Glenn County, California

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Formation and History of Glenn County

Glenn County was named for Dr Hugh Glenn, the largest landowner in the county. Glenn fought in the Mexican War and was at Chapultepec. He Graduated from Cooper Medical College and married the same year. He decided against medicine and came to California to make his fortune. He returned to St Louis with $5,000 which he put in a bank that failed the next day. Back he came ot California and again mined enough gold to bring his wife and young son out to join him. Tlenn then turned from mining to raising wheat. In 1880 when wheat prices did not suit him, he chartered ships and took his wheat to Liverpool where he sold it for English gold. he ran for governor of California but was deveated. later he bacame a power in the State Board of Agriculture.

In the eighties and nineties and also very early nineteen hundreds a great deal of wheat was raised in California, there were "wheat kings" in the state. Much of this wheat was raised in Colusa and Glenn Counties.
Glenn County was organized in 1891 from territory cut off from Colusa County. Willows which became the county seat, was established as a town in 1876 with a general merchandize store. Temporary offices for the County were in Odd Fellows Hall until the Courthouse and jail were built in 1894.

Sources:
Guide to County Archives, Coy
Sacramento, River of Gold, Julian Dana
History of Colusa and Glenn Counties, California Writers Biographical Sketches, Los Angeles Historic Records Co. 1918

Counties and Courthouses of California: A Survey
The Historical Activities Committee
The National Society of Colonial Dames of America
Resident in the State of California

Historical Activities Committee:
Mrs Sherman Rogers, Hall, Jr,  Mrs George Storm Hauck, Mrs Bullard Nugent
Mrs Donald Rex Tallman, Mrs Slocum Wilson, Mrs Frederick Mewborn Fisk, Chairman
1964

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Interactive "California County Formation" Maps ~ USGS CA Maps

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Glenn County Coordinator:
The CAGW Administrative Team:
State Coordinator: Elizabeth Bullard


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