In 1935 George C. Hughes left the farming life in Pep, TX, in Hockley County, and moved to Yell County, Arkansas. It was there he bought a saw mill located at the foot of Mt. Magazine, where he worked for the next 6 years.
In 1944 he moved to Lubbock, TX where he opened Hughes Mfg. Co. where he sold mouldings. After WWII his nine son-in-laws and two sons all ended up in Lubbock where 10 of the 11 worked in Millworks or the lumber business. His first manufacturing plant was located on the Idalou Highway in 1946, and a few years later he built a new building on the Amarillo Highway. He also farmed between New Deal and Abernathy.
Norman Gaydon moved from L.A. California to Lubbock in 1946. In 1947, he purchased a truck and trailer and went into the lumber business where he sold lumber and mouldings out of Arizona and El Paso. He covered a lot of Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. During the summer months his sons Alan and Don spent most of their time traveling back and forth from Lubbock to the saw mills in Arizona.
We are still operating out of those three buildings and delivering materials throughout the Texas Panhandle.
After Norman’s death, Alan and Don continued to run the business until Don’s death in 2009. His son Spencer, an employee of the business for 30 years took over as co-owner. Alan’s son Greg has also been with the company for 10 + years.