Caroline Spalding was one of seven children of Charles A. Canfield, pioneer oil man of the West and his wife, Chloe Westcott Canfield. Caroline often traveled throughout the State with her sibling and attained a love of California history. She married Silsby Morse Spalding and settled in one of the original houses built in Beverly Hills. When her husband became the city's first mayor, she began collecting her library of Californiana. Her interest continued until her death in 1970, and she always said with pride that she not only collected, but read the treasures that she had for the most part personally found.
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