Thursday, May 18, 2017

TBT- Hattie (Maine) Hanlon McLaren & Children

Spotlighting photos from my extensive photo archive
This week it is-
Harriet "Hattie" (Maine) Hanlon McLaren & her children

Onnie Hanlon Rathbone, John Hanlon McLaren
Lyda Hanlon Small, Hattie Maine Hanlon McLaren
-Photo taken in later 1940s, before Lyda's 1949 death

Harriet Maine was the daughter of Erastus & Eliza (Pierce) Maine, born in 1864 in rural Winnebago, the 5th of 11 children the couple would have. 

Marrying twice, first to John Hanlon and later to James McLaren, Hattie lived in Southern Minnesota and South Dakota before settling in Alberta, Canada and later British Columbia.

Her children often used the McLaren name, though any formal adoption seems unlikely.

The mother of 5 children, only 3 lived to adulthood and are pictured above-
Eliza "Lyda" Hanlon Lofthouse Small [1884-1949]
John Hanlon McLaren [1890-1977]
Onnie Hanlon Trott Rathbone [1894-1961]

Hattie died in November 1952, at the age of 88. Three weeks later, her older brother Selwyn died following a stroke. They were the last of the Erastus Maine family.


  1. Thank you so much for this post! My 85 year old dad was thrilled to receive a copy of this great photo of his Grandma Small, Great Grandma McLaren and his Grand Aunt & Uncle, all of whom he remembers fondly. His mom, Harriet Isabella Lofthouse passed away when he was just 13 so the grandma's were very important to him. Thanks again!

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