HOUGH, the oldest conductor on the Vandalia Railroad, now running from Effingham to St. Louis, makes his home in
the former city and is one of its popular men. He was born January 22, 1840, in what is now Gowanda, N. Y., and
was the third in a family of seven sons and one daughter born unto Edwin and Mary (Ellsworth) Hough. Two of the
children died in infancy. The living are Edwin, now the publisher of the Saturday Herald of Hornellsville, N. Y.;
Leroy, who is agent on the Santa Fe Railroad at Colton, Cal.; Charles F., editor of a newspaper in Andover, N.
Y.; Millard F., residing in Trenton, Mo., a conductor on the Rock Island Railroad; and Ernest, who is connected
with the Baker Iron Company, of Los Angeles, Cal.
The father of this family was born in Bridgeport, Conn., in 1812, and there remained until fifteen years of age.
His father was a miller of the place. At fifteen, he left home and went to Batavia, N. Y., to learn the printer's
trade, working for $25 a year and board. At the age of twenty, he began the publication of a paper of his own and
continued in that business at different points in the Empire State until 1867, when, on account of ill health,
he retired. He died in 1869, at Hornellsville, N. Y. His wife was born in 18 14, at North Kingston, R. I., and
when a small child went with her parents to Wales, N. Y. She is still living and makes her home with our subject.
Mr. Hough of this sketch was educated in the common schools, and during his boyhood spent two years in his father's
printing office. He remained under the paternal roof until 1854, when he began working on the New York & Erie
Railroad and has since followed the business in which he is now engaged. In 1858, he came West and became a news-agent
on the Ohio & Mississippi Railroad. Later he became brakeman and subsequently was made conductor. In 1869,
he severed his connection with that road and became a brakeman on the Vandalia Road between St. Louis and Chicago,
remaining on that run till June, 1870. He then came to Effingham, and as conductor was placed in charge of a freight
train running from this place to East St. Louis. In November, 1884, he was made passenger conductor on the same
run, which position he holds at this writing.
On the 4th of February, 1868, Mr. Hough married Miss Caroline Pulliam, of Vincennes, Ind., who was born March 1,
1848. She there resided until her marriage. Three children have been born of this union: Edwin E., Annie L. and
Mamie M. The children have all received good educational privileges, having graduated from the Effingham schools.
The family are members of the Presbyterian Church and are highly respected citizens, widely known in this community.
Mr. Hough is a stanch Republican in his political views, and socially is a member of the Masonic fraternity and
the Order of Railway Conductors of Effingham. A genial, pleasant gentleman, he has a host of friends and acquaintances
in this community, who esteem him highly for his many excellencies of character. He owns a beautiful residence
in this city, and the Hough household is the abode of hospitality.
and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois, Containing Biographical Sketches of
Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States. (Chicago:
Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 257. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.