Hugh & Eva Blight

Hugh Dixon Blight, the eldest son of George & Isabella Blight, was born on January 17, 1894 at the family home at Oakville, Manitoba.  He married Eva Gertrude Thomas on September 29, 1920.  Eva passed away in 1946 after a lengthy and courageous fight against cancer.  Hugh passed away while living with Jim & Jacquie Blight in the old Blight farm home on June 26, 1964.

He received his schooling in Oakville and spent the earlier part of his life on the family farm.  He participated in the Plowing Match of 1911 which took place that year on his Dad's farm.  A plowing match was a competition in which plowers completely plowed a prescribed unworked plot of land using horse team and plow. It was a cool, wet day and Hugh defeated John Plaskett and Percy Thomas in the boys' gang.

Hugh enlisted in 1916 with the Armed Forces overseas during WWI.  Although he was wounded twice, his letters home were always cheerful and humorous.   Enroute back home after the end of the war in 1919 after the signing of the Armistice on November 11, 1918 (eleven minutes to the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918), Hugh was greeted by a large stack of straw his brother Wilfred had strategically left close to the railway track of the Grand Trunk Railway (today replaced by the Trans Canada Highway).  It was lit on fire as a welcoming beacon for Hugh to see as his train approached the family farm in the dark of night. 

After his discharge, he married Eva Thomas in 1920. 

They built their home on a farm one mile from the Blight homestead.  Here they raised their three children:
  1. William (Bill) George (1921 - 1979)
  2. Erma Irene (1923 - 2000)
  3. Ralph Dixon (Dick) (1925 - 2006)

Hugh and Elizabeth Blight (Cliff's daughter)

Hugh with his niece, Elizabeth Blight
(Clifford & Bert's daughter)

 /excerpts from Building Memories