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L.B. (Pug) Hughart Submitted by: Ruth (Hughart) Wimberly

Our dad, L.B. “Pug” Hughart was a Choctaw original enrollee. He was born on May 26, 1891 in Whitefield, Oklahoma. His parents were R.L. “Dick’ Hughart born on February 1, 1867 and died on February 15, 1930. His mother was Nancy Crowder Hughart born on December 30, 1869 and died on February 21, 1900. They were married in 1888 and lived on Beaver Mt. Later they named it Hughart for them and it had a church, school, and post office. They had five children. Our dad, “Pug: attended school. He was a barber in Whitefield in 1917 and later in Quinton, Oklahoma. He married Anna Elizabeth Nunnelee in 1918. She was born on November 14, 1901. They had five children; James, Beatrice and Naomi, born in Hughart, Herbert and Ruth were born in Quinton. Baby Naomi died in Quinton of the “Summer Complaint.” Dad and Mom moved to Quinton wanting all the education possible for their children. They taught us to be proud of our Choctaw heritage and always be honest and truthful. They were faithful members of the church with us children. Dad worked many years at the zinc smelter in Quinton. It was booming with a railroad, banks, churches, many sores, doctors, lawyers, cotton gin, schools and fine teachers. Mom was an excellent seamstress, sewing for the public and keeping us well clothed as well as making many quilts all her life. She handed her ability to sew down to me, which I enjoy. Dad and Mom’s pastime was gospel singing. Dad sang down low bass and Mom sang alto. They sang in different areas for many miles around. All singers gathered to sing all day with “dinner on the ground”. So enjoyable for all, even children. Piano or organ players took turns playing up a storm, too. After the smelter closed, Dad taught “singing schools” night for two weeks in all areas. He taught how to read music in both round and shaped notes and keeping time with their hands. A pie supper was held at the end of the two weeks to raise the $20 owed Dad, a large sum then that went a log way. Dad and his male quartet drove to Dallas, Texas in the late 1930’s to sing on the air. So exciting for everyone-their “mixed” quartet managed to cut their songs on a large black 78 RPM record later – a treasure now. There are a few dear ones today who still sing the good oldies. They remember, “Pug” teaching them how to read music and his mellow, bass voice. Dad passed away in 1955. Mom passed on in 1969. Oh except Bea and family in New Jersey. I have my family here in Hughart, now Mt. Home Cemetery. Bea and I carry on the love of gospel music and our Lord in our lives. I enjoy the fellowship with others at the Choctaw Senior Citizens Center in McAlester. I enjoy reading the BISHINIK paper.

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