Tuesday, February 16, 2010

EWGS Presidents: Nell Hartman Peel

This is the seventeenth 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 and Achsah Maltbie Rawlings, Lee DeGolyer Patchen, Susie Elliott Faubion, Edith Webb Nelson, Carrie Teats Lartigue and Guy Alfred Clumpner, Grace Ellis Woodward and Mabel Rue Frederick.

In 1961 the next EWGS President was Lee Patchen again, so I will go on to Nell Hartman Peel the 1962 and 1963 EWGS President. Did not find much on Nell, she appears in the Spokane City directories in the 1920s, and married Samuel E. Peel June 18, 1932 in Stevens County. I did not find much on Samuel either, he was living in Spokane in the 1920 census age 53 born in Canada. In 1930 I found Nell here in Spokane in a boarding house age 40, but no Samuel. After they married I did not find them again. In the 1940 city directory Nell is back, working for the school district as a clerk, and after that either a clerk or a teacher, but no Samuel, so maybe he went back to Canada?? Nell did leave Spokane to live in Rockford, Illinois, and passed away at Rockford January 29, 1985. Probably the highlight of her time as EWGS President was the first bulletin. The first publication was in June of 1963, by Edwin A. Poole (more on him later). It began as a one page publication called TREE TALKS. After three issues it became NEWS NOTES for about a year when it was called the MESSENGER for approximately three years. Then no name until 1969 when it was named THE BULLETIN which continues on to today. Copies of all those issues are in the periodical section of the genealogical section of the Spokane Library, and many of the issues have been indexed by Google Books.

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