Merced Express, November 12, 1953


LE GRAND–Wood I. Glasgow, 68, succumbed at the Mercy Hospital in Merced, Thursday afternoon, Nov. 5 after he was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage while working at the ranch on Burchell road, which he operated in partnership with his son, Burchell Glasgow. He did not regain consciousness after being taken to the hospital by ambulance.

He was born in Kuttawa, Kentucky, coming to California in 1905. He resided in San Francisco for three years, where he studied the carpenter’s trade. He came to Le Grand in 1908 and had since resided here.

He followed the carpenter’s trade for several years and built his home in Le Grand to which he brought his bride, the former Miss Evalyn Burchell, whom he married in 1910. He was manager for several years of the Le Grand Mercantile store, a cooperative enterprise and was associated for a time in the Le Grand Advocate, the town’s weekly newspaper, edited by the late C. L. Zimmerman.

He retired in June of this year as postmaster in Le Grand, a position he had held from 20 years. Although his health was failing he was able to go about his work on his ranches. Death came as a shock to family members and friends. He had attended the meeting of the Lions Club the evening before and seemed in good spirits.

He was a charter member of the Lions Club and the Le Grand Volunteer Fire Departmetn. He was a member of Chowchilla Lodge No. 485 F. & A. M. San Jose Consistory Scottish Rite bodies, Tehran Temple AAON Mystic Shrine in Fresno.

He was very civic minded and always ready to lead a helping hand in any town project, often working after his ordinary day’s work was done.

Besides his widow, Evalyn, he is survived by a son, Burchell Galsgow, of Le Grand, and a daughter, Mrs. Virginia Ulett of San Mateo. Two brothers, A. W. Glasgow of Williamstown, Kentucky and James Glasgow of Detroit, Mich., also survive along with six grandchildren.

The Ivers and ALcorn Mission Chapel in Merced were in charge of the funeral services Saturday at 2:00 p. m. with Rev. Richard H. Walsh of Orland, former Le Grand pastor, officiating. Burial was in the family plot in the Plainsburg Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Glenn Baxter, O. A. Oswalt, Glenn Gillette, J. A. Raynor, Carl Clausen and Marvin Neumann. Honorary pallbearers were Thomas Carr, Harold Harris, T. D. Southward, Grover Gourley and Charles Morris, Chowchilla Masons conducted graveside ceremonies.


contributed by Carol Lackey