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Van Moore Killed in
Hurled From Wrecked Car, Fatally Hurt
Laid In Field Four Hours Before Neighboring
Farmer Discovered Wreck
Funeral rites were
largely attended at the Zuver & Calvin chapel yesterday
afternoon for Van C. Moore, 31, well known Hartford man who died
at the St. Joseph sanitarium Saturday forenoon [9-18-1937] from
injuries he received in an auto crash at 3 o’clock Friday
morning. Local business houses were closed during the
funeral hour. The Rev. Wm. E. Goltz of Linden street conducted
the services. The rites were under the auspices of Florida
lodge, F. & A. M., of which the deceased was a member, the
Masonic funeral service being given by Edward W. Beatty, past
master of the local lodge. Burial was at Maple Hill cemetery.
The accident which cost the life of Mir. Moore,
lifelong resident of Hartford and a popular attendant at the
Wolverine Service station on East Main street, occurred at
Stoughten Corners, a mile and a half north of this village on
As a Good Samaritan act, Mr. Moore had assisted his
former neighbors, Mrs. Mary Coughlin and her sons, Leo and
Andrew, when their car stalled after midnight at the local
parking lot. He pushed the car until the motor started, and then
followed them to their home on the north town line to render
further assistance if needed.
Returning at 3 o’clock in the morning Mr. Moore failed
to make the slight curve at Stoughten Corners’, his car grazing
the mail box at the A. Casteels home. As he swerved to the left
to regain the road, the tire tracks indicated that his car
skidded across the macadam highway and struck the driveway at
the Mrs. Wm. Pitcher home. From there the car rolled over
three times and came to a stop in a bean field about 100 feet
from the highway. Mr. Moore was thrown through the top of the
car, his body being hurled about thirty feet from the car where
he slid some fifteen feet farther through the soft dirt of the
bean field. His dog, riding in the car with him, was killed and
its’ body was found about 20 feet away.
Mr. Moore lay, semi-conscious, in the field for nearly
four hours before his plight was discovered by Frank Jeschke,
who recently purchased the Harry Robertson farm east of
Stoughten Corners. Observing the prostrate form of the crash
victim shortly before 7 o’clock, Mr. Jeschke drove rapidly into
town and notified Deputy Glen Bigelow, who rushed to the scene,
and brought Mr. Moore to the offices of Dr. Eugene Williams
where it was determined that his injuries were critical. He was
taken immediately to the St. Joseph sanitarium in the Zuver &
Calvin ambulance. There it was discovered that he had
suffered a fractured shoulder, crushed ribs, broken leg, a
fracture at the base of the skull and internal injuries. He also
suffered from the exposure of lying four hours at the scene of
the wreck. He failed to rally and Monday night he was placed in
an oxygen tent at the sanitarium, but his injuries proved fatal
There were no witnesses to the accident and the cause
is not known. It may have been caused by a flat front tire,
found on the badly wrecked car, although in one of his conscious
moments after the crash Mr. Moore stated that he must have
fallen asleep at the wheel.
The deceased was born at the family homestead in Bangor
township, on the north Hartford town line, on April 28, 1906,
and had spent his entire life in this immediate section.
a graduate of Hartford high school with the class of 1925, and
during his school career was a star basketball and baseball
Mr. Moore is survived by his widow, the former Helen
Parker of Hartford, to whom he was married in October, 1928; his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vern C. Moore, a brother, David, local
high school student, a sister, Mrs. Lois Righter, and his
grandmother, Mrs. Esther Leach, all of Hartford.
Published in the Hartford Day Spring
Wednesday, September 22, 1937
Mrs. Helen Zuver
Despondent Over Illness, Ends
Rites To Be Held Friday For Well Known Social and Civic
Worker Despondent over ill health that had confined her to her
home on South Center street for a year and a half, Mrs. Helen M.
Zuver, 67, wife of Edgar M. Zuver, well known Hartford funeral
director, ended her life shortly after 9:30 Tuesday morning by
shooting herself through the head with a revolver. More than an
hour later a salesman, who was canvassing from house to house,
called at the door and discovered Mrs. Zuver lying on the
kitchen floor. He notified neighbors, who called J. L. Calvin of
the undertaking firm of Zuver and Calvin. Mrs. Zuver was
alone at the time, Mr. Zuver having gone to Watervliet on
business. The revolver was one that had been in the home for
thirty years. It had never been fired except on the night the
armistice was signed at the close of the world war, and its
presence about the premises wall all but forgotten.
