November 6, 2013

Hazen is born - City platted 100 years ago today

That is the plot of land formerly owned by the Tuttle Land Company that was platted as a city. And 100 years later students at Hazen High School will today learn about its beginnings.“It’s about a place in time. It’s about a place in their time,” said Chuck Stroup, who will give a presentation to the students.
The town had its beginnings with Edward Heinemeyer, according to the Hazen Centennial Book. Heinemeyer and his family are considered the first permanent white settlers to come to Mercer County. They settled near the Knife River in 1882 and farmed with seeds he procured from Native Americans.
Heinemeyer may also be responsible for giving Hazen it’s name. According to the legend, he took over as a postmaster of the Causey Post Office in Mercer County. He and Zacharia Johns sought to establish another post 12 miles away. The book speculates that Heinemeyer came across the name A. D. Hazen.
Abraham Depue Hazen, born in  Upper Hardwick, N.J., was a first-class clerkship in the Post Office Department. He slowly worked his way up the ranks with an appointment as Acting Chief of the Stamp Division in 1870. President Ulysses S. Grant appointed Hazen as a member of the Civil Service Examining Board on behalf of the Post Office in April 1872.


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