Bessie Hazlett

15 May 1892–18 February 1976 (Age 83)
Woodbury, Cumberland, Illinois, United States

The Life of Bessie

When Bessie Hazlett was born on 15 May 1892, in Woodbury, Cumberland, Illinois, United States, her father, George B McDowell Hazlett, was 30 and her mother, Virginia Josephine "Jennie" Trostel, was 23. She lived in Jewett, Cumberland, Illinois, United States in 1900 and Tuscola, Douglas, Illinois, United States for about 20 years. She died on 18 February 1976, at the age of 83.

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George B McDowell Hazlett
Virginia Josephine "Jennie" Trostel
Bessie Hazlett
Bert Hazlett
Finnis Hazlett
Murrell Hazlett
Retha Irene Hazlett

Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1893 · The World's Columbian Exposition

Age 1

Also known as the Chicago World's Fair, The Exposition was held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World. The centerpiece of the Fair was a large water pool that represented Columbus's voyage across the Atlantic to the Americas. The Fair had a profound effect on new architecture designs, sanitation advancement, and the arts. The Fairgrounds were given the nickname the White City due to its lavish paint and materials used to constuct it. Over 27 million people attended the fair during its six-month of operation. Among many of the invetions exhibited there was the first Ferris wheel built to rival the Eiffel Tower in France.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 4

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 24

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

English (now chiefly northern Ireland):1. topographic name for someone who lived by a hazel copse, Old English hæslett (a derivative of hæsel ‘hazel’). 2. habitational name from Hazelhead or Hazlehead in Lancashire and West Yorkshire, derived from Old English hæsel ‘hazel’ + hēafod ‘head’, here in the sense of ‘hill’; also a topographic name of similar etymological origin.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Bessie Hazlett in household of Mcdowell Hazlett, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Bessie Hazlett in household of Mcdowell Hazlett, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Bessie Hazlett in household of Mcdowell Hazlett, "United States Census, 1940"

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