Posts Tagged ‘Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast’

Jacob Alsadek – Arizona Football Team Giant

December 15th, 2014 by samhughesinn

Big University of Arizona Football Player

Jacob helps celebrate birthday

Jacob with small admirers

Jacob Alsadek, a very big Freshman University of Arizona football player, is working hard to make a name for himself. The University of Arizona Bear Down Football Stadium is only a few hundred yards away from Sam Hughes Inn. It is barely a five minute walk but a giant leap for Jacob Alsadek. Now known as #78 Jacob was very excited to become a part of the team that practices and wins there. Jacob was recruited from Torrey Pines High School near San Diego. His uncle, Marcus Nebling, a University of Arizona visiting professor (working with Optical Sciences), has stayed at Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast several times. On one of his visits Marcus introduced Jacob to the other inn guests.

A gentle giant, as well as an excellent student, Jacob is, so-far, the biggest fellow on the team at 6’7” tall and a few pounds over 340 lbs. But size isn’t everything; and he’s learning that experience plus the help of his teammates means a lot to him.

In interviews Jacob admitted he had never played football before his freshman year at Torrey Pines High School in 2009.  Already the biggest fellow in his class he quickly fell in love with the game and while in high school he was named one of the top 300 high-school athletes in the country. He helped his team win the Surf Cup; and he was named a Union Tribune Scholar-Athlete (maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better).

According to the Del Mar Times, Jacob thought he was strong in high school but when he arrived at Arizona, he realized that everyone was just as strong & big. In high school he didn’t have to work as hard but since arriving in Tucson he’s had to pay much closer attention to his game.

Jacob missed a few games because of a foot injury early in the season but played in the game that clinched the PAC 12 South Championship for the University of Arizona. He was also on the roster for a short time for the team’s final humiliation, when they lost the overall Pac 12 championship game. However he remains upbeat and hopeful that the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, AZ, December 31, 2014 will give his team the ego boost it needs.

With Jacob on board University of Arizona Sports will continue to draw faithful fans for more years to come. (In the picture on top, Jacob Alsadek is helping out at a birthday party for a smaller relative).

Jacob in U of A Stadium

Jacob in U of A Stadium

Jacob Alsadek

Jacob Alsadek, #78

 

Atanacia Hughes – Arizona Pioneer

November 27th, 2014 by samhughesinn

 Atanacia Hughes, early Tucson history

Wife of Sam Hughes

Atanacia Santa Cruz Hughes

Last month’s blog featured Sam Hughes, an original Tucson, AZ pioneer settler. This month we feature his wife, Atanacia Hughes – originally Atanacia Santa Cruz. Her family lived in Tucson when it was still part of Mexico. At the time of her birth in 1850 the area now known as the Presidio historic neighborhood, was a military garrison housing approximately 300 people. Indian raids were not uncommon in those days.

There were no schools or churches at that time so young women learned to sew, and keep house, but not much else. Atanacia Hughes’ parents died when she was very young and she lived with her sister. In 1862 at the age of 11 years & 7 months, Atanacia married the 29 year old Sam Hughes. The huge age difference was not a problem legally or for them and the marriage endured for 55 years until Sam’s death.

According to Hughes family members who stayed at Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast for a reunion years ago, at the time of their marriage, Atanacia Hughes didn’t speak English and Sam didn’t speak Spanish. During their long marriage she is reported to have given birth to fifteen children, eight of whom survived. Twelve of these children lived long enough to have been given names.

Atanacia Hughes died on November 12, 1934 and is buried in Holy Hope Cemetery in Tucson.

The Sam Hughes family home is still located at 223 N. Main St. at Washington Street, close to the Tucson Museum of Art. Its exterior is exactly as it was when the Hughes family lived in it although the insides are now apartments.

If you take the walking tour of Tucson, pick up a walking map called “The Turquoise Trail” at the Visitors Center at 100 S. Church Street. The Sam Hughes house is listed on the tour although there is no sign in front of the property.

Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast was named for Sam Hughes (the pioneer settler) and the historic neighborhood it resides in. Visitors here can find information about the life of Sam & Atanacia Hughes as well as photographs of them. Just as the University of Arizona is an easy walk from Sam Hughes, the Arizona Historical Society is also a short distance away and contains many artifacts from the Hughes life in Tucson.

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