February 27, 2002 11:00 pm

A long-time Elgin community leader and businessman died Wednesday in La Grande.

Russell Hug, 81, owner and operator with his wife Laura of Wayts Dry Goods store along Elgins Main Street for many years, died at a local care center.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Hug was a volunteer and leader for many Elgin projects. He served on the city council, and was Elgins mayor from 1981 to 1984.

At the Elgin Chamber of Commerce banquet in 1991, Hug was chosen Elgin Man of the Decade.

Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.