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[GA] Waiters at Charleston, SC & Savannah, GA hotels
Peter F. Hazel (Peter Hazel Jr.) was born c. 1850 in Charleston, SC. His father Peter Hazel Sr. and brother Charles A. Hazel were house painters in Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA respectively. Before moving to Savannah, GA, Peter Jr. worked as a waiter in Charleston, where he shared a home on Meeting Street with fellow waiters Theodore King and Fields Jenkins. Both King and Hazel were previously employed by the U.S. Navy. Several historic Charleston hotels still operate on Meeting Street. Peter had accounts with the Freedman’s Bank in both cities. By 1873 he was a waiter at Screven House in Savannah. An 1888 issue of New England Magazine notes that U.S. presidents Grover Cleveland and Ulysses S. Grant had been among the northern guests entertained at “Dub’s Screven House” in Savannah. John Screven was Savannah’s mayor, 1869-73. Peter F. Hazel also probably worked at Savannah’s first hotel, Marshall House, where his neighbors Theodore King and Fields Jenkins were hotel waiters 1869-1872. Established by Mary Marshall in 1851, this historic hotel still operates at 123 E. Broughton, Savannah, GA. By the late 1880’s Peter F. Hazel had a wife, Emma (Emma Louisa?), and a different occupation, carpet layer. By 1910 Peter and his family had moved from their home at Henrietta Street, Savannah, GA to W. 134th Street, Manhattan, NY. After Peter’s death (c. 1910-20), his widow Emma Hazel moved with their children Fred C. Hazel, Walter W. Hazel, and Marie Hazel Muse to Binghamton, NY. Another son of Charleston house painter Peter Hazel Sr. worked his whole life as a waiter. James Hazel, born c. 1847/1850, was a hotel waiter in Charleston where in 1870 he was secretary of United Waiters Association. James J. Hazel still lived in Charleston, and still worked as a waiter, in 1910. Peter Hazel Sr. also had two known daughters, Lavinia and Mary. They lived with related families on Meeting Street and Calhoun Street in Charleston, SC as late as the 1920s.
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