The memory of the worthy Jacques Pacheteau, of Napa county, is revered by a host of friends and acquaintances,
for he was a man of fine personal character and industrious habits and possessed a genial and attractive personality.
He had just inaugurated and was beginning the realization of his plans for his remaining life work when he was
removed from earthly scenes, August 4, 1919, at the age of sixty seven years. Mr. Pacheteau was a native of France,
born on the 15th of March, 1852, and in that country he secured his education and then learned the trade of a dyer
and cleaner. In his young manhood he came to the United States, locating in San Francisco, where for a number of
years he followed his trade. Later he was engaged in the same business on his own account and his efforts were
rewarded with a very gratifying measure of success.
In 1906 Mr. Pacheteau came to the Napa valley and engaged in the making of wine, in which he also was successful,
the quality of his wine securing a ready sale. The major portion of his product he shipped to New York city, where
it was sold, and he made frequent trips to that city in the interest of his enterprise. In 1919, having retired
from the wine business, Mr. Pacheteau bought one hundred and ten acres of land near Calistoga, containing some
fine hot springs, and he planned to make of this a health establishment and winter resort, but soon after he had
erected the first bath house he was stricken with his last illness. Mrs. Pacheteau bravely took up the work where
her husband had left off and has succeeded admirably in carrying it forward to abundant success. Many permanent
and substantial improvements have been made on the property, including the erection of necessary buildings and
a fine pool and plunge, one hundred and twenty five by sixty one feet in size. The three hot sulphur springs that
were on the place have been supplemented by three geysers which have since been developed. One of these geysers
flows continuously, while the other two spout every ninety seconds, being interesting to watch. The waters of the
springs are highly mineralized and are effectual cures for many bodily ailments, such as rheumatism, neuritis,
stomach, liver and kidney troubles and nervous and run down conditions, and have proved very popular Mrs. Pacheteau
keeps a masseur and osteopath in constant attendance and every possible attention is given to those who come here
for treatment. The Calistoga Golf Club's links are located on the property, and there is also found here some petrified
wood. Besides these activities, Mrs. Pacheteau established the Calistoga auto camp ground some four years ago.
Her maiden name was Georgiana Francoeur, and she is a native of Edmundston, New Brunswick. She is the mother of
a son, Jacques, who was born November 23, 1919. Mrs. Pacheteau deserves great credit for the splendid business
like manner in which she has carried on the development of this place, and her industry, energy, ability and fine
personal character have earned her a high place in the confidence and esteem of all who know her.
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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