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David C. Glenn

America's Historic Lakes Contribution: The Battle of the Bouquet River

David C. GlennDavid is a life-long resident of Clinton county living at 4091 Route 9 in the Town of Plattsburgh. He was born June 20, 1940, the son of Robert and Marjorie (Dailey) Glenn and received his early education in the Plattsburgh School system, graduating from Plattsburgh High School in 1958. His secondary education was at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he received a BS degree in Civil Engineering in 1963.

David married Mary Fitzpatrick in 1964 and they soon started a family consisting of sons Martin born in 1965, and David in 1967 and a daughter Maureen in 1968.

After working in the construction field all across the US, David returned to Plattsburgh in 1967 where he continued his career in construction until 1974 when he joined the Laberge Engineering firm. He became their regional manager running their Plattsburgh office for the next twenty-five years until 1999. He left the Laberge firm to become the Plattsburgh Air Force Base Redevelopment Corporation (PARC) Director of Engineering for a year and a half until he retired in 2000.

His wife Mary died in January of 1994 after a decades long heroic battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Later, he met Lynne Narreau and they were married in June of 1997. Lynne and her son Ryan Davies (b.1985) live with David in the 1809 Gilliland Old Homestead which he purchased in 1969 from the Keith family. They have extensively remodeled the house to return it to itís previous appearance and are enjoying redecoration and refurnishing the interior.

Other activities and interests include Ryanís college education at Clarkson, eight grand children, skiing, hiking, mountain climbing, racquetball, and travel.

History has been a passion of Davidís since Frank Cooper taught him American History in High School. In 1976 at the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Valcour fought on Lake Champlain between a British fleet and an American fleet led by Benedict Arnold, David narrated the reenactment over local radio station WIRY. He is a past president of the Kent Delord House Museum, was on the Clinton County Historical Association board of directors and sits on the Vilas Home board.

He continues to devote his retirement to historic research and is currently working on the William Gilliland family who were the first settlers of Essex County, having founded Willsboro in 1765.

America's Historic Lakes is very happy to welcome David Glenn as a guest contributor and thanks him for his generous contribution. [JPM]

"...a superb job of documenting the history of Crab Island. Secrets of Crab Island has made a significant contribution
to the public awareness of this important historic site."

Dr. Russell P. Bellicoó Historian/Author- "Sails and Steam in the Mountains: A Maritime and Military History of
Lake George and Lake Champlain"

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