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.

     RICHARD T. HUGHES is a young man of good substantial qualities and worth, well known and appreciated in Almira and the surrounding country.  He owns and operates a fine blacksmith shop, and stands at the head of a good business.  He was born in Montgomery county, Iowa, in 1875, being the son of Thomas and Jane (Williams) Hughes, natives of Wales.  The father came to America when a young man and settled in Iowa on a farm, where he gained both wealth and prominence.  In 1882, he sold his holdings there and journeyed west to the Evergreen state, finally selecting land about seven miles north of the present site of Almira.  He went into the stock business and did well, but lost heavily during the hard winter.  Later, he gave up that business and went to farming and now owns four hundred acres of valuable land, just north of Almira.  He and his wife are highly respected people and are among the pioneers of Lincoln county.  Our subject received his education in the district schools of Lincoln county and then worked on his father's farm for a number of years.  In 1898, he rented a farm which he worked for one year, then went to Spokane and was apprenticed to W. T. Parker, a blacksmith, of that city.  Later, he went to work for the Diamond Carriage Company, where he made a specialty of horse shoeing, becoming very proficient in this as well as in every part of his trade.  In 1902, Mr. Hughes went to work for A. M. Aiken at Almira and one year later bought him out, since which time he has conducted the business himself.  Mr. Hughes has one brother, Abner, a school boy, and one sister, Mrs. Charles Diebrel, of Spokane.