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French-Glenn Live Stock Company records, 1884-1907

Overview of the Collection

French-Glenn Live Stock Company
French-Glenn Live Stock Company records
1884-1907 (inclusive)
.45 cubic feet (1 document case)
Collection Number
Mss 1379
Records of a California land company that operated from the late 1880s to 1907, with holdings in Harney County, Oregon. Includes legal records, information on cattle, and documents relating to a loan from the German Savings and Loan Society.
Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Beginning in the late 1870s, Peter French and Hugh J. Glenn purchased large tracts of grazing land in southeastern Oregon's Harney County. Their ranch, which was eventually owned by the French-Glenn Live Stock Company, covered around 140,000 acres, bordering on Malheur Lake on the north and following the Dundar and Blitzen Valleys. Some of the land was planted in alfalfa, oats, and barley. It was divided into five parts: the "P" Ranch Division, the Catlow Valley Division, the Diamond Division, the Happy Valley Division, and the Sod-House Division. The company's headquarters were located in Chico, California, and its general manager was F. C. Lusk.

In 1891 the company took out a large mortgage with the German Savings and Loan Society of San Francisco, and in 1898 it entered an additional mortgage agreement with California land speculator Henry Miller. In 1905 the company's holdings were sold to the California and Oregon Land Company, headed by Portland banker Henry Ladd Corbett.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes legal records, land ownership records, information on cattle, a map of holdings in Harney County, and documents relating to a loan from the German Savings and Loan Society. Also included are probate records relating to the estates of Royal and Nancy Glenn, documents concerning the Henry Miller mortgage, and documents on the sale of the company's holdings.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library before any publication use. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

French-Glenn Live Stock Company records, Mss1379, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 Cattle
Includes "Cattle count", 1905 Spring.
2 German Savings and Loan Society, "Abstract of Lands held by mortgage to the German Bank" circa 1890
3 German Savings and Loan Society mortgage materials 1891-1906
4 Ranch, general description 1892-1898
5 Recorded deeds, patents, land descriptions, records of land sales 1887-1909
6 Recorded deeds, patents, land descriptions, records of land sales undated
7 Probate proceedings on estates of Royal Glenn and Nancy H. Glenn 1891-1895
8 Henry Miller mortgage 1898-1901
9 Assessment, taxes and fees 1900-1905
10 Sale of ranch 1905-1907