W L Pollock M D
Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/20/2009 at 01:32:28
W L Pollock M D Successfully engaged in the practice of medicine in Boone, Dr Pollock has a large patronage which is an indication of the confidence reposed in him by the public. He was born in Logan county, Ohio, in 1850, his parents being John and Ellen F (Ferguson) Pollock. The family is Scotch lineage and as founded in America by four brothers who came fro the land of the heather to the new world. Many generations prior to this time the family had lived in Scotland, the ancestors of our subject, having fought with William Wallace for liberty of that land. Hugh Pollock, one of the brothers who came to the United States, was drowned in the Schuylkill river. All settled in Ohio, and they were uncles of John Pollock, the father of our subject. He was a lawyer by profession and became one of the early settlers of Harrison county, Ohio. He successfully engaged in practice in Logan county, where he moved after marriage, winning distinction as one of the leading members of the bar of that state. For fourteen years he served as county attorney of Logan county. In 1866 he moved to Ford county, Illinois, and served as a member of legislature several terms, leaving the impress of his individuality upon the acts which were passed during his connection with the state assembly. He took and active part in politics as an organizer and his efforts contributed in large measure to the successful conduct of his partyís affairs. He was a man of broad general information and had a remarkable knowledge of the Bible. In his home he was hospitable, genial and cordial, and the circle of his friends was almost co extensive with the circle of his acquaintances. He died at the age of seventy-three years in 1899, upon the anniversary of her husbandís birth. She was a lady of even temper and kindly spirit, devoted to his family, and was a consistent Christian, Unto Mr and Mrs Pollock were born four children: Robert who died at the age of twenty-seven years, John E an attorney of Bloomington, Illinois, Mary E the widow of Henry Marlow of Helena, Montana and William Leander who name introduces this review.
Dr Pollock spent he first seventeen years of his life in Bellefontaine, Ohio, and in 1866 became a resident of Bloomington, Illinois. Having determined to make the practice of medicine his life work, he matriculated in the Jefferson medical college in 1871, and for eighteen years thereafter was a successful practitioner of McLean county, Illinois. During that time he spent fourteen months in Chicago engaged in special study. On leaving Illinois he removed to Racine, Wisconsin, and for the past eight years has resided in Boone, where his patronage has steadily increased. He has demonstrated his ability to successfully cope with the intricate problems which continually confront the physician in his effort to prolong life and restore health. That he occupies a high position in professional circles is indicated by he election to the presidency of the Central District Medical Society of Iowa. He is also a member of the State Medical Association, and through the discussions held in this organization he keeps in touch with the advanced thought of the day. He is also interested in all reliable books concerning the practice of medicine and is quick to adopt any measure which he believes will contribute to his efficiency.
In 1872 the Doctor was united in marriage to Miss Lillie Bingham, a native of Indiana and a daughter of John and Mary (Eldridge) Bingham, and they have one daughter, Mabel. Socially, the Doctor is connected with the Masonic Fraternity, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, with the Modern Woodmen and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. For two years he has served as president of the schools, doing everything in his power to promote educational advancement. As a citizen he is valuable because of the aid which he renders to al movements tending toward progress and improvement, as a man, he is respected by reason of his genuine worth, as a friend he is liked because he has kindly consideration and deference for the opinions of others, and as a physician he is esteemed because of his superior ability in the line of his chosen profession.
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