William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
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Charles W. Hughes Diaries, 1896-1911
Mary Parsons, November 2009, and Erin Platte and Meg Hixon, October 2011
Charles W. Hughes diaries
Hughes, Charles W., 1858-1912
This collection contains five daily pocket diaries kept by Charles W. Hughes of Ladoga, Indiana, around the turn of the 20th century. The diaries chronicle the daily events and concerns of a middle-class family, including business affairs, politics, clubs, and sports teams.
The material is in English
William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu
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The collection is open for research.
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Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.
Charles W. Hughes Diaries, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
Charles W. Hughes was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 22, 1858. After being orphaned at a young age, he was adopted by James L. and Elizabeth Wilson of Indiana. Hughes lived in Ladoga, Indiana, where he was a merchant and famer. In 1888, he married Mary S. Thompson ("Susie"), and they had three children: Beulah (b. 1889), Charles (b. 1894), and Lilah (b. 1899). Charles W. Hughes died on March 22, 1912.
Collection Scope and Content Note
This collection contains five daily pocket diaries kept by Charles W. Hughes of Ladoga, Indiana, around the turn of the 20th century. The diaries chronicle the daily events and concerns of a middle-class family, including business affairs, politics, clubs, and sports teams. The diaries cover 1896-1898, 1905-1906, and 1908-1911.
Hughes primarily reported on events around his home in Lagoda, Indiana, but maintained interest in national politics as well. He often mentioned the results of sporting contests and his attendance at various cultural events, including a visit to the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show in 1896. Some entries mention local news, such as crimes and deaths, often in detail. Hughes sometimes wrote about national and international politics and events, such as the 1896 presidential election and the Spanish-American War. The diaries also pertain to the activities of Hughes's wife and children and to family vacations. On one occasion, they saw a group of convicts working on a large plantation in Bobo, Mississippi (July 8, 1908). Hughes added information to "Memoranda" sections in each volume, such as financial accounts.
- Agriculture--United States--History.
- Ladoga (Ind.)
- Spanish-American War, 1898.
- Sports--United States--History.
- United States--Politics and government--1865-1933.