Retha Irene Hazlett

Female3 March 1901–10 January 1989

Brief Life History of Retha Irene

When Retha Irene Hazlett was born on 3 March 1901, in Jewett, Cumberland, Illinois, United States, her father, George B. McClelland "Clell" Hazlett, was 39 and her mother, Virginia Josephine "Jennie" Trostel, was 32. She lived in Tuscola, Douglas, Illinois, United States in 1920 and Villa Grove, Douglas, Illinois, United States in 1940. She died on 10 January 1989, in Crow Wing, Crow Wing, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Villa Grove Cemetery, Villa Grove, Douglas, Illinois, United States.

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Herman Dewitt Rodman
Retha Irene Hazlett

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  • Retha Rodman in household of Herman D Rodman, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Retha Irene Rodman, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Betha Hazlett in household of Mcdowell Hazlett, "United States Census, 1910"

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World Events (8)

1902 · So Much Farm Land

Age 1

A law that funded many irrigation and agricultural projects in the western states.

1906 · The End of Capital Punishment

Age 5

Between the state's entry into the Union and 1906, 27 people were executed by hanging in Minnesota. Public opinion soon shifted against the death penalty in the state and was formally abolished in 1911. Since its abolishment, there have been 23 attempts to reinstate the death penalty, but none of these bills passed the state legislature.


Age 26

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

Name Meaning

English and northern Irish (Derry and Donegal):

topographic or habitational name from Middle English haslett (Old English hæslett) ‘hazel copse’. The name denotes a dweller by a hazel copse or someone from a place so named, such as Haslett Copse in Up Marden (Sussex), or any of several minor placenames in Essex, Kent, and Surrey.

topographic or habitational name from Middle English hesle, hasel (Old Norse hesli, Old English hæsel) ‘hazel’ + Middle English he(ve)d (Old English hēafod) ‘hill, head(land)’. There are several minor places with this name in Yorkshire, as well as Hazelhead in Lancaster, but the only one known to have produced a hereditary surname is Hazlehead in Rimington (Yorkshire), which is not far from Slaidburn and the border with Lancashire. The name was taken to Ulster, possibly before 1700 in Derry. It is partly or wholly through later Irish migration that the name appears so strongly in 18th- and 19th-century Lancashire and southwest Scotland, as well as in other parts of England, including Kent.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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