Hazel Louise Pierce Oliver
Gadsden's finest ladies is Hazel Oliver. No one can
keep up with her because she stays extremely active
and involved in many things. This physically fit
lady drives and walks every day and few can keep up
with her. Her mind is sharp as a tack and she will
give you an answer at a moment notice.
was born in
Walsenburg, Colorado, August 11, 1915 to
Lawrence and Louise Christopher Pierce. When five
years, old her mother moved the family back to her
ancestral home of
Gadsden. The Christopher family was pioneers
of Gadsden and played a major role in its founding.
Hazel's great grandfather William Christopher's home
and farm adjoined the Original Survey of the City of
Gadsden. He later sold the house to R. B. Kyle.
grandfather was Abihue Christopher, a veteran of the
Confederate Army who lived until 1935. Hazel grew up
hearing the stories her grandfather told of the war,
and of her mother's activities in the
United Daughters of the Confederacy.
attended the old
Eleventh Street School , and graduated from
Gadsden High School at the age of 17. She was
in the first Gadsden Symphony Orchestra where she
was first seat in violin. Hazel was also an avid
swimmer and diver. She later attended Gadsden
Business College, and attended the Alabama School of
Trades as well as the Gadsden Center of The
University of Alabama .
Christmas day 1947, Hazel became the bride of
Clarence Elwood Oliver. He unfortunately died five
years later on July 20, 1952.
became a member of the United Daughters of the
Confederacy at the age of 18. Along with her mother
and aunt, she was soon involved in its many
activates, including the placing of the Emma Sansom
marker on Black Creek in 1954. She has served
faithfully in the chapter as president, in the state
vice president, and on many committees in
a charter member of The Etowah Historical Society
where she served as Secretary-Treasurer for 35
years. The second meeting of the society was held in
her home and throughout its history, has missed very
few of its monthly meetings.
1938 until 1955 she was employed at Ross-Gramling
Furniture as the bookkeeper. She also was on the
staff of The Gadsden Business College. In 1955 she
took a position with The Life Insurance Company of
Alabama where she worked until her
is a long time member of the
United Methodist Church where she has served
as a member of the Administrator Board, the Wesleyan
Circle , President of
United Methodist Women. Staff Parish Relation
Committee and lay delegate to their
annual conferences. She also taught the
Junior Department as a
Sunday school teacher to the 12 year old
girls for 30 years.
was a charter member, and past president of Beta
Sigma Phi. She also has served as treasurer of the
Etowah County Fund for Indigent Children.
a member and past president of the Gadsden Music
Club, an affiliate of the Alabama Federation of
Music Clubs, the
National Federation of Music Clubs. She was a
member of the
Northeast Alabama Symphony, violin.
The Friends of the
Gadsden Public Library was organized and she
was a charter member and Treasurer, as well as doing
volunteer work in the library. She presently is on
the Board of Director at the Gadsden Public Library.
Hazel was one of charter member of the General John
H. Forney Historical Society, where she has served
as Treasurer and as a Director. This group has
placed many historical markers.
Oliver has a very vast knowledge of local and area
history. If you can ever catch up with Hazel, be
sure to ask her about her wonderful life and