Rob Pearce: ‘One Family’s Legacy: 157-year tie to the Owens Valley

Press release

The Friends of the Eastern California Museum’s celebration of Inyo County Sesquicentennial continues this week with a history presentation by local historian and author Rob Pearce.

Rob Pearce

Rob Pearce

On Friday April 22 at 7:00pm at the Bishop city Council Chambers,  Pearce will be giving a slide show presentation titled “ One Family’s Legacy: 157 year tie to the Owens Valley”

Rob Pearce was born in Bishop, California and traces his Owens Valley roots back 5 generations.  Pearce is the grandson of long time Inyo County civil servant  A.A. Brierly who served Inyo County for over 65 years in a variety of positions. Pearce is also the author of several books on different topics of Inyo County history.

Pearce’s presentation is the second in a series of yearlong presentations that are sponsored by the Eastern California Museum in celebration of Inyo County’s 150th anniversary.

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Don’t miss Bishop’s own Rob Pearce’s this coming Friday April 22, 7pm at the Bishop City Council Chambers.  Refreshments will be provided.

For more information you can contact David at 760 920-8061.

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44 Responses to Rob Pearce: ‘One Family’s Legacy: 157-year tie to the Owens Valley

  1. Warpaint May 1, 2016 at 6:37 pm #

    Republican- Big Big Govt.(NEO-CON)

    Democrat- Big Bigger Bigest Govt.(NEO -LIB)

    They are basically one in the same. They are the ones who tell us to deal with illegal immigrants, and don’t have a gun, or don’t build a wall.

    Whist they don’t go anywhere without guns and protection and they all live in a mansion on a hill with big walls surrounding them.

    It’s do as I say not as I do. Hypocritical, YES?

    • 1776 May 3, 2016 at 8:33 am #

      You nailed it!

  2. Low-Inyo May 1, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

    Mountain Watchdog…trump has no chance of winning California in the general election…..or New York…and he’s a New York kinda guy….just like President Obama said last night….”the election is over 6 months from now,and the winner, we still have no idea who SHE is going to be “…..

    • Mountain Watchdog May 1, 2016 at 8:01 pm #


      I’m convinced Trump is actually working for the other side. Nobody does a better or more surly Limbaugh/Coulter/Hannity impression than Trump, and he is exposing the nasty, racist, collectivist part of America that believes if you don’t join forces with that snarling, half-loco group – you are guilty of treason.

      These far-right types have everything in common with The 3rd Reich and don’t seem to care that intellectual Americans are on to their unique brand of craziness.

      Why do think the GOP per se is trying so desperately to distance itself from these awful people?

      • Low-Inyo May 2, 2016 at 7:31 pm #

        Mountain Watchdog….agree with all you say there….but I’m glad trump looks like he’s going to get the GOP nomination…1)….cause it’s been entertaining….2) cause he isn’t going to win,possibly a Clinton landslide,even though FOX NEWS will be saying,right up to the last minute that trump will win…,last but not least, 3)….with the bets I’ve made,I’ll win ,more or less,an all expense paid trip to Convict Lake the last week of fishing season,complete with meals….a cabin….even my gas getting there being paid by the trump supporters I know that actually think he’s going to win…..when I get to Convict,I’m going to send them a postcard and a thank you note along with it…

  3. Mountain Watchdog May 1, 2016 at 6:06 am #

    The fact is, only 28% of California are registered Republicans. Hispanics are registering to vote in droves. How do you win an election by scaring every Hispanic to death as Trump is clearly doing?

  4. Mountain Watchdog April 30, 2016 at 4:16 pm #

    The argument that today’s conservatives make is believing they are hiding their racist ways with their “illegal immigration” BS. Racism is an evil, irrational and morally contemptible doctrine. America of late has become race-conscious in a manner reminiscent of the worst days leading up to the war Between the states.

    Conservatives of today focus totally on collectivism and statism with complete disregard for individualism which is at the very heart of the American Way. And this is why they will always fail – even when they try to legitimize it with what they think is legalese.

    Not kidding anyone, Neocons.

