BioA: Hughes, Mr./Mrs. Owen (65th Anniv. - 1932)

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----Sources: COLBY PHONOGRAPH (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 06/02/1932

Hughes, Mr./Mrs. Owen (65th Anniv. - 29 May 1932)

Mr. and Mrs. Owen Hughes celebrated their sixty-fifth wedding anniversary Sunday, May 29, 1932, and also Mrs. Hughes' eighty-fifth birthday at Abbotsford, Wis.

They were both born in Holyhead, North Wales, Elizabeth Morris on May 29, 1847, and Mr. Hughes on December 31, 1847.

When but thirteen years of age, Mr. Hughes entered the employ of the London & Northwestern railroad, but which had since been changed to London, Midland & Scottish railroad, and has in his possession a picture of the first engine he worked on, and which is still in active operation in Wales.

Owen Hughes and Elizabeth Morris were united in marriage May 29, 1867 at Holyhead, North Wales, the town of their birth. They came to America in 1881, first settling in Minneapolis, Minn., coming to Abbotsford in 1882, where they have since continuously resided.

For about two years, Mr. Hughes was employed as a fireman for the Wisconsin Central R.R. He then was promoted to engineer and given a run on the Ashland Division, which position he held until his retirement from the service in 1903.

Mr. and Mrs. Hughes are members of the First Presbyterian church in Abbotsford, he being a Senior Elder, and they have helped that organization in many ways, being charter members of the church when it was organized as a union church.

Mr. Hughes is also a member of Abbotsford Lodge No. 208, F. & A. M., a Past Master of the local lodge and a member of the Masonic order for more than sixty years, becoming a member of St. Cybi Lodge No. 597 at Holyhead in 1882. Mrs. Hughes was a charter member and is a Past Matron of the Abbotsford Chapter No. 185 of the O. E. S., and also a member of the G.I.A. to the B. of L. E.

Mr. and Mrs. Hughes are very highly respected and well known in their entire community, the community they have helped build not only financially but morally and spiritually as well.



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