Biography of Capt. Charles W. Hough


CAPT. CHARLES W. HOUGH was born in Summer Hill, Cayuga county, N. Y., June 22, 1836, a son of Joel and Harriet (Smith) Hough, farmers. The family trace their descent from Sir Edward Hough, of England, whose descendants landed at Plymouth in 1664.

Charles W. Hough was educated in the common schools and at Moravia Academy in his native county. Descended from a long line of patriotic ancestors and inheriting their spirit he enlisted in the cause of the Union in 1862, joining Co. E, 138th N. Y. Vols., which later by reorganization became the 9th N. Y. Heavy Artillery. Enlisting as a private, he was successively promoted to corporal, sergeant, sergeantmajor, second lieutenanf, first lieutenant, and finally was commissioned captain in the 2d N. Y. Heavy Artillery. His regiment lay for about eighteen months in the defenses of Washington, and just prior to the command being ordered to the field, Lieutenant Hough was detailed by the War Department as ordnance officer in the defenses of Washington north of the Potomac. Subsequently he was made chief ordnance officer for the district of Washington, and had exclusive charge of dismantling the fortifications around the national capital north of the Potomac at the close of the war. He was honorably discharged on October 15, 1865, with the rank of captain and ordnance officer of the district of Washington.

In 1867 he went to Winona, Minn., where he remained three years. In 1871 he bought a half interest in the Wiard Plow Works at East Avon. Thus was formed the firm of Wiard & Hough, manufacturers of the well known Wiard plows. In 1876 the works were removed to Batavia, at which time the Wiard Plow Company was organized. For twenty-two years Mr. Hough has served as treasurer of the company, and during all these years it has steadily grown and prospered.

Captain Hough is one of the self-made men of Batavia. He has served as village trustee and president of the Board of Trade, and takes an active interest in educational and religious matters. He is energetic and enterprising, and has always endeavored to promote the material development of Batavia. He has built over thirty residences, has laid out suburban additions, and donated three separate streets to the village corporation; he has also used his far-reaching influence in securing manufacturing industries to Batavia. In politics he has always been identified with the Republican party.

On September 26, 1866, Captain Hough was married to Jennie Y., daughter of George W. and Jerusha (Brooks) Young. They have two sons: Arthur G. and Edward W. Arthur G. was graduated from Batavia High School, attended Woodstock College, Canada, and was graduated from Cornell University Law School. He now occupies a position with the Wiard Plow Company. Edward W. is a student at Clinton Liberal Institute at Fort Plain, N. Y.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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