PUGH FAMILY HISTORY

 

 

 

 

                 Prepared as a Christmas Present

 

                  for Chris and David Richmond

 

                               and

 

                  Trevor, Kevin and Steven Pugh

 

                        12 December, 1988

 

                               by 

 

                            Don Pugh

 

               with thanks to Ernie and Hazel Pugh


 

 

 

                   PUGH FAMILY HISTORY --HAZEL

 

I was born May 11th, 1909 in Brule, Nova Scotia and was

christened Hazel M Fuller after my mother Margaret M

McLander (many photos) (born about 1866) and father, Elton John

Fuller. (many photos)  My mother was an attractive looking woman

with a beautiful complexion as were all the  girls. She

was a hard worker,  running a dress-maker business in Tatamouche,

Nova Scotia.

 

My parents were married in 1909.  My father, an American, came

from Woodstock, Vermont where his sister Florence and brother

Stanley lived. We visited them in the 1950's.  His ancestors had

emigrated to North America on the Mayflower in 1620 and the

Fuller name is engraved on Plymouth rock as one of the first

British emigrants.  Elton later changed his last name to Gerry

and settled in Utah with my mother's sister Ruth (one photo)

where three children, Edward, Florence and John were born. 

 

My grandfather on my mother's side was was George Mclander, a

blacksmith.  My grandmother, Jenny MacKay whose photo exists in

my photo album produced twelve children including Minnie, Isabel,

Marion, Angus, Irene, George, Ruth and Elizabeth as well as my

mother, Margaret.  One baby, died of diptheria.  There are photos

of most of these relatives as well as their home and blacksmith

shop in Brule.  I knew them all except Ruth and her brothers,

John, Arthur, Angus and George.   They are now all dead, but

Elizabeth's daughter Minnie is alive and lives in Truro, N.S. 

George M Junior and his wife Mazie settled in Vancouver

and following the death of their son Ken left me their house on

2026 West 48th Ave., now owned by George Pugh.

 

The graveyard in Brule, NS has the graves of grandpa and grandma Mclander

, of Dan Mackenzie, and my grandpa's parents.  Their

graves are enclosed by iron fencing, probably made  by grandpa,

George M.  Also there are the graves of Walter

Mac, my grandpa's brother and his wife, Margaret who was

my grandma's sister!

 

I grew up in Tatamagouche, NS and attended Pictou Academy for

grade 12 before entering Dalhousie University in 1927.  I majored

in English, French and Latin while living in residence in 

Sherriff Hall.  I won a scholarship in my first year and was only

one month short from being the youngest girl in my graduating

class.  See my graduation photo taken in 1930 sitting in front of

this residence.  During this time my mother moved to Kaslo, BC on

Kootenay Lake and married Dan Mackenzie whose photos and a

picture of the large two story frame house are in my album.  He

left his gold Masonic ring and watch to Donald after his death.

 

I visited my mother in BC from NS twice during university

travelling by CPR and steamship to Kaslo (see photo) where I

worked the summer making wooden fruit packing crates and picking

cherries and plums.

 

Upon graduation I was sad to leave my friends in NS, a region I

had enjoyed but was excited to enter UBC in Vancouver in 1930/31

to obtain a teacher's certificate.  I taught primary school from

1931 to 1932 in Salmo, BC and at Anarchist Mountain from 1932 to

1934.  My photo album shows pictures of numerous boy friends and

pictures of me playing babmington, golf and bridge as well as

skating.  I loved teaching but was poorly paid.

 

From 1935 to 1940 I taught in Oliver, BC where I lived with Lucy

Crafter Hack (see photo) and met Ernie Pugh.  He was tall, blue-

eyed and handsome.  I decided I wanted to marry him and that he

would remain faithful.  That he has done.  We were married in

October, 1939 after four year's courtship, in spite of the

predictions by my friends that he wouldn't propose.  He drove a

Model A Ford with rumble seat (see photo) and we led an active

life, teaching, marking papers and playing golf, badmington and

bridge.

