Florence Caroline Calhoun was born December 27, 1893 at Flat Creek, the first child of Robert Goldie Calhoun and Narcissus Elmore. Since there were nine more children, she started nurturing at a very early age. They had two cabins, one for the parents and the youngest baby and one for the other children. Whether he believed she should be baby-sitting or that women didn't need an education, her Scots-Irish father disapproved of school for her, but she did finish fifth grade.
Florence cared for her siblings and helped with chores until she moved to Redding to work in the kitchen and wait tables at the Temple Hotel. She and Charley were married june 11, 1912. A year later, the first of ten children was born in their home across Trinity Street from Hoefer's.
Later they bought a house on north California Street, which Charley remodeled, adding a cellar, two bedrooms and a front porch. For thirty seven years he worked for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. as a gas serviceman. He was a real mechanic --he rigged an old car to run a saw to cut wood, he had a small forge in a corner of the backyard, his garage had a pit for car repair, he could repair shoes, vacations he worked on the house and made his own fishing weights.
Devoted to her family, Florence was caring for the home -- cleaning, gardening, cooking, sewing, nursing ten children and three grandchildren. As the children grew older and moved away, Charley and Florence both aged and diminished in health. Charles died january 14, 1962, age 92, and she stayed in their home until she needed full time care. Florence died in a convalescent home April 20, 1981, age 87.
Charles Robert b. May 1, 1913 m. Eda Popejoy d. Feb 27, 1982
Wesley F. (Bud) b. Jan. 7, 1916 m. Helen McKee.
Frieda Carolyn b. Jan. 7, 1916 d. Nov. 18, 1987
Lois Agnes b. Aug. 20, 1919 m. Phil Leas d. Jul. 5, 1986
Rudolph Arthur b. Sept. 23, 1921 m. Gertrude May d. Feb. 17, 1991
Richard Ray b. Dec. 8, 1935 d. Nov 29, 1988
After their oldest son's divorce, work and erratic child care assistance
caused problems. Before they went to a foster home, Charles and Florence
were granted custody of his three children.
Source: Shasta Historical Society - Aug, 1998