Biography of James H. Hughes
North Central Ohio Biographies

James H. Hughes. One of the well known insurance men of Richland County is James H. Hughes, who is agency manager for the Lincoln Mutual Indemnity Company, with offices in the Mohican Building, Mansfield. He was born in Milton Township, Ashland County, May 27, 1886, the son of James and Rose (Hunter) Hughes.

James Hughes was born in Beaver County, Pa., in 1823, and his wife was a native of Hayesville, Ohio, born in 1843. He grew up on his father's farm and lived in Weller Township, having removed there in 1830. After his marriage Mr. Hughes located in Ashland County, in 1875, and operated a large, well improved farm in Milton Township for many years. He died in 1895 and his wife died in 1922. Both are buried at Ashland. Their children were: Jean, married Willard Dove, who died in 1926, and she lives at Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Dove is the owner of the old homestead in Milton Township, where the Greenwood Golf Course is now under construction, which is a nine hole course; and James H., the subject of this sketch. Mr. Hughes was also a Civil War veteran, having served throughout the war period. He was discharged with the rank of lieutenant. He held membership in the Methodist Church, Grand Army of the Republic, and was a prohibitionist.

James H. Hughes was educated in the public and high schools of Ashland. He spent several years in Idaho, Montana, and Washington, where he was a ranchman. He returned to Ashland in 1906 and for 11 years owned and operated a cigar store at that place. In 1918 he purchased the first Ford tractor in Richland County and served as sales manager in the county under Topping Brothers, of Ashland. The following year Mr. Hughes became manager of the Farm Power Machinery Department of the Farm Power Machinery Company. In 1920 he became sales manager for the R. E. Moorehead Motor Company, and resigned from that position in 1929 to become agency manager of the Lincoln Indemnity Company in Mansfield. He has offices at Main and Third streets.

In 1909 Mr. Hughes married Miss Letha Opdyke, the daughter of Benton and Susan Opdike, natives of Rome, Ohio, and now residents of Ashland. Mr. Opdike, retired, was for 20 years employed as foreman by the Myers Bros. Pump Works, of Ashland. Mr. and Mrs. Hughes are the parents of three children: James B., a graduate of Mansfield High School, class of 1916; Tierney Robert; and Doris May.

Politically, Mr. Hughes has always been a Republican. He is affiliated with Frank H. Marquis Lodge, F. & A. M. No. 690.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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