ROBERT L. GLENN, a prominent farmer of Saline Township, whose improved farm of 103 acres is mainly devoted to farming and fruit growing, has owned and occupied this fine property for the past thirty-one years. He was born near Port Homer, Jefferson County, Ohio, April 17, 1854, and is a son of George and Caroline (Abrahams) Glenn.
The father of Mr. Glenn was born in Washington County, Pa., in 1821 and was five years old when his parents settled near New Somerset, Jefferson County, Ohio. He married Caroline Abrahams, who was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, October 8, 1826, and died July 3, 1901. George Glenn died at Wellsville, in December, 1909. He was a well known and much esteemed man, for many years being a very active member of the Sugar Grove Methodist Episcopal Church. At one time he was a very large holder of land in the county. Of the seven children of George Glenn and wife, Robert L., was the fourth in order of birth.
Robert L. Glenn attended school at Hollow Rock and Port Homer, leaving his books when eighteen years of age to begin steady work on the farm. After his marriage, in February, 1878, he settled on the place on which his brother, William Glenn, now lives, but one year later, in April, 1879, moved to the farm on which he has since resided, renting it for several years but later purchasing it. Mr. Glenn takes much pride in his beautiful farm and attractive surroundings, to which the completion of his handsome, modern residence has added. He is a capable farmer and succeeds equally well as a horticulturist, as his bountiful orchards give testimony.
Mr. Glenn married a daughter of Andrew and Susan (Starkey) Downer of old county pioneer stock, and her father, now in his seventy-fifth year, resides at Wellsville. The mother died November 27, 1882. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn have had six children, as follows: George Howard, who is an engineer on the C.& P. Railroad, residing at Wellsville, married Amanda Runion and they have three children--George Robert, Margaret and Anna; Charles Edgar, who was a veteran of the Spanish-American War, was killed while performing his duties as fireman on the railroad; Wilbert Carl, who lives on a farm near New Somerset, married Cora Hawthorne and they have four children--William Robert, Florence, Charles and Oliver; Roy C., who works in the oil fields at Knoxville, married Pearl Graham; Harry, who is in business at Enterprise, Ohio, married Alice Martin and they have one child, Blanche; and an unnamed infant that did not survive. In politics, Mr. Glenn is a Democrat and a leading one in the section. For the past fifteen years he has served as a trustee of Saline Township and has also been a member of the school board for many years. He is a member of Jenkins Lodge, No. 471, F. & A. M., Irondale.