“Glenn would say he was just an ordinary person. But in his life, I thought he was an extraordinary person,” Jean Oliver-Haynes said. “He was always giving credit to someone else. He enjoyed life. Power was not important to him. The way people talk about him, he really was an extraordinary person.”
He did little things throughout his life that made people feel special — gestures he never sought credit for or that other people didn’t know about, Jean said.
Glenn was the middle of three sons born to David and Elsie Haynes. The family lived on a small dairy farm on Park Hall Road in Rohrersville, which meant hours spent helping on the farm, from picking up stones in the field to loading hay.
“He was a good brother,” Richard Haynes said. “We always got along.”
Richard said they were not allowed to play cards, but recalls playing Pit, a game based on the Chicago Stock Exchange, along with games such as croquet.
“At family reunions, he was always the life of the party. He was fun to be around,” said niece Cathy Fauble of Rohrersville, Richard’s daughter.
Music was an important aspect of family life. After Sunday family dinners, the Haynes men would play dominoes, and once the dishes were washed, the women played the piano and the men would sing, often in harmony, Richard said.
David and oldest son Carroll both played clarinet, while Glenn and youngest son Richard played cornet, then trumpet. All of the Haynes men played in the Rohrersville Community Band, and for 65 years, Glenn sang with the choir at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boonsboro, the church he joined after he got married.
Glenn married Charlotte, his high school sweetheart, in 1941 and moved to Boonsboro. They were both 1938 graduates of Boonsboro High School.
Charlotte was an only child and they always lived with her parents, first on South Main Street, then on Lakin Avenue. They even vacationed together.
“He became a city boy and moved into town after he met Charlotte,” Cathy said.
They were married 59 years when Charlotte died of cancer in September 2000.
Glenn had been diagnosed with colon cancer before Charlotte died, but he didn’t tell her. Surgery, followed by eight months of chemotherapy, came after her death, with a second surgery in 2002.
He worked various jobs until serving about three years in the U.S. Army during World War II. Glenn was sent to the European Theater and served until 1946.
His career included employment at Fairchild Industries in Hagerstown, then in 1957, he became the first mail carrier in Boonsboro.
Glenn was promoted to postmaster in 1970 and served in that position until his retirement in 1983.
Jean said the year Glenn became postmaster was the first year carriers had vehicles, but said it was good he was a walking carrier.
“Glenn was very accommodating of other people,” Jean said. “If he was at a four-way stop, he’d let everyone else go. He would never have gotten the mail delivered.”