"Her Own Story: Oral Histories of Benton County Women"
Dorothy Sal lee - Biographical Sketch
Dorothy Sal lee is the first of two children born to Henry and Marie Wiegand
in Waterloo, Iowa on June 13, 1906. Dorothy lived her first year with her
family in Waterloo where her father was employed at the Waterloo Engine Works.
The Wiegand family left Waterloo and moved to a farm northwest of Mt.
Auburn where Mr. Wiegand was employed and farmed part-time. Mrs. Wiegand was
a practical nurse assisting with child births. Dorothy's brother, Kent, was
born in 1912 when Dorothy was six.
Dorothy attended elementary and high school through the eleventh grade
in Mt. Auburn. While in high school Dorothy was an honor student and also was
involved in the girls' basketball program. During her high school career she
took a part-time job with the local telephone company as an operator. Upon
graduation from high school, this part-time employment became full-time.
While working as a telephone operator, Dorothy continued to live with her
parents until her marriage. Dorothy married Hiram Pollock in a civil ceremony
in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on November 5, 1927. Hiram and Dorothy lived near Mt.
Auburn, and Dorothy continued working for the telephone company while Hiram
operated a road maintainer.
The Pollock's first child, a son, was born in 1929 in the Wiegand's home
with Dorothy's mother assisting in the delivery of the child. The Pollock's
moved from Mt. Auburn to Garrison where they lived for one year. The Pollocks
moved back to Mt. Auburn where their five remaining children were born. In
1940 the Pollock family moved into the house Dorothy and her present husband
Hiram Pollock was killed in a train accident in 1944, leaving his pregnant
wife and five small children. After Hiram's death Dorothy continued to work
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