A Pictorial History of Hartford Michigan
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Charles A. Spaulding -
     A History of Hartford
-153 pgs.
Katherine Minshall -
     Early History of Hartford
     and Lawrence
12 pgs.
Eli Fayette Ruggles    
     Recollections of A Busy Life
- circa 1904
History of Berrien & Van
     Buren Co's, Michigan -
     With Illustrations and 
     Biographical Sketches of
     Prominent Men and Pioneers

     published in 1880.

History of Hartford compiled
     in 1953-54 by HHS Class of 1958
     during 8th grade.

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The Thomas Mansion was completed in 1936
(click here to see original 1936 photo)

The photo above was taken in the fall of 2000 by Emma Sefcik

Adorned in the splendor of fall beauty, the Thomas Mansion is a welcoming site on your return home for a virtual visit to Hartford, Michigan. Anyone who ever lived in or passed through our rural community quickly recognizes the mansion as it greets homefolk and visitors to Hartford. Modern day Chicago-to-Detroit travelers catch a glimpse of the mansion's majestic beauty as they pass by on a busy I-94 highway about 1/2 mile away. Construction on the 20-room mansion started in 1936 and was completed in 1936. A remarkable focal point of our heritage for generations, the mansion remains an awesome portrait in the history of Hartford.

Click on the links below to read other historic news articles about the mansion when it first became part of the History of Hartford:

May 20, 1936 - Thomas Mansion Article - Quicksand
November 3, 1936 - P.A. Thomas Home at Hartford will be Southwest Michigan Show Place
March 17, 1937 - Leaders of Jersey Cattle Industry Are Guests of Dr. P.A. Thomas Here
August 10, 2008 - Hartford Mansion becomes group home

Click here for a beautiful walk in the woods




Daniel Lightner in WW1- 1917 - Hartford Michigan Visit the special photo gallery
of local
Military heroes
The Hartford High School
Graduate Database

now complete
1883 - 201

Special Photo of
Daniel Lightner
in 1917 during WW1


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A Pictorial History of Hartford, Michigan
Emma Thornburg Sefcik,
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Revised: January 04, 2016