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Caroline McCotterFuneral services for Mrs. Caroline McCotter were Sunday at the Zuver and Calvin chapel with the Rev. William Goltz officiating, and with members of the Order of Eastern Star also taking part in the service.
     Mrs. McCotter had been a resident of Hartford for 50 years.  Her husband, George McCotter, died in 1911.
     She was born Caroline DePlanty, the daughter of Napoleon and Caroline DePlanty, January 31, 1857, in Grand Rapid.  She died at her home here last Thursday evening, January 31, Mrs. McCotter would have been 86 years of age.
     Mrs. McCotter was a member of the Hartford chapter of the Order of Eastern Star.
     Ten children were born to the McCotters, six of them preceding their mother in death.  The four surviving are Dr. Rollo McCot of Ann Arbor, Ray of Hartford, Ralph of Yakima, Washington , and Mrs. Elizabeth Beattie of Paw Paw.  A brother, James, and a sister, Cora, were both Hartford residents.

Published in the Hartford Day Spring, January 13, 1943 

Erva C. Mort – Typhoid fever was given as the cause of the death of Erva Charles Mort, 45, well-known, Hartford owner of Mort’s Feed Line, wholesale dealer in feeds for farm stock.
     Mr. Mort died Monday morning, January 11, 1943, at Mercy hospital, Benton Harbor, where he had been confined for five weeks. Funeral services, are at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon, at the Zover and Calvin chapel. The Rev. Charles Bowles, Saugatuck, an old friend of the Mort family, will officiate.  Burial will be in the Stevens Cemetery north of Kibbie.
     Mr. Mort was born April 22, 1897 at Casco, Michigan and came to Hartford, 13 years ago, from a farm near Keeler. Before moving to Hartford, he had always been a farmer. After working for Clare Clover for three years, Mr. Mort went into the feed business Alone.
     He married Myrtle Hughes at Pullman, January 5, 1916.
     Besides his wife he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Suzie Mort Trudell, Pullman, two sons, J. R. and Ray both of Hartford; one daughter Florabelle, at home, two brothers, Neil, South Haven, and John, Osceola, Indiana; one sister, Goldie Hoyt, Pullman; and two grandsons, Joseph and Robert, sons of J. R.

Published in the Hartford Day Spring, January 13, 1943 
Marion W. Roche – Funeral services for Marion /w. Roche were at the Zuver and Calvin funeral home last Friday afternoon, with the Rev. Norman Clapp, pastor of the Federated Church officiating.  Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery.
     Mr. Roche died at his home in Hartford, Thursday, January 7.  He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, January 7, 1880, of French-Canadian parents.  Most of his life was spent in Canada.
     In early life he had studied for the priesthood at the St Boniface school but left there at the age of and for many years managed an electrical service business.  In 1920 he married Elizabeth Brodie.
     Surviving him besides Mrs. Roche are two step-daughters, Mrs. Jean Morris and Mrs. Irene Patevaude, and one grandchild, Pvt. Sonnie Morris of the United States marines.

Published in the Hartford Day Spring, January 13, 1943 
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