Hazel Evelyn Schoen

My grandmother, Hazel Evelyn Schoen was born October 2, 1915. Her parents were Peter Cassens Schoen and Marie Wilhelmine Hackbarth.  She was the youngest of four girls in the family.  Here she is with her sisters at about 5 years of age.

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 The Schoen Sisters: Elta Marie, Marie Augusta, Pearl Peters, and Hazel Evelyn

Hazel was baptized on November 14, 1915 at Bethlehem Evangelical and Reformed Church which was the home church of Hazel’s mother, Marie Wilhelmine Hackbarth.  Her sponsors were friends and relatives of her mother and included: Ida Adams, Minna Glebitz, and Martha and Rob Hackbarth.

The family was very poor and all four girls shared one bed growing up.

I think these were her confirmation photos:

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Check out the amount of work on her hair. I’m betting her older sisters helped with this do.



This picture was taken when she was 16 years old on the homeplace in Delton, Cottonwood County, Minnesota.

Hazel in the doorway

In the 1940’s census, Hazel worked as a waitress in a cafe in Windom.  She had completed a second year of high school but did not graduate.

Hazel in yard

Hazel married Lloyd Carl Jessen at her parent’s home on June 6, 1943.  The peonies blooming during their wedding have become an heirloom plant and I have two in my garden on Everest Lane.

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I love this colorized photo of Hazel in front of this Olaf T. Midtbo delivery vehicle.

Thanks to my Uncle, I have these amazing photos of my grandmother.

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Jennifer Ebeling
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