Among the well known and highly respected farmers of Eden township is James Hazlet, who was born in Iroquois county,
Illinois, December 10, 1871, of the marriage of Hugh D. and Margaret Ann (Graham) Hazlet. The father was born in
Indiana on the 21st of January, 1822, of English and Scotch ancestry and the mother was a native of Ireland. In
1852 she emigrated to this country and on the 15th of December, 1857, was married at Oxford, Indiana. Hugh D. Hazlet
was a farmer by occupation and owned land in Illinois, which he sold on his removal to Decatur county, Iowa. He
purchased three hundred and twenty acres of land in Eden township, this county, and was one of the most successful
of the early residents of that township. He helped to organize the Church of Christ in his township and the congregation
for some time met in the old schoolhouse, as they had no church edifice. Politically he belonged to the greenback
party and later to the democratic party. He passed away on the 16th of January, 1887, but his wife is still living
upon the homestead at the age of eighty years. She is yet active and in full possession of her mental faculties
and is highly honored by all who know her. By her marriage she became the mother of five children, as follows:
Sarah Ellen, who was born February 2, 1859, died April 9, 1860. William H., a farmer of Eden township, was born
April 2, 1862, and married Miss Mary McCutcheon, by whom he has nine children, namely: Minnie, Ruey, Ruby, Mary,
Fannie, William, Ida, Raymond and Florence. Ida, whose birth occurred on the 25th of July, 1867, married W. C.
Kimport, of Des Moines Ena, who was horn October 10, 1869, is the wife of J. W. Walton, a farmer of Eden township,
and they have three children, William Hugh and Mary and Margaret, twins. James of this review completes the family.
The last named attended school in district No. 1, Eden township, and as soon as he was old enough began to assist
his father, thus gaining much profitable knowledge concerning agricultural work. He is still living upon the home
farm with his mother and since his father's demise has had full control of the operation of the place, which comprises
three hundred and twenty acres. He carries on general farming and stock raising and sells many cattle and hogs
annually to the shippers. He is both practical and progressive and his labors yield him a good financial return.
Mr. Hazlet is a democrat and has always taken much interest in public affairs, although he has never sought office.
His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Church of Christ of Eden township and his daily life
testifies to the sincerity of his belief. He has won recognition as a capable and up to date farmer and all who
have come in contact with him hold him in high esteem.
History of Decatur County, Iowa
And its People
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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