Lucy Sabin Glidden
Lucy Sabin Glidden

Information on this page is from pages 883-884 of Past and Present of Hardin County, Iowa, edited by William J. Moir and published in 1911 by B. F. Bowen of Indianapolis, Indiana. It was submitted to this GenWeb site by Debra Wilson. Many thanks, Debra!

Clark C. Glidden - The long life of Clark C. Glidden, now living in honorable retirement at Hubbard, Hardin County, has been fraught with no small amount of good to the community where he directed his energies and talents for so many years, for he lived an honest, unselfish and industrious life that could not fail of definite and worthy results.

Mr. Glidden was born in Washington County, Ohio, February 6, 1832, a son of William and Florella (Crawford) Glidden, the former born in Maine, and he [William Glidden] was a son of John Glidden, of that state also, he being of German descent. He [John Glidden] was killed at a barn raising in Ohio before the subject was born. William Glidden grew up and married in Ohio and in his youth learned the carpenter's trade, later buying a farm in Washington County. In 1848 he [William Glidden] moved to Mercer County, Illinois, where he got wild land, and later he moved to Kansas and died there. His wife [Florella Crawford Glidden] died in California. He [William Glidden] was first a Whig, then a Republican, and a member of the Baptist church. There were the following children in his [William Glidden's] family: John, deceased; Theodore; Clark C., of this review; Thomas, deceased; Jefferson, lives in California; William H. and Mary, deceased; Cynthia, Lydia, Ann and J. S.

Clark C. Glidden received only a limited education, and he lived at home until he was twenty years of age. On October 4, 1854, he was married to Lucy Sabin, of Rensselaer County, New York, a daughter of William and Louise (Simmons) Sabin, both natives of New York. They [William and Louise Sabin] moved to Mercer County, Illinois, in 1846, and there resided until 1868, when they came to Hardin County, Iowa, and bought a farm in Pleasant township, and there he [William Sabin] died, his wife [Louise Simmons Sabin] dying in Illinois. He [William Sabin] was twice married, his last wife being Nancy Perry, of Indiana; she died in Pleasant township, this county. The following children were born of his [William Sabin's] first union: Henry; Lucy, wife of the subject; Olive, Louisa, Alice, Sallie, Charles and William. There were three children by Mr. Sabin's second marriage, Caroline, Miles and Ruth.

Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. [Clark] Glidden: William H., married Cora Miller, and he is an implement dealer at Moscow, Idaho; Edith, married J. C. Blair, and they live in Tipton township, this county; and Ralph, married Ida Sheldon, and they live in Hardin township, this county.

Clark C. Glidden lived in Illinois until 1868, when he came to Hardin County, Iowa, and lived one year in Pleasant township. Later he lived five years in Providence township, then moved to Tipton township, where he lived until the fall of 1901, when he moved to Hubbard, where he has since resided, being retired from active life and enjoying the fruits of his former years of activity, having a pleasant and attractive home, well furnished and supplied with good literature. He owned eighty acres of land in Tipton township, which he sold in 1906. He devoted his life to farming and was successful.

Mr. Glidden is one of the honored veterans of the great war of the Rebellion, having enlisted in Mercer County [Illinois] on August 4, 1862, in Company H, Eighty-fourth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was sent to Quincy, that state, thence to Louisville, Kentucky, and was in the campaign that included the pursuit of General Bragg to Nashville, Tennessee, thence to Murfreesboro [Tennessee], where the great battle of Stone River was fought. He was also at the battle of Chattanooga and in the Atlanta campaign, and was in the detachment that went back after General Hood. He was wounded at the battle of Resaca, May 14, 1864, having been shot through the right ankle, which resulted in his confinement in the hospital at Nashville, thence to Chattanooga and finally to Quincy, Illinois. He still carries the bullet. He was honorably discharged on July 17, 1865, at Chicago. His wound, which still troubles him, badly crippled him for years. According to his comrades, he made a very faithful and gallant soldier, never shirking his duty, however dangerous or arduous. Politically, he is a Republican, and he is a member of the Christian church.

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