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Capt William Hasson

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Capt William Hasson

Birth
Shippenville, Clarion County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death
15 May 1923 (aged 90)
Oil City, Venango County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial
Oil City, Venango County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot
Section 19
Memorial ID
76866085 View Source

The following information was abstracted from Captain William Hasson's obituary in The News-Herald. Wednesday, May 16, 1923, Page 14, Column 3.

On March 17, 1833, William Hasson was born in Shippenville, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. William Hasson was the son of James Hasson, Venango County, Pennsylvania's first sheriff.

Mr. Hasson attended Shippenville, Pennsylvania's public schools and attended Allegheny College, in Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Hasson had a very diverse employment history. Mr. Hasson was employed by the following businesses: Curll's General Store in Clarion, Clarion County, PA; the Seventh Avenue Hotel in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA; King & Black, owner's of the Tippecanoe Furnace in Armstrong County, PA, where he began work at the age of sixteen and eventually was put in charge of this plant. Later, Mr. Hasson worked for nine years as the superintendant of Graff & Painter's Buffalo Furnace and coal miners in Armstrong County, PA.

On August 27, 1859, Colonel Edwin Drake struck oil in Titusville, Pennsylvania. The Drake well was the first well in the United States to strike oil and thus sparked the birth of the oil industry.

After a visit to the Drake Well, Mr. Hasson took a vested interest in the Colonel's theory on oil drilling and within nine days of Drake Well striking oil, Mr. Hasson became one of the first people to engage in the oil industry by building an oil well along Oil Creek. Mr. Hasson would be involved in this new industry up to the time of his passing.

On April 12, 1861, the Confederacy fired the first shots at Fort Sumter, igniting the American Civil War. On September 5, 1862, Mr. Hasson enlisted in Company I, 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteers. During his military career, Mr. Hasson achieved the rank of Captain and fought in many battles including Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. On July 1, 1863, at the Battle Gettysburg, Captain Hasson was severely wounded, resulting in his receiving a special discharge on October 5, 1863.

After Captain Hasson was discharged and recuperated from his injury, he returned to his business affairs back in Venango County. During this time, Oil City, was growing so rapidly and becoming the hub of the oil industry, causing a state of financial chaos. It soon became evident to Captain Hasson, that a good sound bank was essential in establishing order. On November 5, 1863, Captain Hasson and some others formed the First National Bank of Oil City; one of Pennsylvania's first national banks. Captain Hasson became the head of the bank; a position that he maintained up to the time of his death.

Oil City's rapid growth required better sources of transportation. At this time, the only way to travel between the north and south sides of the city which is separated by the Allegheny River and some streams was by way of either fords or ferries. Captain Hasson was among the organizers of the company which built the highway bridges joining the two sides of the city.

Captain Hasson was immersed in politics. In 1862, he helped organize the Oil City borough and served as its first burgess. From 1875 – 1876 and in 1883 and again in 1889, the Captain served in the state legislature. "He was an ardent Democrat and was a member of the National Committee that nominated Horace Greeley at the Baltimore convention: Hancock at Cincinnati, O., Grover Cleveland at St. Louis and Woodrow Wilson at Baltimore in 1912." Captain Hasson served in the following positions up to the time of his death: president of the First National Bank, director of the Oil City, Hospital, the Venango Club, Wanango Country Club, the Oil City Boat Club, the Pennsylvania Society and other organizations. Captain Hasson was one of the Citizen's Traction Company's first stock holders, and he served on the committee that supervised the erecting of the Oil Exchange Building on Seneca Street.

Captain Hasson was a great philanthropist, who very generously donated land. He donated: 50 acres of land for the creation of Hasson Park, 9 ½ acres for the creation of the Oil City Hospital and the H. H. Rogers Nurses's Home , and land for the site for the United Presbyterian Church. Captain Hasson and the firm Graff & Hasson donated the original site of St. Joseph's parish as well as the original site for Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church located at the corners of Spring Street and Center Street.

In 1871, Captain Hasson married Mary Collins, and they had the following children: Sarah Hasson, Mary Hasson (Mrs. W. O. Walker), James Hasson, Mrs. Jessie Hasson Ritchie.

On March 27, 1923, Captain Hasson became ill and was confined to his home at 111 Bissell Avenue. His illness was not considered serious until a few hours before his death at 11:25 P.M. on May 15, 1923. The City of Oil City, Pennsylvania probably will never see the likes of Captain William Hasson again and honored him by naming Hasson Avenue after him.

