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Hilda Hugon's heritage begins in a small village in Northern Italy. Her mother was born in the village Torre Pellice near Turin and migrated to the United States. Her father's family was originally from France from where they fled to Italy to avoid…
Hilda's childhood home near Gainesville, Texas. Hilda's grandparents only spoke French.
Hilda's father, David Hugon, died while she was in college at the North Texas State Normal College in the late 1910s.
Imaged from around Gainesville, Texas, including the Cooke County Courthouse (upper left), Gainesville High School (upper right) and train station. Hilda's mother and father are in the lower left.
Scenes of Gainesville, Texas, including a postcard of the First Presbyterian Church, downtown Gainesville, and the Majestic Theater.
After her father died, Hilda and her mother lived at Rose Hill, just outside of Gainesville, Texas. The image in the bottom left shows Hilda, her mother, Aunt Net, Perry, Lee, her father, and other unidentified family members.
Hilda (far left) with friends during her high school years in Gainesville, Texas in 1915. Also pictured is the First Presbyterian Church.
A page from the 1918 "Yucca", the yearbook of North Texas State Normal College in Denton, Texas where Hilda portrayed a "queen" in the senior circus. Hilda was also on the staff of the Avesta, the student literary magazine. In the upper right…
When Hilda's father died while she was in college, she received a teaching certificate and postponed her education in order to take a job teaching near her home in Gainesville, Texas.
Thomas McHutchin Cunningham (Tom-Pastor) and Hilda were friends and courted for two year prior to their marriage on February 14, 1923. Tom was a Pastor at the Southern Presbyterian Church in Gainesville, Texas.