ROBERT WILSON GLENN II was born 16 April 1856, in Manti, Utah. He spent his early years in Sanpete and Sevier counties, where his father Robert Wilson Glenn I (known as "R.W.Glenn") had been a prominent citizen. The family had moved north in 1867 because of danger from the Indians during the Blackhawk War. They lived in Heber City for awhile, then settled in Wallsburg in 1871. Robert was almost 17 at the time of his father's death in 1873. He married Adelia Vilate Mecham in 1876, when he was 20 years old and she was 19. She was a daughter of Ephraim and Polly Derby Mecham (the youngest of their 12 children).
Robert and Vilate lived in Wallsburg for the next 29 years. All of their children were born there. Robert owned and operated a grocery store in the community. Both of Robert's parents (Robert W. Glenn and Sarah Williams Glenn) and both of Vilate's parents (Ephraim Mecham and Polly Derby Mecham) are buried in the Wallsburg cemetery.


FAMILY OF ROBERT WILSON GLENN II AND ADELIA VILATE MECHAM
JENNIE              ALICE              BILL              MARY              ELMA
NORA              ROBERT              VILATE              HUGH

ROBERT WILSON GLENN II (1856-1936)
(by his son, Hugh Gordon Glenn)

"Father (Robert Wilson Glenn II) was born on 16 Apr 1856, in Manti, Utah; the son of Robert Wilson Glenn I (1813-1873) and Sarah Williams Glenn (1836-1914). He married Adelia Vilate Mecham on 10 Sep 1876, in Lehi, Utah. Mother (Vilate) was born on 26 Dec 1856 in Lehi, Utah; a daughter of Ephraim Mecham (1808-1891) and Polly Derby Mecham (1813-1898).
Our family consisted of nine chidren; seven girls and two boys. They were as follows:

     ADA VILATE GLENN (1877-1880);
     MARY GLENN (1879-1954),
        md. WILLIAM ELLER STOKER;
     MARGUERITTE ("Maggie") GLENN (1882-1904),
        md. JOHN LEE MASON;
     ALICE GLENN (1884-1968),
        md. THOMAS G. HOLMES;
     GENERVA ("Jennie") GLENN (1887-1937),
        md. 1-CLEALON BRAY (div)
            2-EARL TUCKER (div)
	    3-BERT BAYLOR (div)
	    4-TERRY A. MANN (div)
	    5-ALLEN DALE JACKSON (div)
     ROBERT WILSON ("Bill") GLENN III (1889-1936),
        never married;
     EMELY ("Elma") GLENN (1891-1954),
        md. 1-DANIEL JOSEPH DELANEY and
            2-JAMES ALFRED THOMAS;
     NORA GLENN (1894-1961),
        md. 1-WILLIAM DOWDLE and
            2-MILTON HENRY SMITH;
     HUGH GORDON GLENN (1899-1972),
        md. DELILA FERN SPRATLING.

