When Henry E. Glaesman was born on June 29, 1895, in Kuban’, Bryansk, Russia, his father, Johann, was 28 and his mother, Maria, was 29. He had three brothers and two sisters. He died on October 24, 1968, at the age of 73, and was buried in Reedley, California.
Memories from Sharon Capers:
That was the nicest and most thoughtful man I’ve ever known.
Did you know that he fought in, I think it was , France in WWI? My mom said that before he went overseas he was in love with a young lady and they were engaged. I can’t member exactly but I think momma said that his fiancée got that terrible influenza that wracked the USA in 1916 and 1917, and died. When he returned home and found out she was gone he grieved deeply. He ever found another woman he felt the same way about as he had her, so he never married.
Uncle Henry had the most beautiful flower garden I’ve seen except for the one his sister Katie raised. Uncle Henry entered his flowers in the Fresno Fair and won awards year after year, mother told me.
I remember that he had lemon and orange trees and apricot trees on his place, too. I’ve never tasted better fruit than those he grew. The lemons and oranges were the largest I can remember ever seeing. I have never found, (although I have tried again and again) have never found apricots with as much flavor as his did.
When we lived in Reedley on ‘M’ street I sometimes went to visit him on my way home from school. I loved him very much.