Cumberland County History, Illinois
As a part of our celebration of the Sesquicentennial Year of the State of Illinois, the Cumberland County Historical and Genealogical Society of Illinois voted to produce a history of our county since 1884. In that year the Battey volume of the history of Cumberland, Jasper, and Richland was published. In 1885 our courthouse burned and practically all county records were lost.
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Fires swept through the little village in 1925 and in 1937 taking out two sides of the business section; these buildings were never replaced. The coming of better roads caused people to be attracted to other trading centers, so today, all that remains of the once active little trading center is one general store, a blacksmith and welding shop and the Post Office. Around a hundred people reside in Hazel Dell where you will find a good school and two active churches. Though the towns may have passed on to memories, you will still find the same warmth and friendliness among the people, as in the days of old, and readiness to give a helping hand in a time of misfortune.