In ill health for several years, Mrs. Zuver had failed
until she weighed only 70 pounds. She had been able to be about
the home part of the time, but was unable to pursue her
accustomed activities and her illness is thought to have
rendered her temporarily deranged. She left a note addressed to
her husband declaring her love for him and other members of her
family, but stating that she could not live longer.
Funeral rites for her will be held at the home on South
Center street at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon, the Rev. A. E.
Murphy of the Federated church officiating. Interment will be in
the family lot at Maple Hill cemetery.
Mrs. Zuver was born at Decatur, Mich., on January 28,
1870, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Codman. She
attended school in Decatur, but in her girlhood she came with
her parents to Hartford and finished her education in the local
school. Her father was long a merchant in this village.
Later the family moved to Muskegon, where Mrs. Zuver graduated
from business college and was employed for several years as
bookkeeper in one of Muskegon’s largest stores, and later by
Hartford business firms after the family returned here from
On December 31, 1902, she was married to
Edgar M. Zuver,
formerly of Coloma, who had established an undertaking business
in Hartford and they have since resided here continuously. Mr.
Zuver is now the senior member of the local undertaking firm of
Zuver and Calvin.
Mrs. Zuver was long active in local social and civic
affairs. For many years she was one of the leaders in the Ladies
Library association, the Hartford Women’s club, and Benevolence
chapter of the order of the Eastern Star. During the term of the
late Mrs. Emma Ocaboch, as grand worthy matron, Mrs. Zuver
served as grand organist of the Michigan grand chapter, O. E. S.
During the World War she took an active part in the liberty loan
campaign. In 1903 she became the second woman to be granted an
embalmers license in Michigan.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Zuver is survived by one
brother, William G. Codman of Glendale, Calif. Other surviving
relatives include a nephew, Glen Codman of Oakland, Calif, who
is now in Chicago on a business trip, and his mother, Mrs. Eva
Codman of Traverse City, who were called here by her death. Will
Wilmont of Benton Harbor, Albert Codman of Fulton, Mich., and
Shurrie Mapes of Oshtemo are cousins.
Throughout her long residence here, Mrs. Zuver was
popular in the social and civic circles in which she was active
as long as her health permitted and she had since retained her
interest in civic affairs. Among the people of the community she
commanded a wide circle of friends whose solicitations were
freely extended during her illness and whose sympathy extends to
the bereaved relatives.
The Hartford Day Spring, Wednesday, April 21, 1937
Pioneer Stricken Monday, Is Dead
Mrs. Patrick [Mary]
Carney, who crossed the Atlantic ocean from her
native Ireland to Boston in a sailboat voyage of seven weeks, is
dead at the home in which she has lived here for 53 years.
Mrs. Carney was ill only since Monday. Possessed of rich
Irish humor and philosophy, Mrs. Carney attended a dinner party
Sunday. On Monday she suffered a heart attack. Death followed
Thursday night [March 4, 1937].
Mrs. Carney was born 84 years ago last May 15 in County
Galloway, Ireland. When she was seven she and her mother came to
Boston to join her father, who had preceded them. The voyage in
a sailing vessel was a long and stormy one.
On April 5, 1872, the deceased married
Patrick Carney and
two years later they came to Michigan, taking a farm near
Hartford in the district known as the “Irish Settlement." Here
they remained until 1877 when they moved to a farm on the
outskirts of Hartford, where Mrs. Carney died. Mr. Carney, who
became a contractor, died four years ago.
Seven children were born to the couple, of whom six
survive. They are Mrs. Nellie Smith and Mrs. Mayme Clark of
Hartford and John and Will Carney and Mrs. Kate Sternaman of
Lawrence and Tim Carney of Bangor. A daughter, Mrs. Anna
Wilkinson, died in 1927.
Rites will be held at the Church of the Emaculate
Conception in Hartford next Monday morning, at an hour not yet
set. Burial will be in Maple Hill cemetery, Hartford.
Published in the Hartford Day Spring.
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