Frank C. Pollard, under sheriff of Siskiyou county, has been prominent in the business and official affairs of Yreka and the county for more than fifteen years. He is a native son of the state, being a son of one of the pioneers, and he is a good type of the man of western energy and enterprise. During his career of forty years he has engaged in various lines of work, merchandising, hotel-keeping, and in the administration of the duties of several elective offices, and throughout has held the estem and confidence of all his fellow citizens and associates.
Mr. Pollard was born at Magalia, Butte county, California, April 2, 1864, a son of J. D. and Emeline (Church) Pollard. His father was born in New York, and died in San Diego, California, in 1887. He came, via the Isthmus of Panama, to California in the early fifties, and during most of his career in the west was engaged in the hotel business, having establishments at different times in Butte county, Donner Lake, and at Reno, Nevada. He later conducted a butchering and dairy establishment at Reno. In the sixties he owned a stage line from Reno to Virginia City, over the Gieger grade, and he was known throughout the west for this enterprise and his Donner Lake Hotel, which was the old stage station on the overland stage route at the head of the lake. He was a strong Republican. He and his wife were both of English descent, and the latter, a native of New York, is still living at the age of eighty-four years, at Dayton, Nevada. Besides Frank C., there are four other children: J. D. and Charles A., residing at Reno, Nevada; Sarah, wife of James Schiveley, of Wyoming; and Nellie, wife of H. W. bonham, engaged in mining near Dayton, Nevada.
Mr. Frank C. Pollard received his education in the public schools of Reno, concluding his studies at the age of eighteen. For seven or eight years he assisted his father in the hotel and butcher business in Reno, and in 1888 came to Yreka, where he has found the field of greatest activity ever since. After being in the employ of G. H. Peters for three years he went into the county clerk's office as deputy, remaining there for six years, two years under George D. Butler and four under Allan Newton. The four years under Newton he acted as clerk of the Superior Court. While serving under Butler he was elected city clerk, which office he held for two years. In 1898 he entered the employ of Julian and Wadsworth, butchers and packers of Yreka, and continued in that line of business for three years. He had entire charge of the business and handled all the funds, his position being that of executive agent for the owners. The firm did a business of about forty thousand dollars a month. After leaving that establishment he was a clerk in the mercantile house of A. Wetzel for a time, and was then manager of the Clarendon Hotel until January, 1903, when he was appointed to his present office of under-sheriff of Siskiyou county, by Sheriff Charles B. Howard. The tender of this place was entirely unexpected and unsolicited by him, and he was chosen in preference to several announced applicants.
Mr. Pollard is an active Republican, and in the fall of 1898 was nominated by acclamation in convention for the office of county auditor and recorder, but met the defeat which befell all the Republican ticket that year. He has fraternal affiliations with the Masons and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
He was married in Yreka, February 7, 1891, to Miss Anna Fried, a native of Yreka and a daughter of George and Sophia Fried, who were both born in Germany. They have one child, Bernard F.
Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume I
The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine
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