 

In 1940, I moved to Vernon, BC to teach because Ernie had

obtained a higher paid teaching job there.  On April 17th, 1941

Margaret was born.      I finished teaching in May to become a

house wife.  Ernie joined the Northern Electric Company in 1943

and moved East.  I followed in early 1944, and lived in Toronto

until 1945.  My mother died this year.  (There is one photo

showing my mother as an older woman.)  I then moved to Montreal

where Don was born on Jan. 3rd, 1947.  In 1948 we moved to

Belleville and George was born August 3rd, 1949.

 

I supply taught in Belleville high schools during the 1950's

until 1966 and focussed my energies on raising our children, an

activity I enjoyed.  Don recalls my teaching him Latin in grade

10 for one month.   I worked very hard to assist my children

academically and was pleased that they all went to university

(Margaret Queen's BA B Ed 1961?) (Don Queen's BA BEd 1972,

Carleton MA 1972 Murdoch MEd 1979) (George Queen's B. B Ap Sc in

Elect Eng, M Ap Sc in Elect Eng 1972, UBC MD MBA)

 

During the late 1960's and early 1970's,I travelled broadly with

Ernie throughout the USA while driving to and from Los Angeles. 

Ernie retired in 1968 and we have spent our retirement travelling

annually to see Don in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa

and George in Vancouver.  We are also active bridge players.

 

Ernie and I have had a very happy life together and our proud of

our children and grand-children.

 

My first cousins who are still alive are:

 

Aunt Elizabeth"s Minnie Terry

     Irene's Sheila Spence (Kars, Ont.)

Uncle John's Mydra Patriquin (Elliott Lake) and Jim Ross (North

Vancouver)

              Walter MacLanders (NS)


 

Uncle Arthur's Gordon, Bill

Aunt Minnie's David Bowie (Ontario)

     Marion's Anne (Ruetz-Ahaunavon, Sask.)

              Fred, Emmett

Uncle Angus's Kent MacLanders (Pritchard, B.C.)

 

                           Ernie Pugh

 

 

I was born September 3rd, 1906 on Smithdown Road, Liverpool one

of two children, my brother Albert being four years the older. 

My father was Robert Pugh (died 1941) and my mother was Agnes

Elizabeth Kerr (Bessie.)(died 1947, buried Colwood Cemetary,

Victoria.)  (There is a family photo of  me as a baby, Albert at

four years of age and my parents.)  (A family tree which I have

shows my Dad as a single child.)  I remenber Smithdown Road as a

cold rain swept desolate place  and perhaps it was for this

reason that Robert left us for Canada in 1910. He worked in

Montreal, the Prairies, and Vancouver, before settling happily in

Victoria, BC as a labourer for the golf course green keeper.  (It

was this profession which developed my interest in golf and made

me an excellent golfer. Handicap 3)

 

He sent for us in 1911. I remember my distress, losing my money,

two pennies on the Cunard liner as we left the Liverpool dock,

and breaking a jar of my mother's pickles on the CPR on route to

Victoria.  We settled initially on  Fiscard Street opposite the

Hudson Bay Company store until 1913.  Then Dad built a home on

Florence Street, Oak Bay (photo in my album) followed by a new

home on Ann Street. (photo in album.)  I attended Boys Central PS

followed by Oak Bay HS and one year at Victoria College.

 

Leaving Victoria College at 16 in 1922, my first job for a short

time was as a deck hand on the CPR boat Princess Ena (see photo)

with my brother Albert (see photo).  He married Sarah McMurry, a

primary school teacher,  and eventually became a captain before

his retirement in Westminster and death in 1965.)  His two children

Robert and Shirley (see baby photos) keep in regular touch with

the Pughs.  Robert is a professor of physics at University of

Toronto and has one child, Nina in Portland, Oregon.

 

From 1922 to 1926 I worked at the Bamberton Cement Plant on the

Malahat Trail outside Victoria as an electrican's helper while I

owned and operated a 28 foot ex-fishing boat.  (Photos of plant

and boat.)  The plant today is abandoned.  In 1926 to 1927 I was

a helper at the Powell River Pulp and Paper Plant (see photo).  A

friend of mine, a McGill engineering graduate started at at the

same time at Bamberton as I and ended up in four years as

manager, demonstrating to me the value of a university degree.  I

was not a slow learner.

