‘Hub’ Hubbard: Glenwood’s historian
As a community volunteer, historian and businessman, Carleton “Hub” Hubbard Jr. was an obvious choice to be named the 2010 Glenwood Springs Citizen of the Year.In fact, many of those recruited to write letters of nomination were surprised that Hub hadn’t already received the community’s top honor.”You name it, Hub has been involved,” said former Glenwood Springs mayor Don Vanderhoof, a lifelong friend.”I can’t think of any organization in town that he has not been a member, or chairman, or president of. He’s been very active in community affairs,” said Hank Bosco, president of the Glenwood Hot Springs and another lifelong friend.Hub was born in Glenwood Springs in 1929, and except for a few years in college and the army, he has lived his life here. “His family goes back to the very beginning of this town,” said Vanderhoof. Hub’s father was brought to Glenwood Springs as an infant in 1887.Hub’s career was in the title business, first with Garfield County Abstract & Title, which was owned by his father, and with Stewart Title, after it purchased the abstract company.”His entire working life in the title insurance business provided him with a lot of historical facts that no other individual could come up with,” Bosco said. “He is known as the Glenwood historian.”Although Hub retired from Stewart Title in 1994, he still loves to research the history of parcels of land.When a friend buys a property that’s of interest, “he’ll look up the history and write up a report on it,” said his wife, Miriam “Mim” Hubbard. “He enjoys that tremendously.”He has a passion for books, newspapers and maps, and continues to collect articles spanning his wide range of interests and maps of the many places he’s visited.In their younger years, Hub and Mim were avid 4-wheelers with a regular group of couples. Hub would dream up a mystery itinerary, Mim recalled, and he’d write clues for the group to solve so they could reach their destination.”We’ve been over all the passes in the area, but now we stick to the paved roads,” Mim said.The Hubbards also spent many summer weekends rafting on the Roaring Fork River with the Vanderhoof, McInnis, Mincer and Dodson families, long before the sport became commercially popular.”We started in about 1959 with big heavy war surplus boats,” recalled Vanderhoof. “Then five of us went in together and bought five Avon rafts, and we named ourselves the Glenwood Navy.”From mid-May to mid-September we were on the river every weekend for many years,” Vanderhoof recalled.The Hubbards are also part of a group of friends who get together every Mother’s Day for a weekend of activities that is always marked by everyone singing some crazy song about mothers.Hub was born into the well-established Hubbard family. His mother, Ada Hutchings, was the second Strawberry Days queen and in the first graduating class from Garfield County High School in 1915. Hub graduated from the school in 1947.He went off to the University of Colorado, but returned home when his mother became ill with cancer. Lacking a student deferment, he was soon drafted into the army for the Korean War. He served in Texas and Indiana, and his mother passed away while he was in the military.He was discharged in 1953 and came straight back to Glenwood Springs to work with his father in the title business. Within a few months, he met Miriam Bowden, a dental hygienist from Pittsburgh who intended to just spend one year working out West. Instead, they were married in 1954.They have three grown children, Barbara Harkins of Casper, Wyo., Bob Hubbard of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Patty Van Dyke of Denver, and four grandchildren.
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