Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
HARRISON S. HUGHES is at the
head of a large mercantile establishment in Almira. He handles hardware,
furniture, harness, paints, oils, and so forth, and has a large stock,
his hardware stock being the largest in this part of the county.
He is a young man of energy and ability. Having started in the Big
Bend country without means, he has gained his entire holdings as the result
of his keen business ability and industry. At the same time, Mr.
Hughes has so conducted himself that he has won the respect and confidence
of all who know him, and he stands in an enviable position in the community
Harrison S. Hughes was born in Iowa, on July
22, 1877, being the son of Henry and Ella (Oplinger) Hughes. The
father was born in Wales and came to America when a young man, settling
in Wisconsin. Later he removed to Chicago, then to Iowa. He
was a smelter man in his early life and when he started in Iowa, he turned
his attention to farming and became a very prominent citizen. The
mother was born in Pennsylvania and her father, Peter Oplinger, was a veteran
of the Civil War. The primary education of our subject was obtained
in the public schools of Chicago, this augmented at Sprague, and finally
his training was completed at the Washington Agricultural College at Pullman.
In 1889, he started for himself and soon bought a farm north of Almira.
For three years he gave his attention to that, then sold it and purchased
the interest of J. G. Jones, of the firm of Jones & Kunz. Since
the time of his purchase he has continued in the business, devoting his
entire energies to it and has achieved a fine success. Mr. Hughes
came to Sprague, Washington, in 1885 and since has always been identified
with the Evergreen State.