Two women and a toddler stand around an elderly woman outside a house

Four Generations of the Flood-Escola Family in Mendocino, 1948. Four generations starting with Rose Watkins Flood, who is seated in this photo. Standing behind Rose, on the right, is Rose’s daughter, Nannie Flood Escola, and on the left, is Nannie’s daughter, Dorothy Escola Schlafer. Dorothy’s son (Rose’s great-grandson) Steve Schlafer, standing in front. 

Photograph taken in 1948 at the Flood home in Mendocino, located on Pine Street. In 1964, the house was moved easterly on the lot by CalTrans to make way for the new Big River bridge approach, cutting off a portion of the westerly end of the parcel. (Gift of Linda Mechling, The Nannie Escola Collection, Kelley House Photographs)

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