Recently our friend over at “Forgotten New England” posted a very interesting piece on Arthur G. Pollard and Pollard’s Department Store – a retail store staple for many years on Merrimack Street. The article is entitled: Pollard’s Department Store – Lowell Born . . . Lowell Owned . . . Lowell Managed. Of Arthur Pollard personally – he notes:
Arthur Pollard’s influence stretched far beyond his department store. During his working years, he was involved many of Lowell’s companies and institutions. Pollard served as president of Lowell’s Union National Bank, Stony Brook Railroad Company, the Lowell Hosiery Company, and Lowell General Hospital. He was also a trustee of the Lowell Cemetery Association, Lowell Textile School, the Ayer Home for Little Children, Rogers Hall School, and the Young Men’s Christian Association. He was also active in the Republican party. Although he never held or sought office, he served as treasurer on the Middlesex County Republican Committee for nearly 20 years. In 1900, he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention, which nominated McKinley for a second term. Pollard had also amassed quite a reputation in free masonry, and attained high honors in the York and Scottish rites, both in Lowell and nationally.