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Early Bishop Residents

Van Fleet family photo courtesy of Carol Van Fleet Viscarra from Greenville, CA.


 "Neither Water Nor Grass -- Nothing"[pdf]
by W. Storrs Lee


 The Van Fleet family on Thanksgiving Day 1907 taken at the town of Laws.
 VanFleet family

Back row (L to R): Eli Biglow (neighbor), Allen Ebenezer Conrad Van Fleet - hereafter referred to as AEC (This is Carol Van Fleet Viscarra's great great grandfather. He had 7 children), Charles Van Fleet (son of AEC), Sam Brown (neighbor), Allie VanFleet (son of AEC), William Powers (Grandma Leota's father), George W. Carpenter (with Harriet McKellips in his arms), Allen Powers (Grandma Leota's brother, son of William and Alzina Powers), John Liedy (married to Ella Van Fleet. Ella and Viney are daughters of AEC.), Arthur Bell (Ruby Bell in his arms), Harry Miller

Second row (L to R): Edwin Bell, Alonzo I. McKellips (husband to Aunt Myrtle Powers. Daughter of William and Alzina Powers), Ella Liedy (daughter of AEC), Hattie Van Fleet (daughter of AEC), Sephroni Ellen Hopkins Van Fleet (wife of AEC), Alzina Powers (wife of William Powers), Melva Powers Carpenter (daughter of William & Alzina Powers), Jessie Bell, Myrtle Powers McKellips (daughter of William & Alzina Powers), Effie Brown Powers (wife of Allen Powers), Andrew Jackson Van Fleet (son of AEC and Carol's great grandfather)

Third row (L to R): Syble Powers (daughter of Allen Powers), Vena McKellips (aunt Myrtle's daughter), Joe Liedy (son of John & Ella VanFleet Liedy), Tula Humpherie, Mamie Biglow (wife of neighbor Eli Biglow), Nora Powers (daughter of William & Alzina Powers), Sylvia Irene McKellips (daughter of aunt Myrtle), Mae Carpenter (daughter of aunt Melvie), Leota Powers Van Fleet (wife of Andrew Van Fleet, daughter of William & Alzina Powers. This is Carol's great grandmother), Fred Bell

Front row (L to R): Alfred Powers (son of Allen Powers), Rae Carpenter (aunt Melvie's daughter), Gladys Van Fleet (daughter of Andrew & Leota Van Fleet), Haymond Allen VanFleet (son of Andrew & Leota Van Fleet - This is Carol's grandfather), Giorgia Carpenter (daughter of aunt Melvie), Izara McKellips (daughter of aunt Myrtle), Inez McKellips (daughter of aunt Myrtle - Izara & Inez are twins), Etta McKellips (daughter of aunt Myrtle), Ellen Carpenter (daughter of aunt Melvie), Robert Bell, Lorenzo L. McKellips (son of aunt Myrtle)


Van Fleet Family Highlights

In this photograph is Carol Viscarra's great great grandfather - Allen Ebenezer Van Fleet. Allen built the first cabin on the Owens river in 1861. He was actively involved and wounded in the Owens Valley Indian War. The Van Fleets were pioneers in the cattle and sheep industry in Owens Valley until Los Angeles robbed Owens Valley of its most precious resource - water. Because of this, the VanFleets fled Owens Valley and relocated in the Mason Valley of Nevada.

When Allen Ebenezer Conrad Van Fleet arrived in the Owens Valley in 1861, he and three other men drove a herd of cattle into Owens Valley from Mason Valley Nevada. It was this herd of cattle that were such an attraction to the native peoples of the Owens Valley. incidents of stealing cattle were key in setting off the Owens Valley Indian War in 1861 - 1863. Van Fleet took an Indian arrow in the chest during the Indian Wars. He was successful in removing the shaft but the arrow head remained in his chest for life. It floated around and many doctors wanted to remove it, but he always refused, and took it with him to the grave.

An interesting note is that after the Van Fleet family and other pioneer families relocated to the Mason Valley of Nevada they had an annual picnic on the West Walker River in the Mason Valley. They called it "The Owens Valley Picnic." All old friends and neighbors that had relocated to this area in Nevada from Owens Valley were invited and attended and it became an annual reunion.

Carol Van Fleet Viscarra



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Bishop in 1911.
(panorama by West Coast Art Company, May 15, 1911)



 

 "North of Bishop"[pdf]
by Russ Leadabrand

 


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 Main street Bishop circa 1885.
(A.A. Forbes photo)

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 Main street Bishop circa 1900.
(A. A. Forbes photo)



Bishop Academy Graduating Class of 1894
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Main Street Bishop
(photocard courtesy of Bob Pilatos)


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Mill Pond Bishop
(Inyo County Sesquicentennial image)
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Mill Pond Bishop
(Joel Hampton photo)

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Mill Pond Bishop
(Joel Hampton photo)

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Fraser's Photos
(Inyo County Sesquicentennial image)
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Bill Dark's dad packing in Evolution Creek - 1935
(Bill Dark photo)

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Mt. Tom and Bishop, CA
(Inyo County Sesquicentennial image)

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Photos courtesy of Charles Croninger Archives
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Charles Croninger's bus in Bishop in 1922 in front of the Istalia Hotel
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Charles Croninger's bus in Bishop in 1922 in front of the Istalia Hotel

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Here is the third photo I have - a closeup of the bus with my father (Charles L. Croninger age 21) on the right
with his uncle Ed Reed who perhaps was the operator of the bus.

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The Carson & Colorado Railroad in Owens Valley

 

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