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Hazard fish decal courtesy of Rena Beth Smith

Per Hal Eaton - Lemoyne Hazard, a local garage owner and deputy sheriff put red fish signs to promote tourists. Lemoyne published a magazine called Dreamalog and was said to have written articles and stuff. Sadly, he was killed in the line duty in 1925. Deputy Hazard was shot and killed after he and two other deputies responded to a home to investigate reports of a domestic disturbance. The suspect confronted the three deputies and opened fire with a shotgun, striking Deputy Hazard. After Deputy Hazard fell to the ground the suspect approached him and struck him in the head with the butt of the shotgun, crushing his skull.

Kris Campbell writes: Lemoyne was my Great Grandfather. My Grandma was five when he was killed in the line of duty. He was recognized by the State of California for his sacrifice about 10+ years ago in Sacramento and I was present to represent my generation. He was honored along with other peace officers who had given their lives that year. There was a movement to honor the fallen that hadn't been recognized prior to the enactment of the annual ceremony. Pinkerton agents families were also in attendance. Probababy one of the most emotional events I have ever attended. I have some pictures. He was quite the entrepreneur and fascinating man, including him installing a fish sign, some writings and of course The Montgomery Loafer. He built his house by hand and still stands off Line Street. The building where he had his garage and Dodge Brothers dealership is still there too.
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Lemoyne Hazard
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Dreamalog photo courtesy of Hal Eaton
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Santa Ana Register - 23 January 1925
DEPUTY SLAIN BY INDIAN AT BISHOP, CALIF.
Numerous Santa Ana friends of Lemoyne A. Hazard, native of San Bernardino, and chief deputy sheriff of Inyo county, were shocked this week to hear of his tragic death, the victim of a whiskey-crazed Indian, who slew him in cold blood at Bishop, several days ago.

Hazard had many friends among prominent Santa Ana people, who knew him while he was a resident of San Bernardino and who became acquainted with him while hunting and on camping trips in Inyo coounty.

He was an especial friend of the James Sleeper family of Santa Ana and on one occasion more than a year ago, rode far into the mountains to deliver a death message, refusing in every way to receive compensation for his labors.

Hazard, with R. R. Parrett, supervisor of the Indian service at Bishop, attempted to arrest an Indian named Charlie Jackson, when the man drew a rifle and shot both officers. After they had fallen, he broke the stock of his rifle over the head of the prostrate Hazard, and later a corner's jury returned a verdict of death, due more to the blows received on the head than from gunshot wounds. Parrett, although seriously wounded, will live.

Hazard was proprietor of the Hazard garage at Bishop and was prominent in Bishop city affairs. He was 46 years old.

"Mr. Hazard was a man in every sence of the word. He was well liked throughout the county, and was known to be one of the few men in Bishop who could handle the Indians when they went on a rampage. His friends were many and could be listed by the number of people he met. He was a man who ave service throughout his life and was ever faithful in the discharge of his duties. He was a splendid example of man, as he should be."

The above tribute was paid to Hazard by Claud Sleeper, of the First National bank yesterday, and it is the sentiment that has been expressed throughout Santa Ana wherever friends of Haard have learned of his tragic death.
Charlie Jackson - convicted murderer of Deputy Sheriff Lamoyne A. Hazard
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Photo and Register article courtesy of Hal Eaton

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Lemoyne A. Hazard in Death Valley - 1924
(Photo courtesy of Tales Along El Camino Sierra)

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Lemoyne A. Hazard, behind the wheel.
(Photo courtesy of Tales Along El Camino Sierra)

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Lemoyne A. Hazard erecting one of his "red fish" signs.
(Photo courtesy of Tales Along El Camino Sierra)

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Lemoyne Hazard of Bishop, with a trailer full of "Red Fish" signs, that he placed in locations as far as Western Utah to help travelers find their way along poorly marked roads. You can see one of his Red Fish decals in the front window of his car. Photo is from mid-late 19-teens. Courtesy Taylor/Hazard Family archives.
(Photo and text courtesy of Tales Along El Camino Sierra)

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Photo of one of Lemoyne Hazard's great maps found in the Visitor Guide he published and distributed during the 19-teens and '20s. If you have ever wondered where an old-no longer in existence Bishop business was located, you may be able to find it here. Courtesy Taylor/Hazard family archives.
(Photo and text courtesy of Tales Along El Camino Sierra)

