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Joe Pogson

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Joe Pogson (1849-1937)

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1937 Obituary [1]

JOE POGSON was the first tramways manager and engineer for the Corporation of Huddersfield. He held this appointment from 1884 to 1901, between which years the transport was supplied by steam tramcars. He was called to give evidence before the Royal Commission on Labour before the House of Commons Committees and in the High Court. Mr. Pogson was born at Holmfirth, Yorks, in 1849 and served a six years' apprenticeship, commencing in 1861, with Messrs. J. and W. Pogson, at the Ramsbottom Engineering Works, Holmfirth. From 1868 to 1870 he was engaged with Messrs. McNaught and Company, of Rochdale, in the production of stationary engines and machinery for the manufacture of woollens. In 1872 he joined Messrs. Pratchitt Brothers, mechanical engineers, of Carlisle, afterwards entering the Government Dockyard at Chatham. He then joined Messrs. Cowans, Sheldon and Company, Ltd., engineers, of Carlisle, and was concerned with the manufacture of railway contractors' plant. Subsequently he became engineer to Messrs. Walter Scott and Sons, of Dumfries, and was so engaged until his appointment with the Corporation of Huddersfield. He resigned from that office after the introduction of electric traction. During the War he entered the service of Messrs. David Brown and Sons, Ltd., of Lockwood, Huddersfield.

Mr. Pogson was elected a Member of the Institution as far back as 1888. His death occurred in Halifax on 3rd January 1937, at the age of eighty-eight.

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