From "A History of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney Counties"
Provided by The Grant County Museum
JOHN HUGHES - Many of our most esteemed citizens have come from the land whence hails the subject
of this sketch, England, and to their credit be it said that no more worthy class of men are supporters of
our free institutions than this same number of stanch Englishmen, of whom Mr. Hughes is a noble type. A man of
courage, wisdom and ability, coupled with a frame that was capable of enduring hardships, he has spent a goodly time
on the frontier stations of our great land and has successfully met and overcome the various obstacles there to be found,
as well as passing through the many and thrilling experiences that attend this mode of life.
John H. was born to John H. and Rebecca (Mattox) Hughes, on June 27, 1849, in Liverpool, England. There he attended the public schools
and lived with his parents until 1863, when he came across the ocean with his father's brother, landing in New York. For a short time
he stayed there, and then came to St. Joseph, Missouri, whence, in June, 1864, he started across the plains in a train composed of
twelve mule teams. At Fort Laramie they joined an ox train of sixty-two teams, and another mule train of twelve teams. A short time after
leaving Fort Laramie the second mule train became delayed and were separated some distance from the others. The Indians attacked this
unfortunate number and killed thirteen men and took one woman captive. The only other woman of that train wrapped herself so well in blankets
that the Indians did not discover her. The reds burned the wagons and went away with their booty. The following season they released the captive.
The remainder of the trains went on their journey and without serious attack from the savages, except some skirmishes. When the train arrived at
Salt Lake Mr. Hughes left it and stayed in Salt Lake City for one winter. In the spring he went to prospecting and until 1878 he was working at this
line of industry in all the leading camps of Nevada and Utah. In 1878 he came to Baker City, and shortly afterward on to Granite, where he stayed
until 1881, then went to Susanville, where he has been actively engaged and interested in mining since. He was the original owner of the famous Badger
mine, now one of the most valuable mines in this region. He sold this property in 1897, but still has some valuable cliams in the vicinity amonty which
is the noted Bug Nugget. He owns the Monumental hotel in Longcreek, which he operated until recently, now leasing the same. He owns a good store building,
which is well stocked with general merchandise and here he does a flourishing business, having entered the commercial world three years since. He also has a branch
store at Susanville, and is doing a fine business there. He has an elegant residence in Longcreek and several other residence buildings that he rents. He also
has eighty acres well improved that join the town, besides other property in various places.
The marriage of Mr. Hughes and Mrs. Ella Walch was celebrated in January, 1892, and to them have been born two children: John, deceased, and Emily Ruth.
Mr. Hughes parents came to this country ten years later than he did and located at Boise, but afterward went to the coast, where they now live. Mr. Hughes is a
member of the A.F. & A.M., and is highly esteemed throughout the entire community, having the confidence of the people.