Tuesday, June 1, 2010

EWGS Presidents Jeanne M. Polumsky Coe

This is the thirty second 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, and Jeanne J. Jones Holder

Jeanne M. Polumsky Coe was the second Jeanne in a row and EWGS President in 1986. Jeanne Coe was born in Lewiston, Nez Pierce county, Idaho. February 4, 1961 Jeanne married Larry Andrew Coe and he was born in Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai county, Idaho. Son of Beryl Edward and Mary Francis (Holmes) Coe both of Nebraska. Larry was a baker for Safeway. Jeanne was the daughter of Lawrence Edward and Audrey Elizabeth (Kuther) Polumsky. Jeanne is a true daughter of Washington Pioneers. She had several ancestors residing in Garfield and Asotin counties prior to statehood in 1889. Her maiden name Polumsky was spelled differently on early censuses. Some of those are: Polanski. Polumskia, Polinsky and Polensky. Her marriage certificate at the digital archives was spelled Polemsky (may be corrected by now.) Jeanne was not sure where her Polumsky family came from in Europe. One census says Poland, another Prussia and another German. She also has some Irish roots in the Anderson and McGaughey families.
Jeanne was a county worker in the Spokane County Clerks Office, but is now retired. If you do any research in the eastern Washington area you will probably run into a book or database indexed by Jeanne. She continues to index for both the Washington State Library and for Family Search. She has also been a contributor of newspaper extractions for the Bulletin since the 1980s. She has also volunteered for many projects for EWGS and is still very active in EWGS.
I first knew Jeanne when I took over research for EWGS as a worker in the Spokane County Clerks office. She would look up file numbers for me in the microfilmed indexes in the clerks office, and we have been friends since then.

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