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George A. Hughes, Eckley


In 1880 Brown County, Kansas, George is 10, with widowed Mary J. 37, Susan 12, William 7, and Charles 3.

Mary J. (Evans) Hughes 1836-1933 is buried in Brown County # 29917142, with John 1810-1878 - but his obit says their kids were james, Bridget, Letitia, and Charles.

July 22, 1899 "George Hughes, agent at Eckley, was in Wray Thursday on his way home from a trip east."

September 15, 1899 "G.A. Hughes of Eckley was a Yuma visitor Friday."

George is the station agent in 1900 Eckley, born January 1870 in Kansas.

August 18, 1900 "G.A. Hughes, station agent at Eckley, made a flying trip to Wray Monday."

George A. Hughes, age 32, married Rose Elizabeth Gettle, 21, on December 21, 1907 at Lewiston, Pawnee County, Nebraska.

In 1920 Pawnee County, Nebraska, George is 49, a station agent, with Rose E. 33 born in Ohio, an Geore W. 5 born in Nebraska.

In 1930 Lincoln, Nebraska, George is still a railway agent, 60, with Rose E. 44 and George W. 15.

July 2, 1934 Lincoln " Today, Monday, at 11 o’clock in the morning is the seventy-first anniversary of the time when Jennie Wade, only citizen casualty in the battle of Gettysburg, was killed by a stray bullet as she was making biscuits in her kitchen," stated Mrs. Rosa A. Gettle, 75, self-styled 'souvenir' of the battle, who is visiting with her daughter, Mrs. Rosa E. Hughes, 1507 Garfield. Jennie's family and mine lived side by side." Mrs. Gettle, who now lives at Blue Springs, was 4 years and four months old at the time of the great battle which turned the tide of the Civil war. Her home, where she lived wdth her widowed mother, three sisters and four brothers, was right in the middle of the battlefield, in the valley between Seminary Ridge, the union position, and the Hills - Culp's and Wolf's, the confederate stands. Her memory bolstered by the oft told story of the three day flood of human blood, was clear on the memorable events in spite of her youth at the time. "The Jennie Wade incident is very fresh in my mind," said Mrs. Gettle, "I can remember her well; she was a stout, blonde girl about 16 years old. Historical accounts...."

1941 " Mrs. Rose Snyder Gettle, of Blue Springs, Neb., who often visits her daughter, Mrs. Rose Hughs, in Lincoln, was 4 years old at the time of the battle and her home was on the lot adjoining the Wade home. She knew Jennie Wade and the McClellans. Mrs Gettle recalls that .she and some other children left Gettysburg on the morning of the first day of the battle and went out into the country where they stayed until it was over. But a large part of the population of the little town stayed and lived thru it all."

