Glenn F. Chesnut: parents, grandparents, and baby pictures. Taken in San Antonio, Texas; Springfield, Ohio; Barbourville, Kentucky; and north Georgia. Common misspellings and variants of the name Glenn F. Chesnut (it is necessary to search under all of these as well): Glenn Chesnut / Glen F. Chesnut / Glen Chesnut / Glenn F. Chestnut / Glenn Chestnut / Glen F. Chestnut / Glen Chestnut / Glenn C., South Bend

Glenn F. Chesnut, Sr., Chairman of the Art Department, Middle Georgia College


  A photo of Glenn's father, Glenn F. Chesnut, Sr., wearing a cowboy hat and cowboy boots, taken around 1948, when he was Art Director of the Sunday Magazine section of the San Antonio Express newspaper.

He eventually ended up as Chairman of the Art Department at Middle Georgia College, in Cochran, Georgia, where he built a house on a slope looking out over a grove of pine trees and spent the rest of his life teaching students and painting.
 



Glenn F. Chesnut, Sr., Flint Roper and the Six-Gun Showdown


  Glenn's father, Glenn F. Chesnut, Sr., wrote and illustrated the cowboy novel Flint Roper and the Six-Gun Showdown (Racine, Wisconsin: Whitman Publishing Co.) in 1941, not long after Glenn Chesnut Jr. was born. Copies can still be found occasionally at rare book stores.

Camilla Campbell, The Bartletts of Box B Ranch, illustrated by Glenn F. Chesnut, Sr.,

A few years later, he also illustrated a children's book by Camilla Campbell, The Bartletts of Box B Ranch (New York: Whittlesey House, 1949). Glenn Chesnut Jr., who was ten years old at the time, obtained his first conscious memories of book publishing from observing his father laboring with pen and ink on the dozens of illustrations, and helping proofread the galley and page proofs.
 



Glynn Chesnut, sketch by her husband Glenn F. Chesnut, Sr.


  Glenn's mother, Glynn Hind Chesnut, when she was a young woman. A pencil sketch made by Glenn's father in the late 1920's or early 1930's.

Glynn spent her early childhood in Oxford, Georgia (now a suburb of Atlanta), and then when she was around twelve or thirteen, moved to Winchester, Kentucky (in the heart of the bluegrass region) when her father, the Rev. Alfred T. Hind, took a position teaching at the old Kentucky Wesleyan College campus in Winchester (it was moved to its present location in Owensboro, Kentucky in 1951).

After Glynn's father lost his teaching post when the college ran out of money during the great depression, Glynn's mother took a position as dorm mother at another Methodist college -- Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky -- which allowed Glynn to finish her college degree in English (and meet her future husband Glenn Chesnut Sr., who was doing a degree in English literature there also).
 



Glenn F. Chesnut, baby picture, his name can also be given as Glenn Chesnut without middle initial


  One of Glenn Chesnut's baby pictures  



Glenn F. Chesnut Sr. holding Glenn F. Chesnut Jr.


  Glenn and his father outside their house in Springfield, Ohio. Until Glenn Jr. came along, Glenn F. Chesnut Sr. had been teaching in an art school in Louisville, Kentucky. He and Glynn had been living in a tiny apartment with an ice box for a refrigerator. Glenn Sr. decided that he had to obtain a better paying job, and finally found one making color printing plates for the Crowell-Collier publishing company in Springfield. This was the printing plant that produced Collier's magazine and other prominent high quality magazines, along with some lighter weight literature like the Captain Marvel comic books.

He managed to get a job at the Standard Gravure Publishing Company (again making color printing plates) and move back to Louisville when Glenn Jr. was only three and a half years old. So Glenn Jr. has only two or three sketchy memories from the period he was living in Springfield.

Springfield is a pleasant and prosperous town of 70,500 in southwestern Ohio, about sixty miles northeast of the large city of Cincinnati (the old Ohio riverboat city). It is a little smaller than South Bend, Indiana, but the feel is quite similar: nice houses, lots of beautiful trees and lawns, and a small downtown area with big buildings.
 



Glenn F. Chesnut being held by his grandparents, Alfred T. Hind and Bird Almand Hind; his first name is sometimes misspelled as Glen Chesnut or Glen F. Chesnut, so you must search under both spellings


  Glenn F. Chesnut being held by his grandparents, Alfred Thomas Hind and Bird Almand Hind.

