Grestle celebrates 102nd birthday

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Marion County native Hazel (Richardson) Grestle turned 102 years old on Wednesday, April 4. She is the daughter of Floyd and Tennie (Carr) Richardson, the granddaughter of Martin Van Buren and Margaret S. (Ledbetter) Richardson, and the great-grandaughter of James Richardson, who was the Register of Deeds when the original Overton County Courthouse in Tennessee was burned down during the Civil War and played a part in preserving the county’s land records by storing the deed books in the basement of his home.
Grestle’s daughter is Juanita Abell of Lebanon.
Grestle had two brothers and one sister, two of whom died in 1904 and the last who died in 1913. She had another brother, Sim Van Buren Richardson, born in 1899, who died in 1967, and two other sisters, Lassie (Richardson) Ogletree, born in 1896, who died in 1965, and Bessie (Richardson) Bittner, born in 1907, who died in 1997.
Grestle is presently in the Colonial Rehab/Nursing Home in Bardstown. She attended the boarding school that was located on Preston Street in Livingston, Tenn., in the 1920s. Her family moved to Akron, Ohio sometime in the 1920s, where she met her husband.