52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2018 #14 – The Maiden Aunt

Hattie Elvira Totten – The Maiden Aunt

Born 6 June 1871, Haddem, Washington County, Kansas

Died 16 February 1953, Kennewick Valley, Benton County, Washington

Hattie Elvira Totten

Hattie Totten was the fourth child and third daughter of William Totten and Lois Emerette Goodell Totten. Hattie was the younger sister of Mary Phoebe “Birdie” Totten Brace and lived in Elbert, Colorado prior to and just a little after 1910. Birdie Brace was Grandpa Hancock’s grandmother.

Although she doesn’t show up in the 1910 census in Elbert, Colorado she was living there because she owned a Millinery shop in Elbert. Quite the business woman, she kept her clients happy and interested with her ads in the Elbert County Tribune. Not only was she a milliner she made corsets and was a dressmaker.

Hattie ad v.2

Offering a variety of feminine novelties.

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Learned how to spell millinery with this blog! Lulu Hancock Baber, Grandpa Hancock’s mother often worked with Aunt Hattie in her shop.

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Aunt Hattie left Colorado and is listed in the 1920 Census in Kennewick Valley, Washington. She owns her home and her mother Lois Emerette lives with her. Next door is a nephew Leverette Dague with his young wife and Hattie’s sister Edith Dague, her husband and 5 of their children live nearby. Hattie’s occupation is listed as fruit farmer.

By 1930 she is listed as a diversified farmer in Kennewick. She is living alone because her mother died in 1924.  

At age 69 in the 1940 census she is living alone. and no occupation is listed. She was 81 years old when she died 15 February 1953. It was about 3 weeks before they discovered her death. As a result all her possessions were destroyed. Aunt Hattie and Lois Emerette Totten are buried together in Kennewick.