January 28, 1966
Rites Held for
Ex-Mono county sheriff Cecil R. Thorington, 63, passed away Friday, Jan. 21 at Northern Inyo Hospital, following a lingering illness.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, Jan. 24 at Talmage Chapel, Bishop, under auspices of the Masonic Lodge with Wilfred Partridge officiating. Burial was at Masonic Cemetery, Bishop.
Roger Lindell of Bishop sang "Home on the Range" and "Red River Valley," at the funeral rites.
Listed as pallbearers were Ray Phelps, Walter Cain, Keith Schlaegel, Mervin McKenzie, Sabert Keough and Tom Kurisky.
Named as honorary pallbearers were Mono Superior Court Judge Walter Evans, Victor Cain, Capt. Cal Brumbaugh, Mono Sheriff Wm. Evans, Geo. Delury, Jr., Mervin Bryant, Clarence Borton, Arthur Clark, Dr. Ivo Lopizich, Philip Butler, Max Zischank, Robert Loundagin, Leslie Phillips, Ernest I. Bulpitt, Richie Conway, Clarence Sipes, Bob Hostetler and Cecil Hooven.
Thorington was born Feb. 28, 1902 on a ranch in Round Valley, a son of Wm. R. and Ettie Horton Thorington, pioneers who claimed their land as homesteaders in 1865 (then Mono County). His father was a native of Genoa, Nev., Nevada’s oldest settlement. His maternal parent came around the "Horn" and observed her first birthday in San Francisco, later to travel by river boat and wagon over Sonora Pass before she became a bride.
Properties of both families were later purchased by the City of Los Angeles.
Thorington’s schooling took place in Round Valley and Bishop and was followed with work on his father’s place and for neighboring cattle raisers.
In 1927 he was to choose as his bride Beatrice "Sis" May, herself of pioneer lineage.
He took employment as a packer, first in the Mammoth area and
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January 14, 1966
December 31 For
Lottie T. Bernard
Mrs. Lottie Towle Bernard, 86, passed away at the Northern Inyo hospital, Tuesday, Dec. 28.
Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 31, at the St. Timothy’s Episcopal church with the Reverend Mr. John Putney officiating.
She was laid to rest Monday, Jan. 2, in the Inglewood Park Cemetery
beside her husband. Graveside services were conducted by the Reverend Mr. Reitz, Assistant Rector of Holy Faith Episcopal church of Inglewood.
Mrs. Bernard was born in Bridgeport, Calif., September 3, 1879, daughter of J. West and Adela "Nellie" Wedertz Towle, both early pioneers of Mono county.
She was married to H. J. Bernard at Bridgeport in 1897. They spent their early life in Inyo county operating hotels in Bishop and Big Pine, later buying a ranch in West Bishop and operated the first summer resort in Old Mammoth in 1910.
The survivors are two daughters, Gertrude Riley and Beatrice Whelan, a granddaughter, Beatrice Knight and three great grandchildren, Dean Knight, Jr., Gerold Knight and Marianne Knight all of Bishop, a niece Naomi Smith and a nephew West Smith of Bridgeport.
Pallbearers were West Smith of Bridgeport, Vic Bernard of Yerington, Nevada, Ped McCutchen, Leland Varney, Verne Summers and Don Talmage of Bishop.
Mrs. Cora Strom
BRIDGEPORT, Calif. -- Cora Estelle Bryant Strom, Nevada and California school teacher, died Nov. 22 in an automobile accident near Lindsay, Calif.
Funeral services were held in the Bridgeport Community Church with the Rev. Edward Brown of Lee Vining clergyman. Burial was in the family plot in the Bridgeport Cemetery.
Mrs. Strom was the eldest daughter of Amasa Scott and Nellie Sawyer Bryant, Mono County Pioneers. She attended the Bridgeport school as did her parents, and graduated from the University of Nevada in 1934. She started a teaching career at Bridgeport, and was one of the first teachers at Henderson, teaching there 15 years. She held a life diploma in education in both Nevada and California.
She was a charter member of Mark Twain Post No. 4, American Legion Auxiliary, of Bridgeport.
Surviving are her husband, Eric A. Strom, whom she married Nov. 21, 1959; a sister, Mrs. Jean Adams of Las Vegas; a brother, M. A. (Slick) Bryant of Bridgeport; an aunt, Mrs. Frank L. Wedertz of Burlingame and an uncle, Robert W. Sawyer of Escalon.
[Cordelia Hays Dolan]
Dies in Mono
CARSON, Aug. 6--Mrs. Cordelia Hays Dolan, who followed the teaching profession for forty years, died at Bridgeport, Calif., Wednesday night following a long illness.
Born in Bridgeport June 26, 1881, Mrs. Dolan had resided in San Francisco since 1918 but had returned to spend many summers in her native town. During her many years as a school teacher she instructed at Aurora, Calif., Bodie, Calif., and at Bridgeport and at one time was superintendent of the Mono county schools.
At the time of her death Mrs. Dolan was principal of the Bayview school in San Francisco.
Mrs. Dolan’s parents were earlier California settlers. She married James P. Dolan on June 26, 1912. Mr. Dolan, who died several years ago, had been the sheriff of Mono county. Surviving Mrs. Dolan are a daughter, Miss Alice Marie Dolan of San Francisco; three brothers, G. D. Hays of Burlingame, Calif., E. R. Hays of Palo Alto, Calif., and D. W. Hays of Medicine Hat, Canada. Surviving also are several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at twelve o’clock noon, with the Capital City mortuary in charge.
