"Bridgeport Tom, a Piute Indian,was born near Bridgeport, California in 1860. He had two wives; Louisa and Leona/Leanna who were sisters. Between them they had ten children. Four of them became permanent residents in Yosemite Village by marriage to local Indians.
Tom was not a medicine man but it was claimed he could heal through the spirit. It was stated he made the remark that the Giant Yellow Pine in the Valley would have some connection with his death and that he would die when the tree died. This properly came true. Tom had many friends among both Indians and Whites. When a young man he was a rider for a large cattle ranch near Bridgeport, California. He was industrious, bought land and cattle, raised grain and potatoes, and also raised fine horses to sell or trade. His first home ranch was near Walker Lake, in the Bloody Canyon not far from Mono Lake. The family would usually travel across the mountains to Yosemite Valley in the summer and return to their ranch on the Mono side for the winter. They had plenty to eat, which wasn't so with some of the Indians. Tom raised wheat and took it to Bishop to get it ground into flour. When he killed a beef he would supply meat to the needy Indian neighbors.
When the Los Angeles Water Aqueduct took over all the land and water rights in that area Tom was forced to sell out. He then moved to Coleville where he bought land and made his home until his death in 1938."
Guardians of the Yosemite (1961) by John W. Bingaman; Chapter XX.
Anne Shurtleff Stevens adds,
"The Toms are the Mono Lake Paiute family most fully respected among the Yosemite Indians. Dr. Mack Tom and his wife, Minnie, were the parents of Bridgeport Tom, who married the two daughters of Captain Sam of Yosemite, who was also a Mono Lake Paiute. His wife was Miwok and a Mono Lake Paiute."
Louisa Sam Tom (1864 - 1956)*
Lucy Tom Telles (1880 - 1953)*
Alice T. Tom Wilson (1900 - 1959)*
Antelope Valley Cemetery
Created by: Row Walker
Record added: Jul 04, 2007
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