The junior member of the firm of Hogue & Son, of Vienna, Illinois, James Henry Hogue, young though he is, has by persistence and application to his chosen vocation forged to the front until he is now one of the best known and capable contractors and house movers in the city. Many structures throughout this part of the county attest his mastery of the building trade, and the several large contracts which he now has on hand indicate that his ability and workmanship are fully appreciated. He was born on a farm near Vienna, in Johnson county, August 31, 1884, and is a son of Isaac S. and Vesta (Bridges) Hogue.

James Hogue, the grandfather of James Henry, was a native of the Blue Grass state, and migrated to Southern Illinois in 1853, settling on a farm in Johnson county. He was a timber and lumber dealer, operating in Kentucky and Illinois, and became the owner of nine hundred acres of land. He was married (first) to a Miss Morris, of Golconda, a daughter of Overman Morris, of Virginia, and granddaughter of William Morris, who was of Colonial parentage, and there were two children born to this union: Mrs. Alice Bellamy and Isaac S. By his second marriage, with a Miss Mathis, he had seven children. Isaac S. Hogue was born in 1849, in Kentucky, and was four years of age when he was brought to Southern Illinois. He was reared to agricultural pursuits and for some years followed that line of endeavor, but during later years has devoted himself to contracting and house moving, as senior member of the firm of Hogue & Son. Mr. Hogue married Miss Vesta Bridges, daughter of H. T. Bridges, a former justice of the peace and highly esteemed farmer of Vienna. Her grandfather, James D. Bridges, was a native of North Carolina, and a son of Francis Bridges and grandson of William Bridges, a native of England, who immigrated to the colonies during an early day and settled in North Carolina. Francis Bridges married Sarah Cudle, daughter of Jesse Cudle, of North Carolina; and James D. Bridges was united with Elizabeth Thompson, of Maury county, Tennessee, daughter of Benjamin and Sarah (Schefner) Thompson, North Carolinians.

James Henry Hogue is the only child of his parents, and his education was secured in the public schools in the vicinity of his father's farm. He was reared to agricultural pursuits, but early in life decided to engage in some more congenial occupation, and the year 1903 found him in the employ of the Big Pour Railroad Company. He was connected with this line, and subsequently with the Cotton Belt Line, for four years, but since 1906 has been engaged in business with his father. Aside from being a skilled contractor, Mr. Hogue has a well-equipped outfit for house moving, and he and his father have done much of this kind of work in recent years. He has gained a reputation for living up to the letter of each contract that the firm accepts, and the confidence that has thus been instilled in the public has assisted in building up a large trade. Mr. Hogue is a member of the Modern Brotherhood of America, with the members of which he is very popular. He owns a handsome residence in Vienna, and has many warm, personal friends in the city.

In 1904 Mr. Hogue was married to Miss Delia Pugh, daughter of Leander Pugh, and they have had one child, Morris Isaac, an interesting lad of five years.

Extracted 07 Nov 2018 by Norma Hass from History of Southern Illinois, by George Washington Smith, published in 1912, volume 3, pages 1466-1467.

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