  5. Presto April 29, 2016 at 9:27 pm #


    Tell that to my kid who’s SSN has been used by an illegal alien for the past 5 yrs. Contact Social Security Admin. They tell me there’s nothing they can do. Yeah! They said that.

    Racial Collectivism. No

    Its called ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. Run down to Mexico without your passport and tell me how well it went for ya down there.

  6. Low-Inyo April 29, 2016 at 8:17 pm #

    Mountain Watchdog….With the bets I’ve made for the results in the November election….doubling down on a couple of them,I’m gonna get myself a cabin-rental at Convict Lake for one,maybe two nights…..groceries,firewood,a big T-bone steak and BBQ brickettes…and the gas in my vehicle for the 185 mile round-trip…only thing that’s going to cost me is wear-and-tear on my old truck….and dog food for my two dogs.

  7. Mountain Watchdog April 29, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    Presto, it’s not a case of liking or disliking government. It may surprise you that there are more Americans who do not revere ilk such as Limbaugh, Coulter, and now Donald Trump than you might ever imagine. America is sick of the growing hatred from the far-right.

    This legal/illegal nonsense the Limbaughites are trying to promote to set themselves apart as “The Only True Americans” is nothing more than a thinly disguised attempt at racial collectivism that split the country in two during the Civil War era.

    Never been a fan of racial collectivism. Neither is Mainstream America as you will see in November.

  8. Low-Inyo April 29, 2016 at 11:44 am #

    Presto….It’s trump’s double-talk….plain as the nose on your face,he doesn’t like anytype of immigration,legal or illegal….he disrespects women,minorities,the disabled…he talks of building a wall and making “Mexico pay for it “……stupid talk,and comes across as a threat.He talks of kicking 12 million people out of this Country…how will he go about doing that…going door to door asking for papers ?…and if he were to do that,we all know he would have no intention of letting them come back in the “legal way” he talks of….He mentions charging a 35 % tax on companies that move their business’ out of this Country….if he were to do that,who do you think would end up paying the price increase on goods people here in America would continue to buy ? come November 9,trump will be an after-thought…unless you want to turn on the A & E or MTV television stations and watch his new reality show…the Republican party will be dead for years to come….the chickens have come home to roost.

  9. Presto April 28, 2016 at 2:36 pm #

    Watchdog, you like this kind of govt.? I know you do your last post verified that. Many of us do not. The establishment can have walls and guns for protection so can the rest of us.

    This wall is for ILLEGALL immigration. Key word is ILLEGAL, meaning against the law.

    Here is a nice article in the Washington Examiner.

  10. Mountain Watchdog April 28, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

    According to PEW, a non-partisan think tank, the approval rating for Republicans has dropped lower that it was in 1992.

    When are the Limbaughites going to accept the fact that the country is much more diverse than they would ever know?

  11. Presto April 27, 2016 at 2:04 pm #

    Trump is on time and under budget!

    • mountain watchdog April 27, 2016 at 7:02 pm #

      Listen to what the leading candidate on the Republican side has been saying about building walls, about excluding Mexicans, and saying there has to be a complete shutdown on all Muslims coming in.

      If you actually look at what he specifically says in that now infamous speech about Muslims, he kept saying, ‘They only want jihad; they don’t believe in our way of life; they don’t respect our system.’ And when he says ‘they’ … And, you know, you watch the media coverage afterwards and people should’ve been saying, ‘Do you mean the 1.5 billion people around the world who fit that description? Do you mean the people who are U.S. citizens, who are members of your military, the vast majority of whom are not extremist or violent in any way?'”

      If he gets beaten by the person who becomes the first female president of the United States, then I think that would send a very positive message from the electorate back to him as to what they really think about that point of view.

      • Bob April 28, 2016 at 8:20 am #

        It’s hard to deny what’s going on in Europe.

