VIPs: San Francisco 1800s

Charles J. Bache, Esq.

January 7, 1853, Daily Alta California, 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.

Bache & Grotjan in San Francisco 1851.

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 and interesting 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.

San Francisco during the mid-1800s.

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