Fonds MS-42 - Pollard Family fonds

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Pollard Family fonds

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  • 1968 - 1969 (Creation)
    Pollard Family

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1 cm of textual records. - 2 photographs

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Pollard, John Aloysius (‘Jack’) 1875-1958
Pollard, Joseph Francis (‘Frank’) 1870-1926

Joseph Francis (Frank) Pollard was born in 1870 to Bridget Maloney and Michael Pollard in the United States. His brother, John Aloysius Pollard was born in 1875, also in the United States. The Pollard brothers came to Edmonton in the 1890’s and by 1898 had established one of Edmonton's most successful brickyards, just west of the High Level Bridge in Walterdale. This business supplied the bricks that were used to build many of the prominent residences in Edmonton.

Adjacent to the site of the brickyard was Firmin Bedard's Tannery. Frank Pollard married Firmin’s daughter, Mary Ann (Annie) Bedard in 1901 in Edmonton. They had seven children – Rosa, Catharine, Harold, Charles, Mary, Clarice, Loretta, Joseph and Marie.

John Pollard married Nora Edith Lord in 1905 in Strathcona. They had six children – James, John (“Red”), William, Evelyn, Edith and Norah.

In 1914 the brickyard closed down temporarily with the onset of the First World War. In 1915 a North Saskatchewan river flood caused the business to cease operations. John Pollard later owned a garage in Strathcona and for a brief time he operated the Princess Theatre. Frank Pollard was an alderman on the last city council of Strathcona prior to amalgamation with Edmonton in 1913.

Joseph Francis (Frank) Pollard died in 1926 in Edmonton. John Aloysius Pollard died in 1958 in Edmonton.

Custodial history

Charles W. Pollard was the son of Joseph Frances (Frank) Pollard.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of documents relating to the history of the Pollard Brickyard and John Walter logging operation in Walterdale. Also included is a photocopy of a notebook with a handwritten account of the history of the Bedard family and recipes compiled by Firmin Bedard. The photographs are of the Pollard brickyard.

File List:
File 1. Documents - Pollard Bros. brick plant and Walterdale area, Edmonton, includes:

  • drawing – Layout of Pollard Bros. Brick Plant, Walters Flats, Edmonton, 1914 (2 pages);
  • photograph of Pollard Bros. brick plant, pre-1914, with explanatory text (in folio) (EA-113-2);
  • summary of Pollard Bros. brick plant and John Walter logging operation, illustrated with small;
  • notes re: homes of Muchias (Matthias Collins) and John Walter, Pollard brick yard and original St. Anthony church;
  • announcement, programme and poem re: the Walterdale Bunch reunion, July 27, 1968, organized and written by Rosa Pollard;
  • letter, from Charles. W. Pollard to Names Advisory Committee, City of Edmonton, recommending use of Pollard name in street and district naming.

File 2. Notebook: Grandfather Firmin Bedard’s family history record. Includes genealogical information of Bedard family (1807-1927), recipes, other notes; in French and English (photocopy).

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This fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by Charles W. Pollard in 1970.


The material was arranged by the archivist by subject.
The photographs were assigned item numbers with the prefix EA-113.

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  • French

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See Scope and content above.
Photographs have been described at the item level and are available in the Reference Room.

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Accession number: A70-61

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This MS was formerly known as the Charles W. Pollard fonds.

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_Jack & Frank Pollard of this fonds are no relation to Lewis David Pollard and Lewis Stanley Pollard of the Lewis David Pollard fonds MS-3.

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City of Edmonton Archives

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