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Big Pine High School and Grammar Schools

 Big Pine in the early 1900s


All photo cards and photographs on this page courtesy of Rich McCutchan archives unless otherwise noted.
The photographs of the Smith and Tate family, and other early Big Pine residents, are from two personal Big Pine
photo albums in Rich's Archives.

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The Smiths, Tates, and Halls of Big Pine


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Unknown Big Pine residents


perca ramden
Perca Ramden in Grub Gulch - 1899

howard anddottie
Howard and Dottie Wilson

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L/R: Marie Hough, Ardys & Faye Smith

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Bill Smith and his wife

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Bill Smith

faye smith
Faye Smith - 1912 (4 years old)

grandma may
Grandma May in Big Pine

howard smith
Howard Smith

dolly smith
Dolly Smith

faye smith
Faye Smith

airplane
First airplane landing in Big Pine, CA - 1918
(Faye Smith is the young girl standing near the plane's tail ailerons.)

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Faye Smith - 1908

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Faye Smith

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Bill Smith

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Unknown

basketball team
Big Pine, CA basketball team - 1915

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Unknown Big Pine residents

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Millard Smith's market in Big Pine, CA

mother mays house
Mother May's house in Big Pine, CA

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Packing up in Big Pine, CA

residents
L/R: Faye Smith, Ardys Smith, Marie Hough

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Unknown

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Unknown Big Pine resident

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Unknown Big Pine residents
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Unknown Big Pine resident
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Unknown Big Pine resident

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Unknown Big Pine residents
(ANOTHER VIEW)

howard smith
Part of the WWI Allied army
Howard Smith with French orphans - 1919 in France

nellie kispert-smith
Nellie Kispert (married as Nellie Smith)

ardys smith
Ardys Smith

harvest
Harvesting crops in Big Pine for shipment on the Carson & Colorado,
either at the Monola, or Manzanar siding

carson and colorado
Carson & Colorado Railroad siding at: Monola, or Manzanar

big flood
Big Pine's "big flood" of 1914

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Big Pine's "big flood" of 1914

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Big Pine's "big flood" of 1914

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Hall's hall in Big Pine, CA

1916 snow
Hall's hall after the big snow of 1916

turkey ranch
Howard Smith's turkey ranch in Big Pine, CA

turkey ranch
Howard Smith's turkey ranch in Big Pine, CA

first airplane
The first airplane to land in Big Pine, CA

howard smith's ranch
Howard Smith's ranch - 10 miles southwest of Big Pine, CA

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Unknown Big Pine, CA residents
(ANOTHER VIEW)

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Our house in Big Pine, CA

ardys smith
Ardys Smith

veterans
L/R: ? Lewis and Howard Smith

harvest band
Big Pine, CA "Harvestival Band" - 1913

residents
Big Pine residents

ardys
L/R: Ardys, Helen Reichenback, Marion Rhode

at the mine
At the mine

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Big Pine, CA residents

postcard
Wishing well postcard

military band
In the WWI military band: L/R: ?, ?, Howard Smith, ? Lewis

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When Big Pine was "nearly" still a pioneer town (1900).
 


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Main Street Big Pine, CA


 big pine library
Big Pine Library

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Big Pine, California - 1914
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Big Pine School


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Big Pine Hall

owens river poultry company
Owens River Poultry Company


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Big Pine, California


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Big Pine, California

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Main Street Big Pine, California


hotel butler
Hotel Butler, Big Pine, CA
 

 crocker avenue
Crocker Avenue, Big Pine, CA

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Hotel Butler, Big Pine, CA

welch's cafe
Welch's Cafe - Big Pine, California

big pine station
Big Pine Station

hotel butler
Hotel Butler, Big Pine, CA

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Big Pine, California

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Big Pine, California


"A Near View of the High Sierra"[pdf]
by John Muir



Glimpses of early Big Pine

 

main street
Main Stree
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town hall
Town Hall

 
Grammar School


Pioneer Pageant
sheep
Movin' out the sheep

 
Big Pine Swimming Pool

 
Joseph's Groceries
fire house
The Fire House!

 
Unknown residents




A.M. (Al) Crocker of Eugene, OR writes.
Hi Ray,

I read with interest your commentary on early Big Pine. My dad was born in Big Pine in 1908, the youngest of five children. His name was Allen and his twin sister was Alliene. All five of the Crocker children are deceased. My dad married Helen Montrose of bodie in the late twenties and my sister and I are a product of that marriage. His older brother Albert was the most senior game warden in the state of Califronia when he retired. I've researched the history of the Owens Valley to some degree and my family goes back several generations. I went to school in Big Pine from 1946 until the year my dad passed on in 1952.

A little insight in my childhood, when I was about ten (1948) the pack station on Big Pine creek was owned by Ed and Marge Sargent. Their son, Jim, was my best friend (we were nine months apart in age) and we roamed the hills from the pack station to all the lakes of the chain on upper Big Pine Creek and into the Baker Creek area also. My grandfather, I was told, donated the land for the cemetery, school, and church in Big Pine in the early nineteen hundreds and his grand dad was involved in one of the last Indian skirmishes on the north end of Owens Lake in the late eighteen eighties. The Greggs and Crockers ran cattle under four brands on a ranch in the east slope, Nevada side of the White Mountains. I have some family history written by family members as memorabilia on incidents and people. My dad, Allen Crocker (known as "Chum") was born in Big Pin in 1908. There was a twin sister and two older brothers and another older sister. I'm related to about half the valley by marriage, the Rossi's, the Mitchell's, the Gregg's, and a number of other pioneer families. I left the valley in 1952 after my dad passed away and my mom had to go to So. Cal. to find work. My dad and my uncle, Albert (the local state fish and game warden) worked off and on for Ed Sargent at the pack station as a wrangler and camp cook. Jim and I roamed the mountains at the age of ten to fourteen without any adult supervision, just fishing exploring. This activity would be frowned on in today's society. Anyhow, just wanted you to know kind of what my history was and if you could find any information on my family background.

A.M. Crocker
December 2008




 "Wood for the Home Fires"[pdf]
by Clarice Tate Uhlmeyer

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Tom Tate on his horse Billy which he rode to and from his farm in Big Pine during the 1920s
 

esther tate
Esther Tate (Tom's wife)

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