What is your history with Glen Haven?
(Sandy) Doug is the one with extensive heritage here. His grandfather was a prohibitionist. He gave us his cabin.
(Doug) My granddad did work in exchange for property and cabins. I moved here full time in 1977 when I went to work for CDOT snowplowing roads from Estes to Allenspark.
How did you come to be town historians?
(Doug) Duke Sumonia founded the Glen Haven Historical Society (GHHS) in 2004. He was a great historian! This bookcase is full of his studies on the area. His wife Jewell donated it to the GHHS under the provision that it be kept under lock and key. Sandy has the key and can open it for people who are interested in exploring our history. Duke wanted someone to take over the role as his health started slipping prior to the flood in 2013.
(Sandy) We told Duke that we could do it! He passed us many of his older documents, and we kept them in our safe. We were going to build an archive room in the old town hall, but it was flooded and destroyed. As it was, we put all the documents into double bags and tied behind the trees behind our property when the flood came. Fortunately, it held up!
(Doug) When we rebuilt the town hall, we wanted an archive room. Now that we have the room, people keep bringing in relics! We have pieces from the old purple house, Calico Kate’s (which washed away in the most recent flood), the Horseshoe Cafe... That one was destroyed in a fire. There used to be a lot of places to get together and eat here in Glen Haven!
When you share with friends and family tales of Glen Haven’s history, what is always something that you share?
(Sandy) There’s a quote from Joseph Knapp’s book The Glen Haven Story that I always share:
‘Glen Haven has been an experiment in people living together since 1903 when it took form as a Presbyterian non-profit recreational association... Glen Haven citizens [put forth effort] to preserve both the natural charm and the values of their community through a simple town-meeting form of government.’
(Doug) The Glen Haven Association is one of the oldest in the state. We don’t really have a governing body. After the flood of 2013, we came together as a community with a ‘we can do it ourselves’ spirit. That’s really the foundation of this community. People of Glen Haven bind together when we need to as a community, but generally, we just pay our association dues without much interference from local government.
(Sandy & Doug graciously passed me a copy of the Joseph Knapp book for my own reference, which I will refer to for the remainder of the article.)