POLLARD, Bridget 1838-1926
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/29/2015 at 15:08:30
Mrs. M. Pollard Dies At Ripe Age
Passed Away at Her Home in Grundy Center Wednesday P.M.
Mrs. M. Pollard died at her home in Grundy Center Wednesday afternoon. While she had been in failing health due to old age for some time the end was hastened by an attack of influenza.
Funeral services will be held at the Catholic church in this city Friday morning. Interment will be made in the family lot in the Catholic cemetery at this place.
Mrs. Pollard would have been eighty-eight years old next October. She was a pioneer resident of Grundy county, coming here in 1868, which is 58 years ago.
A more complete account of Mrs. Pollard's life will be given in the next issue of the paper.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 8 April 1926, pg 1
Obituary of Mrs. Pollard
Bridget Molony was born in County Clare, Ireland, Oct. 13, 1838, and at the age of eleven years emigrated with her mother, brother and two sisters to New Jersey, the father having come one year ahead to make a home for his little family. When in this county less than one year the mother died, having this little girl at the tender age of twelve years to care for two little sisters, aged five and three, and to help keep the little family together.
She was united in marriage to Michael Pollard, a soldier in the Civil war, after his discharge from a Federal hospital in Keokuk in February, 1863, at Rock Island, Ill. They resided in that locality for about five years before coming to Grundy county, Iowa, in February 1868, which was then a wild prairie country and settled on a farm in Melrose township, enduring all the hardships incidental to the life of the early pioneer. They succeeded in securing a comfortable home, where they lived until coming to Grundy Center in 1899. The husband died in 1914.
Nine children were born to them; James, who died in 1911; Mary, at home; Katherine, who died in 1920; Margaret, at home; Frank, of Edmonton, Canada; Michael, who died in infancy; John, of Edmonton; Mrs. Geo. Lynch, of Morrison; and Mrs. James Cox, of Eldora. There are twenty-four grandchildren living.
Mrs. Pollard was a devoted member of the Catholic church, a loving mother having her children's interest always at heart and a kind and helpful neighbor.
Funeral services were held at Sacred Heart church, conducted by her pastor, Rev. Father Boyle, assisted by Rev. Fr. Leen, of Marshalltown, and Rev. Fr. McMann, of Hampton.
Interment was made in the Catholic cemetery.
A large number of Mrs. Pollard's old neighbors and friends attended the funeral.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 15 April 1926, pg 6
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