May 30, 1944 Woman Recalls Battle Of Gettysburg
On Memorial Day 1944, the thoughts of most Americans are the men and women fighting on fronts all over the world. Most forget that Memorial came about after the Civil War honoring those who died in the between the states. The battle of Gettysburg, one of thedecisive battles of that war, to most people is something they read about in history books. But to MUs. Rosa A. Gettle, 85, of Wymore it is as vivid as an event of yesterday. Mrs. Gettle, who was four-year-old Rosie Snyder in 1863, lived in Gettysburg, a town of under 1,000 population at that time. As far as is known Mrs. Gettle is the only living inhabitant of Gettysburg who was there at the time of the battle. The happenings of those three days, July first, Second and third, were so strongly impressed on the four-year-old child's mind then that even the small details are remembered today.
"I can remember it all so well" Mrs. Gettle reminisces, " my mother had got up about four o'clock that Wednesday morning to start about her baking in the big outdoor oven. After she had set the dough, she worked in the garden a while, then she went over the way into the timber to pick blackberries." In those same fields and woods the battle later raged. Mrs. Snyder, Mrs. Gettle's mother, noticed that the fields were thick with soldiers. "What's going on?" she asked a neighbor. "A battle is going to take place here," the man answered.
Mrs. Snyder was a widow with eight children so her days were always full. On that first day of battle at Gettysburg, she finished her baking as usual and churned some butter. When the Federates, or Union soldiers, began coming back along Baltimore Pike with the Confederate prisoners, Mrs. Snyder fed them warm bread spread with the fresh-churned butter. The younger children stood at the gate watching the prisoners and their guards. The wounded were being taken back to the court house and other public buildings, which were being used as hospitals. ^
The children noticed one prisoner had been wounded in the arm with grapeshot. When the wounded man reached the gate at which the children were standing, he said he could go no further. The children's mother took pity on him and ordered that he be brought into their house. She told his bearers to put him on the bed in the spare room, but when he saw the bed he protested because he didn't want to get it dirty. He asked them to put him on the floor. Mrs. Snyder did not allow them to put him there. The children, who were badly frightened at the sight of the ugly wound, were even more frightened when they overheard some one say that the arm would be amputated. The mother decided then that it would be better for the children to be with their Aunt Susie Benner, across Rock creek and down the road.
The oldest, daughter, a girl of 38, started with the three youngest children—Rosa, 4, her sister, 6, and her brother, 8, on the perilous trip to the Benner house Mrs. Gettle recalls. To begin with the trip didn't seem dangerous. But the children had just crossed a wooden, "zigzag" fence after stopping at a spring for a drink, when they heard something hissing. They thought it was a snake at first until a cannonball whizzed through the foliage and bounced at their feet. Fortunately for them the cannonball did not explode. The children were walking between the firing lines of the opposing forces.
The children had been at Benners only a day when the authorities warned them that they were not safe there. In their search for a refuge they stopped at farmhouses along the way. The houses, Mrs. Gettle remembers, were full of soldiers. At one place they stopped, an officer picked up the four- year-old Rosa and kissed her. "Oh, the poor children!" the officer said. Continuing on their way, Rosa lost her shoe. She was so frightened that she didn't mention a word of her loss to the others. With one shoe off and one shoe on Rosa with her brother and sisters, finally found safety at a farmhouse.
It was while there that they were joined by their brother, John. John had been staying with a farmer in the neighborhood. With the battle approaching, the farmer and his family had fled and left John to watch over the house As the fighting came nearer, John, too, decided to leave. On the way through the woods to the farm house where his brother and sisters were, John met a soldier. John was wearing a ring belonging to the farmer's wife which the soldier wanted. John refused to givb up the ring. The soldier told him to give up the ring or to give up his coat and trousers. John took his choice and arrived at the farmhouse in his drawers.
On Friday, the last day of the battle, the children wanted to reach their home, but when they arrived they found that the over Rock creek, which they crossed on the way home, burned by the soldiers. The children did not return to their home until the first of the ... ot until then did their Whether they were floor and gone through the partition in the next room where it went through a closet and broke a stove in the closet. A table and chair in the front room were also destroyed. Mrs. Snyder and her 16-year-old daughter were in the cellar when the shell struck. They left the cellar then for a place of greater safety.
The next-door neighbors, the Wade family, had gone to their cellar, too, but not in time to save the life of 16-year-old Jennie Wade. Jennie was in the kitchen kneading dough for "shortcake." A bullet entered the outside door of the Wade home, penetrated the bedroom door which was opened into the hallway and struck Jennie in the back. Jennie, the only civilian killed in Gettysburg, fell within a few feet of her mother, some pieces of dough still in her fingers. After the battle the children wandered over the battle field, which was thickly littered with shells. One morning Mrs. Gettle said she awakened bv her mother closing the window of her bedroom. She asked her mother why she was closing the window since it was warm weather. Her mother replied that they were burying a soldier where he had fallen by their garden fence. The smell of the decaying body filled the air.
A more pleasant remembrance to Mrs. Gettle was her glimpse of President Lincoln. When Lincoln came to Gettysburg to deliver the ...she waved her handkerchief to him. When Lincoln came riding by wearing his familiar stove-pipe hat, the little girl waved to him and was rewarded with a nod. "His pictures look just him," Mrs. Gettle says."

1943 Lincoln "The King of Flight Aircraft company of which George A. Hughes, Lincoln, is president filed suit in federal court here against the United Airlines Trans portation corporation, alleging patent infringement, and asking an injunction and accounting. Hughes states he was given a patent in August, 1932, on airfoil apparatus which, he alleges, the defendants have infringed upon."

George is buried in Brown County, Kansas, 1870-1947 # 29917110.

Rose Hughes, born March 15, 1886, died in March 1977, last residence Lincoln.
She was born near Greenville Ohio to William G. Gettle and Rosa A. Snyder.

June 29, 1975 Lincoln "PANGBURN - Mary Catherine (Marne), 92, 2200 So. 52nd, died Thursday. Born in Pennsylvania. Retired schoolteacher. Member OES. Survivors: son, John Jr., North Hollywood, Calif.; daughter, Mrs. J. W. (Pauline) Jones Sr., Cleveland, Ohio; sisters, Mrs. Rose E. Hughes and Miss Margaret Gettle, both of Lincoln; two grandchildren; eight, great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Servicus: 2 p.m. Monday, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Wymore. Father Theodore Kampman. Wymore Cemetery."

In 1900 Pawnee County, Nebraska, Wiliam Gettle is 50, a hardware merchant, with Rosa A. 41. Mamie is 17, William L., 16, ROAA E. 18, and Margaret 9.

George Gettle is buried in Pawnee County, # 54773026, dying December 13, 1916. Rosa A. 1859-1954 is
So is Rosa Gettle 1859-1954 # 54773093. Her obituary said one daughter was Rosa Hughes of Lincoln.
Rosa's obituary said at age 4 she heard Lincoln give the Gettysburg Address.

One tree said George Hughes married Manda Etta Parvin in 1901 Lincoln and that she 1877-1952 died in Omaha December 11, 1947 in Lincoln, Nebraska

In 1910 Lincoln, Etta is with her parents Frank Parvin 58 and laura 55, marrried to George Hagenbugh, 34 with Darius 6.

Etta is married to George Hagenbuck in 1920 Lincoln, with his son Gwinn and Darius Hughes, both 17.
George Winwood Hughes was born October 27, 1914 in Pawnee County to George A. Hughes and Rose E. Gettle, dying February 13, 1997 in Duval County, Florida.

Darius died in California, and is buried in Lincoln 1902-1957 # 70412588.
His wife Minnie (Martens) 1903-1996 is with him # 70412596.

So is Etta t. hagenbuch 1877-1952 # 70408942,m with George S. 1872-1939,.


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