Sara Ann McLagan

Sara Ann McLagan, became the first woman publisher of a daily newspaper in Canada when her husband John McLagan, founder and editor of the Vancouver Daily World, died. She was also the paper’s managing editor, editorial writer, proof reader and occasional reporter. The paper founded in 1888 was sold in 1905 to L.D. Taylor who transformed it from a small twelve page daily to a modern newspaper which eventually grew in circulation to challenge the Province.

Sara McLagan was an interesting woman in her own right: she came to British Columbia from Ireland in 1858, age three. Her father taught her telegraphy. When she was twelve a major forest fire threatened their Matsqui home, but Sara tapped a message through to New Westminster and that brought help. At fourteen she took over the New Westminster telegraph station!

John and Sarah’s son Lt Patrick Douglas Maclure McLAGAN died 15th October, 1917 and is buried in Dickebusch Road Cemetery.

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