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History of Berrien & Van Buren Counties Michigan
With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of
Prominent Men and Pioneers

Published by D.W. Ensign & Co.


This historic book contains information about the location of the land and conditions, Pottawatamie Indian occupation, formation of individual governments, schools, churches, social organizations, economic growth, names of businesses, names of early settlers, Village Incorporations, and much more.  All searchable content with Adobe Reader.  Adobe Reader is required to view these files.  If you do not have Adobe Reader, download the current version FREE from

The following communities were included due to the close proximity to Hartford and the intertwined beginnings between their people and towns. 

Very large .pdf files, but worth the wait if you have high-speed DSL or Cable.  Downloading with a 56k dialup modem is NOT recommended.  
Hartford - 15 pgs.      Keeler - 17 pgs.      Lawrence - 21 pgs.   Bangor - 23 pgs.
Watervliet-Coloma - 20 pgs


Pottawattamie presence in the area. 
View 2 interesting chapters under the Pottawattamie Section.




Special thanks to Roger Duncombe (HHS 1950) and Arlene Hurley Ward (HHS 1947) for sharing this wonderful resource that was passed down from each of their parents.  Roger's book is believed to be an original printing.  Arlene's book had a different cover, but the contents of the book appeared to be identical.          

Added to website 8-28-2009.


Information for this web site was gathered from personal interviews, newspaper articles, scrapbooks, personal photo albums, and other documented materials - many available to the public at the Hartford Public Library or Van Buren County Historical Museum.  Please report any typographical errors, updated information, or incorrectly stated information to the webmaster for correction.  Reprinting for personal and instructional purposes is permitted, however, unauthorized commercial reprinting of this information or unauthorized linking to photos-pictures on this site is strictly prohibited without written permission from the webmaster. 

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Revised: March 20, 2014