Netta Eames was born Ninetta Wiley in Delhi, Wisconsin fourteen miles outside of Oshkosh on September 26, 1852, and she passed away on March 6, 1944 at the age of 91. She was affectionately known as Netta.

Netta is best known as a writer and magazine editor. During the 1890s Netta became the editor of the Overland Monthly, a San Francisco-based magazine.

Netta’s family headed west at the end of the Civil War. According to the 1870 United States Census, Ninetta Wiley moved to Santa Barbara, California with her family at the age of 17. When she was 25, she married Roscoe L. Eames, and they lived on Parker Street in Berkeley, California. After arriving in Berkeley, Netta would purchase a resort called the Wake Robin Lodge in Glen Ellen, California. She married her third husband in 1937 at the age of 85, and they made their home on Oxford Street in Berkeley. She was still living in Alameda County when she died in 1944 at the age of 91.

She wrote about Mendocino County, lived in a utopian community called Altruria in Sonoma County, California, helped publish The Altrurian, a newspaper for the community of Altruria, and married her third husband in Eureka, California.


  • Netta’s residence, Parker Street, Berkeley.
  • Netta’s residence, Oxford Street, Berkeley.

~ by Janice King ~

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