J B HAZLETT
J. B. Hazlett is the well-known proprietor of the Willis Livery, Sale & Feed stables, located opposite the Hotel Willis, in the town of the same name. He has conducted his business in this place since 1888 and has had twenty-five years of experience as a liveryman, so that he thoroughly understands the demands of the public and makes ample arrangements to meet them. Mr. Hazlett is a native of Indiana, having been born in that state some forty years ago, his parents being James and Phoebe (Eagle) Hazlett. The paternal grandfather of Mr. Hazlett was David Hazlett, who was born at Chambersburg, Franklin county, Pennsylvania. By occupation he was a blacksmith and in his political convictions an old-line Whig. He married Jane Maxwell, who was born in Beachleyville, Wayne county, Ohio. She was a God-fearing, consistent member of the Methodist church. Their children were as follows: William, Ruben, John, James M., Johana, Eliza and Polly.
The maternal grandfather was George Eagle, a soldier of the war of 1812 and by occupation a farmer and shoemaker. He married Margrett Jackson. They raised a family of seven boys and one daughter.
James M. Hazlett, the father of our subject, was born December 25, 1830, and married Miss Phoebe J. Eagle, who was horn November 14, 1837, in Wayne county, Ohio. In 1869 he came to Kansas and was engaged in the livery business. His family consisted of three children: Mina, wife of Henry Burbank, a merchant; J. B., of this review; and Mrs. Edith Lapham, of Horton, Kansas. Our subject acquired his education in the public schools of this state. No events of special importance occurred to vary the usual routine of his life during his minority, but after arriving at man's estate he was married, in Muscotah, Kansas, to Miss Bernie G. Jackson, who was born and reared in Platte county, Missouri.
Throughout his business career Mr. Hazlett has conducted a livery barn and in 1888 he began operations in that line in Willis, his barn here being 60 x 64 feet, and contains many new and stylish turnouts. A large number of good horses are kept on hand and Mr. Hazlett's earnest desire to please his patrons, combined with honorable dealing, have secured to him a liberal patronage. He is meeting with creditable success in his undertakings and certainly merits the prosperity which has come to him. He votes with the Republican party and is a progressive citizen who takes commendable interest in everything pertaining to the welfare and advancement of the community. He is kind and accommodating in manner, frank and genial in disposition and is one of the popular business men of Willis.