(All of the children of Robert Wilson Glenn, Jr. and his wife Vilate Mecham were born in Wallsburg, Utah).
"We lived in Wallsburg around 29 years, from 1876 to 1905. During this period of time, Father operated a store for the family's source of income. It was here in Wallsburg that Father turned away from the Church. Father ran this store in Wallsburg, and trusted everyone. He believed that the people of the town would pay their bills and often sold to them on credit, but then instead of paying Father what they owed him first, they paid their tithing. This caused Father to become somewhat bitter towards the Church, because it drove him out of business. For example, one fellow named Jones owed Father quite a lot of money, but instead of paying Father, he gave his last load of hay to the Church for tithing. Another example which Father felt quite upset about was the widows of the town. The widows would pay their tithing and then in the winter, would have nothing to eat. Knowing this, Father would give them supplies to carry them through the winter.
"Father sold the store in Wallsburg in 1905 and bought a 60-acre farm on the Provo bench. It was a beautiful farm. He had a granary that was half as big as the barn. Next to the granary, he had a straw stack that was half as big as the house. He also had many hay stacks. While Father lived in Provo, he did quite well.
"One day as Bill (Robert Wilson Glenn III) was irrigating the 30 acres of alfalfa, he felt a need to rest. Bill was 17 or 18 at this time, and was a strong and husky man. While irrigating, he found a dry spot in the alfalfa, lay down, and fell asleep. When he awoke, he was surprised to find a Blue Racer snake on his chest. It had bitten him, but he was able to kill it with the shovel and then headed for the house. He told his mother what had happened, and she put camphor on the bite. The poison came out as a lump on Bill's lip.
"At this time, all of the family was living at home except the four oldest girls who had married: Maggie, Mary, Alice (who was in Australia), and Jennie. We lived close to the school and to the church. While living in Provo, Maggie died. After Maggie passed on, her husband John brought their family to Provo, where they lived with Father and Mother for a while. Later, John remarried to Lissie Wright and they moved to Bingham. We lived in Provo approximately two years, until 1907. In the fall of 1907, Father loaded a bunch of fruit and vegetables in the wagon and went to Bingham. When he returned, he had traded the farm to a man named Dunn. In trade for the farm, Father was to receive the Montana Cafe, a meat market, and a grocery store in Bingham. The day we were moving to Bingham our dog (which we called Spot) ran under the wagon and was killed. Father took us on to the station and we took the D & RG train to Midvale. When in Midvale, BILL met us and took us to Bingham on the "Buffalo Bill." We (Mother, Nora, Elma, and I) got off of the train in Bingham and walked from the depot past Dixie Hill. We lived in Bingham about 30 years.
"In 1912, Father lost his business (the cafe, grocery store, and meat market) and was forced to take out bankruptcy. He then took a job working for the city of Bingham. When cement was put into Bingham, Father laid all of the forms and structures to do so. He also did carpentry work on the City Hall.
"While living in Bingham, we (Father, Mother, Bill, Jennie and her three children, and I) lived in an old brown house. Later on, Father built on two more rooms. Uncle Bill Dowdle did the electrical work. When preparing to build on, Father was sore at the Bingham Coal and Lumber because of the raw deal they gave him on the bankruptcy. So instead of giving them his business, he got a couple of horses and came down to Sandy to the Hyde Lumber and purchased the needed supplies to build on the rooms. It was a lot cheaper in Sandy, but it was a two day trip from Bingham down and back at that time.
"After Father stopped working for the City of Bingham, he went to work for the Bingham Mercantile, and then worked for the U.S. Mine for several years as a watchman. Father was regarded as one of the old pioneers of Bingham.
"Later he moved his family from Bingham to the home on 3900 South, in 1934 or 1935. They bought the place there from Sheriff Hendrickson. The home on 3900 South had five acres of land, on which Father tried to raise a few vegetables, etc. Father was about 70 now, so it was quite hard for him to work the land. I (Hugh) worked for the U.S. Mine at this time, so I sent down $15 or $20 twice a month to help Father and Mother out. They got along quite well until I broke my leg and ended up in the Bingham Hospital.
"While living here on 3900 South, Father became a little more interested in the Church.
"Father suffered greatly before his death. We (the children) wanted him to live so badly that we asked Dr. Sunwall to keep him alive as long as possible. Dr. Sunwall did so by giving Father digitalis to keep his heart beating. We realized later on that this was a mistake, because Father suffered immensely from it. He died on the 23rd of January 1936, at the age of 79, from hardening of the arteries and a bad heart.
"1936 turned out to be a very sorrowful year for our family. On the 22nd of April 1936, my brother Bill (Robert Wilson Glenn III) died of hiccups which were caused through an automobile accident. Then on the 23rd of May of 1937, my sister Jennie followed. She died of cancer at age 49. Mother lived for another four years after Jennie's death, until she was almost 85 years old. She died on the 25th of November of 1941. Father, Mother, Bill, and Jennie all died at the home on 3900 South. We had a close family, and always helped each other out all we could."


I (Karen Bray Keeley) remember visiting at Uncle Hugh Glenn's place. (He was my dad's great uncle.) He had some goats which used to butt us from behind if we didn't watch out. Uncle Hugh died in 1972. I also remember Aunt Alice Glenn Holmes (my dad's great aunt). My grandparents, who lived in Copperton, took her into their home and took care of her in her last years. She had lived in Australia, and had a glass eye as the result of a car accident. She could take her glass eye out -- as children we found that very fascinating. She was very old and quite senile when I knew her. "Aunt Alice" died in 1968.
Robert Wilson Glenn II and Vilate Mecham Glenn are buried in the Elysian Burial Gardens in Murray, Utah. Their children Robert Wilson (Bill) Glenn III, Mary Glenn Stoker, Alice Glenn Holmes, Jennie Glenn (Bray) Jackson, and Hugh Glenn are all buried near each other in the same cemetery.


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by Karen Bray Keeley

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