Mission to Siam
Publication Year: 2001
Published by: University of Hawai'i Press
Download PDF (47.8 KB)
Download PDF (41.1 KB)
Download PDF (80.0 KB)
I thank Pamela Kelley and Masako Ikeda of the University of Hawai‘i Press for their expert help; Robert Cornfield, who read the manuscript and advised me throughout the project; Robert Gottlieb, who also read the manuscript, and designed the photo layout; the...
Download PDF (75.0 KB)
Jessie Hartzell arrived in Siam as the wife of a Presbyterian missionary, Jacob Lott Hartzell, in 1912. At that time, Siam was thoroughly integrated under a single monarch, and improbably independent despite the long-standing territorial ambitions of both French and...
A Note on Transliteration
Download PDF (29.4 KB)
Jessie MacKinnon Hartzell: A Portrait
Download PDF (130.2 KB)
The memoir that follows was written by Jessie MacKinnon Hartzell, my maternal grandmother, in her old age. In it she describes the great adventure of her life, her sixteen years (1912–1928) as a missionary in Northern Thailand. The tale is a classic female story, at least of its...
Chapter One Marriage and Mission, 1911–1912
Download PDF (65.7 KB)
Norfolk, Virginia, April 1911—I am going home, or rather, to my sister’s home in Montreal, as I am without a permanent abiding place. I have been here in Norfolk as a nurse in a private family. In these last four years two baby boys have arrived, eighteen months...
Chapter Two First Term of Service: Nan and Lampang, 1912–1919 [Contains Image Plates]
Download PDF (842.1 KB)
San Francisco—We are on our way, by land and sea. This is a beautiful city. There are still traces of the earthquake damage, but the stores are very fine. We are busy with meetings and with visiting retired missionaries, such as Dr. and Mrs. Denman, who were...
Chapter Three Second Term of Service: Lampang, Phrae, and London, 1919–1927
Download PDF (156.7 KB)
Lampang—Nothing seems to have changed anywhere in this country, but as far as that goes, very little change has been made in Siam in hundreds of years, so what could a year do? The crocodiles play at being logs, the small birds build their nests the same way year after...
Chapter Four Third Term of Service: Phrae, 1927–1928
Download PDF (92.6 KB)
Phrae—Lott met me at Den Chai, fifteen miles from Phrae. We packed everything into the bus and took off. We saved our warm greetings, as it is not proper for a man and woman to show affection in public. Poor Lott! He is so glad to see me back. I guess the last six...
Chapter Five The End of a Mission: United States, 1928–1931
Download PDF (67.4 KB)
Indianapolis—Betty has grown up a lot. She is a pretty girl with lovely skin and hair. She draws wonderfully and would like to go to art school. Bob is a big boy with a very nice way of talking. He said, “Oh, Mother, just wait a few minutes. I have my suitcase packed...
Download PDF (81.4 KB)
Publication Year: 2001