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Charles Edgar Hughes
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Birth: Mar. 8, 1852
St. Croix County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: May 23, 1936
Saint Paul
Ramsey County
Minnesota, USA

Obituary: Man Who Got First News of Custer Massacre Here Is Buried In Roselawn The man who received the message of the Custer massacre to St. Paul. Charles Edgar Hughes, 84, pioneer telegraph operator and former manager of the Western Union Telegraph offices here was buried Monday. Funeral services were held a 1:30 p.m. at the Dampier-Baird chapel, 288 W. Kellogg blvd., and burial was in Roselawn cemetery. Mr. Hughes died Saturday in the home of a daughter, Mrs. C. O. Kindy, 1236 Lincoln ave., after a short illness. He was born in Hudson, Wis., and entered the telegraph business here as a youngster of 14 years. He retires 12 years ago. The telegraph operator was on duty when the news of the Custer massacre was first flashed to St. Paul. The information had been relayed to Bismarck, N.D. and put on the wire there. Mr. Hughes remained at his keys for 48 hours to report the complete story of how Gen. Custer and his troop of soldiers had been wiped out by Sitting Bull and his tribe of Indians in eastern Montana in June 1876. Fred Oelker, another veteran of the telegraph company recalled today that Mr. Hughes had given his first job 5 years ago as a messenger boy. Mr. Oelker is now manager of credits and collections of the St. Paul office. Mr. Hughes was a member of the summit lodge, A.F. & A.M. Surviving are son, Walter J. Hughes; daughter, Mrs. C. O. Kindy; sister, Elizabeth Hughes; brother, L.A. Hughes, pioneer real estate dealer, and two grandchildren all of St. Paul. 
 
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 Parents:
  James B. Hughes (1805 - 1873)
  Elizabeth Mather Hughes (1816 - 1893)
 
 Spouse:
  Cora F Fielding Hughes (1857 - 1923)
 
 Siblings:
  Eleazer Mather Hughes (1836 - 1917)*
  George Robert Hughes (1840 - 1907)*
  Edwin Pendleton Hughes (1842 - 1913)*
  Emily Virginia Hughes Ackley (1846 - 1929)*
  Emily Virginia Hughes Ackley (1846 - 1929)*
  Ellen Cora Hughes Phillips (1848 - 1932)*
  Charles Edgar Hughes (1852 - 1936)
  Tammy Williams Hughes Steele (1854 - 1936)*
  John Marshall Hughes (1856 - 1881)*
  Lucius Augustus Hughes (1859 - 1941)*
  Elizabeth Dwelly Hughes (1862 - 1947)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Roselawn Cemetery
Roseville
Ramsey County
Minnesota, USA
 
Maintained by: Mike Hughes
Originally Created by: T.V.F.T.H.
Record added: Oct 19, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 78750945
Charles Edgar Hughes
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Charles Edgar Hughes
Added by: Mike Hughes
 
Charles Edgar Hughes
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