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.
CHARLES H. HUGHES resides with
his family on a farm ten miles north of Davenport. He came to Lincoln
county in the fall of 1886, purchased some railroad land near Mondovi,
and in the fall of 1894 he took as a homestead his present farm.
He now owns in all three hundred and twenty acres of land, one hundred
and seventy-five acres in a first class state of cultivation, a part of
which is in an exceptionally favored locality for the growing of fruit
and vegetables, to which Mr. Hughes devotes especial attention. The
balance of the estate is pasture and timber. He has an abundance
of farm implements and among his herds may be found some of the finest
bred horses, cattle, and hogs in the county.
Charles H. Hughes was born January 6, 1859,
in Franklin county, Kansas, the son of of Irwin C. and Eliza (Clark) Hughes,
early Franklin county pioneers. The father was a native of Tennessee,
coming to Kansas in days when the country was practically under control
of the Indians. He served through the Civil War, and made Kansas
his home until his death, in 1888, when he was in his sixty-third year.
He was a prominent attorney, and was widely known throughout the eastern
part of his state. The mother also is dead. Mr. Hughes has
three brothers and one sister; Thomas B., a Kansas City physician; Benjamin
E.; William F.; and Mrs. Sarah C. Crane, all of Franklin county.
Mrs. Crane enjoys the distinction of having been the first white child
born in the county of Franklin.
Mr. Hughes grew to manhood in his home county,
and was married there February 12, 1882, to Alice Hopkins, a native of
Boone county, Indiana. Her father is Albert Hopkins, a native of
Kentucky, who is now living in St. Louis in his eighty-seventh year.
Mrs. Hughes mother in maiden life was Margarette A. Caldwell, also born
in Kentucky. She is still living and in her seventy-fifth year.
Wallace W. Hopkins, a brother of Mrs. Hughes, is a Christian minister of
some note, and was for years assistant editor of the Christian Evangelist.
Other brothers are: Edgar T., a mechanic of St. Louis; and Hubert, and
Frank O., machinists of the same city. They have one sister, Myra
V., wife of the county treasurer, I. J. Mennick, of Davenport.
Mrs. Hughes is a woman of finished education
and has taught school. After their marriage they removed to Clark
county, Kansas, where they were early pioneers, and Mrs. Hughes was the
second white woman in that locality. They have two children: Cecil
Albertie and Mildred Margueritte. Each member of the family belongs
to the Christian church of Davenport.