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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 W. HUGHES is well known all through the Big Bend country as one of the leading business men.  He has shown marked executive ability as well as excellent financiering since locating here and his efforts have resulted in much good for the advancement and improvement of his county.  At the present time he is operating a fine butcher shop in Reardan and also buys grain.
     John W.  Hughes was born in Marion county, Kentucky, on April 27, 1865, the son of Timothy C. and Mary (Bagley) Hughes, natives of Kentucky.  The father was a carpenter and farmer.  Our subject was a nephew of Milton J. Durham, who was at one time governor of Kentucky.  Mr. Hughes has one sister, Mrs. Nannie Leachman, in Louisville, Kentucky.  Very little opportunity to gain an education was offered our subject but so well did he improve his spare moments since, that he is a well informed man and is a thorough master of business problems.  In 1889, Mr. Hughes came to Washington, settling in Lincoln county about five miles west from Rockland.  He took a homestead and bought a quarter section and immediately engaged in raising grain.  During the first winter, he well remembers the trying experiences and self denials which were his lot as his means were very limited.  His energy and good judgment soon placed him on the road to wealth and after having his farm well subdued he directed his attention to buying wheat.  He bought during 1896-97 at Rockland, having put up a warehouse, and hiring his own telegraph operator.  In 1896, he built a store and then paid the telephone company two hundred dollars to build a line to Rockland.  A post office was established and one year later, he sold out.  Mr. Hughes went to Harrington and there organized the Harrington Mill Company and bought grain for a year.  After that, he built an elevator at Reardan then sold out and assisted in the organization of the Reardan exchange bank of which he was director.  Later he sold this property and in January, 1904, opened the meat market mentioned above.  His first partner in this business was L. M. Pugh.  In addition to this property Mr. Hughes has a half interest in a large grain buying establishment in Kennewick, Pasco and other places.  He has four hundred and fifty acres of land in Lincoln county, some fine residence property in Davenport, forty acres of irrigated land at Kennewick, thirteen acres of fine wheat land in Yakima valley, and a fine nine room residence in Reardan, besides much other property.  All this Mr. Hughes has accumulated in the few years that he has been in the Big Bend country and ever has shown sound practical business ability.
     At Lebanon, Kentucky, in 1888, Mr. Hughes married Miss Amelia Adams, a native of the Blue Grass State and to them four children have been born, Albert, Carrie, Lizzie, Beatrice.  Mr. Hughes is a member of the I. 0. 0. F., and the W. W., while his wife belongs to the circle.  While Mr. Hughes has been prosecuting with ceaseless energy his own business affairs, he has not failed to take a keen and active interest in the welfare of the communities where he has resided and is ever known as a very ardent supporter of the best educational facilities possible.  He is a public spirited man and has the confidence and esteem of his fellows.
 

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