This ledger gives evidence of both farming and commercial usage. It contains some
reference to crops planted and produce sold, but it also consists of daybook records of
sales to local farmers of such commodities as sugar, whiskey, tobacco, saleratus, and
G.W. and E.W. Davis were, from the mid-1850s, proprietors of several small ranches and
vineyards in Bennett Valley, five miles southeast of Santa Rosa. There they grew wine
grapes, plums, citrus, nuts, grain and stock. Later in the century they also produced
wines for which they were widely known. The Davis brothers seem to have operated a
general store throughout the 1850s and 60s.