ROBERT WILSON GLENN I
ROBERT WILSON GLENN II
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
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),
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
"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
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.
by Karen Bray Keeley
by Sandra Shuler Bray