July 19, 2005
Dear Editor:I’d like to clarify some points made in the article about the “Elisha” family reunion that appeared in The Aspen Times, July 16. In the 1890s, Mansor Elisha came the United States from near Beirut, which was considered at the time to be part of Turkey, not Assyria as stated in your story. Assyria ceased to be a political entity around B.C. 600. Mansor Elisha married Lulu Nell Healy, who worked for many years as the cook for the Hotel Jerome. The Elishas pictured in the article are the children of Lowell Elisha, the oldest son of Mansor Elisha’s oldest son, Laurence. The Portners are descended from Rex Portner Sr., who married Mansor’s daughter Lila.Lulu Nell’s parents, Mike and Lenora (Buffehr) Healy, drove a dairy herd from Leadville to Aspen before 1900 and ran a local dairy for many years. Buffehr Creek and Buffehr Lake near Eagle are named for the Buffehr homestead where Lenora’s parents settled. Lulu Nell’s little sister Georgia married Joseph Bishop and had a son named Albert who co-owned Aspen’s Beck & Bishop grocery store. The store was in the Wheeler Opera House. Albert’s wife, Pearl Peterson Bishop, was an employee of The Aspen Times, and Albert was a member of the committee that created Aspen’s city charter in 1970. Gary and Barney Bishop are Albert’s sons.The Linhares at the reunion (who were not pictured in the article) trace their lineage back to the youngest Healy son, Martin John. Steve and Judi (Linhares) Newcomb provided the genealogical chart.Perhaps it would be more correct to label the event as a “Healy” family reunion.Jerome P. ElishaCovington, Wash.