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Mrs. Mary Shaw
– wife of Alexander P. Shaw, died at the family home on Bernard
street last Saturday [September 21, 1918] after a long illness,
at the age of 69 years.
Mrs. Shaw, whose maiden name was Mary Jane Manley, was
born in Hartford on January 23, 1849, and had spent her entire
life here with the exception of a residence of 18 years in North
In 1872 she was united in marriage with Alexander Shaw.
To them were born four children, one daughter dying about 23
years ago. She is survived by the husband and three sons,
Ernest LeRoy of Caldwell, Idaho, and Frank E. and Wanzo M. of
Sheldon, North Dakota. She also leaves one brother, Oscar
Manley of Hartford.
Mrs. Shaw was the oldest member of the Hartford
Methodist church, with possibly a single exception, and was one
of its faithful members. She was also a leading member of
the Woman’s Relief Corps and was for several terms its presiding
officer, and also an active member of the Rebekahs. In all
of these capacities she was ever doing what she could to hasten
the betterment of society.
For a number of years she has been in poor
health, suffering excruciatingly from an incurable disease.
She leaves with her sorrowing family a wide circle of friends,
but they with the entire community are left an inestimable
legacy in the memory and influence of genuine Christian
Funeral services for her were attended at the home at
10:30 Monday morning. Rev. N. P. Tedrick officiating, and
interment took place at Maple Hill.
Published in the Hartford Day Spring
on Wednesday, September 25, 1918.
– After a lingering illness George Harley, one of Hartford’s
oldest residents, died at the family home on east Main Street
last Friday [September 20, 1918] morning at the age of 88 years.
Mr. Harley was born at Stonehaven, Scotland, October 5,
1830. When three years of age he crossed the Atlantic with
his parents, coming to New York and later moving to Ohio where
he received his public school education, later graduating from
an academy there.
At 16 years of age he came to Hartford and had resided
here up to his death. In 1877 he was married to Mary
Fitzpatrick of Hartford, and to this union were born three sons,
Irva of Chicago and Lee and Edison of Hartford. Besides
the wife and sons he is survived by one brother Will Harley of
Grand Rapids, and a sister, Mrs. Jennie Bruzzell of Detroit.
During his long residence in Hartford Mr. Harley became
well known and was universally spoken of as a devoted husband
and father and a king and generous man who was ever ready to
lend his aid to anyone in need.
Funeral services for him were held at the family Sunday
afternoon, Rev. J. Craig Mathews officiating and interment was
made at Maple Hill.
Published in the Hartford Day Spring, Wednesday, September 25,
Clarence Guy Woodward – was
born at Walton Junction, Michigan, May 4, 1886, and departed
this life at Hartford, Michigan, September 18, 1918, after a
lingering illness at the early age of 32 years.
The greater part of his early life was spent in Benton
Harbor, Michigan where he was married to Carrie Smith, September
16, 1905. Two sons, Walter and Earl were born to this union,
who survive him.
In June, 1616, he enlisted in Co. C, 3rd Illinois
Volunteers and was stationed at San Antonio, Texas. Doing well
in the service he was promoted to corporal but his soldier life
was cut short by ill health and he was finally mustered out
February, 1917. His illness continued but he lived through it
with a cherished hope that some day he would be strong enough to
rejoin his comrades in arms and be with them in the mighty
struggle for world peace and contentment. This hope was doomed
to be blasted for the Great Angel of Death came and spoke peace
to his soul.
His friends in loving memory speak of him as a splendid
workman, a good companion with a kind and sympathetic nature, a
dutiful boy, kind and loving to his aging mother and father.
He leaves to mourn his loss, a wife, two sons, a
father, a mother, one brother, H. E. Woodward of Joliet, Ill.,
three sisters, Mrs. C. I. Peapples and Mrs. D. L. Northrup of
Dowagiac, and Miss Lena Woodward at home.
Published in the Hartford Day Spring, Wednesday, September 25,
Jonathan Lewis Hewitt,
son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hewitt, was born in Hartford, Van Buren
county, Michigan, on the eleventh day of April, 1900. The
greater part of his life was spent in Hartford where he entered the
high school in 1916. Upon moving to Dowagiac, his school work
was resumed in the Dowagiac high school, but was obligated to leave
because of failing health, in January, 1918.
Since August 5, he had been at the home of his
grandfather, George Hewitt, of Coloma, Mich., where his death
occurred Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 1918 after a brief illness of
He was an obedient son, a kind and loving brother, and
bore his suffering patiently until the end which no one dreamed was
so near. To mourn his loss he leaves his parents, one sister,
Mrs. Bernice Hewitt, and four brothers, Thomas, Clayton, Lawrence
and Kenneth Hewitt. His mission in this life was fulfilled in
18 years, 5 months and 6 days. The profusion of beautiful
floral offerings bespoke of the esteem in which he was held by the
best of friends. Funeral services were held from the home of
his grandparents, Sept. 19, conducted by Rev. W. H. Fuller, pastor
of the Congregational church.
Published in the Hartford Day Spring, Wednesday, September 25, 1918.
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