April 19, 1962
Naomi V. Smith,
Passes in Reno
BRIDGEPORT--Funeral services will be held Saturday for Naomi Violet Smith, former Mono County recorder and treasurer and a native of Bridgeport who died Wednesday in a Reno, Nev., hospital.
Services are scheduled at 1 p.m. in the Bridgeport Community Church, with burial to follow in Bridgeport cemetery.
Miss Smith was born in Bridgeport March 24, 1900, the daughter of Daniel and Gertrude Towle Smith. She was the granddaughter of J. W. and Della Wedertz Towle, early settlers of the Bridgeport Valley.
She entered county government as an assistant to the long-time county clerk, George C. Delury Jr. She later became treasurer, and then recorder and treasurer. She held her county office for a total of 16 years.
She is survived by her brother, West T. Smith, of Bridgeport; two cousins, Mrs. Beatrice G. Whelan and Mrs. Gertrude Riley, both of Bishop, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Elizabeth Smith of Reno.
April 15, 1966
Taken by Death
At Age of 87
Word was received this week of the death March 5 of Mabel Borland Strosnider, former Mono County Assessor, who passed away in Saratoga, Calif. She was the step-mother of Fred Strosnider and was 87 years of age at the time of her death. She was a native of Genoa, but spent most of her life in the Bridgeport area and was a past noble grand of Aurelia Rebekah Lodge No. 241, Bridgeport. Services were held in Saratoga on March 7.
Other survivors include her daughter, Lucile Granstrom, Pacifica, Calif., a son, James Borland, Sacramento, and a sister, Mrs. Carrie Creasey, Crescent City, Calif.
Edna B. Day
Dies in Lyon
Special to Gazette-Journal
Yerington -- Mrs. Edna B. Day, resident of the Smith Valley and Bridgeport area, since 1901, died at the local hospital Saturday, Jan. 20 after a lengthy illness.
She was born in Sonoma County California Jan. 14, 1878 and came to Smith Valley in 1901. In 1906 she became the bride of the late Charles E. Day and the couple engaged in ranching and sheep raising in Smith Valley and Bridgeport until their retirement.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Alpha Annett of Smith Valley; two grandchildren, Alfred Annett and Mrs. Norma Jean Costa and a great grandson, Peter Costa, also of Smith Valley; also a sister, Mrs. Alta Zilhart, Oakland, Calif.
Friends are invited to attend funeral services at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Methodist Church in Smith Valley with Rev. Robert Smith officiating. Burial will be in the family plot in Smith Valley. Freitas Funeral service is in charge of arrangements.
J. D. McKenzie
Mr. and Mrs. Mervyn McKenzie returned last Wednesday from Oakland, Calif., where they were called due to the sudden death of Mr. McKenzie’s brother, John McKenzie.
John D. McKenzie was a native son of Bodie, Calif., born there on March 25, 1897 to the late John J. and Kate McKenzie. In 1916 the family moved to Oakland, where John went to work at the Standard Oil Refinery in Richmond. Due to ill health, he retired from the company early, and in later years worked at several odd jobs.
Mr. McKenzie passed away March 16, 1963, at the age of 63. He is survived by his wife, Gertrude, a daughter, Mrs. Marion Bauer, a son, Otto, 3 grandchildren, and a sister, Kathleen Bell, all of Oakland; a brother, Mervyn of Bishop, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held March 20 at Truman’s Chapel, with Dr. Don Fleming officiating. Entombment was in the Mt. View Garden Mausoleum, in Oakland.
November 1, 1963
Held Tuesday For
S. H. Hunewill
Word was deceived this week of the death of Stanley Hyde Hunewill, prominent Bridgeport and Smith Valley rancher, who died in Sonora Oct. 26 following an illness of more than a year.
Mr. Hunewill was born Nov. 8, 1887 at the historic Hunewill ranch which his grandparents founded in 1861. He was the son of Frank E. and Alice Hunewill.
He attended the local school, Berkeley High School and the University of Nevada. He spent his life in the Bridgeport and Smith Valley area where he managed the Hunewill ranches for more than 50 years. He was president of the ranching corporation until his death.
Active in community affairs, he served as chairman of the board of supervisors in Mono county for 10 years, was president of the East Walker Soil Conservation district and was a US Water Commissioner.
He was a member of the Smith Valley Methodist Church, past master of Alta Lodge, F and AM, Bridgeport; Kerak Temple of the Shrine and the Smith Valley Rotary Club.
He had a keen interest in cattle raising and developed a fine herd of commercial Herefords. An enthusiastic horseman, he raised and trained many fine horses, well trained cow horses being his hobby.
Surviving are his widow, the former LeNore Marten of West Chester, Iowa, to whom he was married in 1928; two sons, Claude and Stanley Jr.; a daughter, Mrs. June Usher of Alhambra; two sisters, Mrs. Milly Hamblet and Mrs. Lucille Bogard; 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. A son, Lt. Alton Hunewill, was killed in World War II.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Bridgeport at the Memorial Hall. The Rev. George Crickton of the church of the 49ers in Columbia officiated.
To all who knew him, he was a quiet, unassuming man, with a great depth of character and made a great impact on the lives of the many who visited Hunewill Guest Ranch over the years. He was one of the old school whose word was as good as his bond,