Hattie was born in East Advocate, Nova Scotia September 11th 1920…she moved to Barrington, Nova Scotia in the 1940’s to teach school there. She met, and married Albert Perry, and lived happily ever after.! They raised two lovely daughters, Debbie and Rachel.
Hattie was a writer. She wrote 16 books, most of them about the history of the Barrington area. Many stories from that era would have been lost if it had not been for her persistent research, and for her books.
She was a genealogist, and her books contained the family tree of those she wrote about. The History of Barrington, and Around Old Barrington,. Ordeals at Sea, and a second volume of Ordeals… And Finest Kind, where two seagulls, Manley and Elizabeth, are the main characters. She had such a great sense of humour,
She was the one who discovered the cause of the sonic boom that was being heard (and felt) over Nova Scotia. The SST had to change its course because of her findings.
What kind of a woman was Hattie Perry? Well, some folk thought they could just go in and bulldoze the cemetery….Not with Hattie around. She layed down in front of the bulldozer, and the work had to be stopped… and they never did bulldoze that cemetery.
I found Hattie through my genealogy efforts…. And we corresponded for a few years…her on the
Atlantic Ocean, and me on the Pacific.
My grandmother, Hester Ann (Lantz) Vogler, and Hattie’s grandfather, Richard Preston Lantz, were brother and sister…making us cousins.
And then, we took a trip to Nova Scotia. We were in the museum in the old woolen mill in Barrington. I pointed out one of Hattie’s book’s and said my cousin wrote it… the young man said you have to go and visit her… just in behind… on Petticoat Lane! Did you ever hear of anyone living on Petticoat Lane before?
So we knocked on Hattie’s door, and I told her my name, and she said “Come on in, Cousin.” And we had such a delightful visit. She passed on in June, 2009. May she rest in Peace.
A few days ago I had just sat down at supper when the LPN came to my table and said I had visitors from Nova Scotia. She had seated them in the lounge area, and told them I would be down at 5:30… and told me to have my supper before meeting my unexpected visitors.
The tables were turned. This time it was Hattie’s two daughters and her son in law that were “knocking on my door.” So I said “Come on up.” What a delightful surprise! And what a delightful visit!
The photo of Hattie is courtesy of The Annapolis Country Spectator.