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Harley George, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Zell Carroll, was born April 11, 1913, in Hartford, Mich., and died in the Butterworth hospital at Grand Rapids, Mich. January 29, 1914.  His sickness
was of short duration. 
     He leaves to mourn his loss a father, mother, two grandmothers, two grandfathers and a number of other relatives and friends.  
     Little Harley was an affectionate child and will be greatly missed in his home by all that new him.  He was nine months and eighteen days of age. 
     The funeral was conducted by Rev. J. H. Brown at the home of the grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. George Hinkle, last Saturday with interment in the Lawrence cemetery.

Published in the Hartford Day Spring on February 4,1914.

Mrs. Susan A. Elder was born at Meadville, Pa., May 28, 1853, and died in Hartford Mich., Jan. 21,1914, at the age of 60 years,7 months and 24 days.
     Her maiden name was Susan Espy and she was married to D.C. Green, at Galien, Mich., in 1870.  To this union two children were born and survive, Mrs. Alma Lawson and N.E. Green of Kansas. Mr. Green died in 1884 and his wife was married to Robert Elder, at Wichita, Kansas, April 21,1886.  Two children were born to them and one of these, Mrs. Mary English, of New Troy, Mich., survives her mother.
     Besides her husband she also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Mary Corwin of Niles, Mich., and Mrs. Helen Kaley of Freeport, Kansas, and two brothers, John Espy of Niles, and D.A. Espy of Vandalia, Mich.
     Mr. and Mrs.  Elder moved here and settled on the Parks farm, three years ago, and during that time she had made many friends here.  She united with the Church of Christ in Hartford, May 21, 1911, having been a Christian for more than 25 years.  She lived and died in the hope that is in Christ Jesus.
     Funeral services were conducted at the home, Friday, Jan. 23, at 3 o’clock, Rev. James A. Brown officiating.  Saturday the body was taken to Galien for burial.

Published in the Hartford Day Spring on January 28,1914.

Halo (Woodward) Barden was born in Hartford, Michigan December 29,1890, and died in her home in Watervliet, Wednesday, January 7,1914 being twenty years and nine days old.
     She was married to Don Bardon, of Watervliet, April 10,1910.  From this happy union one little boy was born, Donald, whom this affliction leaves motherless.  She leaves a father, a mother, two brothers, three sisters, the little son Donald, and an affectionate and devoted husband, to mourn their loss.
     She united with the Congregational church at Benton Harbor, a number of years ago, and never entirely gave up her faith, as was evidenced by her grasp upon Jesus when she realized that death was near.  She seemed to delight to sing Gospel hymns, and only a few minutes before she passed away she used her little strength in singing , "We Are Going Home."
     Although during her short illness she suffered great pain, the pain ceased toward the last and she passed quietly and peacefully away with a smile upon her lips.
     The funeral services were held at the Congregational church in Watervliet, conducted by Rev. F.L. Niles.  That she was held in high esteem was evidenced by the very large congregation of sympathizing friends who attended the services.  The interment was in the cemetery near that village.

Published in the Hartford Day Spring on January 14,1914.
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