MARCUS L. HUGHES, deceased, whose portrait appears in this work, deserves to be remembered as one of the most enterprising and practical farmers and business men of Pulaski County. Of busy men, he became about the busiest, not for a greed of gain, but because he had an instinct of activity and a fondness for business. He was born in Caledonia, Pulaski County, February 11, 1848; was educated at Notre Dame, graduating from that institution February 1, 1866, after which he began farming on his own account, and not only became a practical farmer, but engaged largely in stockraising. His farm was the model farm of Pulaski County, and everything about shows not only refinement but good judgment. He was married in Mound City, Ill., September 17, 1878, to Mrs. Mary E., widow of Dr. William Anonett, and a daughter of P. W. Stophlett. a native of Ohio. This union was blessed with two children, viz.: Marcus L., born August 11, 1879, and Edgar, born February 21, 1881. Mr. Hughes did not take an interest in outward forms of religion, but led practically a good life. His friendships were many, his acquaintances numerous, and his taking away in December, 1881, was widely regretted by all among whom he was known. He was a son of William A. and Sarah Hughes, who were among the early settlers of Pulaski County. He was born March 25, 1818, and died February 8, 1873; she was born November 30, 1825, and died October 25, 1854. They are the parents of three children.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 317.