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Dr. Leo F. Latus, an osteopath here for 35 years and twice mayor of Hartford, died Saturday [October 27, 1962] noon at his home on E. Main St.  He had been in ill health for several years.
     Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Conception church, with the Rev. Fr. Robert Stockwell officiating. The rosary was said at 8 p.m. Monday at the Calvin chapel.  Burial was in Maple Hill cemetery.
     Dr. Latus was born at Chicago [May 10, 1900], the youngest of 13 children.  The family moved to a farm near Rush lake when he was two years old.  He was graduated from Hartford high school in 1918 and from Chicago College of Osteopath in 1925. Illness forced him to retire from practice in 1960.
     He married Rosaline Boland here on Sept. 10,1927.
     It was while Dr. Latus was serving as mayor the first time that Hartford’s sewer system was built during the depression. He again served as mayor in the late 1940’s, compiling a total of 12 years in that post. He also had served on the Village council and the Board of Education.
     Dr. Latus was a member of Immaculate Conception church, the Holy Name society, the Knights of Columbus at Watervliet, the Elks lodge at Benton Harbor and belonged to national, state, and regional osteopathic societies.
     Surviving besides his wife are four sons, Thomas, also an osteopath of Muskegon, Peter of Three Rivers and Leo J. and Robert; three daughters, Mary Ellen Learner of Cuyahoga Falls Oh., Frances DelPizzo of Louisville Colo., and Alive; a sister Mrs. John P. Ryan, and 23 grandchildren..
Carl D. Olds, 68, of Lawrence, owner of the Olds grocery store in Hartford for many years, died Friday [July 6, 1962] in Bronson hospital, Kalamazoo.
     Mr. Olds was born Aug. 10, 1893, in Hartford, the son of Clarence and Carrie Olds.  He married the former Katherine Kinnine, June 6, 1915.
     Survivors include his widow; two sons, Robert of North Muskegon and Tom of Hartford; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Louise Marcopulos of Grosse Point; a sister, Mrs. Louise Wilkinson of Paw Paw; and seven grandchildren.
     Requiem high Mass will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Catholic church of Hartford, of which he was a member. The Rev. Fr. Francis Bowen, pastor, will serve as celebrant.
     Burien will be in Maple Hill cemetery.
     The Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Sunday in the Calvin funeral home here.

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