We all got into this together, we’ll all get out of it together! *

by chuckofish

I promised my dual personality that I would post the latest family history update today. It’s not earth-shattering or particularly romantic, but it does help to fill the blanks just a little bit. Today’s post concentrates on a collateral branch of the Cameron side of the family. Specifically, we take a look at my grandfather’s sister, Hazel Stuart Cameron, who (along with her two older siblings) was born in Clarence, Ontario before the family moved to Burlington VT in 1899 or 1900. After a few years living in various Burlington abodes, the Camerons bought a brand new (built in 1899), four bedroom, 2,082 sq ft. house at 140 Loomis St. Here it is today via Google Street view.

140 Loomis st.Unfortunately, the picture oddly compresses the house (see the front porch), but you sort of get the idea. Anyway, this was the Cameron home until the family patriarch’s death in 1929. In the 1920 census, three of the children still lived there: Bunker, Hazel and shell-shocked WWI veteran, Erskine. They had already lost Leila, who died in the great influenza epidemic of 1918, leaving behind a husband and two small children. But for the years before the war, we must imagine the home a happy one.

Hazel attended UVM. She doesn’t appear to have been as involved on campus as great aunt Carly and great uncle Guy were, but she did pledge to a sorority

Hazel sororityNote the connection to DePauw University, my niece’s alma mater! It’s a small world. Here’s Hazel’s senior page, which is not exactly flattering.

Hazel senior pageConsidered the  family beauty, Hazel was also something of a “daddy’s girl” and, by all accounts, spoiled. After she graduated, she got a job with Underwood Typewriter in Brookline, Massachusetts, where she  met Harry Powers. The two were married on Christmas Day, 1926.

Hazel marriageHere’s the announcement in the UVM alumni magaine:

Hazel marriage

The College St. Church is apparently the Congregational Church in Burlington.


I’m not sure why the Congregational minister married them, since they were Baptist. Perhaps Mr. Powers was Congregational. Dual personality, do you know?

Here’s what Harry Powers looked like back in the day. By the look of things, this was taken when he was about 17.Harry Powers2The two never had any children, but lived a quiet life — he as a professor at Tufts and she as the mild professor’s indomitable wife. She always seemed formidable to me, but she must have had a fun side because she is remembered fondly as ‘Tid’ by members of Harry’s family, who posted these pictures of Harry and Hazel on Ancestry.com.

Hazel Cameron 'Tid'

Don’t forget to toast the Powers on Christmas! In the meantime, remember — always remember — those who are gone. And enjoy this wonderful Christmas season!

*Hazel in Watership Down