“The most polite and gentlemanly treatment of all customers, however insignificant their business, is insisted upon. Proper respect must be shown to all-let them be men, women, children, rich or poor, white or black-it must not be forgotten that the Company is dependent on these same people for its business.”
Inspired by the discovery of gold in California in 1848, Henry Wells and William G. Fargo imagined an express and banking business that would connect the vibrant East Coast with the remote gold fields out in the West. After opening Wells Fargo in New York on March 18, 1852, offices in San Francisco and Sacramento shortly followed in July. From Wells Fargo archives and the History Museum, Steve Greenwood will illuminate the history of Wells Fargo’s relationship with Chinese and Asian Pacific clients.
Steve Greenwood is Museum Manager of Wells Fargo History Museum, Portland.