GLADYS POSEY HADLEY Old Timer's Reunion 2000
On Saturday, May 13, 2000, four people who at least 84 years old and have spent the greatest part of their lives in the Sacramento Mountains will be honored at the 23rd Annual Old Timers Reunion - The four honorees this year are Tempie Reeves Cox, Gladys Posey Hadley, Zella Meador Hill and Orpha Miller Wingfield.
Gladys Posey Hadley was born on March 21, 1914 in James Canyon, about nine miles west of Mayhill. Her parents were Claude and Pearl Latham Posey. Claude's parents, Ed and Janie Snow Posey left Texas in the summer of 1887, part of a wagon train that was headed west. They had planned to go to Oregon but, after a delay at the Pecos River, they decided to make Sixteen Springs Canyon their home. Gladys' father Claude and his twin sister Maude were born there in the spring of 1891, and were joined by ten brothers and sisters.
By 1910, Claude was grown and out on his own. Two years later, he and Pearl Latham were married. Her family had moved to the area not long after the turn of the century and built a house at the mouth of Latham Canyon, about three miles down the Penasco from Mayhill. After their marriage, Claude and Pearl first lived just west of the present Cloud Country Estates. It was there that their first child, Gladys Hazel, was born on March 21, 1914. Later, there were five more children - William Edwin, Herbert Alvin, Ernest Delbert, Martha Genevieve, and Maudie Mae.
Some time later, the family moved to the mouth of 3-L Canyon, where her grandparents had built a log cabin now part of the Pioneer Village at the Museum in Cloudcroft. While living there, Gladys started to school at Center Point School, located on the north side of James Canyon, near the present Lazy Day Cabins. The old schoolhouse was later dismantled and the lumber was used to construct a church building in La Luz.
The family moved to the Will and Maude Parker place in Three Mile Canyon, and Gladys walked to school in Mayhill, where she graduated from the 8th grade. Gladys remembers carrying her smaller brother and sister to school in the winter, and by the time she got there, she had icicles in her hair.
About 1930, the Hadley family moved back into the area after living for several years in California, and set up a sawmill in Burnt Canyon. Before long, the Posey and Hadley families became acquainted. The Hadleys two sons, Elver and Everett, worked at the sawmill and sold enough lumber to buy an old car. Before long, Elver was coming over to see Gladys.
Gladys Posey and Elver Hadley were married on October 30, 1933. Elver bought Gladys a new shirt, pants and shoes, which she was really proud of. Times were tough in the 1930's, and she didn't have much to wear. Her mother frowned on the pants - which we now call jeans - but soon bought herself a pair.
Gladys and Elver first lived at Silver Spring, just south of the Mescalero Reservation. Passing Indians would sometimes peek in the windows at night. At first, Gladys was frightened, but soon learned that they were just curious and harmless. Her sister Genevieve, who often stayed with Gladys while Elver was at the sawmill, would run and hide if she saw the Indians, but Gladys would just ignore them.
Gladys' mother Pearl had moved to High Rolls and lived on Cottage Row. It was there that Virginia, the first child of Gladys and Elver, was born on September 21, 1934. The family soon moved back to Burnt Canyon, where they lived for several years.
As the time neared for Virginia to start to school, the family moved back to James Canyon and lived in a small house on the site of the present day home of Donald and Nita Lane. It was there that their son Alfred was born on August 3, 1942.
For a short time, the family lived in Tularosa, but they loved the mountains and moved back to James Canyon, about four miles west of Mayhill, where they raised hogs, chickens, and cows. They also sold some of the mature timber off their place. For many years, Elver did seasonal work for the U.S. Forest Service.
In June of 1979, Elver sold the place and he and Gladys moved to Alamogordo, where they bought a home at 507 Spruce Avenue. Gladys says, "I loved that place, and leaving it was the hardest move I had ever made. I cried all the way to Alamogordo."
Elver passed away in 1992, just a few months before their 60th wedding anniversary. Gladys continues to live in their Alamogordo home. Her daughter Virginia married Foye Varbel, and her son Alfred married Lynn Hendrickson. Gladys presently has nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.