Judge Ernest B. Hughes.
Now serving as judge of the Twenty-second
Judicial District, including Creek and Okmulgee counties, Judge
Hughes has been as popular on the bench as he was as a practicing
lawyer in this district. he is the oldest lawyer by residence and
practice in the entire district, and has been identified with the bar
of Eastern Indian Territory in Oklahoma for almost twenty years.
Possessed of scrupulous honesty and a fine sense of justice, his
hosts of friends unite in declaring him one of the most competent men
who ever sat on the district bench in the state.
Judge Hughes is a
native of West Virginia, born in Summers County, July 23, 1874, a son
of Gordon C. and Alice (Hanchins) Hughes. His father was born in
Giles County, Virginia,
March 24, 1853, and his mother in Summers County, West Virginia,
April 17, 1853. They were married in West Virginia in 1872, and lived
in that state until May 1, 1893, and removed to Arkansas, afterwards
to Missouri, and in 1897 located in Indian Territory, first at
Tahlequah and since 1898 has had their home in Sapulpa. Gordon C.
Hughes has spent his active career as a farmer and as a man of
affairs. While he lives in town, he has some extensive interests to
require his attention in farming and in other matters. Creek County
has had no more influential leader in all the uplift movements for
the improvement of agriculture and rural life than Mr. Hughes. He has
been identified with all the good roads undertakings in this county,
and has been a loyal supporter of corn clubs and other organizations.
He is a democrat, and while living in West Virginia served as sheriff
of his home county. He is also a member of the Masonic Order, and
both parents are devout in performing their duties as members of the
Methodist Episcopal Church South.
Judge Hughes, who
was the oldest of seven children, six of whom are still living, lived
at home with his parents until his marriage in 1898. In the meantime
he had gained a liberal education. He attended the college at Pea
Ridge, Arkansas, from which he graduated in 1897, and in 1900 took
his degree in law from the Southern Normal University at Huntington,
Tennessee. At an earlier date he had for two years been a student in
the State Normal School of West Virginia. Before statehood Judge
Hughes served as city recorder of Sapulpa, and enjoyed a widely
extended practice in the courts of this district until his election
as district judge in November, 1914.
Judge Hughes is a
loyal democrat, is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South,
and is affiliated with the Masonic Order, the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the
Knights of Pythias. He was the first president of the Creek County
Bar Association, and is well known in the State Bar Association.
In 1898 he married
Miss Olga Temperance Lindsey, a native of Arkansas, and a daughter of
Dr. F. J. Lindsey of Benton County, Arkansas. To their union have
been born six children: Bernard, Nellie Carmen, Birdie, Joseph G.,
Thomas Wilson (deceased), and Billie Mirth.