As we come closer to Father's Day, the importance of a father's influence may be considered in the career choices of their children. One family with long-time California connections proves this can still be the case.
A local chiropractor, Dr. Ned A. Hug, D.C., has been practicing his profession since 1967 in California. His office is at 601 E. Smith St., California. He opened an office, Chiro West, 3432 W. Truman Blvd., Jefferson City, about 10 years ago.
But he's not the first Hug to practice chiropractic health care in California. In 1951, Hug's father, Dr. P. W. Hug, decided to move his practice to California after talking with Marvin Crawford, publisher of the California Democrat.
Hug's father had a practice in Hermann and Chamois for a number of years. He had graduated in 1923 from Palmer College of Chiropractic, the founding college of chiropractic, located in Davenport, Iowa.
According to the Sedalia Democrat, the older Hug was active in the community. At the time of his death in 1964, he was not only a practicing chiropractor, he was a member of the California City Council. Because of the mentorship of an uncle, the Hug's father went into chiropractic health care.
"I thought this was my calling," Hug said about his decision to enter the profession. He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic, beginning his practice in California 51 years ago, about three years after the death of his father.
He appreciates the concept of a healthy spine as being very important.
"I go directly to fix the symptoms, the place where the spine is out of alignment," Hug said. "Straighten the spine and it heals. It's like a rock in your shoe. Take the rock out and the foot heals."
The father's influence continues on to yet a third generation. Hug has five children, three sons and two daughters. One daughter, Dr. Amy Hug Pike, and her husband, Dr. Chuck Pike, have a chiropractic practice in Osage Beach. They graduated from Cleveland University, Kansas City, with doctor of chiropractic degrees.
And it continues on. Hug's younger daughter, Carolyn, while not planning to practice as far as we know, is married to Corey Spraggs, currently a student of chiropractic medicine at the same university. This is Spraggs' second career. The first was as a firefighter.
On this Father's Day, remember the importance of fathers in the family. A father teaches many things to children, such as the meaning of responsibility and the value of work, especially hard work. And a father may well direct a child to a possible career choice, such as has Hug.