Walter Monroe Glenn, owner of Callaway County's oldest family farm, is reminiscing. Glenn's stories span 105 years, from the time his grandfather uprooted the family,
moving them from Carlisle, Kentucky, to a 140-acre farm in Callaway County, through the depression, when his father abandoned the farm to manage a local car dealership, and through Glenn's life, during which the farm grew to 500-acres.
The farm, North-West of Fulton, is as old as his stories. The farm is one of the 171 in Missouri that have remained in the hands of one family for a century or longer.
Glenns family originally migrated from Antrim County, Ireland around 1760. In 1883 great-grandfather, James Monroe Glenn, followed his brothers, Robert Parks Glenn and John Henry Glenn, who had migrated to Callaway County in 1858.
James bought a 160-acre farm near his brothers in the Stephens Community. He married Jayne "Jennie" Amanda Clymer Baynes. James died three years after settling in Callaway County, leaving four young children who spent their lives in the County.
One son, Walter Edwin Glenn, had one son, Walter Monroe Glenn. Walter played a large role in the growth of Fulton. Walter became a widower he moved to Fulton and went into business with Harry Gilbert in the Dodge Motor Company, later becoming a partner with the Glen Maugh's Bruick Agency.
In 1922, Walter bought the Jackson Broading House for a privite home and moved his young son, W. Monroe Glenn, his aunt and uncles to town.
In 1928, he bought the big white house at 9 East 10th. He tore down the boarding house and in partnership with R.N. Crews, built the Fulton Theater at 613 Court Street.
In 1949 Walters son, Walter "Monroe" Glenn managed the theater.
Glenn's grandfather died young, leaving two sons, a twelve year old and a ten year old, to manage the farm. The brothers added 160 acres and a ten bedroom house to their holdings.For Glenn's father and uncle, farming continued to be profitable until the early 1930's when the stock market crashed.
Educated in a one-room school, then at Westminster College and University of Missouri. Glenn took his first job with the Callaway Bank, where he continues to work there at this time as Agriculture Representivive.
Walter Edwin Glenn (1869 - 1942)
Nancy Glenn (1874 - 1914)
Nancy Jane Dyer Glenn (1916 - 1979)*
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Record added: Oct 18, 2012
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