APRIL 14, 1917: Grammar school athletes have their day

Henry Pogue was destined to be a star for Punahou.

On this day in 1917, Pogue won the broad jump, shot put and high jump in a grammar school meet at Alexander Field. He also took fourth in the 50-yard dash and second in the 100 but the Buffanblu finished second to Saint Louis.

Pogue was named head of the freshman class at Punahou in the fall and instantly became a star on the school’s football and track and field teams.

He may have not made it to his senior year, though. According to an October 1918 story in the Maui News, Punahou’s Henry Pogue jumped a boat to California and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps 10 days after his 18th birthday to join the fighting in France despite his family’s pleas to finish his schooling.

He was the sixth son of pioneer William F. Pogue to serve in the war. Henry Baldwin Pogue died in 1957 in Fresno, Calif.


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