1835 -- 1918
1840 -- 1925

Seventeen-year-old Waldo Elmore arrived in California in 1852; he was born August 17, 1835 in Lee's Creek, Arkansas. His father Sanford Elmore, was a farmer, storekeeper, and Postmaster. He died in 1842 and his widow, Cynthia died or remarried. The 1850 Census shows Waldo and his two younger brothers living at a Presbyterian boarding school. Family history says Waldo was an orphan when he came west with his uncle.

Waldo immediately headed for gold country and started mining in Shasta County. He prospected the upper Sacramento River and its tributaries. In 1867 he voted at Shasta, but that meant it was the closest polling place.

Lucinda Alpom was a member of the Wintu tribe, Indians who ranged from southern Shasta County to the sources of the Sacramento River. She was the daughter of Chief Num-te-ra-re-man, a signer of the 1851 Indian Treaty at the P. B. Reading Ranch. Lucinda and Waldo were married in the Indian custom in the early 1860s. Most of the children were born and raised on their Sacramento River ranch seven miles upstream from the mouth of the Pit (now under Shasta Lake) In the thirty years they were together eleven children were born:

Nellie b. Aug. 19, 1864 d. 1884 m. Cornelius O'Brien, who ran the stage stop
at O'Brien Summit -- still bears name
Thomas b. Dec. 21, 1866 d. Apr. 26, 1920
Maggie b. Apr. 8. 1869 Died as a child
Narcissus b. May 6, 1871 d. Apr 26, 1929 m. Robert Goldie Calhoun,
parents of Florence Calhoun Friebel
Julia b. Oct. 16, 1873 d. Jul 3, 1966 m. John Dineen & Ira Webster
Carpenter b. Mar. 10, 1876 d. Jan 2, 1957 m. Ida (Ind. name)
Mollie b. Sep. 3, 1878 d. Jun 22, 1967 m. Fred Scharoun
Nancy b. Feb. 24, 1881 d. Died as a child at Elmore Station
Carrie b. Apr. 22, 1884 d. Apr 18, 1907 m. Emil Brodtke
Dorothy b. Apr. 28, 1887 d. May 24, 1889
William b. Dec. 14, 1889 d. Jun 24, 1922

Lucinda took the younger children and went back to her family. She married Tom Lee. She died June 1, 1925 at Minnesota Station.

Waldo mined all his life, serving as secretery to both Quartz Miners and Placer Miners groups. Waldo is credited with finding, in his rocker, a nugget worth $520. After he and Lucinda separated in the 1890s, he lived in several locations --always mining, though he taught for a few years. His last years were spent in the Centerville area, west of Redding. He died July 12, 1918 at his daughter Julia's home in Redding.

Source: Shasta Historical Society - Aug 1998

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