William Hazen was born 1870 at Jericho Center, Vermont, • Will was fitted for college at Deerfield, Mass., and was graduated at the University of Vermont (Abt. 1893) • Will was principal of Lamoille Central Academy, Hyde Park, Vt., 1893-94; • Will graduated at Hartford Theological Seminary, 1897; and Yale University (A.M., 1900). He was ordained at Sherburne, Vt., 23 Sept. 1897, and was pastor of the Congregational Church there until Sept. 1899. • On 28 July 1900 Will sailed as a missionary under the American.Board of Commissionaires for Foreign Missions for the Marathi Mission, India; • Met and married Florence Edith Hartt Dec. 20. 1905 in Ahmednagar, India • Stationed at Sholapur, India 1900- 1911, • Stationed at Byculla, Bombay, India 1911-1915 • He published a Centennial History of the Mission, 1913. • Stationed at Satara, India 1916-1918 • Stationed back at Bombay 1918-1923 • Rahuri, and Sholapur, 1924-41 • Retired in 1942. Lived in Missionary Retirement Home in Auburndate, Mass. USA He died July 7, 1940 • Their responsibility was to tour the rural areas of India teaching the Christian Way of Life and showing how to combat the three “D’s” of village life. Dirt, Debt and Disease. They came home to North America every seven years. It took them months to sail by boat in those days. William was a man of unusually fine intellect, with keen interest in many realms, he had a profound understanding of India and its religious quest. His knowledge of many varied subjects made him a veritable "Walking Encyclopedia" and thus invaluable in an Indian environment where books of reference were not always accessible.
Courtesy: Carole Dick
Newton, Middlesex county
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