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Name: 
Emma Thornburg Sefcik
Where do you live now:  Hartford MI
When did you live in Hartford:  All my life, except when husband, Ron, was in service.
From the class of:  1966
Date:   28 Apr 2002
Time:  02:42 AM

Comments

Finding out about the history of our town has been a very memorable experience. Please enjoy your visit and let me know if you have historic items that should be added to the site. 
Click here to send me an email


Name:  Linda Rae Meagher Ament
Where do you live now:     Lawrence, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford:  1957 -1990
From the class of:  1966
Date:  29 Apr 2002
Time:   09:13 PM

Comments

I admire your title "Pearls in our Past", what a lovely thought, so many happy memories of Hartford and the lovely people who were born there, grew up there and took such pride in their hometown. I also admire the webmaster for her intelligence, hard work and Love for her fellowman (woman)...also her dedicated effort to assist her classmates (class of 1966) connected so many years later. The effort she has gone to , to allow us all to share the sacrifices our families and neighbors made when they went to war for all of us, giving us a means to say "Thank-You and we Love you for what you did for all of us to help keep us safe". Lovingly, Linda


Name:   samie ledyard
Where do you live now:   baroda
When did you live in Hartford:   never did only work in hartford
From the class of:
Date:    29 Apr 2002
Time:   09:51 PM

Comments

Just here to have fun and check out some wonderful lady's picture who I work with. Her name is Linda Meagher...and she's awesome.


Name:   Melba Allen Rhinehart
Where do you live now:   4 miles northeast of Hartford
When did you live in Hartford:  50 years in area
From the class of:  1953
Date:   01 May 2002
Time:  10:04 AM

Comments

Emma, this is a great project. I knew you could do it!


Name:  Charles Pinkney
Where do you live now:  Fairmount ND
When did you live in Hartford:
From the class of:
Date:  01 May 2002
Time:   01:41 PM

Comments

As Emma noted there is an historic link between Hartford and the city of Fairmount ND. Click here to see the Historic link between Hartford Michigan and Fairmount ND 1937. Thanks Emma for your contacting us.

Chas


Name:  Linda Joyce Glasgow Gray
Where do you live now:  Hartford
When did you live in Hartford:  1961 to present
From the class of:  1965
Date:  01 May 2002
Time:  01:55 PM

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Name:  George E. Thornburg
Where do you live now:  Kalamazoo Mi.
When did you live in Hartford:
 
From the class of:  1964
Date:  02 May 2002
Time:  10:18 AM

Comments

Great job done by my older sister.  Click here to send me an email   


Name:   Denise Matthews Sells
Where do you live now:  Hartford-next door to my old home
When did you live in Hartford:   1961-present
From the class of:   1979
Favorite website feature:   Military
Date:   04 May 2002
Time:  11:16:38 PM

Comments

Can't wait to see this continue to evolve-very exciting!


Name:   Lindsey Sells
Where do you live now:   Hartford - next to my grandmother
When did you live in Hartford:
From the class of:
Favorite website feature:   My picture with my grandfather Bonzi
Date:   05 May 2002
Time:   07:57:09 PM

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Name:   Tim Nyhuis
Where do  you live now?    Hartford
When did you live in Hartford:  
From the class of:
Favorite website feature: 
Date:  12 May 2002
Time:   09:04 AM

Comments

Have looked at just a few of the options on this site. I will come back. It looks great. Looking forward to seeing the church section when it is developed.

Tim


Name:   James A. Rhinehart (Jim)
Where do you live now?   Midland City, Al 
When did you live in Hartford?
From the class of:
Favorite website feature:
Date:   12 May 2002
Time:   05:57 PM

Comments

I just wanted to let you know I think this is an outstanding site.  I am Jim Rhinehart and live in Midland City, Alabama.  I work for Sony Corporation here.  Hartford is my hometown as it is (was) most of my relatives.  I saw my dad's picture along with his brothers (James W. Rhinehart) in the WW2 history section.  My dad was killed test flying a helicopter.  I think this is a really nice site design.  I see that you are looking for more historical pictures.  I'm am trying to find some as most of my aunts, uncles, grandparents, and parents were (are) from there in Hartford.  If I find any, I'll send them in.  Keep up the good work.  Again....this is a job "Well Done".

