Biography of William Hughes
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

WILLIAM HUGHES. One of the best examples of the self reliant, selfmade and successful business men of Cleveland, William Hughes has achieved a well deserved popularity while laying the foundations for his present prosperity. He was born in Cambridgeshire, England, September 29, 1875, a son of the late Samuel W. and Mary (Smith) Hughes, both natives of Cambridgeshire, where he was born in 1836, a son of a farmer and cattle buyer, and he followed in the same lines of business, becoming prominently' identified with the livestock and slaughtering business in Cambridgeshire. Meeting, however, with business reverses, he decided to seek a new home in America, and in 1881, with his wife and seven children, he came to this country. He first located in Warrensville Township, and by degrees returned to the livestock and slaughtering business, and from 1884 until his death he was an active figure in the industry. In 1906 he moved to Cleveland, and in 1909 became a member, with his sons, of the Hughes Provision Company. His death occurred in 1910, but his widow survived him until 1922, when she died at the age of seventy six years. To them were born the following children, all of whom are living: Jennie, who was born in England, married Edward Castle, and resides at East Cleveland; Clara, who was born in England, married Frank Judson, and resides at Cleveland; Ada, who was born in England, married Harry Bates, and they reside at Cleveland; Carrie, who was born in England, married John Gibbs, and resides at Lakewood, Ohio; Ernest, who was born in England, married Libbie Crane, and resides at Lakewood; William, whose name heads this review; Maude, who was born in England, married Frank Day, and resides at Cleveland; John, who was born in America, married Emma Schermeier, and resides at Cleveland; Rubie, who was born in the United States, married Howard Cole, and resides at Akron, Ohio; and Oliver, who was born in the United States, married Ella Hopperlin, and resides at Cleveland.

William Hughes was a boy of six years when he was brought by his parents from England. He attended the public schools at Warrensville, and from the time he was old enough until his eighteenth year he assisted his father in buying and slaughtering livestock. In 1893 he began buying and selling livestock for the Cleveland market on his own account, and later was in partnership for two years with his brother-in-law, Edward Castle. In 1898 he sold his business and went to the gold fields of Alaska. accompanying a Cleveland party of thirty five, and spent a year and seven months in those regions. Returning from Alaska in 1899, he engaged in the buying and slaughtering business in partnership with his brother-inlaw, John Gibbs, and in 1901 he again engaged in the same business on his own account, killing at the Cleveland stockyards, and so continued until 1909, when he, with his brothers, organized the Hughes Provision Cornpany, and bought the plant of the Retail Butchers' Association. Since 1921 Mr. Hughes has been president of this company, his associates being his brother John, George Hockey, J. L. Bestricky, A. E. Dressier, Hugo Hoffman and Earl Hughes, the latter his son. All of the above mentioned gentlemen are on the Board of Directors of the company. The plant, one of the large ones in the packing house district, is absolutely modern in equipment both for slaughtering and for preparing the meats for the market. The company also maintains large retail markets at Akron, Canton and Youngstown, Ohio, and the annual business of this concern aggregates over $1,500,000.

Mr. Hughes is a member and former director of the Cleveland Chamber of Industry, and he and his wife are members of the Franklin Circle Church of Christ.

In 1900 Mr. Hughes married Dora Pratt, who was born at Cleveland, a daughter of the late Dr. Frederick and Dora (McDonald) Pratt. They have one son, Earl William, born April 26, 1901, who is a director in the Hughes Provision Company. He married Marion Rye, of Cleveland.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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