Red Pollard was the grandson of Michael Pollard, born ca. 1834 in Ireland. Michael emigrated to New Jersey in 1850, moved to Illinois by 1855, and in 1863 married Irish immigrant Bridget Moloney. They moved to Iowa in 1870, where Red"s father, John A., was born in 1875.
John A. immigrated to Edmonton, Alberta, in 1898.
After the turn of the century, he and his brother Joseph founded the Pollard Bros Brickyard.
John M. "Red" Pollard was born in Edmonton in 1909.
He spent his early years in affluence, but the family brickyard was destroyed when the North Saskatchewan River flooded in 1915, instantly throwing the family into poverty.