Glenn, Dr. Hugh J. - Family - Ranch 
Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 9:30AM
Jo Giessner

1873 October 11, San Francisco Bulletin - Dr. Glenn, of the Glenn ranch, Colusa county, contemplates sowing 20,000 acres of wheat the coming season.~

1883 February 19Philadelphia Enquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) - ASSASSINATED - A Prominent California Ranchman and Politician Killed - San Francisco, Feb 18 - A dispatch from Princeton, Colusa county, says:  Dr. H. J. Glenn, the largest wheat raiser of the State, who ran for Governor on the Democratic ticket in 1879, was shot on his ranch, at Jacinto, yesterday, by H. Miller, his book-keeper, and died today. Miller refused to surrender until shot in the knee by R.M. Cochrane, Glenn's superintendent, when he was arrested. The only cause yet known for the shooting is that Miller did not give satisfaction as book-keeper and was discharged.~

1890 January 22San Francisco Bulletin (San Francisco, California) - Royal Glenn, aged twenty years, the youngest son of the late Hugh J. Glenn died at Jacinto, Colusa County, Monday [20 January 1890] from an attack of pneumonia.~

1909 August 31, Boston Journal - ". . .The famous Glenn Ranch, which at one time was the biggest wheat ranch in the world, now has more alfalfa farms than hen ranches. It has been from time to time, subdivided and sold in small holdings, and each holding has invariably been planted by the buyer to alfalfa. The old home place of the late Dr. Glenn has alfalfa growing on three sides of the house and on the other side flows the Sacramento River. Mr. Frank Glenn, son of the late Dr. Glenn, who lives north of the old home place in a magnificent mansion built there recently by him, is giving up the growing of wheat and is planting this home place as rapidly as possible to alfalfa. He has recently sold two sections of the best land to the Alfalfa Land Company who have so subdivided this land into 10, 20 and 40 acre tracts that each one faces a road. They are planting the entire 1300 acres and putting it under irrigation and are selling these 10, 20 and 40-acre farms on easy terms of payment to persons who are ambitious either to become farmers or to own a safe, lucrative, income-paying property that can be bought on easy terms of payment.

The Alfalfa Land Company harvests and markets the crops raised on the land and credits the buyer with the net proceeds of the sale of the alfalfa. They have in charge a competent alfalfa planter and irrigator, who gives his entire attention to the irrigating of this tract and the raising of alfalfa."~

1938 November 22, Oregonian - EARLY OREGONIAN DIES IN BAY CITY - MRS. ELLA LEONARD, WIDOW OF PETER FRENCH - WILLOWS, CAL., Nov 21 -  Mrs. Ella Leonard, last surviving child of the late Dr. Hugh Glenn, after whom Glenn County was named, died Monday in San Francisco of a long illness.

She was born on the family's ranch home near Willows about 80 years ago, when her father was one of the world's wheat barons, raising nearly a million bushels in one season.

She was twice married. Her first husband was the late Peter French, owner of one of Oregon's most famous ranches. Her second husband was the late Charles Leonard, San Francisco Banker.

Two nieces and a nephew survive - Mrs. William Hatch, Woodland, Cal.; Mrs. Nancy Small, New York City; and Gleeve Glenn, San Francisco.

Mrs. Leonard was the widow of "Pete" French, early Oregon cattle king, who built up the largest land holdings of any man in the northwest. She divorced him in the early '80's and went to California. French was murdered in December 1897, at the age of 48, leaving the largest estate ever put together in the northwest.~

1939 June 6, GLENN - In this city [San Francisco] June 6, 1939, Alphoinso Gleave Glenn, beloved husband of Helen M. Glenn, loving father of Mrs. Hubert Inch, Mrs. Leigh Athearn and Hugh James Glenn, brother of Mrs. W.K. Hatch.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at 2 o'clock p.m. from the mortuary of Halstead & Co., 1123 Sutter St., near Polk,. Interment private.~


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