Letters of Reference:
Letters of Reference: Barton McGuire (deceased).
To Whom It May Concern,
I have known Ted Hazen since I was the miller at the Watermill
in Watermill, Long Island. He is a longtime collector of anything
related to old mills such as text books, trade catalogs and journals,
flour sacks and tools. Ted is also very interested in researching
the terminology of molinology.
Ted Hazen is my idea person. I deal with Preservation Maryland
for the restoration of the Wye Mill, and he seems to know how
to deal with everything else. Charlie Howell and Ted Hazen always
talk about the wheels turning in my heard when I get an idea,
but Ted is the lubrication that make those gears work.
My mother first took me to Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park when
it was a colonial tearoom. Now when we (Bradford and myself) visit
Peirce Mill we come home with a large paper sack of their fine
flours. Being the author and collector of recipes for two mill
cookbooks, Master Miller Hazen knows how to produce flour, meal
and mix products of quality. I collect flour sacks and as wonderful
as the cloth sacks from Peirce Mill are, there is nothing that
is superior the ground grains produced by Mr. Hazen used in modern
and traditional recipes.
Barton McGuire (Signature)
E. Barton McGuire
November 16, 1989
Letters of Reference: Charles Howell (deceased).
I have known Theodore R. Hazen for a number of years, and we
developed an especially close friendship since 1984. He possesses
a wide range of knowledge on the history and all technical aspects
of flour milling in early America. Mr. Hazen is widely read and
has researched the subject of mills, and has a exceedingly retentive
memory for dates and facts. He has the ability to explain clearly
the workings of the mill, from a colonial mill to the development
of an Oliver Evans mill, a new process mill, and a roller mill
plant, not only to young people to whom the mill is a mystery,
but those who are well versed in the technical aspects of the
subject. Mr. Hazen has the ability to fill a stripped down mill
with endless amount of artifacts and tools that he has hand-made
from the simplest materials, and to create an endless amount of
interpretive programs to accompany what he has created.
Theodore Hazen has an attractive outgoing friendly personality,
and a remarkable enthusiasm, and energy for presenting the correct
facts and information.This has made him highly successful and
honest in his dealing with others as an historian, interpreter,
site supervisor, and business manager.
Theodore Hazen is a highly qualified grain miller, and a skilled
millstone dresser which is evident in the wide range flour products
which he capable of producing. He is also a fine craftsman and
millwright. Mr. Hazen knows the skills of the miller, millstone
dresser and millwright. He has a long background of practical
experience, and gives advice with admirable clarity to all that
consult him, without regard for their ability to pay. He knows
the historical process of milling, maintaining, and restoring
I have been fortunate to have been able to be the traveling
companion of Mr. Hazen in visiting a number of mills in several
Middle Atlantic States, I have discover that we are very much
like minded in our thoughts about any particular mill, as to its
technical development, historical changes, and for its preservation.
Mr. Hazen focuses on the positive aspects and direction of any
historical project that he is connected with or visits. He did
not spend time learning knowledge from me, but came into an association
where we could develop a personal friendship. He has an extensive
collection of mill reference material, books, trade catalogs,
mill artifacts, tools and other material which is available to
him. I look forward to several trips that we have discussed and
have talked taking in the last couple of years.
Charles Howell (Signature)
Newburgh, New York
31 October 1992
Letters of Reference: William F. Foshag.
Theodore R. Hazen brings to the Living History Museum a wealth
of knowledge and background technical skills. He is an expert
in creating an authentic atmosphere of an historical operational
mill of the Oliver Evans time period, mills prior to Oliver Evans,
"new process" mills, and that of the roller milling
Theodore R. Hazen is as dependable and honest in his dealing
with others as any person you could find. He is familiar with
the mechanical operation of grist and flouring mills for their
efficient in its operation. Mr. Hazen possesses a general background
in carpentry, knowledge of stone masonry, historical construction,
hydraulic engineering, and electricity in order to master the
day-to-day operation of the mill. He has a speaking voice, and
be able to articulate with a diverse population in an pleasing
Theodore R. Hazen has assembled on the internet a web site
that has no equal. It is an incredible amount of material about
flour mills, their history and interpretation, and their restoration.
