The Chalfant family were early pioneers to the Owens Valley, arriving in 1870. As journalists, Pleasant A. Chalfant and William Chalfant (father and son) owned and edited the Inyo Register. William Chalfant went on to write several books including the first area history, The Story of Inyo.
For a history of William Chalfant, see the website Owens Valley History at http://www.owensvalleyhistory.com/walter_chalfant/page55.html.
For his obituary see the US Genweb site for Inyo County at http://www.cagenweb.com/inyo/misctranscriptions/death-calls-w-a-chalfant.txt.
Pictures of his and his parent's gravestone at the East Line Cemetery in Bishop are on page 31 of my book, Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra. You can see this page via Google Books at http://tinyurl.com/cvj75y.
An article about William Chalfant can be found in the April 1943 issue of Desert Magazine, available at http://www.scribd.com/doc/2097034/194304-Desert-Magazine-1943-April