Hughes' Views & News

88 years old, 66 years married

Posted in Genealogy by tahughesnc on January 4, 2016

This story about my about my Hughes great-grandparents was published in The Tuscaloosa News in January 1956 — I’m not sure which day.

Pickens Natives, Wed 66 Years, Still Hearty And Independent

Pickens Natives, Wed 66 Years

News Staff Writer

When Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hughes both turned 88 and close partners for 66 short years, shake hands with St. Peter in another world they won’t have far to go. It’ll be like visiting kinfolks in an adjoining forty.

A Pickens County family most of their lives, Mr. and Mrs. Hughes moved on a better farm near Columbus, Miss., right after World War I.

Last Tuesday, Mrs. Hughes celebrated her 88th birthday. Mr. Jim turned 88 last summer.

It was during the early winter that Mr. and Mrs. Hughes called in their kinfolks to celebrate the 66th anniversary of their wedding.

They have eleven children living. There are 25 surviving grandchildren and 26 surviving great-grandchildren.

A son, Arlie E. Hughes, Tuscaloosa, just recently retired at 65 from employment at Alabama Power Company here. He had worked for the company 16 years.

Another son, E. T. Hughes, is employed by Allen and Jemison Co., in Tuscaloosa. A daughter, Mrs. Ingram Ashcraft, is a nurse’s aid at Druid City Hospital.

The elderly couple has lived through periods of prosperity and the other, were past grownup in the days of Roosevelt’s WPA, but didn’t take any money for plowing under every third heifer or for not planting cotton.

To this day, Mr. and Mrs. Hughes have been self reliant, self-supporting and never the object of any charity from the government, any individual, not even the kinfolks.

Both are still in apparent good health.

Who wears the britches in the family?

“Ours is not an absolute petticoat government,” chuckled the husband, Jim, “but it’s under pretty good control.”

What did his missus think along those lines?

Like most womenfolks, she was smart enough not to say.

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  1. Eva said, on February 22, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Any relation to John Chesley Hughes? 1st wife Lee Bailey 2nd Leota.

    • tahughesnc said, on February 22, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      Not that I know of, Eva. When and where did he live?

      • Eva Gaydon said, on April 29, 2016 at 8:14 pm

        He was born 25 Dec 1889 (supposedly in Pickens County AL) died 1976 and is buried in Monroe county Miss. His first wife Lee Bailey is my relation.

      • tahughesnc said, on May 3, 2016 at 1:40 pm

        To the best of my knowledge, your John Chesley Hughes is not related to my Hughes line.

  2. Dave Hughes said, on May 29, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Obviously had a good sense of humor.

    • Tom Hughes said, on May 29, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Dave, I am told that my great grandfather was only about 5’2″ tall. My guess is that when you go through life at that height, a sense of humor is a must!

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