Harriet (Hattie) Mae Parmenter

A.B., Class of 1889.

Hattie Mae Parmenter was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on March 29th, 1867, daughter of Horace William Parmenter and Mary Elizabeth Hoar (the Hoars were an old New England family from Lincoln, Massachusetts). After the death of her father, her family moved to the home of her uncle and aunt Dr. and Mrs. George Bassett Howard in Waterville in 1880, where she attended Waterville High School and the Coburn Classical Institute. She graduated from Colby College in 1889. After graduation, Hattie taught high school in Norway, Maine (1889-1890); Waterville, Maine (1890-1892); Northfield Seminary in East Northfield, Massachusetts (1892-1900); and was an assistant to Professor Taylor in the Latin Department at Colby College for one term. She attended a summer session at Cornell University on Latin after leaving Colby, and also did graduate work at the University of California (1903-1904). Hattie was a member of Sigma Kappa, chairman of the Alumnae Scholarship Fund at Colby, Necrologist of the Colby Alumnae Association, member of the Waterville Women’s Association, and member of the Browning Club, Waterville, Maine, for many years. Hattie had a brother, Horace Wellington Parmenter, who also attended Colby College. Hattie died in Waterville at the home of her friend Meroe Morse in April, 1957, at the age of 90, following a long illness.

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