Additional comment added May 12th:

I'm trying to gather some information and pictures for you. I'm writing this on Mothers day and after taking my mother out for lunch I started thinking. My mom is from Hartford also. She was born in Grand Rapids. Why not include women in the historical section. My Mom is 80 and she can tell you some stories. I believe she worked in an aircraft factory or made aircraft parts during WW2. As you know these women were known as "Rosie Riviters". They helped keep this country going while the men were "over there" fighting. 

Jim Rhinehart


Name: Roy M. (Bud) & Marion L. (Kling) Davis
Where do you live now: Hartford, MI
When did you live in Hartford: For years...attended school here. 
School attended or graduated from: Both from HHS
You are from the class of: Bud-1942, Marion-1943
Your favorite feature of this web site: We've just discovered it....still exploring
How did you hear about the site: E-mail from Lois Latus
Date: May 19, 2002
Time: 11:02 PM

Comments

Marvelous idea. We really appreciate the effort that has gone into it already! We moved to Ann Arbor in 1966 and lived there until 1982 when we moved back. Have lived here since then except for traveling. Small towns have fallen on hard times. Perhaps Hartford was never as we remember it......but in our minds it will always be our town.....a good place in which to grow up.

Click here for our email address in Hartford.


Name: Barbara  (Latus) Oosterbaan
Where do you live now: Tucson, Arizona
When did you live in Hartford: 1953 - 1971
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1971
Your favorite feature of this web site: Potawatomi
How did you hear about the site: Leo & Lois Latus (parents)
Date: May 20, 2002
Time: 08:24 AM
 

Comments

Now living with many Native American cultures out in Arizona, it's an interesting comparison to read about the Potawatomi.


Name: Marcia Kay Rhinehart
Where do you live now: New Orleans, La
When did you live in Hartford: Born in 1948-Father  was James W. Rhinehart mother Opal Bernice Reed Rhinehart
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site: Pictures of my Dad and his brothers - Jack, Bob and Billy Rhinehart
How did you hear about the site: My brother Jim Rhinehart told me about it
Date: May 20, 2002
Time: 06:40 PM
 

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My family is from Michigan and I have really enjoyed reading all of the features. The site is wonderfully done and thoroughly enjoyable. I have several of my dad V-letters and will see about getting one scanned for you site. Thanks again it was great. Marcia Rhinehart


Name: Carol Matthews
Where do you live now: Hartford-next to my daughter
When did you live in Hartford: 1935-present
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1952
Your favorite feature of this web site: my husband Matt (Bonz)
How did you hear about the site: My granddaughter
Date: June 02, 2002
Time: 09:38 PM
 

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This is a very interesting. Please correct the spelling of my husband's nickname. The correct spelling is Bonz. This name was given to him by his father and is still carried out today.  But he was always Matt to me. Carol

Thank you, Carol. Glad you enjoyed the site.  Correction has been made to Bonz - thanks for calling it to my attention...Emma


Name: PEGGY (BISBEE) HARRIS
Where do you live now: HARTFORD,MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1938-1956
School attended or graduated from: HARTFORD
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site: PHOTOS
How did you hear about the site: TRI-COUNTY NEWSPAPER
Date: June 05, 2002
Time: 09:02 PM
 

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I MOVED TO MISSOURI IN 1972. I MOVED BACK TO HARTFORD IN 2001 AND I BOUGHT MY GRANDPARENTS, CLARENCE AND MURTLE BURR, OLD HOUSE. I AM HAPPY TO BE HOME.


Name: Richard Murl Wise
Where do you live now: P.O. Box 394,Watervliet, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 1940-43, 1952-59
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
You are from the class of: 1959
Your favorite feature of this web site: Town Folk
How did you hear about the site: Tri-City Record
Date: June 05, 2002
Time: 10:27 PM
 

Comments

I haven't looked at much yet but I am very pleased.


Name: Joanne H. Goodrich Duncombe
Where do you live now: Hartford, Mil
When did you live in Hartford: All my life
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: l950
Your favorite feature of this web site: All of it
How did you hear about the site: From my nephew
Date: June 07, 2002
Time: 09:39 AM
 

Comments

I'm enjoying all of it so far--it brings back many memories. I remember the Thomas Farms when Dr. Thomas invited the children of Hartford to swim in his pond in the woods. My sister, Jeanne Knapp, as a teen, was one of the leaders that took us there. It was such a beautiful, natural setting and a real treat for all of us little ones. In later years, I learned that Jeanne didn't even like to swim, which was ironic! Dr. Thomas also allowed all the children to pick wildflowers for their May baskets, which was great fun.


