Glenwood Historical Presentation
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.