Information for Louise Rockwood McCormick Pollard
15 January 1899 - 18 January 1994
From The Idaho Statesman
21 January 1994
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo



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Louise Rockwood
McCormick Pollard

     Louise Rockwood McCormick Pollard, 95, of Boise, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 1994, in a Boise care center of natural causes.
    Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the First Presbyterian Church of Boise, 10th and State streets.  The Rev. Marianne C. Paul will officiate.  Inurnment will be at a later date in the Roswell Cemetery along with her husband, Cecil, who died Nov. 30, 1993.  Cremation is under the direction of Accent Funeral Services Home, Meridian.
    Louise was born Jan. 15, 1899, at Owatona, Minn., a daughter of Andrew James McCormick and Julia Maria Rockwood.  She was the youngest of five children.  The McCormick family moved from Minnesota to Roswell, Idaho, in 1903 where they established a homestead.  Louise helped her father with ranching and carpentry.  She could drive a team of horses, "break a horse," and she rode a horse to school.  Her knowledge of carpentry was useful in later years, both at home and at the Baker McCall cabin.
    Louise graduated from Roswell High School in 1917, and from the College of Idaho in 1921 with a B.S. degree in chemistry.
    From 1921 to 1932, she taught a variety of subjects including physics, biology, economics, home economics, math, Latin and vocal music at high schools in Wilder, Shoshone, Eagle, and at Franklin High School.  Additionally she also coached the girls basketball and baseball teams at Eagle High School.  She married Cecil Proctor Pollard in 1923, and they moved to Boise in 1924.
    When the Depression came, a family was allowed only one salary paid from tax monies.  Since Cecil taught at Boise High School, she quit teaching in 1932.  Their three living parents were in their home at that time.  Mrs. Pollard began a 54-year career with Spencer Inc. in 1933, as a direct sales representative of individually designed surgical and spinal supports, and served as the South Idaho district manager from 1956 to 1964.  She retired from Spencer in 1987 at age 88, due to failing health.
    Louise was a member of AARP, Retired Teachers, and the First Presbyterian Church where she had been active since 1925.  She taught Sunday school, was superintendent of the junior department for several years, and a member of UPW and Pinta Ship.  She was known for her philosophy that, "If you can't get what you want, then want what you can get."  This positive, cheerful attitude combined with her trust in God, helped her through the hardships of homesteading, the Depression, and throughout the rest of her life.
    Louise's hobbies were various forms of work. She and Cecil took pride in their vegetable garden, and her family enjoyed her home-baked bread.  Hiking into Idaho's beautiful mountains with her children and grandchildren was an activity she enjoyed until she was 86 years old.  She was much loved as a mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grand mother, and will be greatly missed.
    Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Dr. George R. Baker of Boise, and Gladys and David Laws of Burlington, N.C.; six grandchildren, Dr. Delwyn Baker of Spokane, Wash., Dr. Carl Baker of Potomac, Md., Bruce Baker of Seattle, Wash., Nancy Baker of Monterey, Calif., Julia Laws Opekun of Houston, Texas, and Dennis Laws of Raleigh, N.C.; and three great-grandchildren.
    Memorials may be made to the Boise Senior Center, 700 Robbins Road, Boise 83702.


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