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Tom's Place

Tom's Place




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All Fotocards courtesy of Rich McCutchan unless otherwise indicated.

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The Lodge at Tom's Place

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Tom's Cabin at Tom's Place


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Tom's Cabin at Tom's Place


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Tom's Place in the winter

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Tom's Place advertisement

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Tom's Cabin at Tom's Place


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Tom's Place at Rock Creek


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End of a perfect day in the High Sierra near Tom's Place


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Tom's Cabin at Tom's Place

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Tom's Place Bill of Sale - Joint Tenancy
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3

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Rock Creek Inn

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Tom's Place near Rock Creek

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Tom's Cabin at Tom's Place
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Winter snow at Tom's Place

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Owens River trout near Tom's Place




 

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Tom's Place Photo Collection Story

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The following fotocards featuring Tom's Place courtesy of Rich McCutchan
Caption verification courtesy of Jeff Parker
Photos in this group were originally part of the Tom & Hazel Yerby Archives.

Tom & Hazel Yerby

Little is known of Tom Yerby's early years. He was born in Bee Branch, Arkansas in 1885, one of 12 siblings.

Hazel Allen was born in 1889 in Snohomish, Washington. She lived some of her early years in Skagway, Alaska, where her father and uncle ran a hardware store. After numerous adventures, including singing for the miners, and stowing away on a steamship with her younger sister, she returned to the lower states. She became a stage actress ("legitimate, of course" she used to say), using the name stage name of Jane Grey, traveling with the Willard Mack group. She found herself in Jackson, Wyoming in 1913, where she met Tom Yerby. She was impressed by the fact that he was flyfishing while wearing a suit. They married in St. Anthony, Idaho in 1914. It seems they traveled around the area for a while, finally settling around Helena, Montana in 1917, where they adopted their only child, Barbara, only days old at the time.

In 1918, they appeared in Bishop. Tom operated a talor shop and dry cleaning plant on East Line Street and Whitney Alley. They purchased a house at the intersection of Clarke and Sneden. While living in Bishop, Tom was influential in the formation of the Rainbow Club, and was involved with the stocking of local waters with trout.

In 1923, Tom and Hazel purchased what was known as Rock Creek Station from Hans Lof. As Hazel once described it in her journals, the "built it from the ground up," adding a lodge, cabins, cafe and store, making it into a popular resort. After the repeal of Prohibition, a bar was added, but it was placed on the other side of the highway, as Hazelwould not have it next to the cafe.

Starting in the mid 1930s, Tom had a series of strokes. He was in and out of hospitals until his passing in 1940. Hazel took over the operation of the resort during this time, continued theoperation after Tom's death, selling in1945. She had remarried, to Kime Eldridge, a very interesting story in itself. Tom was in a rest home in Bishop shortly before he passed away. Oneevening Hazel went to see him, he told her, "We both know that I'm goingto die soon. You're still young, I think you should get married again. We have this guy Kime working for us, his name rhymes with "kind," and that's the type of man he is. I think you should marry him."

He passed away soon after. Hazel and Kime eloped to Reno and got married a suitable time later. After 26 years of marriage to Tom, Hazel spent the rest of her life with Kime, another 30 plus years of adventures between Southern California, Kime's cabin on Rock Creek, and numerous residences in the northwest, chasing the elusive salmon runs. Both Hazel and Kime passed away in 1975, within monthsof each other.

Text courtesy of Jeff Parker - June 2021.

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Tom's Place - 1925 - Tom Yerby standing on the right of the photo

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L/R (standing): Burton Frasher Jr., Mrs. Frasher, ?, ?, ?, ?
Seated on the log: Tom Yerby

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Tom Yerby and his dog Prince on the front porch of the Lodge - August 1928

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Bob Brown with string of Owens River trout.
Bob and his wife Maudie owned a cabin below Tom's Place in the 1920s

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Cars buried in snow at Tom's Place

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L/R: Pat on top of snow plow, ?

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John Kime Eldridge

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Marvin hill with at catch of geese.

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Tom Yerby packing in his daughter Barbara Yerby on a mountain trail to Convict Lake


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L/R: Lee ? and Pat ? on snow drift

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Tom Yerby and his dog Prince on the Lodge porch.
The rock is still there!

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Tom Yerby with a catch of fish

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Christmas Greetings from Ed DeRiemer at Tom's Place

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Rollo Meeks with "Trouble" the dog.

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Tom Yerby with a stringer of fish.
Note the hands supporting the ends of the stringer.

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Barbara Yerby in front followed by Hazel Yerby on the trail to Convict Lake - circa 1930

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Barbara Yerby and unknown pup in front of the log cabin at Tom's Place



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Bert Snyder at Kime's cabin near Tom's Place

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Unknown man, same as in #7 - hunting
probably in Long Valley

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Hazel Yerby and "Trouble" the dog at Tom's Place.
Hazel's stage name was Jane Grey.
Lots of friends called her Jane.

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One of the original cabins and an outhouse
at Tom's Place

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Opening day of deer season, mid 1930s. Tom had driven up Rock Creek Canyon a few miles, parked his truck and started hunting. This buck rand down the hill toward him. He shot it. It died close to his truck. He drove back to Tom's Place and dressed the deer. My (Jeff Parker's - Barbara's son) grandmother said, "Well that only took about a half hour. What are you going to do for the rest of the day?" Tom went down in the Owens River Gorge and helped catch that stringer of fish. Good advertising post card.

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John Kime Eldridge in front of his cabin





Movie shoot near Tom's Place

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Tom's Place Employees
L/R (Top Row): ?, Tom Yerby, Hazel Yerby
L/R (Bottom Row): ?, ?, ?, Dog, ?

