History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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 JAMES POLLOCK, the genial proprietor of the Pollock House, Doylestown, was born in county Down, Ireland, February 4, 1858, and is a son of James and Esther (Kerr) Pollock, who, with their two sons, James and Robert, and a daughter, Sarah Jane, now the wife of George Turkington of Plumstead, emigrated to America in 1866 and settled in Philadelphia, where both parents died in 1873.

     The subject of this sketch spent his boyhood days in Philadelphia, and obtained a meagre education at the public schools.  He was compelled to earn his own livelihood at a very early age, and sought such employment as was available to boys of his age.  At the age of eighteen years he opened a small store for the sale of coffees and tea, and supplemented the local trade by running a team out into the country, taking orders and delivering the goods.  In 1880 he removed to Doylestown and opened a store there for the sale of coffees and tea, which he conducted for two years.  In 1883 he bought out the bottling establishment on State street, Doylestown, and conducted it until 1891, when he sold out and purchased the Lenape cigar store, which he conducted for over a year.  About this time he purchased a tract of land at West Court and Franklin streets and erected several houses thereon.  In the summer of 1895 he conducted a hotel at Atlantic City.  Returning to Doylestown he began the manufacture of bicycles, a business which he conducted for nearly two years.  In 1898 he purchased the Armstrong property on the north side of the borough, and, opening Shewell and Harvey avenues, laid it out into building lots, many of which have been since built upon.  In 1899 he was proprietor of the Union House, Lambertville.  In 1900 he purchased the present site of the Pollock House, then a restaurant, which he conducted for two years, and then erected the present hotel building.  A unique feature of the popular hostelry is the Sixteenth Century Café, known as “The Jug in the Wall,” fitted up in the quaint style of centuries past, that attracts a great deal of attention from visitors to the county town.  Mr. Pollock has always taken a deep interest in everything that pertains to the improvement of the town.  He was one of the organizers and a member of the first board of directors of the Doylestown Electric Company, and was superintendent of their plant for about one and a half years.  He was an original stockholder and director in the Worstall and Cart Wheel Works, and has been an active promoter of other local enterprises.  In politics he is an ardent Republican.  He has served three years in borough council, and was one of the most active members in the advocacy of municipal improvements.  Mr. Pollock is strictly a self-made man, and by industry, integrity and a close application of good business qualifications has won a fair competence.

    He was married, April 4, 1879, to Emma, daughter of Charles and Wilhelmina Miller, of Philadelphia, who has borne him two children:  Emma, born 1880, died 1884; and Laura, born March 29, 1881, who resides at home.

Text taken from page 480 of:

Davis, William W.H., A.M. History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

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