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Attacks Fatal to Philip Smith

     Philip Smith, 71, died at midnight Tuesday at his home on the east side of the village.  He had been a victim for the last few days of several heart attacks, one of which proved fatal.
     Born in Germany, he is survived by his wife, Pauline; two daughters; Mrs. Olive Kenney of Riverside Cal., and Miss Maxine Smith, at home; three sons, Walter of Benton Harbor, George of Chicago and Phillip, Jr., Texas.  Two brothers and two sisters also survive, Peter Smith in Kansas, Henry Smith of Michigan City, Ind., Mrs. Margaret McDonald, of Gary Ind., and Mrs. Katherine Hoff, Chicago.
     Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday from the Calvin chapel with the Rev. William F. Goltz, officiating.  Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery.

Transcribed from the October 2, 1947 Hartford Day Spring.


N. Groth Asphyxiated in Pennsylvania Cabin

Norbert George Groth, 24-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Groth, was killed by carbon monoxide poisoning Thursday night [October 1, 1947] as he slept in a Pennsylvania tourist cabin.
     Word of his death was received yesterday by his parents, who live in the Miles District east of Hartford.  He was driving an automobile transport truck for a Lansing firm and had completed one leg of his trip when he stopped for the night at a cabin camp at Lewiston, Pa.
     Before retiring, he turned on a gas heater in the cabin and neglected to open a window.  Lack of ventilation resulted in his death.
     A 1943 graduate of Hartford High School, Groth served in the navy for a year in World War 11.  He was a member of Stoddard post of American Legion here and a member of the Holy Name Society of Immaculate Conception church.
     Surviving besides his parents are two brothers, Henry and Kenneth, both at home and two sisters, Rita, at home, and Mrs. Wayne [Rose], also a Miles resident.
     The body is being returned to the Calvin chapel here tomorrow.  The rosary will be recited at the chapel at 8 p.m. tomorrow and requiem high mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception church.  Burial will be in Maple Hill cemetery.

Transcribed from the October 2, 1947 Hartford Day Spring.

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