Joy Clare Polly

3 February 1911–1980 (Age 68)
Fairview Township, Monona, Iowa, United States

The Life of Joy Clare

When Joy Clare Polly was born on 3 February 1911, in Fairview Township, Monona, Iowa, United States, his father, Earl C. Polly, was 26 and his mother, Mabel H. Peterson, was 27. He married Lillie May Sierks in February 1938. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He died in 1980, in Whiting, Monona, Iowa, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Whiting, Monona, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joy Clare Polly
Lillie May Sierks
Marriage: February 1938
Sharon Joy Polly
Ronald Earl Polly
Norman Christian Polly

Spouse and Children

February 1938


    Sharon Joy Polly


    Ronald Earl Polly



Parents and Siblings

    Earl C. Polly


    Mabel H. Peterson





    Gale Earl Polly


World Events (8)

1912 · The Girl Scouts

Age 1

Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 2

The Keokuk Dam was completed in 1913 and began to power the surrounding area. It was the largest single capacity powerhouse in the world at the time. After World War II, the powerhouse was modernized and all the units were converted in 2002. It remains the largest privately owned and operated dam on the Mississippi River.

Age 20

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

Name Meaning

1 French and English (of Norman origin): from Old French poli ‘agreeable’, ‘polite’ (literally ‘polished’, past participle of Old French polir), hence a nickname for a courteous or amiable person (perhaps also sometimes given ironically to a boor).2 Altered form of German Polley, a habitational name from any of several places so named in Anhalt and Brandenburg.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Joy Polly in household of E C Polly, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Jay C Polly in household of Earl C Polly, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Joy Clare Polley in entry for Ronald Earl Polley, "Iowa, Birth Records, 1921-1942"

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