Hazel's parents migrated to NE from IA soon after they married to homestead land, and Hazel was born…

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Hazel's parents migrated to NE from IA soon after they married to homestead land, and Hazel was born in NE in 1889. Life was harsh on the NE prairie and the family soon returned to IA. In a few years, she migrated from IA to OK with her parents in a covered wagon to participate in one of the Indian land "openings" in 1891. Her parents and two of her father's brothers "rushed" and each homesteaded 160 acres in the same section to the NE of the community which became Merrick, Lincoln, OK.

Hazel had five children, four of whom survived childhood (her first child died as an infant). Hazel remained in the Merrick community area until she and her husband Ledru moved to Fallis, Lincoln, OK in the mid-1920s (the move to Fallis related to Ledru's job as a mail carrier... the railroad in Merrick was abanoned & Fallis was at the crossroads of two railroads). From the mid-1930's on, she lived at 76 College Circle in Stillwater (changed to University Circle circa 1957). Her husband died in a 1943 horse riding acicident and she became the family matriarch. Despite arthritic knees making stairs impossible, she boarded students and professors from adjacent Oklahoma A&M College (which became Oklahoma State Univ in 1957). All of her children and grandchildren gathered at her home for holidays from the 1940s until her death in the 1960s. She was remembered with affection by all of the family, and was known as Grannie to all of her grandchildren.

In the 18 Apr 1940 census for 76 College Circle, Stillwater, Payne, OK, Hazel was listed as Mrs. Ledru Barnes, head of household. In the household were her son, Elmo Barnes, 21, single, a shop hand at Hope Lumber; son Lyle Barnes, 15; and her dau Elaine F. Crable, 18, married. All born in OK, except Hazel in NE. (During this census, her husband Ledru was listed at a Lincoln County farm he owned as he stayed there during the week to attend to his duties as a rural mail carrier.)

Online "Oklahoma School Records, 1895-1936", for Lincoln County in 1933 have a 17 jun 1933 entry for Mrs. Ledru Barnes of Tohee Township (where Fallis was located; To-hee was an Iowa tribe chief & Fallis had been Iowa tribe land) in which she provide the following info concerning her four children: Eula Mae Barnes, born 28 May 1916, 17; Elmo Barnes, born 13 Feb 1919, 14; Elaine Barnes, born 31 Jul 1921, 12; and Eugene Lyle Barnes, born 21 Apr 1924, 10. Next is Fallis info from the Oklahoma Historical Society:

"Located in western Lincoln County, Fallis is situated on a paved county road five miles northwest of Wellston. Originally known as Mission, the town was established on the western edge of the Iowa Reservation. In 1894 the name was changed to Fallis for its prime developer and first postmaster, Judge William H. Fallis. Due to its location in the productive valley of Bear and Mission creeks and the Deep Fork River and at a crossroads of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway and the Fort Smith and Western Railroad, the community became an agricultural trade center. In 1903 fourteen thousand acres around Fallis produced 10,500 bales of cotton worth a half-million dollars. In 1904 the county's first oil well was drilled nearby. At 1907 statehood the population was 321. Fallis was home to many African Americans. In 1904 one of its two newspapers, the Fallis Blade, had a black editor. Well-known African Americans born in Fallis include Oklahoma educator Frederick Douglass Moon, U.S. Medal of Honor recipient Riley L. Pitts, and Radio Hall of Fame inductee Jesse B. Blayton, Sr. Other newspapers serving Fallis residents included the Star and the Gazette. After its commercial prosperity ended, Fallis became known as an artist's community. Well-known juvenile fiction writers Blanche Seale Hunt and Aletha Caldwell Conner, Oklahoma poet laureate Jennie Harris Oliver, and novelist Vingie Roe moved there because of the town's rustic, inspirational surroundings. Roe used Fallis as the setting for A Devine Egotist (1916). Fallis's population gradually declined and was 173 by 1930. At the turn of the twenty-first century the population had declined to 28 from 105 in 1950. In 2010 it stood at 27. Fallis maintained a fire station, with twenty volunteer firefighters, and a community building, which was constructed in 1999."

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Hazel Anna Haver
May 18, 1889
133 Springview, Keya Paha, NE
5 October 23, 1964
58 75 Stillwater, Payne, OK
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