Yama Farms Inn: A Home in the Mountains


Yama  Farms Staff

L. Huber Shull, who managed the poultry operations at Yama Farms between 1908 and 1912, and thus possibly responsible for the prize winning Black Minorcas. With him are his children Ruth and Loren. Photograph Courtesy of Roger Shull.

Anna Schonbachler appears again in the top photograph. The woman at left is identified as “Mabel, the pastry cook,” at center is “Victoria,” and on the right is “Margaret, the cook.”

In 1922, William Lyman Underwood produced a beautiful series of glass plate photographs of the Inn’s staff (see below). Most of the people in the photographs were identified only by their first names. Surnames were provided for those with more senior positions. Over the years, descendants of Yama Farms staff members have come forth with additional photographs and information, enabling us to create a fuller picture of what life was like for those who worked at Yama Farms.

The man in the photograph at top left is identified as  “Jim, the farm superintendent,” in the bottom left is “the photographer, William Lyman Underwood with Clarence, the maitre d’ “and in the right-hand photograph, “Mr. and Mrs. Elmon Laforge.” The latter was the manager of the dairy farm.

Anna Schonbachler, the Yama Farms innkeeper. She and her husband Coestin owned the Swiss Cottage, purchased by Frank Seaman in 1906 and remodeled to become the Inn. Photograph Courtesy of Roger Foraste.

Elizabeth “Mopsy” Shoumatoff,

Yama Farms portraitist-in-residence.

Photograph Courtesy of the Avinoff-Shoumatoff Family.