His Grandfather Hind, as was mentioned, had taught history and bible at Kentucky Wesleyan College (then located in Winchester in the bluegrass region of Kentucky, where the famous race horses are raised), but lost his post there in the great depression when the college ran out of money.

He eventually began pastoring Methodist churches in small towns in north Georgia (like Hartwell, Livonia, and Elberton), which he continued doing until his retirement, when he built his own home in Elberton, and raised raspberries and exotic house plants for a hobby. He also wrote poetry.

Alfred T. Hind had worked as a carpenter to earn his way through seminary at Garrett in Chicago and Vanderbilt in Nashville (these two institutions, along with Boston School of Theology, were the great Methodist seminaries of that era). Garrett (like Boston School of Theology) was a major center of classical Protestant liberalism, so he was trained in the thought of the German theologians Ritschl and Harnack, and the spirituality of the Yale-trained New England Congregationalist theologian Horace Bushnell ("a Christian child should be brought up in such a way as never ever to doubt the love of God").

Glenn's Grandmother Hind had been the child of an extremely wealthy plantation owner from the part of Georgia just north of Atlanta. She was born only ten years or so after the end of the War between the States, when a good deal of the old plantation life still continued to exist.
 



Glenn F. Chesnut with his grandparents John Jacob Chesnut and Tabitha Humfleet Chesnut. Glenn's last name is often misspelled as Glenn Chestnut or Glenn F. Chestnut, so it is important to search under this spelling also.


  Glenn F. Chesnut with his Grandfather John Jacob Chesnut and his Grandmother Tabitha Humfleet Chesnut, and their dog Joe, a border collie mix, on his grandfather's farm near Barbourville, Kentucky.

John and Tabitha started out in a two-room log cabin much deeper into the mountains of eastern Kentucky, on Huntingshirt Creek, where they had seven sons and three daughters (one of whom, Helen, died as a child from what they called "milk fever"). Many years later they moved to a small hill farm with a white frame house just outside of Barbourville, Kentucky, where this photograph is taken.

The only time Glenn visited the original home place -- the old isolated place in the hills when his father and uncles and aunts had been born and raised -- was when he was a child. Already by then the log cabin and the huge log barn had mostly tumbled down into ruins. It was so far back in the hills that automobiles could only go part of the way. Everyone had to get out and walk the last mile or so of the narrow dirt road on foot.

John J. Chesnut did not know how to read and write until his wife Tabitha taught him how, but all except one of their sons and daughters earned college degrees. Two of their sons (Glenn F. Chesnut Sr. and John Chesnut Jr.) became college professors and there were others (like Dan Chesnut and Aubrey Chesnut) who taught high school.
 



Glenn F. Chesnut with his Grandfather John Jacob Chesnut and his grandfather's dog Joe. When doing searches, Glenn's first and last names are sometimes both misspelled as Glen Chestnut or Glen F. Chestnut


  Glenn Chesnut with his Grandfather Chesnut, on his grandfather's little farm in the hills just outside of Barbourville, Kentucky, with Joe, the border collie mix. When you took Joe into a cow pasture, he would instinctively start herding the cattle.

By the way, the camera was level, the hillside where the houe was built really was that steep.
 



Glenn F. Chesnut on the back of a large draft mule


  Glenn F. Chesnut on his grandfather's farm, riding on the back of a large draft mule. As a sideline business, his grandfather bought them as colts and trained them to harness. That is his Aunt Cleo (wife of his Uncle Dan Chesnut) holding him on the mule's back.

Glenn says:  This must be my earliest childhood memory. But I did not realize until Christmas of 2002 when I was putting this collection of photos together, that I was so young at the time. I still remember my feeling of awe at how VERY BIG that animal was.

But you can see me smiling with glee, and I have always loved horseback riding, so I apparently wasn't traumatized. In fact, I seem to have always enjoyed the thrill and the challenge of taking on something really big, and hanging on for dear life when the thing gets moving!
 

Common misspellings and variants of the name Glenn F. Chesnut (it is necessary to search under all of these as well): Glenn Chesnut / Glen F. Chesnut / Glen Chesnut / Glenn F. Chestnut / Glenn Chestnut / Glen F. Chestnut / Glen Chestnut / Glenn C., South Bend

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