Frederick P. Glover (1825-1901)

FREDERICK P. GLOVER, proprietor of the Bird's Hill Spring Company at Needham , was born in Stoughton , Mass. , on December 28, 1825. His parents were Elijah and Sarah (Howe) Glover.  

House of Thomas Glover (1744)

The first of the family to come to this country was John, one of the sons of Thomas Glover, of England . Nathaniel, a son of John, was born in Dorchester in 1630, and died there in 1657. His son, Nathaniel, was born in 1653, and was married to Hannah Hinckley, of Braintree , Mass. They had a son Thomas, who was born December 26, 1690 , and died some time between 1755 and 1757. He married Elizabeth Church. His son Thomas, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born September 1, 1723 . He served in. the army in a company which marched from. Stoughton when the alarm for war wad given, and was, a Lieutenant under Captain Peter Talbot and Colonel Frederick Pope. He married Rebecca Pope, of Stoughton , in 1752. Their son Elijah was born in Stoughton in 1770. He was twice married, his first wife being Martha Pope, of Dorchester , and his second wife Sarah Howe, also of Dorchester .

Their son, Frederick P., the subject of this sketch, attended the public school in Stoughton and Brighton . When he was ten years of age he began to  work at the shoemaker's trade; and when he was fifteen years old be went to Brighton to work in a market, where be stayed about four years. He then worked five years in a market in Boston , and when be was about twenty-four years of age he went to New York and started from there for California . At San Antonio , Tex. , be joined the Southern Pacific Railroad Surveying Company. The party traveled from San Antonio to El Paso with pack mules, from there to Arizona, thence to Port Umah, to San Diego, and finally to San Francisco. While on their journey they were several times attacked by Indians; and once Mr. Glover shot a grizzly bear, which furnished fresh meat for himself and his companions for some time. Mr. Glover remained in California five years engaged in mining, and then be returned to Boston . He came by way of the Isthmus of Panama to New Orleans , where be tarried six months, and thence to Boston by steamer. After staying a short time in the East, however, be started a second time for California , making the journey by way of Salt Lake City and Carson Valley . In five years be returned to Boston once more, traveling by the way of Denver , St. Joseph , Mo. , and Washington , D.C. , where he remained during the battle of Bull Run . After engaging in his former business in Boston for about fifteen years, in 1878 be came to Needham and began farming.

He is now engaged in bottling and shipping the pure natural spring water from the Bird's Hill Spring, which is located on high ground in a section free from building and everything that would be liable to contaminate it. The water comes up through the gravelly bottom of a cemented brick cistern at a temperature of forty-five degrees, and is constantly overflowing the cistern. It is believed that the water comes from a great depth, as in the driest season its flow is not diminished, and its temperature remains unchanged. Soft, colorless, and put,, clear as a crystal, and delicious to the taste, it is indorsed and recommended by many eminent physician, Although this water has been on sale only a short time, its users frequently testify to its efficacy in cases of dyspepsia and other disorders. It is especially desirable for elderly ad middle aged persons, because it has so small a percentage of lime. A report of its analysis by the State Board of Health, showing how free the water is from organic and other harmful matter, is given in the circulars issued by the Bird's Hill Spring Company.

Mr. Glover is a Democrat in politics. He was chosen Selectman of the town in 1884, and served five years in that office. He attends the First Parish Church . He was married in 1861 to Emeline, a native of Boston and daughter of Otis Morton, of that city. They had one son, Frederick Morton, who was born in 1862, and died in 1867, when about four and a half years old. Mrs. Glover died at her home October 28, 1897 , in her sixty­seventh year after a short illness resulting from a stroke of paralysis. She a good wife and mother, and possessed many sterling qualities which endeared her to a large circle of friends. She was reared and educated in the city of her birth, and came to Needham with her parents hen about twenty years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Morton resided in Needham for many years, and died here, each at an advanced age, the former having been for many  years a Deacon in the Universalist church.

Source: Biographical Review - Volume XXV - Containing life sketches of leading citizens of Norfolk County Massachusetts . (Boston, Mass., Biographical Review Publishing Co., 1898), pgs. 444-447.

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