Saturday, February 06, 2010

Local history is curious these days.
A few years back, I spent some time
converting taped oral histories for a few
museums and libraries locally.
Listening to one, I heard a conversation
about this man in the pamphlet. I asked
around and the descendant from the family
this man worked for, lived here in this county.
I mentioned this story to the person in charge
of the discs being converted, and let her know
that if someone would write a small blurb in
the local paper about something in these
tapes to inspire people to listen, it would be
helpful, rather than simply sitting on a shelf.
Up to this date, many years later, nothing.

Oh well.
Here's the long and short of it:

Charlie Glass died in 1937.
He was the foreman on the Oscar L Turner ranch,
which spanned from eastern Utah, to western Colorado,
plus some land leased from the Indians and federal govt.
The man on the tape was Turners son, and reflected
on riding with Glass and how he was respected,
and buried in the family cemetery.

This particular tree was so beautiful
and impressive to us,
like a living sculpture.
We eventually decided to embark
upon this
project in order to show the struggle
and beauty
that is evident in all trees.
Deborah Sullivan

My project, actually starts with
the canal and locks that ran through
this area. Of course, I will only show
a wee book to see what you think.

Getting closer, but still a way off.

Watch a short video, below this post


California Girl said...

what a great thing to do. my husband finished a book recently by a real cowboy who rode the plains around the turn of the century into the 1940's (I think). The book was self published and had been a favorite of my husband's grandfather who'd helped the cowboy publish the book. He read bits and pieces to me and it was in the vernacular style of this man's conversation; very authentic. Those things are becoming lost to us. People like you keep them alive.

Tom said...

dusty tomes sitting on the shelves. I wonder how much will be converted to computer files, so we can download to our new touch pads?

ratatouille's archives said...

Hi! C.M.,
Very that you have shared with your readers,about Charlie Glass.
Thanks, for sharing...the short video,( Nuit Blanche) too!

DeeDee ;-D

Anonymous said...

us old codgers do give a rats ass about the stuff that happened.

There are always the the record keepers in every village.

Sam Juliano said...

Yes, how true that Satoro quote is, though it doesn't seem to hold true of any kind of art or movie criticism, where it seems like the individual perception is paramount.

I was hypnotized by that lovely video, which you provided under this post, and even enjoyed the score. I liked the switch from realism to expressionism, particularly.

Also enjoyed the historical background of Charlie Glass.

Coffee Messiah said...

cg: I'd like to hear about the book???

tom: No way......

dd: Thanks for stopping by!

grrl: It'll always be that way ; )

sam: Thanks for stopping by. I'm always amazed at how many interesting people there are out here, hidden away, that the locals just want to keep to themselves ; (

Terrill Welch said...

What a great collection of bits!

If you haven't already read it, you might enjoy Paul St. Pierre's book Smith And Other Events: Tales of the Chilcotin. In his preface Pierre states "I have exercised the prerogative of the fiction writer, which is to try to tell the truth with a lot of lies. For instance, it is true that there is a Lakeview Hotel. It is not true that the owner/manger, during the fifties, threatened to evict a guest who declined to join a drinking party. That was Benny Abbott of the Maple Leaf Hotel."

Coffee Messiah said...

terrill: Thanks for the the name of the book, will indeed seek it out!