 

As a close friend of mine had enrolled at the University of

Washington, I saved my pay and attended the University of

Washington in Seattle from 1927 to 1931 in the electrical

engineering program.  While there I played golf, hiked and


 

mountain climbed around Mt Baker, and Mount Rainier (numerous

photos) and rowed second place as a lightweight in the

university's rowing team.  (see photo) This entitled me to stay

in the university rowing club's  accommodation where I worked as

a waiter to obtain free room and board.  Most of my time was

spent hard at work to master the engineering syllabus.

 

During the summer I was employed by the Pudget Sound Power

Company.  In second year I joined the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and

lived in their accommodation for three years.

 

Finishing university in the middle of the depression, with no

engineering jobs in sight, I opted to attend teacher's college at

UBC from 1932 to 1933 to gain employment.  My first job was as a

teacher in Duncan PS on Vancouver Island until 1934.  I then

obtained a high school position in Oliver, BC for four years

until 1938 through tfriendship with John McLean, the principal, a

member of my fraternity at UBC. 

 

During this time I continued hiking, mainly around Garibaldi and

the Forbidden Plateau (see photos) as well as playing golf and

dating Hazel (Hazel has some photos of me during this period.) 

In 1938 I moved to Vernon, BC to teach industrial arts because of

an increase in pay and spent two summers training at Vancouver

Technical School.  The following summer I worked for West

Canadian Hydro in Vernon and was introduced to a Northern

Electric salesperson who offered me an engineering job at much

better pay.

 

I had always wanted to practice engineering and flew east in 1943

to work on Lancaster bomber radios/intercoms and FM radio during

the war. I recall working on radios on board planes as they flew

from Toronto to Montreal, then on to Gander, Newfoundland.  I was

told if I wasn't finished by then, the next stop was England.

 

My move to Belleville in 1948 was permanent since I liked the 

location.  It was an ideal place to play golf and I enjoyed

cottage life, poker and the local stamp club.  I consistently

turned down promotions that would have meant transfers to big

cities and refused to leave Belleville.  In 1952 I bought a

cottage at Oak Lake nearby and Margaret, Don and George spent

their summers there. The cottage was sold to Margaret and Ken in

1980.

 

During these years I was involved in a series of major electronic

projects.  These were:

 

Power line carriers 1950

 

Radio compass construction

 

SPG 48 gun laying naval radar. This resulted in a family trip to

Ireland in 1956 for six months and to Halifax for two months in

1957.  Don was trained in the use of this system as a naval cadet

in 1968.


 

 

FPS mid-Canada Radar Line in northern Ontario/Quebec

 

TACAN Radio Navigation, a  eighteen million dollar order lasting

from 1960 to 1966

 

Interstat IV and Anik 1 satellites as senior project engineer

1966-1971 in Ottawa and Los Angeles.  I obtained a patent at this

time.    This project financed my 28 foot sailing sloop Anik

which I sailed on the Bay of Quinte during my retirement from

1971 until its sale in 1986.

 

With my work and retirement travel Hazel and I have driven almost

every interstate highway in the USA as well as many secondary

roads.  Hazel and I have crossed the Rocky Mountain Continental

Divide by twenty three different passes, mostly in winter. 

 

In retirement, I still participate regularly in a poker,

investment and stamp clubs as well as three duplicate bridge

clubs.  Hazel and I experience good success in bridge although we

are not top raking as is Robert Pugh. 

 

I have always enjoyed my work, particularly engineering and would

never consider a change to a managerial job.  The depression

years were poverty stricken, but living in a small town provided

plenty of activity at little cost so I was happy. 

 

I am also proud and happy with my three children (adults now) and

appreciate being invited to visit and accompany them on their

activities.  While growing up they didn't give us any anxiety

about their associates, drugs, alcohol or academic aims.

