Biography of Charles Hugo
Rush County, IN Biographies





CHARLES HUGO, one of Rushville's retired citizens, was born in Switzerland county, Indiana, August 1, 1849, the son of Charles and Charlotte (Banal Hugo, both of whom came to this country from Germany prior to their marriage, settling in Cincinnati. Charles Hugo, Sr., worked in that city at his trade of plasterer for some time, moving to Vevay, Ind., where he continued in the same occupation. About the year 1855, he removed to Indianapolis where he remained until his death, which occurred in 1861. He and his wife were the parents of six children, of whom two are now living, Charles Hugo having a sister, Sophia, who married T. W. Brown and resides in Indianapolis. Charles Hugo, Jr., received his education in the excellent schools of Indianapolis, and when he finished took up teaming which he followed during the war. He then was engaged in carpentering and later was employed as a fireman on a switch engine on the Pan Handle route until 1873. He next was a member of the Indianapolis fire department for three years. Thereafter, he spent five years in the South, near San Antonio, Tex., but in 1882 he came to Rushville where he has since resided. For twenty five years he was engaged actively in business in this city, at the end of that period selling out his business and retiring. He realized that a safe investment lay in land, and he put part of his earnings into a farm of 246 acres which lies in Jackson and Rushville townships, this county. He has greatly improved this property, taking great pride in the general appearance of his buildings and equipment. Mr. Hugo was married in 1886 to Emma Posey, a daughter of Harrison and Sarah (Gardner) Posey, and after her death married Fannie Posey, her sister. Mr. Hugo adheres to the tenets of the Methodist Episcopal church, in the cause of which he is an earnest worker, and in his political views is known as one of the strong supporters of the Republican party. Mrs. Hugo's father, Harrison. Posey, was born in this county in 1825, a son of Armstead and Catherine (Miller) Posey, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of Ohio, who were married in the latter state and in the early '20s of the past century came to Indiana, locating in this county where they spent the remainder of their lives. Armstead Posey and his wife were the parents of nine children: Alfred, Louise, Eliza, Susan, May, William. John, Harrison, and one who died in infancy. Armstead Posey's father, Zephaniah Posey, who was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, spent his last days in this county, dying in 1826, and was buried in Hopewell cemetery. Harrison Posey grew up to the life of the farm in this county and became a successful farmer, at the time of his death being the owner of 400 acres in Rushville township. Harrison Posey's wife, Sarah Jane Gardner, was the daughter of Landon and Mary Gardner, the former one of the early farmers of Walker township, the owner of 900 acres of land. He was a Kentuckian by birth, and he and his wife were the parents of nine children, those besides Mrs. Posey having been Mary Ann, William, Amanda, Marion F., Robert, Emily, Louisa and Lucinda. Harrison Posey and wife had eight children, those besides Emma and Fannie being William A., Mrs. Louisa Wertz, James K. and Mrs. Minnie Moffett.

From:
Centennian History of Rush County, Indiana
Edited by: A. L. Gary and E. B. Thomas
Historical Publishing Company
Indianapolis 1921


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