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Hazel Kirk Thatcher

 

 

#6. Hazel Kirk Thatcher (Married Charles Albert Leach (#5), 27 April 1908 in Columbus, Ohio at the home of Hazel's aunt, Jennie Hayes (Rice) Wannamaker).

Born: 24 January 1885 of John M. Thatcher (#11) & Mattie Steely Rice (Martha) (#12) at Kingston, Ohio. Photos of John M. Thatcher (# 11) and Mattie Steely Rice (#12) are shown below.

Died: 22 March 1961; she is buried with Charles Albert Leach at Union Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio.

 

[Her only sibling:

a) Russell Rice Thatcher: (Married 1st: Jennette (Jeanette) Glaser. [Note: She is the daughter of Herman and Daisy Glaser according to the 1900 census.] Jennette is listed as Russell's wife on his WWI Draft Registration. They live at 1308 W-115 Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. He is listed as self-employed in the occupation of auto livery. According to the 1920 Federal Census, Russell (age 35) is living with his mother-in-law, Daisy F. Glaser (age 48), his wife Jeanette Thatcher (age 27), and son Russell Thatcher Jr. (age 5). The census states that he is the proprietor of a Taxi Company. According to the 1930 Census, his son, Russell R. Thatcher (age 15) is living with his mother Jennie O Thatcher (age 39), and step-grandfather Robert M. Reed (age 57) and grandmother Daisy F. Reed (age 58). [Note: Daisy F. Glaser had remarried.] The 1930 census also shows Russell is divorced and living on Sheridan Road in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. He is a Commercial Salesman for a Cab Company. According to the 1940 census, son, Russell (age 25), is living with Jeannette Thatcher (age 50) and grandparents Robert M. Reed (aged 69) and Daisy G. Reed (age 70). Russell Jr. is the Proprietor of a Restaurant. Russell Jr. died on 3 December 1970. Married 2nd: Bernice Reeder on 14 February 1938 in Cook, Illinois...Source: Cook County, Illinois Marriage Index, 1930-1960.) According to the 1940 United States Federal Census, Russell (age 54) is listed with wife, Bernice Thatcher (44), and Marie Reeder (age 22). [Note: Marie Reeder is Bernice's child from her first marriage.] According to Russell Rice Thatcher's U.S. World War II Draft Registration Card in 1942, his place of employment is City Hall, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. He was 56 years old and lives at 5348 Winthrop Ave, Chicago, Illinois with his wife Bernice. Born: 12 February 1886 at Kingston, Ohio. Died: 14 April 1957, buried Chicago, Illinois]. In addition to the two photographs below that show Russell, additional photographs can be seen by clicking here.

 

Left and Below: Russell (Hazel’s brother) and Hazel. The ring below was given to Hazel later in life by her brother and now belongs to Susan Leach Snyder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education: Hazel graduated from Everts High School in Circleville, Ohio on 4 June 1903.

Left: Hazel as a high school senior.

Below: Her graduating class. The circled head is Hazel.

 

 

Memberships: Ohio State University Mother’s Club (President in 1942), Centerburg Women’s Club, Y.M.C.A Group, Women’s Luncheon Club, life member of Virginia Wright Mothers Guild, Bexley Women’s Club, Altrurian Club (one of the oldest and largest women’s welfare groups in Columbus), Ladies Oriental Shrine Thea Court No. 5, the National Federation of Republican Women, and the Women’s Republican Club of Ohio.

 

Below: These next four photographs are from newspaper articles. 1: Hazel at far left, 2: Hazel at right, 3: Hazel is third from left, 4: Hazel is second from left.

 


 

Below: A letter written to the daughter of one of her friends from the Woman's Luncheon Club demonstrates Hazels' love for both her deceased friend and the club. The letter indicates that Hazel was having health problems when she wrote the letter, and she was not sure she would be able to attend the club meetings again. [Note Hazel's neaty written signature.]



Hobbies: Hazel enjoyed sewing. She made aprons for Virginia Wright Guild, most of her daughter Jane’s clothes when Jane was young, and doll clothes for her granddaughter Susan’s doll. Hazel loved to bake and she was known for her angel food cake and red devil’s food cake. Hazel would go miles to find fresh vegetables and fruits at various markets. She loved her Chambers range. It came with the first broiler she ever had to cook with.

