Glen Henry Gillman - life sketch
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Glen Henry Gillian was born September 6, 1898 to James H. and Emma Robbins Gillman the sixth child in a family of nine children.His brothers Will, Ray, Vern and Clyde have preceded him in death. He has one living brother - Ken of Lindon, Utah and three sisters, Rhoda Walker, Boise, Idaho, Viola Walker, Salt Lake City, Utah and Manetta Jorgensen, Las Vegas, Nevada.
He was baptized a member of the church in the summer of 1906 in the North Union Canal and was confirmed by his Uncle James H. Wright in the old Lindon Ward Chapel.
His early childhood was spent in Lindon where he attended school and worked with his father..When at the young age of (l5) fifteen in the year 1913 he took his father’s team of horses and went on his first job building a dam on Trial Lake at the head of the Provo River.
The following summer he herded sheep for Edward Wadley on the face of Mt Timpanogos for $15.00 per month
The following summer Glen went to Bingham Canyon and got a job in a livery stable. He hauled lumber and supplies up to the mine and on the return trip he hauled Ore.
In 1917 he married Emma Lorerna Smith. They met at the dances in Pleasant Grove. Glen loved to dance and had a reputation of being a good dancer. The newlyweds made their first home in two rooms of the old Alferd Harper home in Lindon later owned by Brother Days Thorne. The marriage was later blessed with a son who was given the name Don. He was their only child.
The first summer after their marriage Glen worked on the construction of the Wooden flume in Provo Canyon for the Utah Power and Light company.
During the summer of 1919 Glen and Emma bought a two room house from Parse Richards in Lindon and with the help of their friends and 16 head of horses they moved the house to 463 East 1200 north on a 10 acre plot they farmed for many years. The cost of moving the house was $2.50 for the repair of the chains that were damaged while dragging the house. Many changes were made to the house over the years.
Two years later Glen worked with his father on the construction of the Murdock canal. Then in the summer months of 1922 and 1923 he worked on improvements to Highway 91 from Pleasant Grove through Orem to Provo. From 1923 to 1925 he worked in a partnership with his brother Clyde farming the Loose Estate.
In 1929 he returned to Bingham where he worked until the depression. He then joined the CCC’s for four years (Part of that time as foreman). Many of the CCC projects created great value in each location. Examples can be found in American Fork Canyon, Moon Lake, Leads and Pleasant Grove, Utah.
Things were never what you would call easy and money was always a problem for a young couple and it was necessary for Glen and his son Don to herd cows for their feed and drive them half mile to the canal for water. But no animal went hungry or negl;ected because nothing bothered Glen more than to see someone starving or neglecting their animals.
Their drinking water for years had to be hauled from Uncle Clyde’s well and when running water did become available a pipeline had to be dug with pick and shovel by Glen and Clark Allred.
It was back to the Bingham Copper Mine until 1942. In that year he took a job to build the Geneva Steel Plant. After construction on the new plant was completed he became an employee of US steel. He worked at Geneva until he was forced to retire in 1962 due to poor health.
Glen was active in various outside activities. He helped with the church building and on the welfare farm where he doctored and dehorned cattle. He was chairman of a ward reunion which included a rodeo, horse pulling competition and lots of events for the children.
He was also active with the Orem Riding Club where he served on the board of directors. He played a big part in the construction of two rodeo arenas in the city.
Glen and Emma traveled to Logan, Utah as a young couple to learn about the 4-h program and on their return organized the first 4-h clubs in the area. Glen helped the young men with their animal projects and Emma helped the girls with sewing.
Glen had a special interest in Baseball and helped organized the first teams in this area. He coached the B team and his brother Clyde coached the A team.