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Gene Ansteth Dies at Nearby Rail Crossing
Fast Freight Hits Car; Many Schoolmates Attend Funeral Rites.
Eugene (Gene) Ansteth, popular Hartford high school sophomore
and 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ansteth, 22 W.
Shepherd, was killed Saturday [November 3, 1945] when a car he
was driving was struck by a Pere-Marquette freight train at a
grade crossing at Stoughton’s corners.
The accident occurred a 12:55
p.m. in what Mary E. Thomas, who lives near the crossing and
witnessed the accident, told state police was a blinding
TRAIN TRAVELING FAST
Fred Nowland, Grand Rapids, told state police of the Paw Paw
post that the train, No 52, bound for Chicago, was traveling
40 to 45 mile and hour when it struck the car. No one was
held and no inquest was ordered. The youth was returning to
Hartford after visiting the home of Carleton Winch, a
classmate. He was driving his father’s car.
The car was smashed
into a number of pieces which were scattered along the track
for about 1,500 feet. The victim’s body was thrown out of the
car by the impact and found about 100 feet from the track. He
services were held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Conception
Catholic church, following rosary prayers at the Ansteth home
at 8 p.m. Monday. The Rev. Fr. Julius Bona officiated at the
services and burial was at Maple Hill cemetery.
school football team and sophomore class, of which Gene was a
member, attended the services in a body. Pallbearers were
Maurice Miller, Larry Blyly, Carleton Winch, Leo J. Latus,
Richard Frontczak and Gordon Mackintosh, all schoolmates.
Born Dec. 11, 1929, Gene had
lived at Hartford all his life. He is survived by his parents
and an older brother, Cleo, who was graduated from Hartford
high school last year and now is studying music at Chicago
while awaiting a call to military service.
Gene was president of
his high school class last year. This fall he was chosen by
popular vote of all the boys in the high school as a
representative on the community education council.
Playing both basketball and
football, he won a backfield berth on the varsity football
squad this year and with an excellent passing performance in
the Cassopolis and Paw Paw games this year was headed for a
regular position on next year’s team.
PLAYED SOLO CLARINET
He played both the clarinet
and saxophone and had been a member of the high school band
since he was in the sixth grade. For the last two years, he
had held the solo chair in the clarinet section. In the last school year he
played in his brother’s dance orchestra, which was reorganized
this year under leadership of Larry Blyly and Gene.
Transcribed from original
Hartford Day Spring article.
Edward M. Zuver –
funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday for Edgar M.
Zuver, 74, veteran Hartford undertaker.
Mr. Zuver, who had been in the undertaking business
here for 42 years, had been living at Hotel Vincent, Benton
Harbor. He was taken ill there at 4 a.m. Monday. Removed to
St. Joseph sanitarium, he died [March 5, 1945] a short time
Born at Pioneer, Ohio., April 6, 1870, Mr. Zuver was
the son of J. L. and Mathilda Zuver. When he was a young boy
his family moved to Montecalm county, Mich., later to Grand
Traverse county, and then to Berrien county. Mr. Zuver
worked with his father at Coloma. When he came to Hartford 42
years ago, he entered the employ of Charles Myers. For the
last 2 years, Mr. Zuver had been associated with J. L. Calvin
in the Zuver Calvin Funeral Home.
Surviving are his wife, Grace, a sister, Mrs. Edith
Calvin, Covert, and several nieces and nephews.
Services were conducted at the Zuver and Calvin chapel by the
Rev. Norman Clapp and the Rev. Lester Clough. Burial was in
Maple Hill cemetery.
The Hartford Day Spring, Thursday, March 8, 1945,
Edward’s previous wife,
passed away in 1937.
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