Tom Ogburn (1850 - 1931)
Tom Ogburn, a hunter and trapper, was an early Powell Lake character. Originally from Kentucky, Tom came to Texada Island around 1906. A few years later, he rowed over to Powell River and squatted on land close to the shingle mill on Powell Lake. When the dam was built, Ogden had to move. He moved his tar-paper cabin, which was decorated with totem poles, to what is now Poplar Street. In order to get Tom off the land the Powell River Company induced him into moving to the company float shack that was used as a fishing lodge on the lake. In 1916 Tom settled into the float cabin on Goat Lake and built a lodge that soon became a well-known hunting and fishing lodge for out-of-town guests. His cabin was made of shakes and comfortably furnished. He had a Chinese cook who served trout for breakfast and lunch every day. Known for his big cigar and his phrase “Good God on a horse” he became a popular guide and lake enthusiast. Tom married late in life and his wife Mary helped him run the lodge. He died in 1931 at the age of eighty-one. After his death his wife returned to England and the lodge was no longer maintained.