• Hughes, 66 years in business, soon to turn 90
By Wayne Parham

George Odis Hughes is shown inside Hughes Furniture, which he started 66 years ago in downtown Thomson. He is 89-years-old and still shows up for work each day. Photo by Wayne Parham.

Much has changed around Thomson since George Odis Hughes first opened his furniture store 66 years ago. But as the elder businessman approaches his 90th birthday, he still drives himself to the store nearly every day.
He first opened a store on Greenway Street, where the Hudson auto dealership was located. Then some years later, he build a larger store across Journal Street from the original location. Finally, about three years ago, Hughes Furniture moved to its current location at 177 Greenway Street.
Technology has changed through the years and so did the inventory at Hughes Furniture.
“Years ago we used to sell a lot of wardrobes, kitchen cabinets, ringer type washers, radios with batteries,” he said. “We sold a lot of ringer washing machines. They were just open topped and sat up on legs. It had an agitator coming up from the bottom and that did the washing.”
“When you got it washed and thought they were clean you had a ringer built in to it. You put your clothes in that ringer and it would squeeze them out,” he said.

To read more on this story, see the Wed., July 24, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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