Pittsburg (PA) Druid
December 15, 1920
GRIM REAPER SUMMONS JOHN RICHARD HUGHES – Well Known Resident of Bedford Passes Away-Was a Native of Holyhead. N. W.
Bedford, Ind., Dec. 10 – The funeral of John R. Hughes, who died very suddenly at the mill of the Bedford Cut Stone Company on Monday afternoon, was held at the residence at 171 W. [difficult to read] O. Street on Wednesday afternoon, December 8, services being conducted by the Rev. Wilson Whitney. Members of Bedford Commandery, Knight Templar, of which the deceased was a member, acted as an escort from the home to the grave and had charge of the services at the cemetery.
John Richard Hughes was born at Holyhead, North Wales, on June 13, 1863, and was the youngest of five children-three sons and two daughters-that blessed the union of John R. and Margaret (Owen) Hughes. His father died very suddenly while on a business trip to Ireland from cholera when Mr. Hughes was only three years of age, and his mother passed away in Holyhead twelve years ago. One sister and his two brothers have also preceded him to the grave, one of the latter who was a seaman presumably having been lost at sea. The only surviving member of the family is a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Jones of North Wales.
Mr. Hughes began his apprenticeship as a stonecutter when but 13 years of age, and five years later came to Montreal, Canada, where he followed that trade for some time. Later he worked in New York City, Grand Rapids, Mich., Hamilton, O., and Chicago, coming to this city from the Illinois metropolis some thirty years ago. Shortly after his arrival in Bedford, he formed a partnership with William Evans of Oolitic, under the firm name of the Bedford Cut Stone Company, and until failing health necessitated Mr. Evans' retirement, they remained in business together.
Typed and donated by Randi Richardson.