Hugh B. Newberry
Hugh Newberry grew up in Cashmere and attended Cashmere schools all his life. His parents had a large pear orchard and he spent his time helping with the ranch and attending school. He graduated from Cashmere High School in 1942. He attended Eastern Washington University until joining the Navy during WWII. Hugh eventually took over the family orchard and raised his family while working in that orchard.
Hugh worked for the USPS delivering mail in Cashmere. He walked his mail route for many years until they began using vehicles. Hugh was actively involved in Cashmere First Baptist Church for years.
Hugh was fire chief for the town of Cashmere for over 30 years. He was instrumental in acquiring several new fire trucks and an aid car for Cashmer as welll as the building of the current fire station. Hugh manned the aid car at the high school for many years. Another one of his loves was being a part of the "Chain Gang" for football games. He did this for 20 years until he was run over by a large football player and had his leg broken. He also worked as a building inspector for Cashmere. Hugh was an active member of the American Legion as well as the Masons.
Hugh and his wife raised all four children in Cashmere. All four children, as well as three grandchildren, have attended Cashmere schools and graduated from Cashmere High school. He has a granddaughter who will be attending Cashmere schools.
Hugh was an active member of the Cashmere High School Booster Club for years. He was involved in making the current high school building a reality. He helped build and decorate the Cashmere community float for many years as well as traveling to different cities to participate in parades.