Ella Hughes was born June 6, 1882 in Shasta County. Her mother, Amelia Houston Hughes died when she was twelve and she helped care for her younger brother and three sisters while they lived with their uncles on the Houston ranch on Stillwater Creek. (Later the site of Shasta College)
In 1899, when the couple married, Glenn's Aunt May gave them eighty
head of sheep and which started them in farming/ranching. The couple had
seven children; the first was born at Delamar, the second at Sallee and
the rest at the ranch in Bella Vista.
|Gladys Mabel||b. Jan. 23, 1903||d. July 18, 1926|
|Horace Glenn||b. Dec. 9, 1906||d. May 7, 1953|
|Margaret Bertha||b. Nov. 4, 1909||m. Joseph Wolf|
|Jack Trilby||b. Sept. 2, 1911||d. Oct. 26, 1970|
|Dallas George||b. Feb. 24, 1914||d. Dec. 6, 1954||m. Laura Statton|
|Gordon Dean||b. Sept. 15, 1918||d. May 18, 1995||m. Harryette Hathaway|
|Ella May||b. Aug. 11, 1920||m. Frank Theodore Gerlinger|
By 1929, they had saved enough to buy the old County Hospital to build a new house. They tore down their old house and camped under the fig and locust trees in the yard while the old hospital was rearranged as a house, plumbing fixtures, doors, windows were all utilized making a new home for their seven children. Gordon Chatham's son still lives in the house.
Glenn served as County Supervisor for District #4 from 1931 through
1959. He was the founder of the Bella Vista Water District, served on the
board for the Shasta County Fair and was one of the organizers of the Inter
Mountain Fair at McArthur. He and Ella were active members of the
Grange and Farm Bureau, and participated in school (Elementary level for Ella; she didn't drive, but rode her little white mule to the school) and community affairs. Both were active in the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star at Millville, holding office in their Lodge and at the State level.
The couple were both in hospitals at the time of their seventy second anniversary; Glenn was in the Cascade TB Sanatarium which was one of his many projects and Ella was in Crestwood Nursing Home after a massive stroke. Glenn passed away July 20, 1971 and Ella died January 3, 1972.
Source: Shasta Historical Society Nov. 1997