If his web site, "The Pond Lily Mill Restorations Home Page"
was printed out it would fill reams of paper. Ted Hazen supplies
extensive amount of information for free to all those who search
it out or discover it. It will make anyone a mill expert without
any strings attached just because he feels the internet should
be used as a valuable learning tool.
What ever position Mr. Hazen would hold, such as, park director,
site supervisor, chief of interpretation, head miller, etc., he
will be highly successful. He follows established procedure, and
his knowledge does not all come from education and research, but
from practical experience. Ted will not let one of his employees
do anything that is dangerous or that he would not be willing
to do himself.
Theodore R. Hazen has the skills and knowledge related to the
history of flour milling, and a working understanding of its machinery.
He has knowledge of computer applications and reference material
and literature relating to many subjects. He has demonstrated
the ability to work as part of a team. Ted has excellent interpersonal
skills, ability to set and adjust priorities, and manage multiple
tasks. He is highly capable of team leadership and customer service
A Grand & Glorious (Interpreter) Miller Ted Hazen, he knows how to organize & present interesting facts.
Bill Foshag (Signature)
William F. Foshag
1206 Creek Road,
Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013-8933
January 7, 2006
Letters of Reference: Robert A. Howard.
To whom it may concern,
We first worked on Pierce Mill in 1983 doing some repairs.
This was before the National Park Service hired Ted Hazen as miller/interpreter.
Out role diminished after Ted was hired because not only did he
do the interpretation, he was a craftsperson able to maintain
the equipment. In fact he kept a really "iffy" restoration
functional years beyond what it should have lasted. We have kept
in touch over the decades.
I suppose in a sense we are competitors in a very limited market.
However, I have recommended Ted for projects and have cause him
to be hired doing appraisal work. It is my opinion that Ted is
one of a handful of people in the United States qualified to work
on mills and water power. Ted is competent and forthright. Even
as a competitor, I must recognize his abilities and competence,
and as a matter of honor would do so even if we were bidding on
the same project
in summation, I recommend Ted Hazen as a miller and millwright,
an interpreter and as a craftsperson.
Very truly yours,
Robert A. Howard (Signature)
Robert A. Howard
Anchorage Productions, L.L.C.
Montchanin, Delaware 19710
Phone: (302) 654-2151
Fax: (302) 654-4818
Cell: (320) 545-2613
Date: January 17th, 2006.
Letters of Reference: Richard D. Abbott.
To Whom It May Concern:
I write on behalf of Ted Hazen, a milling expert with whom
I worked in the 1980s and 1990s at an historic water mill in Washington
DC Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park. Ted was serving as Miller
at that time and I assisted him in my role as a National Park
Ted has a vast knowledge of milling, encompassing the history,
technology, and interpretation of historic water and windmills
in the U.S. This can be seen on his extensive web site Pond
Lily Mill Restorations [http://www.angelfire.com/folk/molinologist/map.html],
the most extensive compilation of information on historic mills
that is available anywhere.
While at Peirce Mill, Ted had a number of functions. He was
solely responsible for the operation of the mill machinery, but
he also maintained and repaired equipment throughout the mill
and built several new machinery items in a historically accurate
style. Working with him, I noted his ability to explain the mill
operation to visitors of all ages, including young children. Ted's
artistic ability was also useful at the mill. His cutaway drawing
of the mill is still featured in National Park Service brochures.
He also prepared drawings and games to help children understand
what they were seeing in an operating water mill. Many of his
illustrations will be found on his web site.
We commend Mr. Hazen's mechanical, artistic and computer skills
to you. We can recommend him for any of a broad range of positions
you may be considering.
Richard D. Abbott (Signature)
Richard D. Abbott
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