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Pollard, Sarah Eliza (Westfall) 1841 - 1923


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 1/8/2022 at 22:22:55

Elkader Register, Thur., 08 Nov. 1923. Strawberry Point column.

Sarah Eliza Pollard, daughter of John M. and Sarah Westfall, was born in Livingston County, New York, Jan. 17, 1841. She was the survivor of a family of eight children. In early childhood, with her parents she removed to Northern Ohio and resided in Erie and Lorain counties in the state till 1855 when the family came to Iowa, locating on an unbroken prairie farm on the county line in Madison township, Buchanan county, one mile west of the County Corners and endured all the trials and privations of pioneer life and likewise enjoyed all the advantages and pleasures and distinctions in assisting to develop and subdue the expansive area known as Garden Prairie, into well kept productive farms. It took courage and fortitude, with limited means and equipment, to overcome the difficulties that were met on every hand by the resolute and persistent and self sacrificing young and middle aged pioneers in founding the commonwealth of Iowa. Mrs. Pollard did her full part in this eventful period. Hers has been a busy and serviceable life filled with peace and contentment. She acquired a good school education and for many years was an efficient and successful rural school teacher in this locality.

On September 26, 1866 she was married to Walker Pollard, who became one of the active respected business men of Strawberry Point, where he was engaged for many years as dealer and shipper of livestock. He died October 6, 1909. Five children were born to them. The eldest, Linn, dying in infancy, and the youngest daughter Genie, a lovely young woman died June 17, 1905. The remaining children are two daughters, Mrs. Maud Hady and Miss Grace Pollard, and one son, Jay M. Pollard, all of Waterloo, Iowa. After the death of her beloved husband, Mrs. Pollard, disposed of her home in Strawberry Point and removed to Waterloo, where she resided with her two daughters who gave her all the loving care and devotion that could be bestowed on a worthy mother. She has been in impaired health for years but her bodily ailments in no way bedimmed her active mind or lessened her interest in life and her supreme regard and affection for her loved ones and old time friends.

During her residence in Strawberry Point she united with the Congregational church and her membership was maintained up to the time of her death.

On the evening of October 29, 1923 at her home in Waterloo, surrounded by her loved ones her spirit peacefully took its flight, at the age of eighty-two years, nine months and twelve days. She leaves two daughters and one son, three grandchilden and a host of friends to mourn her departure. Surely a good noble, Christian woman in the fullness of years has gone to her reward. Her blessed memory will ever remain as a solace and comfort to her loved ones and old time associates. Funeral services were conducted at the Charles Newberry home by the Rev. Wm. W. Maxwell Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. Interment was made in the local cemetery.


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