Born: c. 1903
Died: February 26, 1994
Married: Willard Hanmer
Pauline Hanmer was a school teacher and later a principal; still later, she worked with building boats with her husband, famed guideboat builder Willard Hanmer.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, March 1, 1994
Pauline 'Ben' Hanmer
Born Dec. 16, 1902 in Dexter, Maine, she was the daughter of Joseph and Ida (Davenport) Bennett. Mrs. Hammer graduated from Dexter High School in Maine in June of 1921. She later attended Maine State Normal School in Farmington, Maine, where she graduated with her teacher's certificate on June 16, 1926. She was employed as a school teacher and later as a principal prior to working in the boat-building business with her husband. She was also an honorary member of the Adirondack Museum, where she was a volunteer for many years.
She had been a resident of the Saranac Lake area since around 1931. She was the wife of Willard J. Hanmer, who died May 26, 1962, for whom the Willard J. Hanmer canoe races were named. Mrs. Hanmer, better known as "Ben," worked with her husband in the boat shop which was located on Lake Street in Saranac Lake. Survivors include a sister, Hazel Welch of Salem, Mass., a sister-in- law, Bessie Hanmer of Saranac Lake, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. There will be no calling hours and a memorial service, will take place at a later date. Interment is to take place in Pine Ridge Cemetery in May. Memorial donations may be made to the Adirondack Museum in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home.