Welcome to the Virtual Archive of Letters written by John Hughes ~ 1858-1869

Birth: @1817
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: March 30, 1869
BUSINESS: J. P. HUGHES, IMPORTER AND MANUFACTURE OF ALL KINDS OF SADDLERY. CARRIAGE TRIMMING DONE WITH NEATNESS AND DISPATCH. ALL ORDERS PROMPTLY ATTENDED TO. Corner of Fort and Hotel Streets, Honolulu. (The Hawaiian Gazette, Honolulu, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, advertisement, January 6, 1869)

Death of Mr. John P. Hughes. – Our community was surprised on Wednesday morning last [March 31, 1869], to hear of the sudden death of Mr. J. P. Hughes, saddler. He had been ailing for months past, the symptoms indicating aneurism. On Tuesday [March 30, 1869] he was unwell all day, towards night being conscious that death was near at hand, and died at 9 1/2 o’clock that night. Mr. Hughes first came to these Islands about sixteen years ago, and commenced the saddlery and upholstering business with a Mr. Robinson, under the firm name of Hughes & Robinson, at the same stand which he occupied at his death.

After a time, in 1858 [April 1857] we believe, he went to Oregon with a Mr. [Andrew] Ohlson, where they remained about two years. Returning in 1860 to these Islands with Mr. Ohlson, he bought Mr. Robinson out, continuing the business as Hughes & Ohlson for a little over a year, when he bought out his partner’s interest and continued the business alone [at the corner of Fort and Hotel street] up until his death. Mr. Hughes early won, and has maintained a reputation for strict integrity. In his dealings with those employed by him, he has always been liberal and straightforward, so that upon the death of one of his employees his gratitude found expression by making Mr. Hughes sole heir to his property, amounting to almost four thousand dollars in money. His estate is worth some fifteen or twenty thousand dollars, which has been amassed by industry, thrift and a strict attention to business, carried on mostly upon a cash basis. The deceased has relatives residing in Richmond, Indiana, whom he visited about a year since. His property, we understand, has been devised by will to an elder brother residing in the above place. (The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands, Saturday, April 3, 1869)

At the last regular meeting of the Board of Representatives, of the “Honolulu Fire Department,” held In the Hall of Mechanic Engine Co. No. 2, April 1st, 1869, the death of Mr. J. P. Hughes, an old and efficient member of the Department was reported. On motion, the Department adopted the following resolutions, expressive of the feelings of the Department: “Resolved, That in the death of Mr. J. P. Hughes, the community has lost a good citizen and public spirited man, and this department a faithful friend and co-worker; one who was ever ready while health permitted to render efficient and valuable service. Resolved, That this Department tender their condolence to the family of the deceased in America in their sad bereavement. Resolved, That these resolutions be published in the local papers and a copy of the same be sent to his relatives in the States.” (The Hawaiian Gazette, Honolulu, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, April 7, 1869)

Sacred to the Memory of John P. Hughes
A Native of Pennsylvania, Died March 30,
A.D. 1869; Aged 52 Years

O’ahu Cemetery
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA
Plot: Section 2
Richmond, Indiana