Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     JOHN J. PUGH is a fine example of what a thrifty, energetic man can do in the Big Bend country.  About ten years ago, he came to this country from Wales and worked at various lines for three years, then took a homestead about six miles west from Hartline.  He has a half section six miles west from Almira secured by purchase and it is one of the best farms of the entire country.  It is improved in excellent shape, producing abundant returns of wheat and is kept in first class shape in every respect.  By his labors and careful management, Mr. Pugh has come to be the owner of as good a home as any in this section.  His entire holding has been gained on his estate here.  John J. Pugh was born in Port Modock, Wales, on August 5, 1873, being the son of William and Catherine (Williams) Pugh, natives of Wales and pioneer settlers of Douglas county.  In his native land, our subject was educated in the common schools, then learned the plasterer's trade.  At the age of nineteen, he came hither accompanied by his mother and joined the father, who had been here some years, preparing a place for his family.  As stated above, our subject gave his attention to general work for sometime, being too young to take a homestead, but as soon as he had reached his majority, he took land and began laboring for himself.  He has a very nice home and valuable farm and has gained a standing among his fellows which places him among the influential and substantial men in the community.  Mr. Pugh has two brothers and three sisters, Robert, William, Mrs. Martha Jones, Jane and Ellen A.
     At the Welsh church on January 5, 1898, Mr. Pugh married Miss Kate Williams.  Her parents, Robert and Ann (Davis) Williams, were natives of Wales and she was born in Denbighshire, Wales, on July 31, 1868.  To this marriage, four children have been born: Thomas J., on December 28, 1898; Hellan J., on July 10, 1900; Robert E., March 6, 1902; and William R., on February 3, 1904.
     Mr. and Mrs. Pugh are members of the Calvinistic Methodist church and are highly respected people.