6 May 2005
Source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside County, IL
Originally published 1885 Chapman Bros., Chicago, IL
Transcribed by: Becky Jones
John W. Hazard, one of the substantial citizens of Lyndon Township, is the son of David and Leonora (Reynolds) Hazard, of whom as full a personal narration as it is possible to obtain is presented in another place.
Mr. Hazard was born May 31, 1835, in Mansfield, Tioga Co, Pa. In 1837 his parents came to Whiteside County, coming with a pair of horses and a wagon and driving through the entire route. The son grew to man’s estate on the homestead on which his parents located, and obtained a fair education in the public schools. At 20 he entered the employment of Turley & King, at Round Grove, to buy grain. He operated in their interest one year, then formed a partnership with D.K. Lincoln and J.B. Bush. The company erected a warehouse at Round Grove, and Mr. Hazard conducted the business of buying and shipping grain one year. The firm dissolved, and he resumed farming, in which avenue of employment he has since operated, with the exception of eight years, when he rented his farm and was himself engaged in grain and lumber, also coal, lime, etc.; was also engaged in the construction of the water works at Lyndon, in which company he was a stockholder. He is a useful and honored citizen, and enjoys to an unusual degree the confidence and esteem of his fellows.
He is Supervisor of Lyndon, and when the village of Lyndon was first organized he was made Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He has also served in the capacity of Town Clerk. He was a stockholder in the Lyndon Hydraulic Manufacturing Company, and one of the trustees. He has been an uncompromising Republican from the formation of the party, and has pursued an undeviating course, casting his first Presidential vote for John C. Fremont and for every nominee of the Republican party since.
Mr. Hazard was married in December, 1856, to Sarah L., daughter of Thomas C. and Sarah (Locke) Gould. She was born March 19, 1836, in Lexington, Middlesex Co., Mass.
Mr. and Mrs. Hazard have two children,--Jessie S. and John G.