HASKELL LETT. Occupying a conspicuous place among the citizens of Jackson County who are rendering capable and conscientious service to their respective communities in positions of importance and responsibility is Haskell Lett, postmaster of the thriving City of Seymour. A member of a family which came to Indiana in 1824, he is of pure Revolutionary stock, which traces its ancestry back to Colonial Virginia. For many years he followed the profession of veterinary surgery, at one time being deputy state veterinarian, and during a long period has been a Republican party leader in the state.
Haskell Lett was born July 30, 1887, on a farm in Jennings County, Indiana, a son of Dr. William S. and Maude (Wilson) Lett. The Lett family originated in England, whence the first American ancestors came to this country in early Colonial times and took up their residence in Virginia, and from that colony enlisted Gen. Daniel Lett, who won distinction as an officer in General Washington’s army during the War of the Revolution. He was the father of the great-grandfather of Haskell Lett, Daniel Lett, who came to Indiana from Kentucky with his family in 1827 and took up patents in Marion Township, Jennings County, where he passed the remainder of his life in the development of his property and was a man of substantiality and high character. His son, Fielding Lett, was born Owen County, Kentucky, and was a youth when he accompanied the family to Indiana. He received a public school education and was reared to the pursuits of agriculture, in which he continued to be occupied during the remainder of his life, his property, consisting of some 2,000 acres, being mainly in Marion Township. He also took an interest in stock raising and shipping, and in 1835 was one of the constructors of the Madison Northern Railway. Mr. Lett first married Miss Diana Hoagland, and his second wife, Sarah Jane, was a member of the well-known Applegate family. William S. Lett, the father of Haskell Lett, was born in Jennings County, and spent the greater part of his active career on his farm, in addition to practicing veterinary surgery, a field in which he is still widely known. He married Miss Maude Wilson, a native of Jennings County, and they became the parents of four children.
Haskell Lett attended the public schools of Jennings County, following which he pursued a course at the Chicago Veterinary College, from which he was graduated with the class pf 1909, receiving the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. In that year he commenced practice at Seymour, where he built up a large and profitable business, to which he gave his entire attention until the time of his appointment to the postmastership in 1922. He was again appointed to this office December 22, 1926, and has given his community the best of service, making numerous and lasting improvements in the service that have commended themselves to the people served by the Seymour office. From 1917 until 1919 Mr. Lett served in the office of deputy state veterinarian, and then was made a member of the Live Stock Sanitary Commission for the State of Indiana, remaining on this board until 1921. During this period he likewise was a member of the State Veterinary Examiners Board and president of that body, and during the war era was a member of various committees in the sale of bonds, stamps, etc. Doctor Lett is a member of the Presbyterian Church, a Mason and a Republican in politics. He was Republican city committee chairman in 1916, township chairman in 1917 and county chairman in 1918 and again in 1920, and in the latter year was elected delegate from the Fourth District to the Chicago National Convention of 1920.
Mr. Lett married in 1909 Miss Ethel Louise Klemme, who was born in Pike County, Illinois, and they have no children.
INDIANA ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT