Alexander was the son of Finnish sea captain Gustave Niebaum (originally Nybom)who charted much of the coast and islands of Alaska for the Russian-America Co. He was in Alaska when it was sold to the United States. He loaded a ship with goods from the Alaskan territories and went to San Francisco. There he partnered with a group of business men who purchased the Alaskan assets of the Russian-America Co. and applied to the U.S. government for trading rights in the Alaskan Territories. The government gave them a twenty year exclusive right to a large part of the Alaskan territories including the Pribolof (seal) Islands. They became the Alaska Commercial Co.. At the height of their operation they owned in addition to the trading posts, steamship lines, canneries,and river steamers.
In 1873 Gustave married Suzanne Shingleberger in San Francisco. In 1879 he began purchasing parcels of land in the Napa valley which became his country estate. There he took on the personal challenge of making a wine as good as anything being made in Europe. The estate was known as Inglenook. I have worked at Inglenook for nearly ten years. I discovered Alexander when I obtained a copy of Gustave's will and found a provision for his son. Anything you can tell me about him would greatly appreciated. Do you have any idea where he is buried? Is there a stone? What kind of life did he lead? I followed him through the census and note that he never married and that he was always a boarder. Thank you so much for your reply