Had I been around to write an obituary for Maud Hanna in 1946, I might well have ended it by saying something along the lines of “her kind we won’t see again.”
It would have been a nice tribute to a great lady. It would also have been a mistake.
Don’t get me wrong -- there’s no doubt Mrs. Hanna was a remarkable woman.
She was married to W. J. Hanna, an Imperial Oil president who died in 1919, leaving family members close to $2 million. That’s a lot of money, even today. Back then, it was an enormous fortune.