 

Left: Hazel’s White Rotary Sewing Machine. Below: One of Hazel’s many pin cushions.

 

 

Below: Two of the many aprons crafted by Hazel, and Susan’s doll wearing a corduroy coat and hat with buttons and felt flowers, designed and sewn by Hazel.

 

Below: Two of Hazel's favorite recipes are listed:

Bread Pudding

3 eggs
1 pint milk
1/2 cup sugar
4-5 slices bread
nutmeg to taste
vanilla 1 teas.
raisins (optional)


Beat eggs until light and fluffy, add sugar and milk. Add bread broken in small pieces. Mix vanilla & nutmeg to mixture & raisins. Bake in Pyrex casserole for about 1 hour at 375° oven. Serve warm or cold with milk or cream. Can be mixed in baking dish.

 

Dumplings (with Chicken, Stew, or Ham & Beans)

1 egg beaten
2 T milk
1/2 cup flour plus 1 T
1/2 teas. salt
1 teas. baking powder


Mix dry ingredients together in small bowl. Beat egg and milk together and add to dry ingred. Drop by teasp fulls into boiling broth and cover. Cook over low heat for 12 to 15 minutes without removing cover.

 

 

 

Miscellaneous: In the fall of 1905, Charles Leach, an Ohio State law student was asked by a classmate to go calling on a North Side girl and her friend, a visitor from Circleville, Hazel Thatcher. While Hazel visited there, Charles took her out several times and when she returned home, she wrote to him and they began corresponding. They continued corresponding for the next few years and occasionally Charles went to Circleville to see Hazel. Once in a while she went to Columbus and he’d escort her to a student dance. Eventually, Hazel moved to Columbus.

According to Jane Webster (Hazel's youngest daughter) in an interview in 2005, prior to marrying Charles, Hazel was working for a manufacturer (M.C. Lilley Company ....later called Lilley-Ames Company in 1933), who made uniforms near where Aquinas High School in Columbus, Ohio is today. While she was working there, she was living with her Aunt Jennie (her mother’s sister). Hazel was making less than $10 per week and paid money to her aunt for her living expenses.

On April 27, 1908 Hazel and Charles married at Aunt Jennies' home. They would later have four children.

marriage license

 

Below: Hazel posed for a family portrait with her children, Robert (Bob), Dorothy, Russell, and Jane and husband Charles.

 

 

Below: Susan Leach Snyder, Hazel’s granddaughter, has several pieces of furniture and a picture that Hazel had in her home. The painting is by Charles Ames Aldrich, a painter from Chicago.

 

Below: Hazel in various stages of her life. The last picture shows Susan Leach (Hazel’s granddaughter), Marie Leach (Hazel's son Robert’s wife) and Hazel examining spools of thread.

 

Hazel became a widow on August 15, 1950 when Charles died of a heart attack. Her daughter Dorothy continued living with her until Hazel’s death. Hazel had very poor circulation in her legs and near the end of her life, she spent much of her time in bed.

Hazel was admitted to St. Anthony Hospital on March 13, 1961 after suffering a stroke at her home at 2321 Bexley Park Rd. She died nine days later. Services were held at Schoedinger State Street chapel. Four newspaper clippings below tell of her death. Although Hazel died from a stoke, her obituaries in local newspapers reported the problem to be a heart attack. Her death certificate indicates she died of a "Bascular Cerebral Thrombosis."


Mrs. Leach Dead At 76

Mrs. Hazel K. Leach, 76, mother of City Atty. Russell Leach and Common Pleas Judge Robert E. Leach, died Wednesday at St. Anthony Hospital.

She was admitted to the hospital March 13 after suffering a heart attack at her home at 2321 Bexley Park-rd. She was the widow of former Common Pleas Judge Charles A Leach.

She was active in Republican women’s organizations and a member of the Altrurian Club, life member of Virginia Wright Mother’s Guild and past president of Ohio State University Mother’s Club.

