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It's a piece of Rock Island County History which had fallen victim to neglect over the years. That is until Chris Stark of Taylor Ridge came along and decided that Hazlitt Cemetery in Edgington Township is worth saving.

Hazlitt is a pioneer cemetery, and several of the early settlers in that part of Rock Island County were buried there.  Alexander Hazlitt, his wife, and children traveled by covered wagon from New Jersey. They arrived in 1839.  Hazlitt's wife Sarah was the first person buried in the cemetery. That was in 1842.

There are two Civil War veterans and a soldier from the War of 1812 also buried in  the cemetery.

 About seven years ago,, Chris and some of his friends got serious about repairing and replacing the damaged headstones at Hazlitt. Chris says it bothered him that the cemetery had deteriorated so badly. Rather than talk about it, Stark, Robert VanIsegham, and Orin Rockhold  went to work, repairing and uprighting the headstones. They mowed, put up fencing  and gave the cemetery the respect it deserves.   

Christ Stark and others have dedicated  a tremendous amount of time, and money, to restore  what they consider to be a Rock Island County landmark.

Orin Rockhold says preserving Hazlitt Cemetery is the moral thing to do. He thinks it is important to remember the people who made it possible to farm the ground, got rid of the timber, and opened up the soil.