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Page B8 April 9, 2009 Mountain Mail - Catron County Edition A Brief History O f'.00lt aw003od d x /hitewater Creek By Dixie Boyle The settlement of Glenwood and Whitewater Creek began in 1878 when two men named Fauster and Diming built a log cabin five miles northeast of_the present-day town site. Soon afterward, Allen Bush filed a homestead claim induding the future loca- tion of Glenwood. The community, first referred to as the Bush Ranch, was named Whitewater, Glenwood Springs and Clearwater before accepting the name Glenwood chosen by Sarah Kitt in 1906. The Bush family was instrumental in the early settlement of Glenwood and Catron County. Susan Lee described the Bush Ranch in the book These Also Served and wrote, "At an early point in the settlement of the Mogollon country the Bush Ranch, as it was then known, was a familiar landmark and an objective point to the prospector, miner and stockman." Discoveries of gold and silver in the near- by Mogollon Mountains near Cooney, Alma, Mogollon, Graham and other mining communities lead to the development of Glenwood. Southwestern New Mexico was isolated in the 1870s and largely unsettled because of relentless attacks by the Apache, and the Bush Ranch provided a safer place to camp for miners and others traveling between settlements. Glenwood claims to be the site of the first powered airplane flight in New Mexico. In 1909, Doc Rowe, the local stage stop owner, built a plane in the big barn- on the original Bush Ranch. The plane was flown by an Austrian named George Quflea on Whitewater Mesa sometimes referred to as Airplane Mesa (on older maps) near Glenwood. The flying machine was built with a fuse- lage and five-cylinder engine, a wooden frame and linen wings resembling steam- ship propellers. Charles Walsh is actually credited with flying the first powered airplane in New Mexico. He flew a Curtiss biplane at the New Mexico Territorial Fair in 1911. He kept his plane in the air fim the fairgrounds Health: Parents Sholllc] Continued from page B ! opportunity to receive free medical information/services is available, everyone should participate," said Claire Leonard. Parents who have questions about their children's vaccinations and immunizations are encour- aged to attend the fair for help. "Bring whatever immunization records you have and we will not only advise you on what needs to be done, we will provide any nec- essary shots "for free," Estrada said. Catron County residents have a high risk of skin cancer, accidental death and harm from second-hand smoke and spit tobacco. Each of those risks will be addressed in an information booth. The fair also includes a silent auction. The U.S. Forest Service will have a booth on camping safe- ty and fire prevention. Massages will be available and barbers will cut hair. All the services will be free. The health fair has something for everyone and residents are encouraged to join the fun. For more information, call Ann Menges at 575-533-6267. to the Barelas Bridge, then east to the rail- road tracks and northwest across Robinson Park. The following year he died in an air- plane crash in New Jersey. If the date can be verified, Rowe's plane beat Walsh by two years. Two brothers named Doc and George Rowe developed Glenwood into a resort and camping destination. They built a store, hotel and stage stop on the original Bush homestead. Glenwood was a minor stage -stop compared to others in southern New Mexico, but it helped the community to grow. Stage stops were popular on the American frontier between 1853 and 19 ! 2. They were notorious for bad food and prim- itive accommodations, although the stage stop in Glenwood was reportedly better than most. One of the first stage lines in Catron County was the Silver City and Mogollon line running daily between the towns and covering eighty miles in 14 hours. Major stage stops in southern New Mexico were El Paso, Mesilla, Silver City, Fray Cristobal and Lemitar. Lee left behind a description of the hotel and the Rowes in her book and wrote, "The coming year will see a finely appointed hotel completed, and furnished in modern style ... since Mr. Rowe bought the Bush Ranch, himself and his estimable and accomplished wife have been gradually transforming Glenwood into a lovely home, and when their plans are consummated, it will be a favorite resort in the area .... The spring from which the ranch takes its name is one of the best known in the country and has always been a favorite camping spot." Glenwood is located on the edge of the Gila National Forest along Highway 180 between Alma and Pleasanton. The community remains a popular hik- ing and camping destination continuing the tradition started by the Bush and Rowe fam- ilies. The nearby Gila Wilderness and San Francisco Hot Springs provide additional recreational opportunities when visiting the area. -_- ing Immunizaon Records To Fair Above, people wander through last year's Family Health Fair. At left, the Flight for Life helicopter touches down. Richard Torres Water: Agustin Plains Vat00 Coal'tion Meets April 14 Continued from page B 1 Tripp said the new directive does not directly affect San Augustin 'Ranch LLC's plan to pump 54,000 acre-feet of water from the San Agustin Aquifer. "They never filed a notice to drill deeper than 2,500 feet. They did not ask for a drilling permit," Tripp said. "Economic conditions being what they were put that off. Their original application is still in effect." He said if the company wanted to go deeper, the new application would face a protest period. An emergency clause was attached to the measure, putting the law into effect immedi- ately. Lif Strand of the Catron County Water Coalition said the passage of the bill was a first step in a renewed commitment to the protection of senior water rights in New Mexico. "The ability to utilize existing processes established by the OSE is critical in dealing with the water grabs that we have seen in the unpopulated areas of the state, such as Catron County, where bids to draw extraor- dinarily large quantities of water from deep aquifers has already come up," Strand said. "Work still needs to be done in the area of protection of water rights and protection of public welfare as pertains to water use in New Mexico, but this is a definite step in the right direction." An additional bill, HB 40, which was passed by the Legislature and is awaiting the governor's signature, limits the ability of a city to easily condemn water and water rights, without the boundary of a municipal'- ity. The bill essentially amends a 1978 law that grants municipalities the power to con- demn water sources and rights without going through an arbitration process. If signed by the governor, the amended bill would require more deliberation before condemnation, and compensation to the condemnee. The governor is scheduled to take action on the bill Friday, April 10. The next board meeting of the San Agustin Plains Water Coalition will be in Datil on Tuesday, April 14. In Socorro, the Interstate Stream Commission will host a meeting on the State Water Plan Update covering water resource management issues such as population growth/water demand, conservation, climate variability, and water projects needed. The meeting will be Wednesday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. in Workman Hall, Room 10 I, at New Mexico Tech. A Propane Company-Providing You,,, % ,, ;:E +:::)nS:\