  12. Mountain Watchdog April 27, 2016 at 8:12 am #

    Low-Inyo – I will never understand why anyone would relate to and/or identify with either political party (I’ve voted for both). The spectacle of the current Presidential race shows how quickly things change nowadays. It sometimes seems as if Donald Trump is actually working for the other side (he’s been a Democrat much longer than he’s been a Republican) and deliberately acting like those snarling, nasty, and negative media moguls: Limbaugh, Coulter, Hannity, et. al who are handsomely paid for their (ahem) uncivil style and have so much influence on that type of American.

    And the support he’s getting with his nastiness, indicates the sad mental state of many of our friends and neighbors today.

    Prediction: Don’t look for any GOP president anytime soon.

  13. Low-Inyo April 22, 2016 at 6:44 pm #

    Won Jane….you have to understand,with trump,it’s not so much the “immense popularity ” he has….what his 45 % of approval is,what it’s showed is 45 % of the REPUBLICAN party are also his type….he’s exposed that many in the Republican party(at least 45 % or so ) are also racists and bigots…but in the November election coming up,not nearly enough to get him elected….what his “popularity” has done has totally destroyed the Republican party for years and years to come….come November 9th,trump will go back to what he does best….reality T.V. shows.

    • Bob April 27, 2016 at 6:19 am #

      It’s looking like Trump and Hillary will have a modern day shoot out between now and November

      • Low-Inyo April 27, 2016 at 2:28 pm #

        Bob…..prediction you can write down….(I was one minute off guessing when the 2012 November candidate would be declared the Presidential winner,even though FOX NEWS said Romney would win in a landslide )…my 2016 time prediction:…Clinton declared winner at 8;04 P.M. PST….4 minutes after the polls close…..maybe 8;03 P.M.,if trump gets the republican nomination…and it’s not because I’m a big Hillary fan,I’m not…..just the lesser of two evils in this coming election…once the Clinton/trump debates start,trump will stick his foot down his big,stupid mouth so hard,and so many times,I have to believe the American voters won’t be so stupid to elect this clown into office…..

        • mountain watchdog April 28, 2016 at 7:58 am #

          Low-Inyo – you are probably correct on the Trump/Clinton debate fiasco. Trump will surely sound like he’s doing his best Rush Limbaugh impression and though there are a lot of Limbaughites our there, cooler heads will prevail. America in general is sick to death of nasty people who are convinced they are the “true Americans.” The White, Anglo-Saxon Protestants. They’d be better off trying to accept the diversity that America truly is.

        • Bob April 28, 2016 at 8:13 am #

          Low-Inyo.. I don’t necessarily disagree with what you said but I think you severely underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.

          Let the games begin!

  14. Won Jane April 22, 2016 at 6:20 am #

    Perhaps that it so, Tourbillon.

    But as the immense popularity of Donald Trump shows, hate and bigotry are very much in fashion in these United States of America.

    • Tinner April 22, 2016 at 6:20 pm #

      …and the ones who accuse others of being haters and bigots are often haters and bigots themselves they’re just not hateful and bigoted towards the same people as the people they’re accusing of being haters and bigots, so the only difference between these two groups of haters and bigots is that one is also hypocritical.

      • Trouble April 25, 2016 at 9:36 am #

        You can’t in force laws against hatred and bigotry. Although our goverment sure seems to be stupid enough to try.

        • A. Liberal April 25, 2016 at 6:13 pm #

          What are you even saying?

          • Trouble April 26, 2016 at 8:41 pm #

            A liberal, I guess that came across kind of strange sounding. I’m actually very liberal leaning in most cases. Except for the Democrats parties views on gun control and lack of guts to stand up to corporate America.

    • Mountain Watchdog April 26, 2016 at 10:13 am #

      Won Jane:

      The U.S. was once divided over race and thousands were killed in the process. Brother sometimes killing brother. Some still cannot believe a non-white person would have ever become President. And this way of thinking exists today and not only from those who live in The South. Now we are seeing a political spokespersons such as Rush Limbaugh who once casually told a black caller: “Take that bone out of your nose and call me back.” So we know where a lot of confused Americans get their POV and attitude from.

  15. Won Jane April 20, 2016 at 9:12 am #

    Five generations? BFD; about 1000 short of the local NDNs whose land was stolen by the dirty White Boy.

