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Henry Pollack Trunk Company
Pollack. The testimony included statements that Mr. Pollack was a cheerful and happy man, had three
married well-off children in St. Louis (one daughter and two sons), a sick daughter that his wife had
been attending to at the time, and two sons, Charles and Henry, in Dallas. He was not depressed and had
a good life. He was not a heavy breather, but did snore. He had his son Charles purchase a quarters
worth of quinine the night before, which he bought from Waller drug store, being waited on by Jim
The jury with Charles Howard as foreman included W. Leonard Wyenill, C. Freeman, Jr., E. H.
Richardson, W. E. Halsell, and R. Liebman. The jury after a short deliberation returned the following
verdict: "We, the undersigned jury, summoned and impaneled to inquire into and investigate the cause
and manner of the death of Sam Pollack, find that he was about fifty-four years of age, and was found
dead in his bed at his residence on the corner of Ross Avenue and Leonard Street, October 14, 1885, and
that he came to his death from an overdose of morphine; how administered we have been unable to
ascertain."'4 The acting coroner, H. Schuhl, held the druggist C. W. Waller and his son Jim to be not
accountable for the switch in the drug bought by Charles Pollack for his father, Samuel, from their
pharmacy.15 There was no further investigation.
Mr. Pollack was interred in the Hebrew cemetery. He was said to be a man of sparkling humor, kind and
unassuming to all, and possessed of large benevolence. He had insurance with several associations. The
Knights of Macabees passed appropriate resolutions of respect to his memory.16
Samuel's widow, Mary Pollack, lived at 700 Ross Avenue in Dallas between 1885 and 1887.18 During
1886, the Dallas family went to visit the family still in St. Louis19. In later years she lived with various
ones of her children. She lived for a time with her daughter, Lottie, and her husband, Gus Hart, as
shown in the 1900 census in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri. By 1910 she had returned to St.
Louis, Missouri, and was living with her attorney son, Philip, where she died on 7 July 1913.20 She was
buried on 8 July 1913 in Mt. Sinai Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.2'
Samuel and Mary had the following children:
2 i. Harriett POLLACK22 was born in 1854 in Ohio.23 She died before 1920.24
3 ii. Barney POLLACK25 was born in 1856 in Illinois.26 He was listed as a salesman on
the 1880 census in St. Louis, Missouri. He died before 1910.
+4 iii. Martin POLLACK27 was born on 31 January 1864, St. Louis, St. Louis County,
14 Dallas Morning News, The Victim of a Wrong Dose, October 16. 1885 Issue.
'5Dallas Morning News, The Recent Horror, October 17 1885 Issue.
16 Dallas Morning News,. Local Notes, October 17, 1885 Issue.
17 Available on line through the TexShare databases.
18 City Directory, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, 1884-1887.
19 Dallas Morning News, Personals, March 22, 1886 Issue.
20 Death Certificate, Missouri State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Registration District 791, File No 24376,
Mary Pollack 7 July 1913.
21 Death Certificate, Missouri State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Registration District 791, File No 24376,
Mary Pollack 7 July 1913.
22 1870 US Census, 11 Ward City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri, page 50 (stamped) dwelling 659.
24 1920 US Census, husband was a widow living with one of their children.
25 1880 US Census, St Louis City, Missouri, supervisor's district 1 enumeration district 77 page 32.
27 Death Certificate, Missouri State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Registration District 791, File No 1003
Martin Pollack 21 September 1929.
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