The biography of Vories


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A.D.
(Meiji)
1800
(M.13)
0 Eldest son of John and Julia Vories, born on October 28 in Leavenworth, Kansas.  
1882
(M.15)
2 Began to attend church and was later baptized.
1886
(M.19)
6 Moved to Flagstaff, Arizona with his family due to his poor health.
1896
(M.29)
16 Moved to Denver, Colorado
1900
(M.33)
19 Graduated from the East Denver High School. Entered University of Colorado. Started YMCA activities.
1902
(M.35)
21 Joined the student mission assembly in Tronto, Canada. He was very impressed by Ms. Taylor's lecture and determined to go abroad and preach Christianity.
1904
(M.37)
23 Graduated from University of Colorado. Applied to the International YMCA Center to go abroad as a missionary .
1905
(M.38)
24 Departed from San Francisco port and landed in Japan on January 29.
1906
(M.39)
25 Arrived in Omi Hachiman on February 2 and became an English teacher in the Shiga Prefectural Commercial School (currently Shiga Prefectural Commercial High School).
1907
(M.40)
26 Held the first bible class at his house on February 8.
1908
(M.41)
28 Began work in the architect's office at the YMCA office in Sanjo, Kyoto. (This office became the Vories Architect's Office.)
1910
(M.43)
30 Returned to the United States and came back with Lester Chapin, an architect. Set up the Vories partnership with Chapin and Etsuzo Yoshida.
A.D.
(Taisho)
1918
(T.7)
37 Established an antituberculosis sanatorium named Omiryoyoin (Omi Sanatorium), currently the Vories Memorial Hospital.
1919
(T.8)
38 Married Makiko, daughter of the Viscount Suenori Hitotsuyanagi.
1920
(T.9)
39 Dissolved Vories partnership and established W. M. Vories and Company Architects Office and Omi Sales Company. Began importing Mentholatum (currentrly Mentum).
1922
(T.11)
41 Traveled with Hirooka, the president of Daido Life Insurance Company and his wife on an architectural tour.
Published "A Mustard-Seed in Japan".
1923
(T.12)
42 Published "Designing My Home".
1924
(T.13)
43 Published "The Facilities of My Home".
A.D.
(Showa)
19272
(S.2)
46 Elected as vice president of Karuizawa Society.
1930
(S.5)
49 Earned an LLD from University of Colorado. Recommended as a partner of Doshisha University.
1934
(S.9)
53 Renamed Omi mission the Omi Kyodaisha (the Omi Brotherhood).
Separated his publishing division and established the Kohan Press.
1936
(S.11)
55 Spoke about architecture on the radio at Osaka Central Broadcasting Station.
1941
(S.16)
60 Became naturalized Japanese citizen and changed his name to Hitotsuyanagi Mereru. Renamed the Vories Architect's Office to the Hitotsuynagi Architect's Office.
1945
(S.20)
64 Worked to arrange the discussions between Marshal MacArthur and Humimaro Konoe, the former Prime Minister.
1947
(S.22)
66 The Emperor Showa spoke to him to thank him about the arrangements.
1951
(S.26)
70 Started to make a draft of "The Autobiograpy of the Failure" which was serialized in the "Kohan no Koe (The Voice from the Lakeside)" until 1957.
1954
(S.29)
74 Received the Medal with Blue Ribbon in honor of his social action programs.
1957
(S.32)
76 Was Stricken by a subarachnoid hemorrhage in July. Went back to Omi Hachiman and was kept under medical treatment.
1958
(S.33)
77 Recommended to be the first honorary citizen of Omi Hachiman.
1960
(S.35)
80 Received the Badge of Merit on the 100th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship between Japan and the United States.
1961
(S.36)
81 Received the Medal with Yellow Ribbon in the honor of his achievements in the architectural industry.
1964
(S.39)
83 Passed away after 7 years of wordless life in bed on May 7. Awarded the decoration of the Sei Goi Kun Santo Tanhosho. His funeral was held as a joint funeral of Omi Hachiman City and the Omi Kyodaisha on May 16. His remains were buried in Koshunnen.
 

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