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Lemoyne A. Hazard service station in Bishop.
(Photo courtesy of Tales Along El Camino Sierra)

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Lemoyne A. Hazard service station in Bishop.
(Photo courtesy of Tales Along El Camino Sierra)

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 "Manhunt on in Owens Valley"
Asa Kline seriously injured on the Fred Eaton Ranch in Long Valley
(Courtesy of Hal Eaton)

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

 The Van Fleet family on Thanksgiving Day 1907 taken at the town of Laws.
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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 panorama - circa 1910
(Panorama by West Coast Art Company, courtesy of the Library of Congress American Memory Project)



 

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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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Images gleaned off of Ebay
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The Barlow Family children.

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The Red Front Token - Bishop, CA

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Main Street Bishop, CA

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Bishop Motel - Bishop, CA

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Royal Inn - Bishop, CA

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Royal Inn - Bishop, CA

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The Elms Motel - Bishop, CA
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Frasher Foto - Bishop, CA

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Photocards courtesy of Rich McCutchan

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Butler hay ranch near Bishop - circa 1918
Less Cline in a corn field with his foot on the shovel digging fish worms.

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East Line Street - Bishop, CA

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Bishop Union High School football team - 1915
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Stock trail to Palisade Glacier

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Mary Rozette Prutzman-Forbes and Andrew A. Forbes

Andrew A. Forbes -
Photographer of the Owens Valley Paiute

by Jon Bosak
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Interior of Glacier Lodge

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Tony's cabin destroyed by Big Pine Creek flood.

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Big Pine Creek bridge

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Black Canyon Gold Mining Company

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Bishop - July 4th, 1908 celebration

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Masquerade ball at the Bulpitt's house in Bishop - February 22, 1910

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Bishop prohibition parade - 1910 or 1911

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Bishop prohibition parade - 1910 or 1911

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Bishop prohibition parade - 1910 or 1911

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Bishop prohibition parade - 1910 or 1911

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On the road in Bishop, CA

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Bishop fire house and library

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Bishop, CA - 1913 Harvest Festival

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Bishop, CA - 1912 Harvest Festival

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Bishop, CA - Coronation of the queen of the Harvest Festival

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Bishop, CA - 1912 Harvest Festival

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Laws School, First Prize at the Bishop, CA - 1912 Harvest Festival

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Women of Woodcraft at the Bishop, CA - 1913 Harvest Festival

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Bishop, CA - 1912 Harvest Festival

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Bishop Harvest Festival - the Queens auto - 1913

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Bishop, CA - 1916 Harvest Festival

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Bishop, CA - 1912 Harvest Festival

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Bishop, CA

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Bishop, CA - Harvest Festival

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Inyo County Fair in Bishop, CA - October 15th, 1908

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Grammar School - Bishop, CA

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Bishop, CA residents

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Bishop, CA - typical cowboy

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Main Street after a snowfall - Bishop, CA

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Acme Dairy wagon - Main Street Bishop after the snowfall of 1916 - Bishop, CA

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Bishop, CA after the snowfall of 1916

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First Church of Christ Scientist after the snowfall of 1916 - Bishop, CA

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Inyo County Bank after a snowfall - Bishop, CA

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Main Street after three feet of snowfall in 1916 - Bishop, CA

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Main Street after snowfall - Bishop, CA

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Main Street Bishop, CA after the snowfall of 1933

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Main Street Bishop, CA after the snowfall of 1933

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Main Street Bishop, CA after the snowfall of 1933

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Clearing the streets of Bishop, CA after the snowfall of 1933

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Main Street Bishop, CA after the snowfall of 1933

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Main Street after snowfall - Bishop, CA

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Main Street Bishop, CA

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Main Street Bishop, CA after the snowfall of 1933

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Bishop, CA - High School

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Sunland School - Bishop, CA

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Playground of Bishop public school - Bishop, CA

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School - Bishop, CA

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C. C. Circus - Bishop, CA - June 1914
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Hartshorn and Thomas blacksmith shop in Bishop, CA - circa 1930
(Photo courtesy of Inyo County Sesquicentennial)

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Early Bishop, CA
(Ebay photo capture)

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