Modern methods have eliminated much of the drudgery of housekeeping and simplified the work of the homemaker. In nothing are these changes more apparent than in the removing from the home the burden of laundry work by the well organized concerns which perform this class of work efficiently and at modern prices. Youngstown is the home of a number of these concerns, but none of them stands higher in popular favor than does the Youngstown Sanitary Laundry Company, of whom the capable general manger is William P. Hughes of this review, a practical man in the business.

William P. Hughes was born in South Wales, January 4, 1893, a son of David and Mary (Davis) Hughes, who, although they have made several trips of different duration to the Untied States, still reside in Wales, where he follows his calling as a mining engineer.

Carefully educated in his native land, William P. Hughes supplemented his high-school studies with a course in accountancy. In 1912 he came to Canada, and for two years served as office manager of a dairy business at Edmonton. In 1914 he came to Ohio, and for three months was bookkeeper for the East Ohio Gas Company of Youngstown, leaving that position to become chief clerk for the P. & O. Electric Company of this city. With the entry of this country into the World war he enlisted in the Untied States Army, and was assigned to the Three Hundred and Sixteenth Infantry. For the first month he was at Camp Meade, Maryland, but was then transferred to Fort Niagara, New York. A month later he was sent to Camp Raritan, New Jersey. Subsequently he was transferred to the intelligence branch of the service, and assigned to New York City, where he remained until in January, 1919, when he was honorably discharged as a first sergeant. Returning to Youngstown, he was with the Republic Rubber Company for six months as one of its credit men, and then became office manage of his present company. After a year he was made secretary and treasurer, and in 1923 became general manager.

On September 15, 1918, he married Miss Jane Williams, born at Youngstown, a daughter of W.P. and Mary (Owens) Williams, natives of Wales. Mr. Hughes is a republican. He belongs to the Epworth Methodist Episcopal Church of Youngstown. His fraternal connections are with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Masonic Order, and he has been advanced in the latter through the thirty-second degree. He also belongs to the Lions Club, the Kiwanis Club and the Youngstown Auto Club, and is thoroughly progressive man of many interests.


History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925, Volume IV