"Simon Pollon (Pawling as
the Registrar entered it) was born near Otterham, Cornwall, England on
3 April 1845. He was part of the extended family of his parents William
Pollon and Jane Westlake who were married in 1844. In the summer of 1851
William Pollon, at the age of 51, uprooted his young family and migrated
to Darlington Township in Durham County, Ontario. There was a large Cornish settlement
there and the family remained in this area until 1864 when they migrated
once again 150 miles west to Usborne Township in Huron County near London.
Simon was married to a local
girl, Matilda Davis, at Mitchell, Ont. on 17 November 1870. Their first
child, William James was born at Farquhar, Ont on 5 October 1871. Simon
soon relocated yet again 150 miles to the northeast and settled in the
rough bush of Medonte Township, Simcoe County north of Barrie. It was here
that Matilda died in the summer of 1873 during childbirth. The next year
on 28 September 1874 Simon re-married again to a Scottish girl, Isabella
Proven, who lived nearby with relatives. She brought another child, Elizabeth,
into the marriage and they soon had two more boys, George in 1875 and Jack
Simon's father died in February
of 1879. The year or two before that had been witness to "Manitoba Fever".
Simon caught the bug and loaded up the family and departed for Manitoba
in May of 1879.
The Pollons arrived by steamboat
from Fisher's Landing in the boomtown of Winnipeg on Dominion Day. The
Manitoba Free Press carried a letter that week concerning the glowing future
of an area known as "Little Saskatchewan". Simon and his brother Tom left
their families in a boarding house and followed the Carlton Trail to claim
their homesteads along the east side of the Little Saskatchewan Valley.
While Tom remained in the
area for only a few years before departing to greener pastures in the new
boomtown of Dauphin, Simon was to spend the next 47 years in one spot.
He and Isabella added to their family with Sarah in 1881, Tom in 1883,
Albert or "Dick" as he was known in 1886, Joe in 1889, Simon in 1892, Art
in 1895 and Andy in 1897.
Being a public service minded
person Simon was probably best remembered for his 30 odd years service
on the municipal councils of first the RM of Clanwilliam and later on the
RM of Minto. He also served on the school board as well as taking part
in the activities of the Methodist Church and was a practicing Oddfellow.
Simon was predeceased by
his wife Isabella on 6 March 1920 and he died a day before his 81st birthday
on 2 April 1926. Both are buried with many of their descendants in the
cemetery at Clanwilliam."