Benton County


Undoubtedly one of the most popular and efficient public officials of Benton county is Albert Lee Hassell. A native of Hickman county, his birth occurred on the 28th of October, 1871, a son of Anderson and Bamma (Reeves) Hassell, natives of Tennessee. The paternal grandfather, John Hassell, died at the age of ninety-three years. He was a native of this state, as was also William Reeves, the maternal grandfather, whose demise occurred in his sixtieth year. Anderson Hassell engaged in farming for the greater part of his life and lived retired for some years prior to his demise in 1903. His widow survives him.

Albert Lee Hassell received his education in the public schools of Benton county and after graduation taught for seventeen years. For six years he was engaged in the mercantile business and in 1914 he was elected clerk of the county court. After eight years in this office he declined reelection and voluntarily retired. He served in that office with marked distinction, establishing a record of which he may well be proud.

In 1897, in Benton county, occurred the marriage of Mr. Hassell to Miss Lelia Lowery and to their union two children were born: Errol and Carlton. The eldest son, Errol, volunteered his services upon the entrance of the United States into the World war and was in the navy fifteen months. He made seven trips to Europe. On the 27th of November, 1913, in Benton county, Albert Lee Hassell was married the second time, Miss Mattie Mitchell, a daughter of Hense and Henny (Austin) Mitchell, becoming his wife. Her father was registrar of Benton county at the time of his demise in 1888. He was active in defense of the Confederacy during the Civil war and lost an arm in action.

Since attaining his majority Albert Lee Hassell has given his stanch support to the democratic party and the principles for which it stands. His religious faith is that of the Methodist church and fraternally he is a Master Mason, a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Woodmen of the World and the American Woodmen. Mr. Hassell is a zealous church worker and is exceptionally proud of his Bible class of more than thirty. He is chairman of the board of stewards of the Methodist church. He has always taken a great and helpful interest in everything pertaining to the development and improvement of Camden and Benton county and he enjoys the confidence and esteem of all who know him.

Tennessee, The Volunteer State, 1769-1923, Vol. 3