Wilmer Newton Glasscock

1878 - 1965

Civic Leader W. N. Glasscock Dies at 87

W. N. Glasscock at age 80
W. N. Glasscock in 1958, age 80

San Bernardino and Rialto Businessman and civic leader Wilmer Newton Glasscock died at home yesterday at 87.

Mr. Glasscock, who lived at 637 6th St., San Bernardino, was a native of Kansas.

From 1911 until his retirement in 1957, he was president and chairman of the board of the Pioneer Title Insurance and Trust Co., which is now Title Insurance and Trust in San Bernardino.

Mr. Glasscock began his working life at 15 in the tax and land department of the Santa Fe Railway in Topeka, Kansas. He later became an official of the railway and worked in the Galveston, Texas, Division Office.

He came to Rialto in 1907 to raise oranges, and was mayor of that city at one time.

He devoted most of his life to the Pioneer Title Insurance and Trust Co., but maintained a strong and active interest and participation in the civic and social activities of the area.

Until his death, he and Max H. Green were the two surviving charter members of the San Bernardino Rotary Club. Mr. Glasscock was president of the club in 1927-28.

Long active in land development and real estate in this area, Mr. Glasscock was the first secretary and one of the founders of the San Bernardino Board of Realtors.

He was one of the land developers of downtown San Bernardino.

Mr. Glasscock was affiliated with the Moral Re-Armament movement.

Survivors include his widow, Ethel Musgrove Glasscock; a son, Richard James of San Bernardino; three daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Range of Merced, Mrs. Lillian Serpa of Birmingham, Mich., and Mrs. Dorothy Sander-Cederlof of Downey; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30a.m. Saturday in Stephens & Bobbitt Mortuary Chapel. Cremation will be in Mt. View Cemetery, of which he had served as president for 15 years.

Published in the San Bernardino Sun, April 29, 1965