A HISTORY OF THE CHARLES EUGENE HAYSLETTE, SR. AND CHARLES EUGENE HAYSLETTE, JR. FAMILIES
By Marian Creswell Hayslette
The Charles Eugene Hayslette, Sr. family moved from Birmingham, Alabama, to Port Arthur, Texas, in 1929. They then moved to Nederland in 1930. Mr. Hayslette was born in Summit Point, West Virginia, on June 6, 1892, and died in Nederland, Texas on November 14, 1951.
His parents were Charles Craighill Hayslett (b. March 26, 1852-d. July 17, 1919) and Rose Virginia Miller (b. May 2, 1861-d. March 11, 1925) from Middleway, West Virginia. He was a carpenter by trade. Charles C. Hayslett and wife, Rose Virginia, had two sons, Charles Eugene, who would eventually move to Nederland, and Fred Miller Hayslete (b. May 6, 1889-d. March 4, 1934).
In 1899 Charles C. Hayslett moved his family to Columbus, Mississippi, where he accepted a position with the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. He built the local passenger depot at that time.
Charles Eugene Hayslette, Sr. married Marguerite Greer (b. August 18, 1898-d. June 30, 1973). She was born in Birmingham, Alabama. Her parents were Charles Carlton Greer (b. October 6, 1855-d. Feb., 1932), born in Macon, Georgia, and Margaret Loyola Morgan (b. July 5, 1861-d. January 28, 1941), born in Montgomery, Alabama. Charles Carlton Greer was a machinist by trade.
Charles Eugene and Marguerite had four children, Jewell Margaret, Rose Mary, Charles Eugene, Jr.; and Fred Greer Hayslette.
Charles Eugene Hayslette, Sr. was also a machinist by trade. In 1929, he went to work for Texaco refinery in Port Arthur. While at Texaco, he developed a "Procedure Manual for Machinists" that is still being used today.
He went to work at Pure Oil refinery in 1930 and worked there for eleven years. Later he worked at Neches Butane Products Company (now Texaco Chemical) at Port Neches for three years, and then he worked in foreign countries until 1950. He worked in Saudi Arabia, Alaska, and Venezuela. Charles Eugene and Marguerite Hayslette are buried in Oak Bluff Cemetery in Port Neches.
He was a member and past president of Machinists International Local 823 of Port Neches, as well as of United Brotherhood and Journeymen of America. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
The children of Charles Eugene, Sr. and Marguerite Hayslette are Jewell Margaret, born in Holt, Alabama on July 25, 1918. She ws a 1935 graduate of Nederland High School. She married Clifford Ellery Stephens (deceased). They had two children, Beverly Jean Stephens and Clifford Grant Stephens.
Rose Mary Hayslette was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on May 26, 1919, and died in Nederland on October 12, 1989. She graduated from Nederland High School in 1937. She was in the Women's Army Corps of the U. S. Army during World War II. She married Joe Wallace Gray (deceased) from Carthage, Texas, and they had an adopted son, Fred Gray. She is buried in Oak Bluff Cemetery in Port Neches.
Charles Eugene Hayslette, Jr. was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on September 7, 1921. He graduated from Nederland High School in 1939. He went to work at Gulf Oil refinery, now Chevron, in 1940. He entered the army in 1942, during World War II. He was in the Army three years, serving two of those years overseas. He was discharged in 1945 and returned to Gulf Oil Company after his military service.
Charles Eugene Hayslette, Jr. and Marian Frances Creswell, born in Nederland on December 3, 1924, were married on June 2, 1946. She is the daughter of Francis Douglas Creswell and Augusta Creswell. She graduated from Nederland High School in 1942.
They are the parents of one daughter, Cheryl Frances Hayslette James (b. October 5, 1948). She graduated from Nederland High School in 1967, and Lamar University in 1970. On November 29, 1969, Cheryl Hayslette married Grady Wilson James, Jr., an attorney.
Cheryl and Grady have three daughters, Diana James Prater, Jennifer Leigh James, and Jamie Amanda James, all of Conroe, Texas. Grady James specializes in Family Law.
Charles Eugene Hayslette, Jr. retired from Gulf Oil as an operator on July 6, 1982, with 42 years of service.
Fred Greer Hayslette was born in Birmingham, Alabama on January 7, 1926. He joined the Navy on January 3, 1944 during World War II and was overseas for 21 months. Fred then worked for Bruno Shultz Shipyard in Port Arrhur after his discharge from the Navy. He then went to work for Gulf Oil (Chevron) on July 27, 1947.
Fred Hayslette married Billy Jo Price (deceased 1984). Their children are Fred H., Robert Earl, Mary Katherine (d. 1983), Charlotte Marie, Charles Eugene III, and Sharmaine.
Fred Greer Hayslette was a No. 1 Power Plant engineer at Gulf Oil. He retired on June 30, 1983 with 36 years of service.
He is a member of the American Legion, VFW, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the Knights of Columbus.
Charles Eugene Hayslette, Sr. was responsible for adding the final letter "e" to the Hayslette name. He explained that "it just didn't seem finished without it." In an area filled with so many French and Acadian names, many of which ended with "ette," it became difficult, if not downright impossible, to convince anyone that the name was Scotch-Irish.