Sunday, August 09, 2015

Harold and Pat Glasco

Harold and Pat Glasco

Harold and Patricia Glasco were high school sweethearts in mid-1950s Oklahoma. In 1973 during his successful career selling construction steel Harold and his bride bought 37 hillside acres of Paso Robles grass and oaks for the princely sum of $850 an acre. They had it paid off by 1992 and today are sitting on a gold mine of Central Coast farm land. It's a vineyard waiting to happen.

Bindi and Harold

As I was photographing the rolling hills and wineries west of Paso Robles I saw Harold tending his Longhorn “Shorty.” So called I imagine because of the length of his horns, When he had finished his ministrations he pulled alongside for some chit chat and next thing I knew I was at the top of the hill meeting Pat and learning about their path to this extraordinary place. Harold would be the first to say that they were blessed.

Harold in his garden of machinery

He’s a loquacious guy, a great storyteller and a born salesman. He gave me the grand tour of their hilltop aerie which was laden with farm equipment in various states of repair. He showed me the well and pump he himself installed and the rainfall jottings he logged every year. Once it was 50 inches a year. Last year it was 10.

Later that night back at my motel Harold called to tell me that he had forgotten to show me a cave on his property and that I should come back the next day. A dark o'clock start up the coast precluded that so I’ll have to take a raincheck from my new friend.   

1 comment:

Daryl Black said...

What a great story, Steve! It certainly is needless to say that there are a number of people insanely jealous about the 37 acres for $850/acre. Talk about scoring! We hear stories about the water table in Paso Robles falling dramatically because of the vineyards. Hopefully, the well Harold drilled is still full of water and in good working order.

Talking with strangers like this is not an easy thing for many artists to do and you do it supremely well, Steve. This is more than a short story. Go west, again, Young Man, to see Harold, Pat, and the cave!