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Melvin C. Pollock

POLLOCK, Melvin C., a prominent and substantial farmer of Walnut Grove Township, McDonough County, Ill., was born in this township, April 26, 1862. He is a son of Robert and Mary (Walker) Pollock, his father being a native of Indiana and his mother of Walnut Grove, Ill. His grandfather, Quintus Walker, was a Kentuckian who came to Walnut Grove in 1833. Robert Pollock came about the year 1845 and settled on Section 16, Walnut Grove Township, where he took up ninety acres of land. Melvin C. Pollock attended the Western Normal School at Bushnell, Ill., and was reared on the home farm, the charge of which he assumed in 1903. He has also acquired other land, amounting in all, to 223 acres. For five years he was interested in the well-drilling business.

On December 25, 1890, Mr. Pollock was married to Belle Butler, who was born and schooled in McDonough County. Three children have blessed their union, namely: Hallie R., Lucille, and Walker. Politically, Mr. Pollock is a Republican. He was elected Supervisor of his township in the spring of 1905, and has served as Justice of the Peace and School Director. Mrs. Pollock's parents are Ozias Butler, born in Oshkosh, Wis., in 1844, and Phoebe (Payne) Butler, a native of North Carolina. Her mother came to Adams County with her parents in 1848, the family moving to Lamoine Township, McDonough County, in 1859. Both the maternal grandparents are now dead. In early boyhood her father also came to Illinois with his parents, locating in Blandinsville Township. He subsequently went to the Black Hills, since which time all trace of him has been lost.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 981, extracted 17 Mar 2020 by Norma Hass.

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