Glen­wood His­tor­i­cal Pre­sen­ta­tion

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On Fri­day, April 11 at 7 PM at the Glen­wood Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, lo­cal His­to­rian, Ron Hen­der­son will present "Fam­ily Strug­gles in the Mo­gol­lon-Clair­mont Ar­eas in the 1880's."

The pro­gram fea­tures the story of a fam­ily from Alabama af­ter the Civil War who were lured to New Mex­ico Ter­ri­tory by claims of in­stant riches in sil­ver and gold in the Clair­mont area and their ex­pe­ri­ences cop­ing with min­ing fail­ures, Apache at­tacks, lack of med­i­cal care, ed­u­cat­ing chil­dren, and iso­la­tion. De­scen­dants of the fam­ily still re­turn to the Glen­wood area ev­ery few years to visit a fam­ily grave in the Devils Park area. The story is real.

Ron Hen­der­son re­tired from the US For­est Ser­vice in 1994. He started work­ing for the For­est Ser­vice in 1962 in Idaho on the “river of no re­turn” (the Sal­mon River). Dur­ing his work ca­reer, he had as­sign­ments in the states of Idaho, Mon­tana, Wash­ing­ton, Colorado, Ari­zona and New Mex­ico. The vast ma­jor­ity of his work years were spent in New Mex­ico es­pe­cially the south­ern half on the Gila Na­tional For­est Ad­min­is­tra­tive Unit. Ron was trans­ferred to the Sil­ver City area in 1976 and was as­signed lead­er­ship re­spon­si­bil­i­ties on 3.4 mil­lion acres for the Recre­ation, Lands, Arche­ol­ogy, His­tor­i­cal and Wilder­ness pro­grams. Ron’s work du­ties re­quired him to travel for ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time. Some of this travel was by horse or mule in the more re­mote ar­eas of the For­est. In these re­mote ar­eas, Ron de­vel­oped a keen in­ter­est in the his­tor­i­cal time pe­riod be­tween 1850 and the early 1900’s. He wit­nessed many un­marked graves, old cab­ins, old mines, aban­doned homesteads, and he heard many sto­ries around a camp­fire about the old times. Upon re­tire­ment, Ron em­barked on a per­sonal mis­sion to re­search the cul­tural re­mains he ob­served and to re­search and doc­u­ment the sto­ries told to him by his co­work­ers, ranch­ers, and old timers lest they be for­got­ten and lost. This mis­sion of Ron’s is on­go­ing.

In late 2011, Ron do­nated his writ­ten sto­ries to the Sil­ver City Mu­seum So­ci­ety for their use in pre­serv­ing and pro­mot­ing lo­cal his­tory.

This event is free to the pub­lic and spon­sored by the Mo­gol­lon Moun­tains Gun Club. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, call 539-2527.

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