A FEW WORDS ABOUT
THE VOLKMANN COLLECTION
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.
, 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
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
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
eehouse of Folger, Schilling & Co. In
, August Schilling and
Volkmann left the
rm to found A. Schilling & Co. with Volkmann as one-third owner, later
revised to equal ownership. The company sold co
ee, tea, baking powder, mustard, and spices.
Beatrice Simpson Volkmann