Name: Mike Brandt
Where do you live now: Gaylord, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1949-1971
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of: 1968
Your favorite feature of this web site: All of it.
How did you hear about the site: My friend Randy Kime.
Date: June 07, 2002
Time: 10:47 PM
 

Comments

I appreciate the fact that someone was willing to put the time and effort into this web site. I enjoyed growing up in Hartford and this site brought back many memories for me. I hope that I can add something to the information already here. Thanks.


Name: Joyce Goodrich Kime
Where do you live now: St Joseph Mi
When did you live in Hartford: 1942
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1942
Your favorite feature of this web site: Interesting articles
How did you hear about the site: My son, randy Kime
Date: June 08, 2002
Time: 04:51 PM
 

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Name: Paul A. Abrams
Where do you live now: Benton Harbor, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1926 - 1971
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
You are from the class of: 1944
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: June 08, 2002
Time: 07:03 PM
 

Comments

Will comment later. Thanks for contacting me.

Paul


Name: Roy M. (Bud) Davis
Where do you live now: See biography
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site: Every part of it
How did you hear about the site:
Date: June 14, 2002
Time: 01:17 PM
 

Comments

Every time we visit this web site, we see more and more. Love the tie in with the war statistics! Keep up the good work, Emma......Bud & Marion Click here for our email address in Hartford.


Name: Gail (Guerin) McCarthy
Where do you live now: 
When did you live in Hartford:  1944 until 1959
School attended or graduated from:  Hartford
You are from the class of:  1959
Your favorite feature of this web site: 
How did you hear about the site:  Pat Bachman Empson
Date: June 17, 2002
Time: 01:45 A M
 

Comments

Hello,     Just found your site.  Lived there from 1944 until 1959, the year I graduated. With Bruce Dowd, Phil Friday, etc. My mom and dad were there until 1969 when my dad died and my mom moved to New Orleans.   They were Al and Lois Guerin and owned Al's Market, next to Clark's Drug store, and later Al's Cab. Have some old pictures of that if you are ever interested. My grandfather was Andy Hollenbeck and tended bar at the Main Tavern, most of that time. We lived next to the Smiths on Hillsboro Street (128). Lots of old things I remember.    Would like to suggest a page with then & now photos. That would be fun, perhaps with a link to their email addresses. Just a thought.     Anyway, have your page marked now and will continue to keep track. You have done a nice job with the site. One of my sons is into computer programming and I know how difficult a job you have.     Have a great week.
           
Sincerely,
           
Gail Guerin McCarthy 
(Gail passed away 1/12/2009)


Name: Harold Bowen
Where do you live now: Kalamazoo
When did you live in Hartford: 1950-1964
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1964
Your favorite feature of this web site: Famous Folks
How did you hear about the site: From EMMA
Date: July 01, 2002
Time: 05:55 AM
 

Comments  Click here to send Harold an email.   


Name:  Patricia Bachman Empson
Where do you live now: Traverse City, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1946-1978
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1959
Your favorite feature of this web site: Love it all
How did you hear about the site: Hartford resident Arlene Ward
Date: July 03, 2002
Time: 07:50 PM
 

Comments

I especially like the pictures (hope there will be more in the future) and history tales. I'd like to see pictures of North Center Street the way it was before Hardings and the new Post Office (my dad's welding shop was located there).

The graduating classes of Hartford High School are a great feature.

Keep up the good work!  Click here for my email address
 


Name: Kelly (Empson) Richards
Where do you live now: Paw Paw, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 1959 - 1979
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
You are from the class of: 1977
Your favorite feature of this web site: everything so far
How did you hear about the site: my mom (Patricia Bachman Empson)
Date: July 04, 2002
Time: 09:06 PM
 

Comments

This is a wonderful site. I'm looking forward to seeing it grow.


Name: Sandra (Jillson) Lundie
Where do you live now: Holland, MI
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: Marion and Bud Davis
Date: July 06, 2002
Time: 11:04 PM
 

Comments

I never lived in Hartford but many of my relatives did. Starting with my great-grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Conklin Sr. Other names in my family are Jillson, Beal, Teachout, Parmenter, Reynolds, McConnohie, Kennicott, Hastings, Kennedy, McAllister, Hartman and Lightner. Have been tracing my family genealogy and enjoy reading about Hartford and the area. Click here for my email address.


