“THE ELMS” HISTORY OF THE J H GLASSEY FARM—FT MORGAN CO
George Glassey (my great grandfather) and wife Mary came to Colorado from Ireland in 1869 with the promise of a job working for Colonel Archer, manager of the Earl of Dunraven’s ranch holdings. Three sons shortly followed him. John Henry, Robert, and Charles. They were teenagers, Colorado was a territory, and it was open range country. The boys, all excellent horsemen, soon joined various ranching outfits, John Henry with the Wilson spread, and began a decade as drovers/cowboys–driving cattle up from Texas to the booming Denver and on to Wyoming and frequently east to Nebraska where they could be shipped by rail. These were exciting times for teenagers– Indians, outlaws, and living “rough”. John Henry later recalled being surrounded by a band Utes with rifles who demanded his grey stallion or his life. After heated discussion John turned and slowly rode away, hearing later that the Utes had great respect for any man who would risk his life for his horse. Read Full Article.