Tuesday, June 8, 2010

EWGS Presidents Maxine E. LeGrant Pence

This is the thirty third in the series on the Presidents of EWGS leading up to the 75th anniversary in 2010. See the previous posts on Samuel Pool Weaver, Leora Cookingham Thiel, Susan Marie West Jack, Ruth Churchill Austin, Alfred Denman, Florence Ballou Brown, Harriet Jefferson Pinkham, Mary Elizabeth Dow Maltbie, Achsah Maltbie Rawlings, Lee DeGolyer Patchen, Susie Elliott Faubion, Edith Webb Nelson, Carrie Teats Lartigue, Guy Alfred Clumpner, Grace Ellis Woodward, Mabel Rue Frederick, Nell Hartman Peel, Edwin Allan Poole, Mabel Enid Rice Conrad, Helen Elizabeth Osborne Rowe, Dr. Herbert Hoover Osborne, Jane Merritt Logie Webster, Beatrice Cutler Mitcham, Marie E. Stone Larson, Lorena May Saylor Wildman, Raymond J. Fisher, Grace E. Kelso Garner , Catherine P. Cornehl Hyslop, Barbara J. Wirt Clarkson, Ruby L. Simonson McNeill, Jeanne J. Jones Holder , and Jeanne M. Polumsky Coe

Maxine LeGrant Pence was EWGS President in 1987 and 1988. Maxine was the daughter of Harrison O. and Evelyn (Bulis) LeGrant. Harrison was born in Palmeroy, Iowa and Evelyn was born in Medford, Oregon, but her family homesteaded in Plummer, Idaho and later moved to Spokane where Evelyn went to Lewis and Clark High School. At a party she met Harrison and his brother Eugene and a few months later Evelyn married Harrison and her sister married Eugene. Harrison was a builder and installed floor coverings. Maxine married Eugene Allen May 2, 1949 at Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and they had two sons Jim and Jon Allen. April 21, 1967 in Whitman County Maxine married William B. "Bill" Pence, and he was the fire chief at Pullman, Washington till he retired in 1975 and then moved to Cheney in 1977.

Maxine came along during the time of surname periodicals, and she was the author of the Barnes Bulletin and Walker Footprints. She was also the person behind Pence Publications and she has three books in the Spokane Library; Pence Research Data 1988, Scottish Queries 1987, and Pence Family of Georgia, North and South Carolina.
In 1987 she invited all the member of EWGS to attend an EWGS Board meeting as they are open to all EWGS members. She was hoping people would learn more about the workings of EWGS. They also updated the EWGS bylaws. Washington's First 100 Marriages book was finally published. If you check the list of books donated to the library Maxine was listed in almost every list of book donors.

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