The following information was abstracted from Captain William Hasson's obituary in The News-Herald. Wednesday, May 16, 1923, Page 14, Column 3.

On March 17, 1833, William Hasson was born in Shippenville, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. William Hasson was the son of James Hasson, Venango County, Pennsylvania's first sheriff.

Mr. Hasson attended Shippenville, Pennsylvania's public schools and attended Allegheny College, in Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Hasson had a very diverse employment history. Mr. Hasson was employed by the following businesses: Curll's General Store in Clarion, Clarion County, PA; the Seventh Avenue Hotel in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA; King & Black, owner's of the Tippecanoe Furnace in Armstrong County, PA, where he began work at the age of sixteen and eventually was put in charge of this plant. Later, Mr. Hasson worked for nine years as the superintendant of Graff & Painter's Buffalo Furnace and coal miners in Armstrong County, PA.

On August 27, 1859, Colonel Edwin Drake struck oil in Titusville, Pennsylvania. The Drake well was the first well in the United States to strike oil and thus sparked the birth of the oil industry.

After a visit to the Drake Well, Mr. Hasson took a vested interest in the Colonel's theory on oil drilling and within nine days of Drake Well striking oil, Mr. Hasson became one of the first people to engage in the oil industry by building an oil well along Oil Creek. Mr. Hasson would be involved in this new industry up to the time of his passing.

On April 12, 1861, the Confederacy fired the first shots at Fort Sumter, igniting the American Civil War. On September 5, 1862, Mr. Hasson enlisted in Company I, 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteers. During his military career, Mr. Hasson achieved the rank of Captain and fought in many battles including Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. On July 1, 1863, at the Battle Gettysburg, Captain Hasson was severely wounded, resulting in his receiving a special discharge on October 5, 1863.

After Captain Hasson was discharged and recuperated from his injury, he returned to his business affairs back in Venango County. During this time, Oil City, was growing so rapidly and becoming the hub of the oil industry, causing a state of financial chaos. It soon became evident to Captain Hasson, that a good sound bank was essential in establishing order. On November 5, 1863, Captain Hasson and some others formed the First National Bank of Oil City; one of Pennsylvania's first national banks. Captain Hasson became the head of the bank; a position that he maintained up to the time of his death.

Oil City's rapid growth required better sources of transportation. At this time, the only way to travel between the north and south sides of the city which is separated by the Allegheny River and some streams was by way of either fords or ferries. Captain Hasson was among the organizers of the company which built the highway bridges joining the two sides of the city.

Captain Hasson was immersed in politics. In 1862, he helped organize the Oil City borough and served as its first burgess. From 1875 – 1876 and in 1883 and again in 1889, the Captain served in the state legislature. "He was an ardent Democrat and was a member of the National Committee that nominated Horace Greeley at the Baltimore convention: Hancock at Cincinnati, O., Grover Cleveland at St. Louis and Woodrow Wilson at Baltimore in 1912." Captain Hasson served in the following positions up to the time of his death: president of the First National Bank, director of the Oil City, Hospital, the Venango Club, Wanango Country Club, the Oil City Boat Club, the Pennsylvania Society and other organizations. Captain Hasson was one of the Citizen's Traction Company's first stock holders, and he served on the committee that supervised the erecting of the Oil Exchange Building on Seneca Street.

Captain Hasson was a great philanthropist, who very generously donated land. He donated: 50 acres of land for the creation of Hasson Park, 9 ½ acres for the creation of the Oil City Hospital and the H. H. Rogers Nurses's Home , and land for the site for the United Presbyterian Church. Captain Hasson and the firm Graff & Hasson donated the original site of St. Joseph's parish as well as the original site for Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church located at the corners of Spring Street and Center Street.

In 1871, Captain Hasson married Mary Collins, and they had the following children: Sarah Hasson, Mary Hasson (Mrs. W. O. Walker), James Hasson, Mrs. Jessie Hasson Ritchie.

On March 27, 1923, Captain Hasson became ill and was confined to his home at 111 Bissell Avenue. His illness was not considered serious until a few hours before his death at 11:25 P.M. on May 15, 1923. The City of Oil City, Pennsylvania probably will never see the likes of Captain William Hasson again and honored him by naming Hasson Avenue after him.

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Married: December 11, 1871, in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania


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