Mr. Glenn was born in Galway, Ireland and came to North America and found his way to the California gold field and then west to Montana. Hearing of the Caribou gold strike he and a group of gold seekers travelled by way of Crowsnest Pass to the Fraser River where every few yards was a miner panning for gold. The group travelled to the head waters of the "Mighty Peace" and returned to the prairies by way of the Kicking Horse Pass. The journey was treacherous and the men were discouraged and lost. They were in search of the South Saskatchewan River. The group disbanded and John went on to Edmonton then returned and squatted on land south of Calgary (Fish Creek) in 1872-73. He married Adelaide Belcourt and raised his family there.