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Charles A. Spaulding -
A History of Hartford
- 153 pgs.
Katherine Minshall -
Early History of Hartford and
Eli Fayette Ruggles
Recollections of A Busy Life
- circa 1904
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.
Who are they?
Since the first classroom in 1837, taught by
Mrs. Martha Conklin, wife of Thomas Conklin, the education of the youth
of Hartford has been an important factor of our community. The first
school house was constructed of logs in the southwest part of the
township. There were 5 pupils in attendance and the school was taught
by Olive Poole, who received a salary of $1.25 per week.
In July, 1854, District #5 in the village was
organized and school was conducted in the home of Harvey Tomblin.
Andoinette Stoughten was the teacher for District #5. Two
years later, in 1857, the first school house in the village was erected
by William Shepard on the lot where the old Catholic Church now
The first graduating class of 1883 consisted of
one student, Dr. Eugene Ruggles and one teacher.
In 2002, our
public school system is the largest single employer in the community of
Hartford. Hartford alumni often return home as teachers,
with a large number of the support staff comprised of Hartford
residents. Senior citizens (many were also Hartford alumni) enjoy
working at the schools as tutors and mentors, bridging the path to
future generations. School buildings, grounds, and athletic fields
are well maintained and remain among the finest around. The
athletic facilities and equipment are top-notch.