C. E. GLIDDEN
One of Mount Shasta’s most highly respected citizens was C. E. Glidden, who, after many years of active labor as factory superintendent and in other capacities, retired from business. He was born in the state of Maine, on the 24 of April, 1856, and was a son of Isaac and Harriet (Palmer) Glidden. His father, a lifelong resident of Maine, was a shipbuilder, and to some extent engaged in farming. To him and his wife were born two children, one of whom died in infancy. C. E. Glidden obtained his education in the grade and high schools of his home neighborhood and prepared for college, but in 1876, when twenty years of age, came to California, by way of the Isthmus of Panama. He went first to San Francisco and soon afterward to Sacramento, where he secured work in a box factory. He was able to do millwright work, which in those days was in great demand and during the subsequent years he followed that occupation in many places. During the greater part of his active life in this state he served as a mill superintendent. Coming to Siskiyou County in May, 1895, he was superintendent of construction of the old Upton plant at Sisson, now Mount Shasta, and later was employed in the same capacity at Klamathon, on the Klamath River, until the plant was destroyed by fire. He then served as superintendent of construction of the Weed Box factory, after which he was for ten years on the road as superintendent of construction and installing of machinery in thirty-two factories. Mr. Glidden was superintendent of the Red River Lumber Company at Westwood for four years, from 1915 to 1918 inclusive. In 1895 Mr. Glidden bought a tract of land, six acres, near the fish hatchery, the largest in the world, close to Mount Shasta, where he built the present family home, in which he resided continuously until his death. He practically retired from active business affairs and devoted his attention to matters which interested him.
Mr. Glidden was married and was the father of five children, as follows: Arthur E., who is one of the proprietors of Glidden Brothers’ garage in Mount Shasta, where they do all kinds of repair work, sell gas and oil and have the official headlight adjusting station; Howard S., who is a member of the firm of Glidden Brothers; Willis A., who conducts the dairy on his father’s place, where he lives; J. S., also a member of Glidden Brothers; and C. E., Jr., a radio expert, in the employ of the Magna Vox agency in Oakland. In his political views Mr. Glidden was a republican and always manifested a deep interest in local public affairs, particularly in educations matters. He was a Mason for more than fifty years, taking the degrees of both York and Scottish Rites. His membership was in Sisson lodge, No. 310, F. & A. M.; Mount Shasta Commandery, No. 32, K. T.; Sacramento Consistory, A. A. S. R.; Dunsmuir Pyramid of the Ancient Order of Sciots, Sisson Chapter, O. E. S.; and the Mystic Shrine. He also belonged to Lily Lodge, No. 184, K. P. He attended the Protestant Episcopal Church. He was numbered among the pioneers of this section of the state, in which he spent thirty-five years, and was unquestionably one of its most highly esteemed residents, owing to his long and useful career and his sterling personal qualities. He died December 11, 1930, his death being deeply regretted by his host of friends throughout northern California.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.