The Hughes Family Story

In 1975, Cornell College alumna Geraldine Hughes wrote “The Hughes Family Story,” a book that provides valuable historical information about the community of Mount Vernon from 1888 to 1970. The former Hughes home, "The Old Brick," was built in the 1850s by a pioneer merchant and still stands today.

The Hughes Family Story

Digitized copy of "The Hughes Family Story," by Geraldine Hughes, 1975. Click the image above to read.

In 1975, Cornell College alumna Geraldine Hughes wrote “The Hughes Family Story,” a book that provides valuable historical information about the community of Mount Vernon from 1888 to 1970. In 2011, Geraldine’s great-grandson, Philip J. LaMely (Lamale), loaned a print edition of “The Hughes Family Story” to Cole Library for digitization. LaMely, of Tennessee, began researching his ancestry in 2011 after accepting a site safety job in Cedar Rapids. LaMely knew that his paternal grandmother grew up in Mount Vernon, so he visited Cole Library and began seeking information. He quickly located photos of his aunt and father in Cornell’s Royal Purple yearbooks from 1920 and 1950, respectively. After LaMely’s mother recovered a copy of Geraldine’s book, LaMely was able to locate the former Hughes home, "The Old Brick," which was built in the 1850s by a pioneer merchant. The book is now available at Cole Library in print and via this digital collection.

William Peter Lamale, letter to Cornell president in 1912

William Peter Lamale was the husband of Maude Hughes. He sent this letter in 1912 to Cornell President James Harlan as a final acceptance of a job teaching pipe organ, history of music and piano. He taught at Cornell from 1912 to 1914. He died June 19, 1969 in Mansfield, Ohio.

Geraldine Hughes Obituary

Obituary published in The Sun on Aug. 23, 1990 for Geraldine Hughes, author of "The Hughes Family Story." Click the image or the button below to read.

"The Old Brick," Hughes home

A pioneer merchant, Mr. Knott, built this house, "The Old Brick," in the 1850s. It was home to Mrs. Jessie Hughes for 60 years.