Lots of milk? Build a cheese factory!

Shirland Items. as found in the Rockton Herald February 18, 1881
Shirland, Feb. 4th, 1881
We see by reading your paper that there is some talk of building a cheese factory in your town, if there should be any doubt as to its being a judicious investment, it might be somewhat interesting to look at a statement furnished us by Mr. E. S. Kizer, proprietor of the Shirland factory, as taken from his books.  They show the receipts of 921,955lbs. of milk during a period of seven months, ending with November last.  The product in cheese is 93.474lbs. requiring a trifle less than 10lbs. of milk to the pound of full cream cheese.  This amount of cheese sold readily at 12 cents, net, at the factory.  On the First of December last Mr. Kizer commenced to manufacture what is called “skims”.  He skims to the amount of 2?lbs. of  butter from one hundred weight of milk.  The milk is then made into what is called half-skinned cheese, which requires a trifle over ten pounds of milk for a ounce of cheese. The butter has all been sold at an average of a little above twenty-five cents net, to the patrons at the factory, and the “half-skins” are all sold up to Feb. 1st, at ten cents at the factory, which makes the patrons very well satisfied with the results of the past season.  W. H. Pollock says that his cows will net him for the season fifty-dollars per head.  What and where is the investment that pays a better percent than cows at say from $25 to $40 per head, which pay their cost in six months.  Mr. Kizer intends to build an addition to his factory in the spring as the increase in his business requires more room.  His machinery pertaining to the factory is all nearly or quite new and in perfect order and he has given entire satisfaction to his patrons he may expect to do a big business the coming season.

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Pollocks & Lippitts in Winnebago County 1892

Click title for Google-digitized edition of PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF WINNEBAGO and BOONE COUNTIES, ILLINOIS published in 1892 (see page 632).

WILLIAM H. POLLOCK. This gentleman
of whom we write, whose pleasant home is
to be found in Shirland Township, is descended
on both sides from heroic and high-minded
people. He was born in St. Lawrence
County, N. Y., September 25, 1844, and his father,
Samuel Pollock, who was born in Ireland in 1801,
and who was of Scotch descent, came to the
United States when sixteen years of age, and after
reaching mature years was married to Miss Betsey
A. Sackett, a native of New York State. Mr. Pollock
was a farmer all his life but also followed the
trade of a mason. His wife died at the age of
forty-eight years and he followed her to the grave
when about seventy-two years of age.

The subject of this sketch was the first son and
fifth child of eight children born to his parents.
He was the first one of this family to make his
way Westward, and he came to Winnebago County,
Shirland Township, April 12, 1866. For the first
five years he worked on the farm and in the lumber
regions, and in December, 1870, he was wedded to
Mrs. Phoebe Strail, nee Lippitt, afterwards locating on
the farm where his wife was reared. She is the
daughter of Dr. John W. and Almira (Yarrington) Lippitt,
the father a native of Rhode Island and of English descent,
and the mother a native of New York, and of Scotch
parentage. The Lippitts are of the English nobility.
Mrs. Pollock’s parental grandfather was Loudon Lippitt,
who came from England and settled in Rhode Island
at a very early date. He had two sons and a daughter:
John Wesley, Daniel, who was a school teacher and
later a farmer of Pennsylvania, and Nancy, who
passed away.

John Wesley Lippitt was thoroughly educated for
the medical profession and was an eminent practitioner
in his native State. He came to Illinois at a very
early date, probably about 1836, and obtained
one-fourth section of Government land where his
daughter now lives. He came first from New York
prospecting in 1835, and traded his team and outfit
for a claim in Rockton Township, after which he
returned on foot to New York, and the following
year returned with an ox-team bringing his family,
consisting of his wife and four children, back with
him. On arriving here, he found his claim covered
by a Government claim, known as Indian Float.
He then purchased another claim of one hundred
and sixty acres of one claim and moved into a new
log house erected by himself. Three years later, his
wife died, leaving him with the four children
above mentioned: Maria, a resident of Beloit;
Jane, Mrs. W. A. Phelps, of Rockton Township;
Ann, Mrs. C. B. Ayer, of Beloit, and Francis, who
died at Rockton when twenty-seven years of age.
The father was again married, in 1843, to
Mrs. Almira Warren, nee Yarrington, who was
a native of Chautauqua County, N. Y., but who
came to this State about 1840. She bore him
one daughter and four sons: Phoebe A., born in
February, 1844, now Mrs. William Pollock;
Loudon, the second son, enlisted in the army when
but eighteen, where he served one year in
Company A, One Hundred and Forty-seventh
Illinois Volunteers, coming home on account
of failing health, and died at the age of twenty;
John and Albert Wesley, both drowned, and Ira,
who died when two years of age. Albert Wesley
and John were promising boys and were drowned
in Sugar River in 1856. The body of the former
was not found by the family, although anxiously
searched for, but about thirty-five years later,
Mrs. Pollock learned that Deacon Patten Atwood
had taken the body from the Rock River at Roscoe,
many miles below, and buried it there. Dr. Lippitt
died in Shirland Township, where his daughter
now lives, in 1863, when sixty-nine years of age.
His wife followed him to the grave one year later,
when fifty-eight years of age.

To Mr. and Mrs. Pollock were born eight children,
one of whom died in infancy, and they now have four
daughters and three sons: Cora at home, a graduate
of the Beloit High School when nineteen years of age,
and now conducting a class in instrumental music;
Samuel E., a student in the Beloit Preparatory
Department; Wilbur H., attending the district school;
Alice L., attending the home school; Mary Agnes,
also in the home school, as are Clara M. and
Truman A., the two youngest of this bright and
interesting family, Mrs. Pollock has one child,
Hattie Strail, from her first marriage. This daughter
is now Mrs. Samuel Bennett, her husband being
a photographer in Wisconsin. Mr. Pollock has
been Commissioner of Highways for nine years
and has been School Director for some time.
The past spring he was elected Supervisor of the
township. He and wife are worthy members of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, to which he has
ever been a liberal contributor, and in which
he has served ethically for some time. Mr.
and Mrs. Pollock have one hundred and sixty-five
acres free from all encumbrances, and they are
keeping twenty cows, selling the milk to the creamery
in Shirland. They are wide-awake and enterprising
and have been successful.

Phebe Almira Lippitt

There is a very detailed book written by Larry Krug in 1961 that has history of the descendants of Phelps and Lippitts.  Click the title of the book to see the entire book that has been Google-digitized:

Link to The William A. Phelps Family book by Larry Krug

Pollock Phebe bio page 1
Pollock Phebe bio page 2
Pollock Phebe bio page 3

On page 3 it mentions that her daughter Hattie’s husband Sam Bennett is a young photographer.  I found it interesting that these two photos of her were taken by “Bennett” photography in Wisconsin.

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Pollock Double Wedding – October 17th 1901

These two couples were married in a double wedding at Shirland Congregational Church at high noon on Thursday, Oct. 17, 1901 by Rev. J. W. Helmuth.  May and Wilbur are brother and sister.

Wilbur H. Pollock (age 27) and Miss Ada Wilson Nye.  His parents were William “Henry” Pollock and Phebe Almira Lippitt (Lippett), formerly Mrs. Strail.

Ada Nye was born March 26, 1877 and died on October 20, 1905.  Her parents were Hovey B. Nye and Ada M. Wilson Nye.

Dwight Powell (age 23) and Miss May Agnes Pollock (age 23).  His parents were Ephraim Powell and Nancy Geary Powell.

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