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ies in 1937
                                                           Hartford Michigan

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Van Moore Killed in Crash

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 highway 687.
     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 Saturday morning.
     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. He was a graduate of Hartford high school with the class of 1925, and during his school career was a star basketball and baseball player.
     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 Life.
     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 Muskegon.
     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


Hartford Community 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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