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HUGHES, MacDowell 1880-1963


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/17/2013 at 15:37:44

Mac Hughes, 82, Early Community Leader, Is Dead

MacDowell (Mac) Hughes, 82, one of Conrad's most enthusiastic boosters near the turn of the century, died of a heart attack last Wednesday at his home in Conrad.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Alice Church of God, with Rev. H. L. Heim officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery, with burial rites conducted by Roman Lodge, AF & AM, Conrad, of which he was a member for many years.

Casketbearers were Robert Kopsa, Dale Callaway, A. B. Cooper, Frank Aiken, Ralph Phillips and Orville Stover.

Special music for the service was provided by a quartet consisting of Lawrence Kline, Dale Bockes, O. A. Stover and John Kline. Mrs. Dale Callaway was organist.

Flower attendants were Mrs. Dale Bockes, Mrs. Duncan McMartin and Mrs. Walter Minnich.

MacDowell Hughes was born in Shibley's Point, Missouri, Oct. 30, 1880, to Leander and Sarah Frances Hickman Hughes, third of thirteen children and is survived by nine of them.

He spent twenty years near his birthplace and in 1900 came to near Conrad, Iowa. He was married February 14, 1908 to Ruby Lighter, by the Rev. E. E. Heltibridle, in her parents home and lived on that farm until 1926 when the family moved to a farm on Highway 14 near here, making their home since 1951 in Conrad..

He was raised in the Presbyterian church, but in 1908 he was baptized by immersion and joined the Alice Church of God. He was present in the services here last Sunday.

He was a worker for consolidation of our local schools in the twenties, and for Conrad's present school building. He served on the School Board and was a charter member of the Grundy County Farm Bureau in which he believed. He was a member of Roman Lodge No. 564 A.F. and A.M.

The couple were parents of nine children: Lillian (Mrs. Harry Pabst) of Inglewood, California; Laurence, Jack and Betty (Mrs. Richard Lynch) of Conrad; Irene (Mrs. Duane Long) of Whitten; Dora (Mrs. Ed Osborne) of Glendale, Calif.; Sarah (Mrs. Milan Thatcher) of Liscomb, and Margaret (Mrs. Gunther Zorn) Sacramento, Calif.; and Donald (Tech. Stg. Donald Hughes) who died from wounds on Leythe, Philippine Islands. There are seventeen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The brothers and sisters are: James of Luck, Wis.; Thomas of Charles City; Ed and Verna (Mrs. Noah Redic), and (Mrs. John Platt) Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Josephine (Mrs. Oscar Allen) Genoa, Colo., and Leon of Kansas City, Mo.

--newspaper clipping, source unknown


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