Evelyn "Bobbi" Trout was born in Greenup, Illinois on
January 7, 1906, to George Everett Trout and Lola Denman. Greenup was founded by Bobbi's grandfather,
Dr. William Orlando Denman, and his relatives. Dr. Denman and his wife, Zapporah Stevens, had five girls,
including Bobbi's mother, Lola Denman.
Bobbi had one brother, who was two years younger than she, named Denny. In 1920,
Bobbi's mother moved the children to Huntington, California to be with their grandmother Trout
in order to keep them healthy after they both survived a bout with the deadly Spanish influenza.
As children, Bobbi and Denny would perform song and dance
routines for their Grandmother's borders, who worked in the lemon groves surrounding the town.
They would also spend hours eating lemons in the lemon groves and hunting rattlesnakes.
In the 1940's, Bobbi and friend Pat Lewis founded the Deburring Service, which deburred the rough edges from
machine parts, and hired Denny as a sales person. He helped make the business very profitable,
and shortly after World War II ended, Denny
bought it from Bobbi and Pat. (The photo of Denny and Bobbi was taken in the early 1930's.)