HUGHSON — An early pioneer in town and a woman who watched over many of the area's children will be honored at the Hughson Historical Society's 10th annual Appreciation Night on Saturday.
Jean Henley, a society representative, said the event will honor descendents of Peter Imley Mathew, who came to the United States from Scotland in 1867 and whose family settled in Hughson in 1921. On hand will be his great-grandchildren: Thelma King, Shirley Clark and Bruce Mathew.
The Mathew family ran a farm in Hughson that still operates. Though some family members moved away over the years, several remain in town.
Margaret Qualle is the other honoree. She operated Little Folks Nursery School on Mountain Avenue outside of town for 35 years, overseeing as many as 85 children enrolled at one time. The school started with an offer from Qualle in 1963 to watch a neighbor's child at her Euclid Avenue house.
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Henley said the historical society started Appreciation Night to honor longtime Hughson families that might otherwise have gone uncelebrated.