Leslie Edgar was born February 17, 1896 in Old Diggins (near Buckeye), California. He was the second son born to John Franklin and Laura Belle Webb Shoup. He was the only child in the family that wasn't born in the Ono area. Leslie had four brothers and two sisters. They lived on different ranches in the Bald Hills. John drove a freight wagon and hauled supplies to the mines in the area and Trinity County; this was a way to earn extra money. Laura and the children stayed home and took care of the livestock; they raised cattle, sheep, hogs and turkeys. Everyone in the family had their share of work to do.

Leslie was called Les by the family. The Shoup children attended both the Bald Hills and Ono schools. Les graduated from the ninth grade. Les and his brother Clarence joined the army in 1917. Their basic training was in San Francisco. They were shipped to France from Hoboken, New Jersey. They served in the Rainbow 2nd Division, Battery D 15th Field Artillery. Les was a gunner. Les was wounded while taking some horses to water. He was sent to a military hospital in France and later to a hospital in the states to recuperate and was discharged and sent home. When the war ended Les and Clarence formed a partnership with their parents and raised Hereford cattle.

Verona Stuart was born June 30, 1907 in Harrison Gulch to William and Verona Simon Stuart. Verona did not have a middle name and took the name Mabel after she was older. Her little nephew, Frank Shoup, could not say Verona; he called her Bo. This was the name everyone used. Bo had five brothers and five sisters. When she was little the family lived in Harrison Gulch where her father worked in the Midas Mine until it shut down in 1914. The family bought a place near Gas Point. Bo grew up here. All of the children had chores to do; they had cows to milk, chickens and hogs to feed. They raised a big garden and what the family didn't need was taken to Cottonwood and sold. Bo's father worked on the gold dredgers in the area. The Stuart children attended the Gas Point school.

Bo remembered meeting Les at a dance. With time they became better acquainted, as Bo's sister Laura was married to Les' brother Clarence. Les and Bo were married June 30, 1929 in Medford Oregon. They had one son, Leslie Robert.

Les and Bo lived in the house built by Les' grandmother on Platina Road and worked in the family business. Bo enjoyed being outside and helping Les with the ranch work. She liked to ride her horse; after Bobby (childhood name) was born she put him on a pillow in front of her and took him with her. For a short time they ran a grade B dairy. They milked by hand and sold the cream in Cottonwood. One year they raised turkeys. They also had their own herd of beef cattle. The cattle were driven to summer pasture in the mountains west of Ono. The family lived in the mountains where it was cooler during the summer and they had plenty of water. In 1946 the family started shipping the cattle to Siskiyou Co. to summer pasture. In the 1970s Les and Bo bought a ranch in Cottonwood with irrigated fields. They lived in Cottonwood for several years. In 1991 they moved back to their home in Ono. Les was a fifty-year-plus member of the Welcome Lodge 309 I.O.O.F in Igo. Les and Bo belonged to the Ono Grange #445, the Farm Bureau and they were very active in the Ono Igo Church. They liked to travel and went on several trips with Les' brother Austin and his wife Ethel. Les died in 1993 and Bo died in 1995. They are both buried in the Ono Cemetery.

Source: Shasta Historical Society - Aug. 2004

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