Sam Hack, the well known and popular proprietor of the Rosedale Farm Resort, one mile south of Calistoga, is a
native of Austria and was born in 1867. He was educated in the public schools of his native land and then learned
the trade of a tailor. From Austria he went to London, England, where he was employed at his trade, and then, in
1884, desiring a larger field of opportunity for advancement, he came to the United States. Here he was employed
as a journeyman tailor in leading shops in New York city, Cleveland and Chicago. In 1906 he came to San Francisco
and established a cleaning and dyeing place on Divisasdero street, which he conducted for a time, and he then embarked
in the manufacture of cloaks and suits, his establishment being on Grant avenue.
During the great exposition of 1915, Mr. Hack conducted the Exposition cafe on O'Farrell street, near Fillmore,
in the operation of which he was successful, but in that same year he sold the place and coming to Calistoga bought
ten acres of land one mile south of that city, most of which was planted to prunes. Here he established the Rosedale
Farm Resort, which under his management has become one of the most popular summer resorts in the Napa valley. He
has made many fine improvements on the place, including the erection of twenty six bungalows, a dining room capable
of accommodating fifty guests, a dance hall and free shower baths, and he has also had drilled a fine well, two
hundred feet deep, from which is obtained the finest water in the valley. He has a pumping plant in connection
and the water is abundantly provided for the use of the resort. The place is open the year round and has become
a favorite vacation spot for discriminating people from all over the state. Mr. Hack supplies the table largely
from his own farm, the milk, eggs, chickens and vegetables thus being fresh and of the best quality.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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