Hi.I'm not related to this family. Here is Claude in 1910:
1910 United States Federal Census about Claude Francis Stearn Name: Claude Francis Stearn [Claude Francis Steam] Age in 1910: 2 Birth Year: 1908 Birthplace: California Home in 1910: Oakland Ward 1, Alameda, California Race: White Gender: Male Relation to Head of House: Nephew Marital Status: Single Father's Birthplace: Germany Mother's Birthplace: Massachusetts Household Members: Name Age Ferdinand D Forde 30b. 1880 Mass, fath b. NH, moth b. Greece; musician, orchestra Eudora H Stearn 29 -sister- b. 1881 Mass, same Claude Francis Stearn 2-nephew- b. 1908 CA, fath b. Germany, moth b. Mass Alfredida Stearn 70 -mother-widow- b. 1840 Greece, parents b. Greece; immigration 1850
In 1920, Claude is living with his grandmother:
1920 United States Federal Census about Claude F Stearn Name: Claude F Stearn [Claude F Stram] Age: 11 Birth Year: abt 1909 Birthplace: California Home in 1920: Oakland, Alameda, California Race: White Gender: Male Relation to Head of House: Grandson Marital Status: Single Father's Birthplace: United States of America Mother's Birthplace: Massachusetts Able to read: Yes Able to Write: Yes Household Members: Name Age Alfredta Forde 80 -widow- b. 1850 Greece, fath b. England, moth b. Greece; immigration 1844 Claude F Stearn 11 -gson- b. 1909 CA, fath b. US, moth b. Mass
I found a newspaper article at GeneaologyBank.com that is consistent, yet confusing:
Date: 1931-07-28; Paper: Riverside Daily Press Baptismal Certificate of Mrs. Gavin Shown - REDWOOD CITY, Jul 28 - Attorneys for the Flood family today began their battle to prove Mrs. Constance May Gavin is not a daughter of James L. Flood with the introduction of a baptismal certificated showing Mrs. Gavin was baptized as Constance Marguerite Stearn, and that her father was recorded as "Victor Stearn."Eudora Forde was named as the mother.Existence of the baptismal cerficate was not generally known. It set forth that Mrs. Gavin was baptized in St. Mary's Cathedral.. on May 19, 1893, just eight days after her birth.
In 1893, Eudora would have only been 12 years old, so I don't get it.But then I found this other article:
Date: 1931-02-02; Paper: Evening Tribune HEIRS UP IN AIR OVER FLOOD STORY - San Francisco, Feb 2 - The unexpected "confession" of Mrs. Eudora Forde Willette that the late multi-millionaire, James L. Flood, was not the father of Mrs. Constance May Gavin has thrown the 818,000,000 will contest into utter confusion...
And this one:
Date: 1931-07-29; Paper: Evening Tribune NOT FLOOD KIN, WORD IN FIGHT FOR MILLIONS- Redwood City, Jul 29 - ... Mrs. Eudora Forde Willette, of Oakland, mother of the Los Angeles woman who is suing for a share in the estate, resumed the witness stand today. She told a crowded, tense courtroom that Mrs. Gavin's father was the late James Cannon, a property man in a San Francisco theatre, and that Constance was 3 months old when she met Flood... She met him, she said, while she visited the theatre where her mother, Mrs. Alfredeta Forde, was playing.Mrs. Forde, 93, preceded to the stand. She told about her daughter's relations with Cannon and when asked whether Flood was father of Constance, she raised a thin, transparent hand. "Why, that is one of the foulest falsehoods ever uttered. I take my oath before God."...