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Gene Ansteth Dies at Nearby Rail Crossing

Fast Freight Hits Car; Many Schoolmates Attend Funeral Rites.

omas 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 snowstorm.

Engineer 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 died instantly.
Funeral 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.

     The high 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.

     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 later.
     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, Helen, passed away in 1937.

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