William “Will” Washington Mallard (1872-1967) was born in Bakersville, Humphreys County, Tenn., the son of William Vandyke and Mary Elizabeth (Jackson) Mallard, and the grandson of Alfred and Sarah (Gregory) Mallard, and died at age 95 in Pollard, Ark. He was married to Lula Mae Baker, daughter of Robert and Angeline Baker, on April 21, 1895, in Pollard. He was a farmer and made his last crop at 27 years of age and quit because of blindness. He later had a cataract operation and gained back his sight. He was a member of the Trailer's Chapel General Baptist Church and is buried in the New Hope Cemetery. At age nine he moved to Independence County, Ark., with his parents, and his father died in 1892. Will moved to Pollard in October of 1885. His children attended the Headley School near Pollard.
On July 6, 1967, The Piggott Banner had a feature story with a picture on Mr. and Mrs. Will Mallard's celebration of his 95th birthday, and told a little about his life. He celebrated his birthday by dancing a little jig under a shade tree. Uncle Will told about the founding of Pollard. At that time it was known as Advance, though a Mr. Tucker wanted it named Lauraville after his daughter. A post office was established a few miles from Advance with Houston Montgomery as post master. A little town began to grow around the post office and Mr. Montgomery named the town “Pollard” after Uncle Billy Pollard, the oldest citizen.
Will and Lula Ann Mallard had 10 children and four died in infancy. Surviving children were Tishia Mallard, Orville A. Mallard, Louie W. Mallard, James Nolan Mallard, Walter Joseph Mallard and Alvin Cecil Mallard.
Tishia Mallard (1896-1989) was 18 when she married in 1914 to Thomas William Jackson “Singing Bill” Johnson, 52, a widower with 11 children who had been married to Martha A. Forrest, daughter of Watson Forrest. The children were Laura May, Mary Emily Russum, Lula B. Underwood, Charles Franklin Johnson, Joseph Robert Johnson, William Elbert Johnson, James Oliver Johnson, Nora O. Ingram, Thomas Floyd Johnson 16, Edna Boyle 13 and Myrtle Mooney 11. Tishia and Thomas William had two children—William Fred Johnson (1919-1921) who is buried in New Hope Cemetery, and James Carl Johnson, who at last account lived in Memphis and had a son, Michael. Tishia had also been married to a Kennedy, and died at her home in Memphis at age 93. She is also buried in the New Hope Cemetery at Pollard.
Orville A. Mallard (1899-1997) was born in Pollard and died in the Piggott Community Hospital and is buried in New Hope. He married Audie Lamb Davis in 1940, and they had a daughter, Patricia Mallard (1951-) who married Jackie Van Knighton (1949-1970) and he died in Vietnam, leaving a son, Patrick Van Knighton. Audia Mallard had Mary Sue Davis Moore, Joe Davis and Bill Davis by her first marriage, and a step-son, Leon Davis.
Louie W. Mallard (1905-1995) married Violet M. Conyers in December of 1921 in Clay County at the age of 16, and they were living in Detroit, Mich., by 1930. They had two children, Clara D. and Charles M. Mallard. Louie died in Mt. Pleasant, Isablle County, Mich., and is buried in Michigan.
James Nolan Mallard (1910-1990) was born in Pollard and died in Palm Beach, Fla. In 1930 he was still single and living in Detroit with his brother, Louis, and his wife and children and was working as an auto machinist. In 1940 he was in San Diego, Calif., with his wife, Evelyn Rose, and a son, James. David Alan is later named as the only child at his death. He is buried in Florida.
Walter Joseph Mallard (1912-1995) was married in Pollard to Alta Reed, daughter of Sanford and Phinie Mooney Mallard, on Aug. 13, 1931. They had five sons--(1) William Mallard, and wife Martha, of Highland, Ind.; (2) Robert L. Mallard, and wife Shirley, of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; (3) Curtis L. Mallard, and wife Shirley Ann Baker, had Christopher C., Robert Joseph and Rebecca Parrish. (4) Elbert Mallard (1943-2006) and wife Judy McLeskey had five children-Kim Moore, Greg Mallard, David Mallard, Brad Mallard and Debbie Mallard. (5) Billie O. Mallard and Linda Smith were married in 1965 and had Scott Mallard (Karen) and Valerie Mallard Smith (Dewayne). Walter J. Mallard was elected “Man of the Year” by the Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce in 1989. He lived out his life in this area, and he and Alta are buried at New Hope.
Alvin Cecil Mallard (1915-2013) married Irene Ira Ott Household, daughter of Robert Vance and Anna Lou Rice Householder, both of Pollard, in Greene County, Ark., on April 1, 1933, when Alvin was 18. They had one son, Rolland Lee Mallard, who married Bernice Leora Traw in Sikeston, Mo., and had a son and two daughters. Alvin and Ira celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1983 in Sikeston. He is buried in Sikeston, and died at age 98.