I nominate Hazen P. Mooers because he has a cool name, and also based on his unique contributions to the history of the United States, Minnesota and the City of Cottage Grove. The smallest park in Cottage Grove is named after Mooers 1795-1858. Hazen was originally from Plattsburgh, New York and served in the War of 1812 with a group of teenage volunteer sharpshooters labeled 'Aiken's Volunteers.' The actions of the young volunteers during the war were recognized by Congress in 1826, when the group was awarded commemorative rifles for preventing the British from fording the Saranac River on September 6, 1814.
After the war, Mooers joined the American Fur Company in Minnesota and built several different trading posts in the region. He eventually settled in 1838 in large elm bark-covered cabins on Upper Grey Cloud Island which lies across the water to the northwest of the park named for him. The cabins were located in the abandoned village of Waukanojanjan or 'Medicine Bottle.'
Lower Grey Cloud Island which had previously been referred to as 'Spirit Wood' by the indigenous people, was renamed after Hazen's wife Margaret Aird Mooers 1793-1849. Margaret was a Mdewakanton Dakota from the influential Wabasha family. The English translation of her given name, Mahpiyahotawin, is Clouds Gray Woman.
~John M. Burbank, Cottage Grove, MN
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