Featured are medicine bottles from the office of Dr. Miner C. Hazen, Haddam, CT. Dr. Miner C. Hazen was a physician in Haddam for over 50 years in the last half of the 19th century. Born in Agawam, Massachusetts he graduated from the University of Michigan with a medical degree. Hazen first practiced in Middletown, then moved to Haddam around 1860 and built the family homestead on Walkley Hill Road. Dr. Hazen was also Dean of the Middlesex County Medical Corps and an original incorporator of Middlesex Hospital. Interests included agricultural pursuits and he bred Jersey cattle and experimented with “grass types”. He was also an early proponent of cremation over burial on sanitary conditions and spoke frequently on the subject.
He was an active member of the Granite Lodge, Haddam Baptist Church and later the First Congregational Church of Haddam. Miner and his wife, Lemira, had eight children including Edward Hazen founder of the Hazen Foundation and donor of Haddam Meadows State Park.His obituary states “The poor and needy always found him ready to relieve their distress and he was well informed and remarkably skillful in diagnosis and prompt and efficient in treatment”.