 

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READ AT THE FUNERAL OF ERNIE PUGH, 12 Jan 1995 BY GEORGE PUGH

 

Greetings from Perth, Western Australia from Don Pugh and Lily Auld

 

Dad would have appreciated the weather here, as I write, blue skies,

hot sun, gentle sea breeze off the white flecked Indian Ocean and

32 degrees Celsius.  With numerous trips to Australia he grew to

love this climate.  I was pleased he was still strong enough to

visit in 1992, his last trip here. 

 

For us, approaching the year 2000, it's interesting to reflect on

the amount of change in which Ernie witnessed and participated.

 

Ernie was  born in Liverpool in 1906 at about the time of the

first airplane flight.  He  left with his mum and brother

Robert for Victoria BC by Cunard liner and the Canadian Pacific

Railway in 1911.  Cars were not yet in widespread use.  Ernie's

dad was to build a house in Oak Bay, Victoria near the golf

course, where he was a green keeper. Ernie grew to love golf

and his low 3 handicap was maintained by Ernie  all his life,

even into his late 70's.  As youth, he frequently took us golfing

at the Belleville Country Club but failed to develop in his

children the skills which he possessed.

 

From dad's stories of his youth, I am surprised that he survived

into manhood. He has related stories of finding and playing with

dynamite, and firing off bullets clamped into a vice. 

Fortunately he was only 11 when conscription was introduced

in Canada in 1917, during world war I.

 

Ernie left school at 16 to work first as a deckhand hand, then as

an electrian's helper in a cement plant and pulp and paper factory. 

He was  a quick learner and soon saw the value of education. Saving

his pay, he enrolled at the age of 21 in an engineering course in

Seattle at University of Washington and graduated in 1931.  I remember

his photos of his annual hiking trips through Mt Barker and Mt

Rainier, and his golfing and rowing during those 4 exciting years. 

 

Graduating during the depression led to attendance in 1932 at

UBC for a teaching degree. He taught school in a primary school

in Duncan, Oliver and Vernon, BC where he met Hazel between

hiking and golf.  I gained the impression that he didn't really

like teaching. With the industrial demands of world war II,

in 1943 he joined Northern Electric to install radios on

Lancaster bombers. This valuable employment with Northern was to

last until his retirement at 66 years of age. His retirement came

at a time just prior to the first personal computer.

 

 His was a distinguished engineering career which spanned projects

from early tube radios, radio compass design, naval gun laying

radar, early warning radar in Northern Canada, TACAN aircraft

navigation, and Interstat and Anik satellite construction. 

He started with tubes and moved on to transistors.  We grew up

in a well equipped basement filled with surplus electronic gear

which had a habit of smoking or blowing the fuse, if I plugged

them in.  George fixed them and made them work.  Dad was

never impressed with water on his tools either.   Dad also

fostered an interest in chemistry by purchasing and teaching

us how to use many volatile ingredients.  He wasn't always

successful.  George splashed sulfuric acid in his eyes

while I almost gassed myself distilling bromine.  Ernie

always enjoyed hands-on engineering and never considered

a change to a managerial job or promotion outside Belleville. 

I believe he greatly liked his work and career.

 

Ernie was primarily a family person. The 3 children arrived

during the 1940s. Ernie and Hazel have lived in Belleville since

1948, enjoying the small town life with the Oak Lake cottage,

family, duplicate bridge, poker and stamp club, and frequent

trips.  Ernie belonged to an investment club and followed his

investments closely with good success.  He has left behind him

a carefully catalogued stamp collection covering 90 years

and a lifetime of dedication. He was working on it to the end

with magnifying glasses, even though cataracts made vision

difficult.  He expressed his hope that his hobby would be

carried on by his grandchildren.

 

 Ernie stressed the value of education to us.  He refused to have

a TV so we would read, and bought educational toys such as

meccano. Ernie and Hazel also loved travel and instilled that

interest in us, as children through trips to Ireland, Nova Scotia,

British Columbia, Bermuda,  and later Florida.  Perhaps, this is why

we are so widely separated. (smile)  Travel was an accomplishment

considering Ernie's and Hazel's financial support in sending

all 3 children through Queen's University.  Ernie and Hazel

have driven almost every interstate highway in the USA as well

as many secondary roads, crossing the Rocky Mountain Continental

Divide by twenty three different passes, mostly in winter.

