COLLECTION

B



S



was born



in the town of Tehama on the Sacramento River in Northern

California. Her father Andrew Simpson had come across the plains from Pennsylvania in the



s and bought ranch land on the banks of the Sacramento River outside of town. He married

Emma Allen Owen, born in Mariposa, California, in



. The Simpson home and ranch are

shown in a lithographic view in

The History of Tehama County,

Elliot and Moore, Publishers,



.

Andrew and Emma’s only daughter was sent to Berkeley to board at the Anna Head School.

On the death of her father, her mother moved to Oakland, and Beatrice attended the Universi-

ty of California. At the end of her sophomore year she was invited to accompany her close friend

and Anna Head School classmate Else Schilling and the Schilling family to Europe. The trip last-

ed several months, and on her return she did not go back to the University.

In



, she married Daniel G. Volkmann whose grandfather William Daegener was the Wells

Fargo Agent in Columbia, California, in the middle of the gold country, from



to



. A

fi

re

destroyed much of the town in



, including the company building. Daegener rebuilt a new

two-story brick building with the family quarters over the o

ffi

ce. That Wells Fargo building still

stands today in Columbia, now a California State Park.

Volkmann’s father, George F. Volkmann, arrived in San Francisco from Bremen, Germany, in



and went to work for the co

ff

eehouse of Folger, Schilling & Co. In



, August Schilling and

Volkmann left the

fi

rm to found A. Schilling & Co. with Volkmann as one-third owner, later

revised to equal ownership. The company sold co

ff

ee, tea, baking powder, mustard, and spices.

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Beatrice Simpson Volkmann