Calvin was the son of Charles A. Bookout & Mary E. Fear. He was born in Fairmount Township. He was a farmer in Madison County and then a Baker in a bakery in Muncie, Indiana. On 16 February 1889 in Delaware County, Indiana, he married Martha F. Harris. They had two sons: Chester Clarence and Lester. Martha died in 1909. Calvin married Fannie F. (last name unknown) sometime after that. She was born in Indiana in 1873, both parents from England.