Ernie and Hazel have managed 10 trips to Australia to see me,

including stop overs in South Africa, New Zealand, Egypt and

many other locations.

 

  Ernie was fortunate to have enjoyed an exceptionally long

retirement marked by good health and an income sufficient to

make it satisfying.  It was a retirement which we would

all hope to have for ourselves.   He had his own home, Hazel,

interests and lifelong friends.  He enjoyed good food, wines,

and conversation.  I remember one party in Australia,

where Ernie got tipsy and fell down in the rose garden. 

This didn't happen often.  He was determined to live at

home to the end and not to move into a nursing home.  I am happy

he achieved this wish. Only in the last 2 years has his health

been marginal, but even these years were brightened by his

companionship with William, a Chinese boarding student.

 

I was pleased to say my farewell to dad in person,

in June of this year rather than at this funeral.  I was

saddened by his sudden physical decline, but amazed at his

independence and drive to accomplish his goals.  In spite of

being unable to walk, he planted and maintained a magnificently

large flower bed outside the house last summer.     I gained

the impression that he was at peace with himself and with the

world and was prepared for the end.  The doctor had stated that

almost all his body organs were worn out.  He was proud that

he had survived two years beyond his medically predicted

death to reach 89.  He did not seem to fear the end.  He

spoke with confidence about his arrangements for Hazel following

his departure and stated:  "I'm  proud and happy with my

three children (adults now) and have appreciated being invited

to visit and accompany them on their activities during

my long retirement."  I am sure he is equally proud of his

five grand children here today. 

 

When I left in June, I knew that our parting was final.  As 

humans we move forward to make our lives better by learning

from our past and from our parents.  Ernie has made a

substantial contribution towards making the world a better

place for Hazel, the children and many others.  He has

reached the end of a his last, long and satisfying journey.  Go in peace.

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EULOGY WRITTEN BY DONALD AND READ BY GEORGE PUGH AT THE FUNERAL OF HAZEL MACLANDERS PUGH, WEDNESDAY, MAY 9TH, 2001

 

Donald and Lily Auld: Perth, Western Australia: I’m sorry to miss the funeral but leave you this brief account of Hazel’s life.

 

We will always remember Hazel Pugh for three things: A mother, a teacher, and her Determination.

 

Hazel was born May 11th, 1911 to Margaret MacLanders and Elton John Fuller in Brule, Nova Scotia. She was born into difficult times of which we can only imagine. World War I broke out three years after her birth. Elton John did not possess all of the attributes of his forbears… the Fullers arrived in Plymouth 1620 on the Mayflower as a member of the Puritans. He and Margaret went their separate ways by the time Hazel was three. The family house burned to the ground in 1928. No family records remained.

 

Despite all this, Hazel was kept in school by her mum, and graduated 1927, age 16, from Pictou Academy and Dalhousie University 1930, with a BC and teaching certificate. This was a rare achievement for a young lady in 1930, time of the Great Depression.

 

Mum and her mother then moved with the MacLanders Scottish Highland Clan, including long time friends Edith and Kent, to Kaslo, in the Silver Slocan, British Columbia, heart of the Kootenay Silver Rush. Here she taught school, moving to Oliver with the collapse of silver mining. Here she met and married John ‘Ernie’ Pugh 1939. He remained the light of her life until his death 1996. Their love never faltered through their relocation to Montreal in 1940’s and again to Belleville in 1948.

 

Their family was blessed with 3 children: Margaret 1943, Donald in 1947 and myself, George, in 1949. Hazel’s background lead to a somewhat, by today’s standards, unconventional upbringing of her children. Apparently we, as babies, were shown to friends and relatives through the glass doors of the dining room. No exposure to germs was allowed. The subjects of sex, allergies or mental illness were never discussed in our house. Unruly children were kept inline with a large wooden spoon wielded skillfully to our backsides. Despite Dad being a highly competent satellite engineer, no television set entered the house until we had long left the house. In retrospect her actions worked…none of us contacted polio, did not know of allergies and married happily!

