Margaret Louise Grubb
(September 22, 1907–1963?) was the first wife of pulp fiction
author and Scientology
founder L. Ron Hubbard
, to whom she was married between 1933 and 1947. She was also the mother of Hubbard's first son, L. Ron Hubbard, Jr.
and his first daughter, Katherine May "Kay" Hubbard.
Margaret Louise Grubb was born in Beltsville, Maryland
on September 22, 1907 to a farming family.Christopher Evans, Cults of Unreason
, p. 26 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1974) Her father, Thomas Lloyd Grubb (1877 - 1950) operated a plant nursery in Montgomery County, Maryland. His family settled in Loudoun County, Virginia in 1762 from Brandywine Hundred, Delaware and was descendant of John Grubb
who originally came from Cornwall in 1677. Margaret was an only child whose mother, Elizabeth Crissey died when she was young. Margaret took her first job, in a shoe shop, at the age of sixteen to support herself and her father. Although christened Margaret, she preferred to be known as Polly. She lived with her father in Elkton, Maryland
.Russell Miller, Bare-Faced Messiah
, pp. 59-60 (Michael Joseph Ltd, 1987)
Grubb was a keen glider
pilot and met L. Ron Hubbard on a Maryland gliding field in early 1933, where both of them were learning to fly as preparation to obtaining a pilot's license. At the time, Hubbard was... Read More