He was born near West Milton, Ohio and died in Los Angeles, California. He was educated at the University of Iowa and was married to Harriet Kirk in 1862. After his marriage he lived in West Branch, Iowa, and was a building contractor. About 1880 he moved to a farm near Barclay, Kansas. He sold his farm and farming equipment about 1883 and moved to Pasadena, California, where he again was a building contractor. I was acquainted with Calvin in both Kansas and California. He was a widely read man and a very interesting talker. As a contractor he was able and highly respected. Four children were born to this marriage.