Stories and Legends
Hannah Perrin (nee Brown) Obituary
Spy Hill News – October 9, 1932
Mrs. Frank Y. Perrin, 68 years of Spy Hill early pioneer of this district died Wednesday at the family residence. Mrs. Perrin had been suffering with heart trouble and complications last spring. Deceased was born in Woodbridge, Ontario in 1864 and was married in Rapid City, Manitoba in 1881. She and her husband homesteaded in Spy Hill in 1887 when but six other families were located here. She was the mother of 14 children, 11 of whom are living. Mrs. Perrin was a valued friend and nurse to many of the wives of the early settlers.
Records showing that she acted in capacity of practical nurse for 200 maternity cases. She was a familiar figure in the life of the community serving as the president of the Lady Grain Growers’ Association. President of the Home Makers Club, Secretary of the Spy Hill Methodist Church, Honor member of the WCTU and in the later years frequently acted as chairman of community hall meetings and other public affairs. Her accounts of early pioneering days were often feature items on the programs of the Spy Hill Literary and Debating Society.
On June 7th 1931, Mr. and Mrs. Perrin had celebrated their 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary on the Spy Hill Picnic Grounds when about 300 relatives and friends were present. Mrs. Perrin was presented with a gold wrist watch from her children and Mr. and Mrs. Perrin were recipients of a purse of gold from the children and the community.
Funeral service was conducted by Rev. E. Unstead in Spy Hill United Church Friday afternoon, October 9th, when the church was filled to overflowing with relatives and friends. Many beautiful floral tributes, one being a community wreath, attested to the high esteem she was held.
The pallbearers were Messrs. R. Greer, J. Mulberry, J. Saleld, S. Thompson, J. Voysey and H.K. Blight. Interment was made in Spy Hill Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, eleven children as follows: Frank Perrin, Edmonton, Alberta, Mrs. F. Carter, Spy Hill, Mrs. Frank Baker, Denzil, Sask., Mrs. Otto Baker, Denzil, Sask., Harvey Perrin, Long Beach California, Mrs. Glen Edmonds, Long Beach, Calif., Albert Perrin, Evesham, Sask., Stewart Perrin, Spy Hill, Charles Perrin, Spy Hill, Elmer Perrin, Denzil, Sask., and Mrs. W. Steiger, Major, Sask. Also 34 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers and 1 sister, namely – Mrs. Hector McKay, Melville, Sask., Joseph Brown, Spy Hill, James Brown and George Brown of Davidson, Sask.