    • tourbillon April 20, 2016 at 7:16 pm #

      Haters and bigots come in all colors.

    • Rusty April 23, 2016 at 12:07 pm #

      Nice to know approves racial slurs to be posted.

      Do you think any other racial slur would be approved, or only ones directed towards “White” people?

      • Bob April 25, 2016 at 7:51 am #

        I’ve come to the realization that is as manipulating as the main stream media. I’ve also come to the conclusion that nobody is more intolerant then a liberal.

        see ya

        • Mountain Watchdog April 25, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

          Dear Bob –

          Please define “a liberal.”

          • Bob April 26, 2016 at 8:28 am #

            Define liberal: I’m a liberal. I don’t care what anyone does if it doesn’t bother anyone else.

            Unfortunately politically the word liberal has been twisted to means so much more.

          • Mountain Watchdog April 26, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

            The term “liberal” suggests a “live-and-let-live” moral philosophy. Those to gain the most by demonizing and twisting the word to mean “socialist,” “communist” “immoral” or “anything goes” are people like Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Hannity, Ted Nugent … Fortunately, educated middle of the road Americans are on to this game and now its the Neoconservatives (who started the whole mess) who have actually caused a schism within the GOP to the point that we will probably not see a Republican president for a long time. This is not good in the checks and balances scenario.

    • John Barton April 24, 2016 at 1:27 pm #

      Hey Won Jane, check your history. “NDN” tribes haven’t been very nice to each other either. What makes what white man any different than what the “NDNs” were doing to each other previously??

      • Bob April 25, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

        I’m sick and tired of people crying over stuff that happened 100 years ago.

        and when they’re not whining about these things they’re wanting men to pee in lady’s restrooms.

        • A. Liberal April 25, 2016 at 6:07 pm #

          That is hilarious, Bob.

      • Low-Inyo April 25, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

        John Barton…Not taking sides,but kinda the same way I was thinking….if they had all banded together way back then,with the numbers they had Nationwide,the outcome probably would have ended up differently….just sayin’…

    • Mountain Watchdog April 25, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

      Every treaty the U.S. Government had with the Native Americans has been broken.
      Every one.
      This is one of the darkest spots in American History 101 that may result in its ultimate downfall.

      • John Barton April 25, 2016 at 6:34 pm #

        Mountain Watchdog: Native Americans broke some of those treaties! Please point out one, just one, government or recognized group of people that have not committed crimes against humanity. The Japanese, Chinese, Native Americans, Germans, Italians, Palestinians, Israelis etc etc etc are all guilty.

        • Mountain Watchdog April 26, 2016 at 10:06 am #

          John Barton:

          The 1871 Indian Appropriations Act eliminated the power of the Indian Nations to contract constitutionally bound treaties with the U.S. government.
          To suggest that the indigenous people of America, who had their nation taken from them by force only to find themselves on “reservations” are somehow viewed by you as a people who should welcome what has been wrought upon them, is ludicrous and best, racist at worst.

          • DESCO April 26, 2016 at 5:03 pm #

            I watch a documentary on TV. It was awhile ago so I’m a bit fuzzy and I missed the beginning of it, so I don’t know where it took place. It compared the lives of Native Americans who chose not to live within the reservation system against those who chose to stay put. The ones who got out also got a good education. Some got good paying jobs, others started their own businesses. They bought nice homes in nice neighborhoods. Drove nice cars and generally had a better quality, healthier lifestyle. They did not give up their culture or beliefs. Still attended tribal functions. The only thing they gave up was the Res life.
            The last time I looked there were no fences or armed guards keeping anyone on the res. If everyone made the choice to better themselves, there would be no res to bitch about. Or at least it might be a better place to live.

          • Low-Inyo April 27, 2016 at 4:41 pm #

            Desco….That is a REALLY good post….IMO….everyone has the choice to better their lives for themselves and families,and still keep their beliefs,traditions and values,weather they do it or not is another thing.But I guess ,for some,it’s easier to blame others for what they don’t have.


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