Biography of Alexander Pollock

It is a pleasure to grant to Mr. Pollock consideration in the history of Nez Perces County, since he is one of the most enterprising and capable farmers of the entire reservation County. His ranch is about one mile southeast from Dublin and is known as the Idaho Model Farm, No. 1. And surely it bears this name out in reality, for it is one of the best places in the country and bears the marks of the skill, wisdom, industry and careful planning of the owner. Mr. Pollock took the land in 1895, being one of the first here, thus securing a choice farm. It is well watered and fenced hog tight with twenty-six inch wire netting. Mr. Pollock is devoting himself largely to raising hogs, finding them very profitable. He also raises flax for the market in addition to the large amounts of grain which is consumed by his stock. He has good, tasty buildings and an orchard, with many other improvements of value.

Alaxander Pollock was born in Gray County, Ontario, on November 18, 1869, being the son of’ Alexander and Elizabeth (Cook) Pollock, natives of northern Ireland and Canada, respectively. The father was married in Ontario and still lives in Gray County. He and his wife are devout members of the Methodist Church.

Our subject had scanty opportunity to gain an education, but improved it well and by personal research is a well informed man. In 18880 he was on the Indian Peninsula in Canada, lumbering. In 1890 he came to Chippewa County, Michigan” then went to Duluth, thence to Cumberland, Wisconsin, and other portions of the country. Later he was in Kaslo, British Columbia, and there mined for a time.

In 1895 Mr. Pollock came to Spokane, thence to Lewiston and then to the reservation, selecting a choice spot. He then returned to Spokane and later when the reservation opened, he was on hand to take his place. He raises stock in addition to the hogs mentioned and also has some fine poultry. His house, barn, out buildings, as granary, chicken house, hog barn and so forth are all made and kept in a model manner and it is the purpose of Mr. Pollock to make one of the finest farms in the state.

On March 26, 1899, Mr. Pollock married Miss Minnie A., daughter of Willard and Julina Birchard, natives of Vermont. They came to Mandan, North Dakota. In 1890 they came to Marion County, Oregon, where they now reside, engaged in fruit raising and general farming. Mrs. Pollock was born in Iowa in August, 1879. Two children, Howard M., born May 28, 1901, and Earl A., born December 5, 1902, have come to gladden this home.

Source: An Illustrated History of North Idaho: Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone counties, state of Idaho; Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903

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