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Date: January 12, 2003 at 16:22:29
From: Phyllis Dale, [171.228.27.24.cfl.rr.com]
Subject: Re: Capt. Mary B. Greene in the cabin of the Str. GORDON C. GREENE...


Dale, I was thrilled to find this on the Mississippi River Museum site. The following shows Capt. Jesse Hughes as the pilot of the Bedford after the Greenes purchased the boat.

Many of our readers know Helen Prater, the daughter of Jesse. Dick Prater and Lillian Prater Smith are the grandchildren of Jesse. Helen always delights the passengers on the Delta Queen when she cruises. She is a very talented pianist and was a performer on the Tom Greene among others. Helen has very little sight now but that doesn't stop her from whipping out songs like "Little Rock Getaway" and a thousand others. The family cruises several times a year on the boat. Lillian who is an opera singer, was married in the pilot house. Dick has a wonderful voice too. They are all talented. I used to love to have them join me at the piano and sing harmony wih me. Not only past passengers know how special this family is but so do the S&D members. They book several cruises a year on the boats. They are definitely helping to keep the tradition of Steamboatin' Alive.

Copied from www.mississippirivermuseum.com.
Captain Jesse is in the National Rivers Hall of Fame and is an Achievement Award Winner.

Re: The Steamber H. K. Bedford and Captain Jesse P. Hughes

In the fall of 1891, a young man of fifteen signed on with the Steamer T.N. Barnsdale as a second cook and potato peeler. Thus began the long and fruitful career of Captain Jesse P. Hughes.

Jesse Hughes was born on the banks of the Ohio River just above Newport, Ohio, on June 7, 1876. Since he spent his entire youth along the river, either at Wheeling, West Virginia, or Reas Run, Ohio, it was only natural that he would be drawn to boating. His first few years on the river were spent working his way up the ladder through jobs as cook, pantry man and cabin boy. Then, under the tutelage of Captain J. Mack Gamble on the Steamer Courier, he became a steersman.

After Captain Gamble sold the Courier in 1896, Hughers signed on the steamer H.K. Bedford, which was owned by Captain Gordon C. Greene. This was the beginning of a 55 year career with the Greene Line Steamers, Inc., where he was ultimately a master of several Greene line boats, chief navigating officer for the company, Vice President, and part owner.

In June 1897, Hughes applied for and was issued his pilot's license. Now, standing watch on his own, he piloted the Steamer Argand for two years and the Greenwood for one year. In 1900, Captain Hughes became master of his first boat, the Steamer Cricket which he commanded on the Ohio and Big Sandy Rivers for the next four years.

In 1904, Captain Greene purchased the Steamer Tacoma and appointed Captain Hughes, one of his most trusted pilots, as master. For the next 14 years, Captain Hughes operated the Tacoma on the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers between Cincinnati and Charleston, West Virginia. It was on the Tacoma that the love of the river was acquired by his wife, Telia, and two young daughters Lillian and Helen, who lived on the boat during summers while away from school.

Beginning in 1920, and during the next 16 years, Captain Hughes was in charge of steamboat operations for the Greene Line in Ashland, Kentucky, and then Huntington, West Virginia. During that time he was called upon many times to pilot steamers of the Greene Line Fleet.

In 1922, Captain Hughes assisted in the planning of the Steamer Tom Greene, being involved in the design and construction of the boat and overseeing its construction. Following completion of the Tom Greene, he provided design input for the Chris Greene, completed in 1925. Captain Hughes painted the 11'x 3' murals that hung over the front of each of the cabins. The mural for the Tom Greene was a depiction of the Ashland, KY, wharf and its boat traffic, while that of the Chris Greene was of the Cincinnati wharf and skyline as it was in 1925. (These murals are currently in the Inland Rivers Library in Cincinnati). Captain Hughes also painted the lettering on the engine room bulkheads, name boards for the pilot houses, and names in the cabin interior.

The Tom Greene and Chris Greene were highly successful boats with Captain Hughes at the wheel








Captain Jesse P. Hughes
In the fall of 1891, a young man of fifteen signed on with the Steamer T.N. Barnsdale as a second cook and potato peeler. Thus began the long and fruitful career of Captain Jesse P. Hughes.

Jesse Hughes was born on the banks of the Ohio River just above Newport, Ohio, on June 7, 1876. Since he spent his entire youth along the river, either at Wheeling, West Virginia, or Reas Run, Ohio, it was only natural that he would be drawn to boating. His first few years on the river were spent working his way up the ladder through jobs as cook, pantry man and cabin boy. Then, under the tutelage of Captain J. Mack Gamble on the Steamer Courier, he became a steersman.

After Captain Gamble sold the Courier in 1896, Hughers signed on the steamer H.K. Bedford, which was owned by Captain Gordon C. Greene. This was the beginning of a 55 year career with the Greene Line Steamers, Inc., where he was ultimately a master of several Greene line boats, chief navigating officer for the company, Vice President, and part owner.

In June 1897, Hughes applied for and was issued his pilot's license. Now, standing watch on his own, he piloted the Steamer Argand for two years and the Greenwood for one year. In 1900, Captain Hughes became master of his first boat, the Steamer Cricket which he commanded on the Ohio and Big Sandy Rivers for the next four years.

In 1904, Captain Greene purchased the Steamer Tacoma and appointed Captain Hughes, one of his most trusted pilots, as master. For the next 14 years, Captain Hughes operated the Tacoma on the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers between Cincinnati and Charleston, West Virginia. It was on the Tacoma that the love of the river was acquired by his wife, Telia, and two young daughters Lillian and Helen, who lived on the boat during summers while away from school.

Beginning in 1920, and during the next 16 years, Captain Hughes was in charge of steamboat operations for the Greene Line in Ashland, Kentucky, and then Huntington, West Virginia. During that time he was called upon many times to pilot steamers of the Greene Line Fleet.

In 1922, Captain Hughes assisted in the planning of the Steamer Tom Greene, being involved in the design and construction of the boat and overseeing its construction. Following completion of the Tom Greene, he provided design input for the Chris Greene, completed in 1925. Captain Hughes painted the 11'x 3' murals that hung over the front of each of the cabins. The mural for the Tom Greene was a depiction of the Ashland, KY, wharf and its boat traffic, while that of the Chris Greene was of the Cincinnati wharf and skyline as it was in 1925. (These murals are currently in the Inland Rivers Library in Cincinnati). Captain Hughes also painted the lettering on the engine room bulkheads, name boards for the pilot houses, and names in the cabin interior.

The Tom Greene and Chris Greene were highly successful boats with Captain Hughes at the wheel

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