Addison Bishop, pictured)
Addison Bishop came to Owens Valley during the summer of 1861
after a 51 day trip from Fort Tejon. He made his camp at a location
a short distance west and south of the present city of Bishop
and later built a house at that location. He named his holdings
the "San Francis Ranch." He was a Virginian, born in
1825; a California Forty-Niner; judge at Fort Tejon; and, partner
of General Beale in the cattle business. His residence in Bishop
was of a comparatively short duration and his closing years were
spent in San Jose. Bishop Creek is also named after him.
pictures and text on this page from "100 Years of Real Living"
by the Bishop Chamber of Commerce, 1961, unless otherwise noted.
Thanks to Rich McCutchan for loaning me the out of date publication.
History of Owens Valley
by Al Gagnon
Clark: The first minister in Bishop. Andrew was born in Allegheny
County, PA on July 14, 1832. During the Civil War he fought for
the Union during the battle of Shiloh. In 1865 Andrew moved his
family, by covered wagon to Owens Valley. He organized the first
church society, the Baptist church, of any kind east of the Sierra
Nevada in January of 1869. His long missionary trips north and
south of Bishop originated the term "Gospel Swamp."
of the Inyo County Bank (the "Watterson Brothers Bank").
[L to R]: Mark Q. Watterson, W.W. Watterson, A.D. Schively.
(Fred Steuttig collection)
(Bill) A. Chalfant .
(Elma Crosby collection)
The Valley View
Hotel in Bishop.
I have enjoyed viewing the photos of early life of Bishop, California.
My family first settled in Bishop about 1885.
My Great-great uncle was Allen Matlick who built the Matlick
House. I have a photo of some relatives standing on the porch
of the house.
My grandfather, Leroy Matlick, and his brother, Earl Matlick,
worked in a tobacco and candy store in Bishop about 1917. I have
photos of the interior of the store, a photo of the outside of
the Bishop Post Office and a 2 picture panoramic view of the
valley, taken by my Great Grandmother, an amateur photographer.
My Grandmother moved to Bishop and worked in the hotel in 1917
until she married my Grandfather only 2 weeks after they met.
I was reading through my family history again. The newspaper
clipping regarding the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Al and Minnie
Matlick, it was a 1929 article which appeared in the Inyo
Also, my Great Grandfather, Samuel Matlick, moved his family
to Bishop in 1908 and bought a farm near his brother's farm.
Only a small piece of the foundation remains in the middle of
[Courtesy of Carol Stephens]