 

We all experienced her teaching skills in the high school classrooms as mum chose to teach as a supply teacher – the better to hear the gossip and progress of her son’s and daughter. I well remember the embarrassment of her ripping my biology notes up in front of my classmates, declaring that they were poorly written, and that I would be rewriting them that night at home. I did. Don remembers doing high school work during summer holidays. Mum was determined that we would all attend university and pushed unmercifully to that end. Without Hazel’s unrelenting energy and drive, Don may not have been motivated enough to complete high school and is wholly grateful for mum’s persistence. We all graduated from University with assorted advanced degrees and training.

 

Amid the strain of raising 3 active children, Mum enjoyed bridge…however Hazel did not suffer fools gladly. She attained the rank of Senior Master in Duplicate Bridge. Ken Richmond well remembers sitting in the teachers lounge at Ridgetown High, idly listening to his teachers chatting as they played bridge during lunch break. One new teacher, recently moved from Belleville, was relating the “Legend of the Bridge Werewolf” of Belleville…a lady who was wonderfully pleasant and a gracious hostess… but once the game commenced was transformed into a monster that demanded the ultimate performance from her partner. Ken casually remarked…that wouldn’t have been Hazel Pugh would it? A detailed exposition followed. “That’s my Mother in Law” replied Ken!!!

 

Mum participated in the University Women’s Club, read numerous books, kept a complete diary and penned a fine bold readable script to over 200 friends and relatives. Annual Christmas cards hung on strings across our walls and garnered much enjoyment for mum. She enjoyed cottage life during summer months at Oak Lake – a mere 14 miles from our Belleville home.

 

Contributing to this satisfying and happy life was the excitement of travel. Hazel and Ernie spent 6 months in Northern Ireland in 1956 and enjoyed many trips to Florida during the 1960’s. Every major US highway was traversed during the 1970’s when Ernie relocated to Los Angles. With Don’s migration to Australia 1978, they traveled 10 times over 20 years to Perth with stops in Hong Kong, Vancouver, New Zealand, Egypt, Africa and other places. Pat, my wife, keeps a picture of Hazel riding a camel and frequently uses this to prod me into planning expensive trips.

 

Don recalls an incident traveling with Hazel through Kruger National Park, South Africa. There, tourists stayed in cars as lions roamed freely. Stopped cars meant game sightings. Needing relief, Hazel ordered a stop, braved the lions, and retreated behind a large termite mound. Imagine her surprise to find a busload of 30 tourists eyeing her termite mound suspiciously when she emerged from doing her business.

 

Hazel felt we had all married well and was delighted with her children’s spouses (George: “Yes, even you, Ken!” Ken: ”That’s not in the script”). She was greatly pleased with the achievements of her grandchildren Chris, David, Trevor, Kevin and Steven. The greatest stress in her life was injury and illness to her children. Devastated by Don’s spinal paralysis, 1978, she spent 6 months in Perth, Australia. Margaret’s fight with leukemia1998 was a further worry to her. However Mum was spared the pain of children dying prior to her, and left this world knowing all was well.

 

Mother was fortunate to live in her own home until 1996. After Dad’s death, and, being tired of cooking, she gracefully retired to the Village, Ridgetown. Here she forged new friendships, and continued reading and letter writing, secure that Ernie had left her in comfortable circumstances. Margaret visited regularly, and George and Don phoned frequently and visited as often as possible. Towards the end failing hearing and vision left her frustrated. Her death was sudden and peaceful, although she missed her 90th birthday by 5 days. Hazel attended Church regularly throughout her life and passed on secure in her Anglican faith that death marks a new beginning. We would like to believe Hazel is happily reunited with Ernie.

 

We remember her as a determined lady with a zest for life and with absolute commitment to her family. Hazel planned for her end and planted a copper beech tree 3 years ago at The Village, Ridgetown. This large slow growing tree will outlive all of us, an enduring testament to a remarkable lady.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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