Kapoor Singh Sidhu, Kharoudi (1885-1964)

Kapoor Singh Siddoo from the village of Karoudhi near Mahalpur, immigrated to California in 1907 and established himself in Victoria in 1912. He was one of the educated men among the moderates—a friend of Kartar Singh Hundal, Piara Singh Langeri, and Dr. Sundar Singh—who  tried to help the passengers of the Komagata Maru in May of 1914, but left for Toronto within weeks when the intensity of the situation created threatening differences within the South Asian community. He was back in B.C. by the fall of 1916 as a partner with Mayo Singh and others from the Mahalpur area in a saw mill east of Vancouver. With Mayo Singh he built a large mill on Vancouver Island near Duncan and later he operated a major mill at Barnett on the Burrard Inlet near Vancouver. He was prominent in community efforts over many years, winning full citizenship rights and changes in immigration regulations in favour of immigrants from India.

Sources: Hugh Johnston, Jewels of the Qila: The Remarkable Story of an Indo-Canadian Family (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011).