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Fifty Years, Dies
Stricken With Fatal Heart
At His Village Home
Victim of a sudden heart attack
while feeding his chickens at his North
Center street home about five o’clock Wednesday [December 7,
1938] afternoon, Hollan L, Gifford, 84, for 40 years a Hartford
blacksmith and wagonmaker, dropped dead in his dooryard.
His body was found by members of the household who went to look
for him when he failed to return promptly.
Funeral rites for him were held at the Zuver & Calvin chapel
Saturday afternoon, the Rev, John H. Balfour of Imlay City, a
former pastor here, officiating. Burial was in Maple Hill
cemetery beside the grave of his wife, the former Mary E.
Murphey, to whom he was married in Plainwell in 1878 and who
died at the home here on December 17, 1932.
Mr, Gifford was born [September 24, 1854]
in Lorain, N.Y., but came to Michigan with his parents
when he was 11 years of age. The family settled at Lansing but
later removed to Plainwell.
The veteran blacksmith operated a shop at Lawrence for two years
before he came to Hartford 45 years ago and acquired a
blacksmith and wagon shop on North Center street which he
operated for 40 years. He retired a few years ago, but had
continued in good health, working about his home and being a
familiar figure on the streets. He was long and active
member of the local Odd Fellow lodge.
Surviving him are two sons and a daughter. They are Guy Gifford,
president of the Kirchen & Gifford company of Hartford and
member of the village council, Mrs. Bird Gleason of Benton
Harbor and Monroe Gifford of Ensign, Mich, another daughter,
Maude, died many years ago at the age of 15. He also
leaves two grandsons, Lee and Harlan Gifford, and a great
grandson, Charles Gifford, all of Hartford.
John E. Peterson
was born January 13, 1859, in Danville, Illinois, and died May
27, 1938, at the age of 79.
The first years of his wife were spent at Danville and
then his family moved in a covered wagon to South Haven,
Michigan. The new home was in virgin timber, but they were true
pioneers and knew all of the prevations and hardships that fall
on such. On April 11, 1895, he married Miss Florence J. Mattice
of Coloma, Michigan. To them were born four children, three of
whom are still living. Laura May was born October 11, 1896, and
died September 11, 1899; Ralph M. was born November 9, 1901 and
Harold J. and Herbert R. were born July 29, 1904.
The family then left South Haven and spent a short time
in New Mexico, Illinois, Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Galesburg,
Michigan. Leaving Galesburg in the Spring of 1913 they came to
Beaverton and have lived here since except for
six months in 1920 spent
in Hartford, Michigan. Mr. Peterson was an inverate
farmer and was happiest when engaged in planting gardens, farm
corps and trees, and watching them grow and come to fruit.
He belonged to no church but was always loyal to his family and
friends and tried to bear with those who disagreed. He was
buried in Lakeview cemetery in the city of South Haven
overlooking that beautiful body of water named after the
Commonwealth he loved so well.
His wife, Florence, and his sons, Ralph an Herbert, live on the
farm three miles southeast of Beaverton. Harold, his wife and
little daughter live at 645 Piper St., Flint. He leaves one
niece, Mrs. May Rich, of South Haven, and a
host of friends.
As published in the Gladwin County
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