Sunday, April 26, 2009

William Chalfant

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

For his obituary see the US Genweb site for Inyo County at

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

An article about William Chalfant can be found in the April 1943 issue of Desert Magazine, available at

Monday, April 6, 2009

The People of Bodie

If you are interested in an early settler of Bodie, check out the list of people at the Bodie Foundation's website at You can also fill out a form to add information about your Bodie relative. This information will assist in putting together a genealogical database of the residents of Bodie.

This website also has a list of businesses and organizations of Bodie as well as other information about Bodie. There is also some Bodie cemetery information.