Pogue, Pollough (1877-1970)

Pollough Pogue was an editor for the Vancouver Sun and a journalist covering the Komagata Maru in the summer of 1914. One of his articles, “The Sequestered Singhs,” which appeared on July 11, 1914 was typical of much of the reporting in Vancouver papers—unsympathetic to the passengers and wildly derogatory in tone. The religious music he heard coming from the ship he described as “charming but creepy,” and the worshipers of “dark old gods” were “the scrapings an offal of the earth.”  Pogue himself was an immigrant, a Protestant Irishman who had come to Canada in 1900 when he was twenty-one and made Vancouver his home.  He had suffered childhood polio, with chronic eye inflammation a consequence; and he became an outdoorsman when he discovered that his eye improved on the mountain. In the 1920s he took up residence on Hollyburn Mountain in West Vancouver where he and his wife became well known as charming hosts to hikers and skiers. He himself took up skiing in his sixties and with his wife he produced a monthly magazine, Hiker and Skier, throughout the 1930s.

Sources: Iola Knight, “Pollough Pogue a Hollyburn Original,” Hollyburn Heritage Newsletter No. 210, 2006; manuscript Census of Canada, 1911; Ted Ferguson, An Exercise in Canadian Prejudice (Toronto: Doubleday, 1975).