Clinton D. Hughes, of Richland township, was a successful teacher and farmer and a good citizen, and his demise
was the occasion of deep and widespread regret. His birth occurred in Belmont, Ohio, May 26, 1845, and he was a
son of Scott and Phoebe (Bailey) Hughes. During his boyhood he gave much of his time to attending the common schools,
thus acquiring a good education. On the 12th of June, 1863, when eighteen years of age, he enlisted in. the First
Ohio Heavy Artillery and was at the front until after the dose of hostilities, being honorably discharged on the
25th of July, 1865.
Subsequently Mr. Hughes came west and for a number of years taught school, following that profession in Manitou
and Morgan counties, Missouri, and in Nemaha, Burt, Cass, Sarpy and Saunders counties, Nebraska. He was not only
an efficient instructor but was also able to inculcate in his pupils high moral ideals thus further preparing them
to fill their places in the word with honor. He taught in all for about twenty five years and it would be difficult
indeed to measure the extent of his influence. He also devoted some time to farming, having taken up a homestead
of one hundred and sixty acres on his soldier's right, and he proved progressive and efficient as an agriculturist.
Mr. Hughes was married on the 3d of March, 1869, to Miss Georgia E. Batchelder, a daughter of Joseph Batchelder,
and to this union were born six children: Joseph, a resident of San Jose, California; Hattie, now Mrs. Ray Templeton
and the mother of five children, Ruby, Laurine, Bernice, Dorothy and Ralph, of whom the last named is deceased;
Harry, who married Abbie Gordon and has two children, Frances and Edna; Grace, the wife of Wyette Moyer and the
mother of two children, Wilma and Erma; Frank, who married Lola Beaman and has one daughter, Eloise; and Ray, who
resides with his mother.
Mr. Hughes believed in the policies of the republican party in regard to national issues but at local elections
voted for the best man irrespective of his political affiliation. He, attended the Methodist Episcopal church and
at all times cast his influence on the side of right and justice. Through his membership with the Grand Army of
the Republic he kept in touch with his comrades of the '60s and throughout his life manifested a high spirit of
patriotism. He was successful in the management of his business affairs, and, although when he came to Nebraska
he had but ten cents, he was independent at the time of his death and his good judgment and enterprise were generally
recognized. He passed away on the 30th of August, 1906, and was buried in Sunrise cemetery at Wahoo.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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