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Hartford Michigan and Keeler Michigan
Through the years

Al's Cab - during the 1950s.
Atlas Pool Room and Stag Club - 1920s. Corner of Main & S. Maple Str,  Hartford...kitty-corner from Ely Park. 
Bachman's Welding Shop - North Center Street.
Bookstore News Stand.
Burnette Castings Co. of Keeler, Cookware of America, Burnette Farms and Canning Co.- Changes from 1932  
Clarks Drug Store - Main Street
Duncombe and  Son Groceries and Meats - Keeler    August 1915
Electric Light and Power Company - Hartford    established circa 1910-1920
Ely Park - the origin of a community centerpiece in 1930.
Four Winds Hartford - Major employer comes to Hartford in 2011.
Friday Tractor Company, 1948  - 1993.  Article and photos published in October, 2000 edition of Gas Engine Magazine
Fruit Exchange
Gifford Co.; Kirchen & Giffords Co.; Gifford Inc; Gifford Wreath Co. 1915 - 1968 (work in progress)
Green Lantern Restaurant
Grocery Store
Hardings Friendly Market - 1963 to present.  Fifty-year celebration in 2013.
Hartford Greenhouses - Leland (Lee) and Edith Davis 1911-1946
Hartford Telephone Office in the mid-1930s
Heart Theater, also known as the State Theater.
Doc. Hinkley, Dentist 1912 -
McFarland Fruit Stand, Vickie McFarland Pies
Main Street Photos (large photos - loads slowly)
Maple Meadow Dairy - 1930s.  Owned by Guy Matthews.
Marquette Hotel  a.k.a. The Park Hotel
The Olds Hotel aka The Hartford House  - view photos of the fire 4-9-2004
   New photo added of Hartford House in 1902
Riverview Equipment and Bait.  Owned by Larry and Lois Blyly.
Rudell Brothers - Ready Mix Cement  1946 - 1970
Rudell Real Estate, owned and operated by Bernice Rudell 1974 to 2000.
Sunset Auto Drive-in Theater 1948-present.  Herald Palladium article of 8-8-2010
Train Depot
Van Liere Shoe Shop, George Harley's Saloon (1877), Kitzmillers Battery Shop, F.W. Hubbards
Van Lierop Bulb Grower
Glenn (Toppy) Walling's Bicycle Shop  (original photo found!)
Zordan Mint Distillery

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A Pictorial History of Hartford, Michigan
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Revised: March 02, 2015