Surviving also are two daughters, Miss Dorothy A. Leach and Mrs. Jane C. Webster and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 pm. Friday at Schoedinger State st chapel, where friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Burial at Union Cemetery.

 


Mrs. Hazel K. Leach

Rite Friday For Widow Of Judge

Service for Mrs. Hazel K. Leach, mother of City Attorney Russell Leach and Common Pleas Judge Robert E. Leach, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Schoedinger funeral home, 229 E. State St.

The widow of former Common Pleas Judge Charles A. Leach, Mrs. Leach, 76, of 2321 Bexley Park Rd., died Wednesday in St. Anthony Hospital.

She was admitted to the hospital March 13 after suffering a heart attack at her home.

ACTIVE IN Republican women’s organizations, she was a member of Altrurian Club, a life member of Virginia Wright Mother’s Guild and a past president of Ohio State University Mother’s Club.

Also surviving are two daughters, Miss Dorothy A. Leach and Mrs. Jane C. Webster, and three grandchildren.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday. Burial will be in Union Cemetery.

 

 


LEACH
Mrs. Hazel K. Leach, age 76, 2321 Bexley Park-Rd. Wednesday, Widow of Charles A. Leach. Member of Women’s Luncheon Club, Altrurian Club, Ladies Oriental Shrine Thea Court No. 5, Life member of Virginia Wright Mothers Guild, past president of OSU Mothers Club, Bexley Women’s Club, National Federation of Republican Women and Women’s Republican Club of Ohio. Survived by daughters, Miss Dorothy A. Leach and Mrs. Jane C. Webster; sons Robert E. and Russell; 3 grandchildren. Service Friday 2 p.m. SCHOEDINGER STATE-ST CHAPEL, where friends may call Thursday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Interment Union Cemetery.



Funeral Services Are held Friday for Hazel Leach

Funeral services were held Friday, Mar. 24, for Mrs. Hazel K. Leach, 76, mother of City Attorney Russell Leach and Common Pleas Judge Robert E. Leach.

Mrs. Leach was the widow of former Common Pleas Judge Charles a. Leach. Her home was at 2321 Bexley Park-rd.

Active in Republican women’s organizations, Mrs. Leach was a member of the Altrurian Club, a life member of Virginia Wright Mother’s Guild and past president of the Ohio State University Mothers’ Club.

Also surviving are her daughters, Miss Dorothy A. Leach and Mrs. Jane C. Webster and three grandchildren.

Services were held at Schoedinger’s State Street Chapel with interment at Union Cemetery.

 

 

Hazel's last will and testament states that she appointed Dorothy as her Executrix and made Dorothy the soul beneficiary of her estate.

 

Photo was taken 8/15/01

Susan Leach Snyder (#2), who was 15 at the time her grandmother died, has several memories of her grandmother. Grammie called Susan her "Little Black-Eyed Susan." Susan remembers going to Grammie’s house every Sunday for a visit. Susan and her brother, mother, father, Aunt Dorothy, and Grammie would watch Lassie and the Ed Sullivan Show on TV. On Saturdays, Dorothy drove Grammie to several groceries to do her shopping. Lunch on Saturdays was usually at a drive-in restaurant and Grammie usually ordered a pork tenderloin sandwich. Susan remembers that her grandmother had poor circulation in her legs and spent much of her time in later years laying in bed, watching TV. Susan remembers that Grammie liked to watch Big Time Wrestling. To Susan's thinking, this was totally out of character.

 

 

Lifetime Events Summary for Hazel Kirk Thatcher:

Event
Date
Hazel's age
Birth
24 January 1885
0
Spanish American War
1898
13
Age at Mother's Death
3 December 1904
19
Age at Father's Death
22 January 1908
23
Marriage
27 April 1908
23
World War I
1914 - 1918
29 - 33
Children's births
1910-1922
25 - 37
Russell Leach (#3) 's birth
1 August 1922
37
The Great Depression
1929- 1939
44 - 54
World War II
1939-1945
54 - 60
Korean War
1950 - 1953
65 - 68
Death
22 March 1961
76

 

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