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
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.