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Hubbard on mission to preserve history

Heather McGregor
Post Independent Editor
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

Carleton “Hub” Hubbard is “a walking encyclopedia of the history of Glenwood Springs,” said Tillie Fischer, as she presented Hubbard with the 2010 Citizen of the Year Award Saturday evening.

The award started an evening of festivities for the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s annual ball at the Hotel Colorado. Fischer, a former Chamber president and past Citizen of the Year winner, chaired the selection committee for this year’s award.

Hubbard, meanwhile, had no idea he was about to win the prestigious award, but he was wondering why two of his grown children decided to visit this weekend, and why so many of his friends were at the Chamber gala.

“I come from a family of liars,” he joked, after stepping forward to receive the award and a standing ovation from a crowd packed into the Devereux Room.

“This is a total awesome thing that just happened,” said Hubbard.

After naming his many volunteer endeavors, Fischer said Hubbard’s “is on a mission, and he is succeeding, in preserving the history of this outstanding community.”

Hubbard, 81, used his business experience, his unmatched knowledge of community history, and his wide network of friends to help key Glenwood Springs organizations, Fischer said.

In particular, she cited his role as a founding member of the Valley View Hospital Foundation, “spearheading the fund drives that have made Valley View the incredible medical facility we have today.”

For Hubbard, the past is just as valuable as the present.

And he just happened to have a fresh tidbit of history to share with the audience.

“I have just found the Glenwood Springs directory from 1919, which has a full-page ad for the Glenwood Springs Chamber. The president was Charles Darrow and the secretary was Carleton Hubbard, my father. That was 92 years ago,” he said.

“That makes the Chamber older than,” and he paused for effect, “dirt.”

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