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Memorable Manitobans: Oliver Herman Pollard (1867-1944)


Born at Bayfield, Ontario in 1867, he came to Winnipeg in March 1892 with 13 years experience in the printing trade. He took charge of the Commercial, a weekly paper published by James E. Steen. In 1901, he established the firm of Pollard, Daniels and Company. He later sold the plant to the Winnipeg Telegram, staying four years as business manager. He tried fruit farming in British Columbia for some time. In 1907 he returned to Winnipeg and, with George H. Saults, purchased the printing business of the Manitoba Free Press and established the printing firm of Saults and Pollard. He was a member of the AF & AM (Prince Rupert Lodge), Carleton Club, Motor Country Club, and Crescent-Fort Rouge United Church. He and his wife Janet Agnes Reid (1869-1946) had three children: Edna B. Pollard (1892-1972, wife of Charles S. Wiggins), Olive J. Pollard (1894-?, wife of F. A. Protheroe), and Wilbur H. Pollard (1898-?, father of Earle B. Pollard). He died at Winnipeg on 2 January 1944 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“O. H. Pollard dies Sunday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 January 1944. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 145]

“Mrs. O. H. Pollard dies following lengthy illness,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 May 1946. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

Obituary [Edna B. Wiggins], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 August 1972, page 35.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 January 2019

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