My Family Roots Run Deep in The Eastern Sierra.
MY PARENTS, BILL & ALICE ALPERS, ON THE OWENS RIVER RANCH IN 1964.
THE OLD LODGE, ON THE OWENS RIVER RANCH, BUILT IN THE 1920'S.
My grandfather, Frederich, emigrated from Germany and settled in the Owens Valley in the late 19th century. My father, Bill, was one of ten children and was born on the original Alpers Ranch in Laws, just east of Bishop. Fred and my grandmother Christina needed all the children they could raise as the Alpers cattle ranching operation grew to span California, Nevada and Oregon. My father grew up spending most of his summers working livestock on the Long Valley Thompson Ranch located on the headwaters of the Owens River. My dad and mother, Alice, acquired the Ranch in 1952 and changed the name to Alpers Owens River Ranch. This is where my sister, Kathleen, and I had the great fortune of growing up.
I learned early on what hard work was all about as the working ranch chores were endless. We lived in the old log lodge and my mom cooked and heated with a wood stove. I attended Mammoth Elementary School part of the year and there was firewood to be chopped and distributed to the rental cabins every day after school. I always enjoyed riding with my mom to June Lake 3 days per week to pick up ice and supplies. The ranch rental cabins were equipped with oak and porcelain ice boxes that required block ice every other day. Life in Mono County was all about self-reliance in those days and the life lessons I learned on the ranch have served me well over the years.
I graduated from Bishop High School and the University of Nevada-Reno, then spent the 1970s teaching and coaching on the high school and collegiate level. In 1979, my wife, Pam, and I returned to the eastern Sierra to live in Mono County. My life has been blessed over the years by having had the opportunity to operate the Alpers Ranch/Resort, develop the legendary Alpers Trout, and serve 4 terms on the Mono County Board of Supervisors. There is no place on earth like California's Eastern Sierra.
View my CV at: www.monocounty.ca.gov/bos/page/district-3-tim-alpers