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Minnie Pearl Hartt
1882 - 1972
Minnie Pearl Hartt was born July 29, 1882 at St. John N.B. Canada. She is the daughter of Arthur Sidney & Matilda Roberts Spragg, who were early day Rawlins students. Minnie attended normal schools and then taught for several years. She married John Kelly Hartt in 1909. The wedding took place in St. John, N.B. Canada and the honeymoon was in Niagara Falls, Ontario. When raising her 6 daughters they would live their lives in two places, on Maple Street in Rawlins and "up country" in Hahnís Peak Basin. There was a vast difference. In Rawlins, little ladies wore ruffles and bows, and were supposed to act like ladies. They ate three meals a day at a table covered by white cloth. In Rawlins, Minnie always wore a dress, and she smelled like talcum powder, or sachet. At Hahnís Peak, she wore slacks and ate at a table covered in oilcloth. Minnie adapted to slacks later, but in those early years she often wore "knickers" tucked into her fishing boots. And she smelled like citronella oil, which she used to keep the flies away when she fished. The "Hartt Family Headquarters" at Hahnís Peak was always full of life with relatives keeping the home fire burning and Minnie, a prize-winning fisherwoman until the very end. Minnie was a member of the PEO, an organization promoting education for women, for 50 years. It was told about the culture shock Minnie had coming from the New England State to the West to live. As she stepped from the train in Rawlins, Wyoming for the first time with her husband John, they were immediately greeted by one of the sheep men telling grandfather something like "Sir, they shot Wilks last night" Over the years Minnie became quite a fisherwomen and adapted to the Western culture. The Forest /Park Service even made Minnie a special lake called "Minnie Pearl" just across the road from her cabin after "Big Pearl" was made, so Minnie could continue to enjoy fishing in her senior years. After the death of John Kelly Hartt in 1952 at Baggs, Wyoming , Minnie Pearl moved to Wheatridge, Colorado. Minnie passed away in 1972 in Denver, Colorado.
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