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Tom's Place - John Kime Eldridge
Kime later married Tom Yerby's widow - Hazel


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Tom's Place - John Kime Eldridge, Mr. Curley, Mrs. Curlley

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Burton Frasher

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Tom's Place - 1943

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Owens River trout near Tom's Place

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Mrs Roy Morton, Trouble the dog, Barbara Yerby, Prince the dog.

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Tom's Place in the winter

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Tom's Place trout catch

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Tom, one of the pointers, and a lot of equipment on their way home after what looks like a successful hunt. The picture was taken just off of the current Benton Crossing Road, the fence is still there.

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Kime Eldridge - 1920s

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Barbara Yerby at Rock Creek - 1924


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Marvin Hill near Tom's Place


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Tom Whelan or Tom Yerby with ?
Jeff Parker's grandparents remained close friends with Tom Whelan's wife, Ida, after his death. He built the road up Rock Creek Canyon in the early 1920s

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L/R: Barbara Yerby, ?, ?, ?, ?, ? - Tom's Place employees housing is in the background

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Barbara Yerby with a handful of puppies

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Tom's Place after the road was widened in 1931.

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Hauling supplies to either the the U.S. Vanadium Tungsten Mine - 1936

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LADWP employee housing somewhere

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L/R in boat: Barbara Yerby, ?
Lower corral , Rock Creek Canyon, above Rock Creek Lodge.

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Fish catch from Owens River - 1920
L/R: ?, ?, ?

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L/R: Leo Hill and Marvin Hill

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Tom Yerby at the wheel holding a 6 month old Barbara Yerby
Before Tom purchased Tom's Place, he was a tailor in Bishop. His shop was on East Line and Whitney Alley. He and Hazel owned a house at Clarke and Sneden (still there). Every day, before he went to the shop, he would take Barbara for a ride around the block. y

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Tom's Place

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L/R: ?, Tom Yerby, ? - at Tom's Place

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Tamarack Lodge at Twin Lakes
Jeff Parker's grandmother told him that, after Tom's Place Lodge was finished, the owners of Tamarack liked it so much, they built one like it. It was pretty similar until Tamarack added to theirs.

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Tom's Place
Jeff Parker's grandmother told him that, after Tom's Place Lodge was finished, the owners of Tamarack liked it so much, they built one like it. It was pretty similar until Tamarack added to theirs.

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Jeff ? grandmothers (?) cabin.
After Tom had his first stroke, Hazel had this cabin built for herself. Prior to that, she had spent winters in Southern California, where Barbara went to school. After Tom's strokes, she had to be there more.

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Rock Creek's Lake Store

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Pack Train descending switchbacks

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Broken Bar Pack Outfit crossing Mono Pass

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Broken Bar Pack Station near Rock Creek Lakes Resort

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Mt. Morgan near Rock Creek Lakes Resort

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Frashers Post Card prices

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Frashers Post Card advertisement

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Tom's Place near Rock Creek

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Construction of the original Tom's Place resort - circa 1917

Pam Milligan Vaughan writes about Hans Lof:
Hans was from Norway, I think. He had a hook for one hand. The space between the logs is about 1/4". He was quite a character. Scary guy according to my mom. He built what was to become Happy Jack's Resort, and my grandparents had to foreclose on that property where Hans had borrowed over $11,000 from my grandparents. Couldn't pay it back probably because he drank too much of his "potato brandy."

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L/R: Tom Yerby, ?, Norman Clyde, ?, ?, ?, ?, Tom Whelan, ?, ?, Bill Chalfant, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, Joe Riley (leaning against the car),

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L/R: Unknown, Barbara Yerby, Tom Yerby in a hot springs somewhere

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L/R: Barbara Yerby, ?

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L/R: Tomy Yerby, ? Hill with a catch of trout from Owens River

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Tom Yerby - owner and operator of Tom's Place cafe and lodge

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L/R: Nelle Harney, ?, Tex Cushion with Tex's dogsled team at Tom's Place - 1930s

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L/R: Barbara Yerby, Tom Yerby

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Tom Yerby on snowshoes

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L/R: ?, Tom Yerby, Jack ? stuck in tow at Tom's Place

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L/R: Bob Brown, Marvin Hill, ? - Harvesting Christmas trees

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L/R: Bob Brown, Marvin Hill, Leo Hill

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Tom's Place and 2nd gas station - circa 1931

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Tom's Place

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Barbara Yerby in the doorway of the original log cabin at Rock Creek

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L/R: ?, ?, ? with a catch of trout at Tom's Place

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Snow tractor towing a road grader near Tom's Place

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John Kime Eldridge's cabin at Rock Creek

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L/R: Bob Brown, Jack the dog, Prince the dog, Leo Hill

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Barbara Yerby in front of Tom's Place - 1936-1937 Big Snow

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Bert Snyder fishing near John Kime Eldrige's cabin at Rock Creek

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Tom's Place circa 1936 - 1937

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Barbara Yerby

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Joe Boody (Dr. Boody's son) and Barbara Yerby

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Joe Boody

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Joe Boody

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? and Barbara at the Yerby's house in Bishop.

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Barbara at the Yerby's house in Bishop.

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Barbara Yerby and Hazel Yerby

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Barbara Yerby and ?

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? and Barbara Yerby

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Barbara Yerby and Ida whelan
Jeff Parker's grandmother told him that Ida Whelan had a parrot, that must be her on the right. She said the parrot would whistle for the dogs. When the dogs came up, the parrot would say, "bad dogs."

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? and Barbara Yerby dressed for the bathing beauty pageant at the 1929 Mark Twain Days at Mono Lake.

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Barbara Yerby and a couple of horses.

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