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JAMES R. POLLOCK; has in a characteristically unassuming way wielded large and benignant influence in connection with the social and material progress of Ontario, one of the attractive little cities of San Bernardino County, is a lawyer by profession, has served in various offices of public trust in this community, and has been identified with the upbuilding of a number of institutions of important order in a financial way.

James Rogers Pollock was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, July 24, 1865, and is a son of Alexander W. and Mary J. (Moore) Pollock, both of remote Scotch ancestry. The public schools of the old Keystone State afforded Mr. Pollock his early education, which was supplemented by his attending the Pennsylvania State Normal School and later the historic old Washington and Jefferson College, in which excellent Pennsylvania institution he was graduated as a member of the class of 1890 and with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. His course in preparation for the legal profession was taken in the law department of Buffalo University in the City of Buffalo, New York.  

Mr. Pollock has been a resident of San Bernardino County since 1896, has given more or less of his time and attention to the practice of law, served as justice of the peace at Ontario from 1904 to 1919, and in the meanwhile served also, from 1904 to 1914, as city recorder. For ten years he was president of the San Antonio Hospital Association, at Ontario, this county ; he was for eight years president of the Ontario National Bank, of which he is still a stockholder and chairman of the board ; and he is at the present time a director of the Pioneer Title Insurance Company and also of the Ontario Bond & Mortgage Company, to which two important and prosperous institutions he gives much of his time and energy. Mr. Pollock has taken deep and loyal interest in everything touching the welfare of his home city of Ontario and of San Bernardino County, and his influence and effective co-operation have been given in the furtherance of measures and enterprises advanced for the general good of the community. He has had no ambition for political activity but is a staunch and well fortified advocate of the principles of the republican party. Both he and his wife are active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, as was also his first wife.

At Dungannon, County Tyrone, Ireland, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Pollock and Miss Kate L. McCormick, and his bride accompanied him on his return to the United States. She passed to the life eternal in the year 1905, and left one son, Thomas A. Pollock. In 1908 Mr. Pollock wedded Miss Annie D. Walls in the City of Los Angeles, and she is the popular chatelaine of their attractive home at Ontario, besides being prominent in the representative social life of the community.

History of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties 
By: John Brown, Jr., Editor for San Bernardino County 
And James Boyd, Editor for Riverside County 
With selected biography of actors and witnesses of the period 
of growth and achievement.
Volume III, the Western Historical Association, 1922, 
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, ILL

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011