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Photographic portrait of John Black. Text at top border in hand of J. D. Black: "Dad." Text on back of photograph in hand of J. D. Black: "Mr. John Black Big Pine Cal." Based on the photographer and the similar border, this photograph was probably made at the same time as one of Rose Black, his wife. Cf. item with identifier "ov100." Title supplied by cataloger. An immigrant from French Canada, John Black went to Virginia City, Nevada, in the late 1870s or early 1880s to work in the mines. There he met Rose Carrol (1861-1940), whom he married at unknown date. After living in the mining town of Bodie, where he had some kind of partnership with a John A. McAlpin, the couple moved to Bishop, California, of the Owens Valley, in 1886. In 1888 John Black operated a saloon there. In 1902, he moved his family to Big Pine, where he ran another saloon. From the late 1890s until his death in 1923, it is known that he had mining interests in Mono County and the Chrysopolis, California area. Voter registration lists from Big Pine in 1922 record his occupation as miner. John and Rose Black were the parents of Rosalind and J. D. Black. John Black was 58 years of age at his death. The "Dowe" of Dowe Photo is possibly either Arthur W. Dowe, a photographer and portrait artist in San Francisco from 1878 through 1897; or Lewis Dowe, a traveling photographer in California from 1872 through 1890 and possible relative of Arthur W. Dowe.
1 photograph : sepia ; 17 x 11 cm
ov109 J. D. Black Papers, CSLA-15, Series 3: Photographs, Box 3, Sleeve 26 http://digitalcollections.lmu.edu/cdm/ref/collection/jdblack/id/102