James Leslie Hazlett

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JAMES LESLIE HAZLETT, principal of the graded school at Worthington, Armstrong Co., Pa., was born in North Buffalo township, this county, Feb. 25, 1873, a son of Robert and Ellen (Rayburn) Hazlett, and a grandson of John Hazlett.

John Hazlett was a pioneer settler of Butler county, Pa., where he followed farming. He and his wife, Jane, had the following children: Samuel; Robert; Reuben; Jane, Mrs. McClelland; Ellen, who married William Leisure; Belle; and one daughter who became the wife of James Collar.

Robert Hazlett, son of John, and father of James Leslie Hazlett, was born in Butler county, Pa., and for many years was a resident of North Buffalo township, Armstrong county, where he followed the trade of cabinet maker. Later in life he moved to Ohio, and died there. He married Ellen Rayburn, a daughter of James and Jane (Galbraith) Rayburn, of Slate Lick, Armstrong county, and they had seven children, six of whom grew to maturity: Jane; Belle, wife of C. Craig Long; Harry; John; Elmer Boyd, and James Leslie.

James Leslie Hazlett was reared in Armstrong and Butler counties and obtained his early education in the public schools, later attending various educational institutions. He took a summer normal course at the Slate Lick Academy and also at Worthington, and was graduated from Westminster College in the class of 1905. Since then he has devoted himself to educational work and has acceptably filled several important positions. For one year he was principal of the Mount Jackson high school, in Lawrence county, Pa.; for a part of one year was principal of the Hickory high school, and also was supervisor and principal of the township high school there for two years; served as principal of the South Buffalo township (Armstrong county) high school for two years, and since 1908 has filled his present position, where he has two assistants. He ranks high among the educators of Armstrong county.

Mr. Hazlett was married June 24, 1911, to Erma Graham, a daughter of Benjamin and Caroline (Palmer) Graham, of New Wilmington, Lawrence Co., Pa. He is a member of the United Presbyterian Church. Politically he is a Republican, and fraternally is associated with Lodge No. 836, Odd Fellows of Craigsville.

Source: Page 791, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by James R Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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