JOHN L. POGUE, Manufacturer, Gadsden, was born in Chambers County, this State, June 23, 1850, and is a son of John L. and Elizabeth (Pratt) Pogue, natives of Georgia. His earlier life was spent at Wetumpka, receiving there a common school education, and from the age of seventeen to twenty-one was engaged in farming. In 1871 he came to Gadsden and accepted employment on salary until 1883, at which time he engaged in the lumber business. In 1887 he formed a partnership with H. Herzberg, in the manufacture of lumber. The mills were established in 1875, by B. J. Kittrell, burned clown in 1882, rebuilt in 1884.
Mr. Pogue is also interested in other business enterprises, and is one of Gadsden's live, wide-awake business men. He was married in December, 1883, to Mrs. B. J. Kittrell, daughter of John and Sarah (Pressley) Miller, natives of South Carolina. Mr. Miller was a Presbyterian minister; moved to South Alabama in 1843, and spent the rest of his life in Wilcox County. In addition to the ministry, he was a popular educator and taught many years in the Wilcox Institute. He reared a family of five sons and three daughters. Of the former, Joseph is an attorney, at Camden; John is a professor in Erskine College, South Carolina; James is a citizen of Gadsden; Meek is a student at law; and David is a sophomore in Erskine College, His daughters are all married to gentlemen of high standing in the various communities where they live. The Millers came originally from Ireland.
John L. Pogue and wife are members of the Old School Presbyterian Church. To her first husband, Mr. Kittrell, Mrs. Pogue bore five children.
Source: McCalley, Henry, Northern Alabama : historical and biographical. Birmingham, AL: Smith & De Land, 1888, pp. 835.