NO POST OFFICE
The Hazel Valley post office was established 1 July, 1875. Deane Carter
places it in s24, T14N, R28W but the current County road map shows Hazel
Valley in s30, T14N, R28W. The Hazel Valley post office was in service
for 75 years until 1951 except for a brief interruption in 1878.
The R.L.Polk Gazetter for 1892-1893 shows Hazel Valley had a wagon maker,
blacksmith, cooper, general store and gristmill in addition to the post
office at that time.
Velda Brotherton says the first name for what became Hazel Valley was
Plum Orchard. A George Washington Wallis came to Arkansas with his parents
sometime before 1850, settling in Johnson County. In 1907 he and his wife,
Patsey Ann Monroe Robinson settled near old Osburn which would have been
near the head of Middle Fork River south of Hazel Valley. George served in
both Confederate and Union armies, having been conscripted into the
Confederate army by Home Guards in the area, but deserted and signed into
the Union Arkansas Infantry Volunteers, fought in Battle of Prairie Grove
and was discharged in 1865.
Brotherton says a large community building served both as school and
church. She says there was a large sawmill as well as general store
in addition to the post office. She says not much has been written on
There are a number of mentions in the family histories in the Washington
County History book and some bits can be gleaned from that.
The Fred Brown family moved to Hazel Valley in 1914, buying a 160 acre
farm. They had five children born in Missouri and two more born in Hazel
Valley. School for the children depended on which school, Union Point or
Hazel Valley offered lowest rates for a school year, sometime lasting
only 4 or 5 months. Middle Fork River was crossed by a swinging bridge
but when river was up or rain was heavy, the children were retrieved
by horse. Mail was only collected about once a week as it required about
three mile ride by horseback. Virgil Bradshaw story, pages 512-513.
Land for Hazel valley Community Church was first deeded to the South
Methodist Church by the James Height family in 1887. The Church sold
it to Hazel Valley School District retaining privilege of using it. When
school consolidation was voted in 1948, the deed was changed back to the
Church where it remains. There was likely a church in the community
but nothing was written on it. The community has a long history of worship,
singing and community events such as pie suppers. The community cemetery
is near the church and is well maintained. Page 714
William Noah Kirk and his wife Mary Jame LeMaster moved to Hazel Valley
in the 1880's and farmed as well as operating a general store and teamster
service. Page 1162
John Miles Nickell came with his parents to Hazel Valley in 1880 when he
was 4 years old. His father Andy T Nickell, was a Methodist circuit riding
preacher traveling as far as Johnson County on his circuits. John farmed,
mostly growing apples and raising sheep. They moved to Fayetteville when
their two oldest children had finished grade school at Hazel Valley.
Washington County Postmasters and Postoffices 1829-1976 by Deane G.
Carter publ. by Washington County Historical Society
Washington County History by Shiloh Museum 1989
R.L.Polk's Arkansas State Gazetter and Business Directory-Washington
County Towns Flashback Fall 2007
Middle Fork Valley by Frank M. McConnell Flashback August 1961
The Boston Mountains Lost in the Ozarks by Velda Brotherton
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