Frequently Asked Questions
Question: I would like to pass this site
information on to friends and classmates, but do not know how this is
From Wallace Haight 9/3/2002
|Thank you for asking,
Wally. An easy way is to go up to the top row of icons (File
Edit View Insert
Format, etc). Left click with your mouse to select FILE, then SEND,
then PAGE BY EMAIL (to send the entire page you are on) or LINK BY
EMAIL (to send only a link to the page). When your email program
opens up, the internet address will automatically appear in the body of your
email. Then, select the names from your addressbook that you
would like to send the page or site to.
Another way is to go to the page you want to send, put your mouse up in the
ADDRESS section (the long white horizontal internet address box near the top
portion of the page) and copy the address, then paste it into your email
program. If the address is NOT already highlighted, put your mouse at
the right end of the address, left click, hold and slide the mouse all the
way to the left side of the address, which usually starts out http:// (make
sure you highlight ALL of the address). After the address is
highlighted, right click and COPY it into your email message body.
Another way is by copying and pasting this web address
www.hartfordmichigan.com into the body of an
email. After arriving at the site, clicking on the Hartford History
icon that appears on the left side of the screen for the Hartford
Business Association website.
You may also copy this icon
Put your mouse on the icon, right click, COPY, then open your
email program, right click and paste the icon into the message
body of your email
to your friends. The Hartford History icon contains a direct
link to the web site is conveniently placed in the footing of every page so
you’ll always know where to find it.
Question: When I print out a page from the
website, the pictures on the right side of the paper are cut off. How
can I get the entire picture to print. From
Mary Thornburg 3-15-04
Answer: Many (not all)
pages on this site are wider than the normal size 8 1/2 x 11 paper.
Depress the print button to print the page you want, then select landscape
mode, instead of portrait. This turns your paper sideways and your
entire page and photos should print out correctly.
Following are frequently asked
questions about the creation of the History of Hartford website
1. Where did you get the idea to start the History of Hartford
From one of my customers who was
researching his grandfather back to the Civil War. Although his
information was not posted on the internet, he was documenting
everything to be passed on to his family. If he had not done this, his
family history probably would have been lost when he died in 2001.
I felt that gathering and posting Hartford’s history onto the internet would be an excellent way for everyone to
learn about Hartford’s historic past and to make it accessible to the
widest range of viewers, no matter their age nor where they lived.
Quite often, historic photos and documents are thrown out when a person
dies. If people and places in photos aren’t identified by some means,
the younger generation doesn’t know who the people or places are and will
most likely throw the photos away, as it has no meaning to them.
Thus, much of our history is lost. If we teach our children about the
people and impressive heights they achieved in the early days of our
communities, they will appreciate our past. If they have no knowledge
of our beginnings, how can they truly understand that they can shape their
own destiny in our history?
2. Do you get paid for work on the website?
No, I volunteer all my time and talents to this lifetime
3. Do you have any sponsors?
No – none.
4. Are you affiliated with any historical or any
No, this is an independent endeavor.
5. Do you have any help
working on the site? On the actual posting and creation of
the website – NO. However, I have several wonderful people in the
community, as well as those who have accessed the site from long distances,
who volunteer to share their gems or to track down information for the
site. That is of tremendous help to me, as quite often, the legwork
of researching and flushing out the information takes a tremendous of time and
that would severely limit the amount of information that could actually put
on the site. I wouldn’t physically have the time needed to research
AND work on the website.
6. What computer education did you need to pursue
before starting the website? No formal training, just a
desire to learn with hands-on trial and error experience…learn by doing
is the best way for me.
7. What computer programs do
you use to create the website? Microsoft Front Page, Paint Shop Pro, Adobe Photo Dx-Business Edition (old
program, but it has the best
editing features for detailed modifications or restorations of photographs), Photo Studio 2000, and MS Outlook
8. Why did you choose to
highlight Hartford’s military?
I go to Ely Park to the
Memorial Day service and read names on the military memorials, then I walk
away knowing no more than when I started that day. Each year is the
same….I decided to learn more about the folks from our
community who served in the military. It bothered me that I didn’t learn
of them during school. I am thrilled at what I’ve found and wanted to share
it with our community so they would see what heroes Hartford and Keeler produced through the years.
9. What are your resources for creating the
History of Hartford website?
from former Hartfordites and Keeler folk who have heard about or visited
the website and wanted to share their photo albums and scrapbook memories.
Plain, ordinary citizens who have turned out to be not-so-plain and not-so-ordinary,
wonderful people who just wanted to reminisce and share what they
remembered about their early days as youth in Hartford and
Keeler. Although many photos have been viewed by earlier generations, many
never been seen by anyone else other than the family member who put them
into their albums. Our local historians have been wonderful to share
Why are you doing the business, or commercial,
aspects of Hartford through the Hartford
Chamber of Commerce? Because I feel
Hartford needs a central place to list business ventures, local events, and
the talents of our local people that are available but not readily known.
It wasn’t being done in an easily accessible way and our community holds a
lot of talent that is bypassed to other communities. The website is
not only available to our community, but also to perspective visitors from
across the US and throughout the world.
11. How long do you expect to
be working on the website?
Most likely the rest of my
life. I love doing this and know that it will probably take that long to
gather and publish the cherished treasures of Hartford’s past. History
is made every day in our local community by ordinary folks…much of which
probably won’t be greatly appreciated until a few years down the road.
Everyone seems to enjoy coming back for a visit…now they can do it at any
time, day or night and from their own home computer, at school, or the
local library…no matter where they reside. The website seems to have a way of connecting family
and friends as they reminisce and share their past.
12. Why aren’t all the links accessible on the left menu?
Links that are not underlined are areas that I intend to
cover sometime in the future. Hartford has a lot of history and new
items are added to the site frequently. Since this is a lifetime
project and will never be completely finished, information will be added as
it becomes available or whenever someone submits historic information about
Hartford. Some topics will take more research than others, especially
those with no previous newspaper documentation. If there is a
particular subject that is requested and someone submits information on
that topic, it will be posted to the website quicker than a topic that
requires more intense research.
13. What should I do if I find a link somewhere on the website
that doesn’t work? Some links may not have transferred over
properly when I moved the website to it’s present location. I appreciate
being told about broken links so I can correct them.
Click here to send me an email.
14. What if I find an error or something that is incorrect on the
website? I appreciate being told about errors or incorrect
information so a correction can be made.
Click here to send me an email.
Emma Thornburg Sefcik
History of Hartford website