Name: Ardith Kraiger Russell
Where do you live now: Norris City, Ill.
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from: l953-1957
You are from the class of: 1957
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: classmate
Date: July 07, 2002
Time: 06:27 PM
 

Comments

I have only taken time to look up the information on Simon Pokagon because the Potawatomi cemetary is next to where my parents lived on Rush Lake from 1984 until 1995.
 


Name: Wanda (Woods) Sappington
Where do you live now: Naylor, MO 63953
When did you live in Hartford: 804 N. Main Street 
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1962
Your favorite feature of this web site: Schools
How did you hear about the site: Linda Gray
Date: August 08, 2002
Time: 01:52 PM

Comments

I have only been to Hartford, Michigan one time since 1962. I only went to school there for my senior year. I really liked the school and I really liked the kids. I have lots of special memories of that year 1961-1962. Click here for my email address.


Name: Wallace O. Haight
Where do you live now: 61180 48th Avenue Hartford MI 49057
When did you live in Hartford: 419 E. Main (39 to 42) 319 Linden St. 1942 to 1966
School attended or graduated from: Hartford Public School
You are from the class of: 1952
Your favorite feature of this web site: All of the site is especially nice.
How did you hear about the site: Emma sent me an e-mail which I thank her for.
Date: September 03, 2002
Time: 10:39 AM
 

Comments

I would like to pass this site information on to friends and classmates, but do not know just how this is done.

     Good question, Wally.  I just started a FAQ section. Click the FAQ link on the left menu for a quick way to let your friends, family, and classmates know about the History of Hartford web site......Emma   


Name: Kenny Kent
Where do you live now: Hartford, MI
When did you live in Hartford: Presently
School attended or graduated from: Fremont HS, Fremont, MI
You are from the class of: 1974
Your favorite feature of this web site: School & Military info
How did you hear about the site: Emma Sefcik
Date: September 11, 2002
Time: 08:41 PM
 

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Name: John (Rick) Thomas
Where do you live now: Jacksonville Beach, Florida
When did you live in Hartford: 1967 - 1978
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1975
Your favorite feature of this web site: everything
How did you hear about the site: internet search
Date: September 17, 2002
Time: 05:26 PM
 

Comments

Click here for my email address. I really enjoyed living in Hartford! And a lot of times I wish I'd never left! I'd move back in a heartbeat if there were good opportunities. But I don't miss winter! The spring, summer and fall I miss a lot.


Name: Bick Beckwith
Where do you live now: Carlsbad, CA
When did you live in Hartford: 1933-1943
School attended or graduated from: HHS but graduated from Watervliet HS
You are from the class of: 1943
Your favorite feature of this web site: It is all fantastic
How did you hear about the site: Larry Blyly or Bud Davis or both
Date: September 20, 2002
Time: 06:36 PM
 

Comments

As was the case with all men 18 and older during WWII, I left Hartford for flight training in 1943 and never returned to live in Hartford. Actually, I made the Air Force a nearly 30 year career spending time in Korea and Viet Nam among others places. Will send photos of each wartime experience at a later date if you are interested. My ten years in Hartford were all important and friendships made at that time continue to this day.


Name: Katherine Schuld
Where do you live now: Hartford
When did you live in Hartford: 1973 to present
School attended or graduated from: Gladstone Michigan
You are from the class of: 1969
Your favorite feature of this web site: This site has PERSONALITY!
How did you hear about the site: from a friend.
Date: September 20, 2002
Time: 07:29 PM
 

Comments

This site truly portrays the personal touch in our community. The webmaster deserves an award for the work she has put into this site and the Precious Pearls she allows us all to share. Thanks so much Emma!


Name: Ernestine (Green) Bachman
Where do you live now: Hartford
When did you live in Hartford: My family moved here from Dowagiac, MI , in 1960.
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1966
Your favorite feature of this web site: I really enjoy all of it, I must say though, that the history of the houses and the families that lived in them will always get my attention first!
How did you hear about the site: Emma, a fellow classmate and a great Webmaster!
Date: September 20, 2002
Time: 09:08 PM
 

Comments

I remember well moving to a new school in 7th grade was not easy, I never thought I would be at home here but I was wrong. Hartford has proved to be a great place to live, go to school, raise our family of four. Our children also graduated from HHS, maybe our grandchildren will too. Ernie Rick and Ernestine Bachman Click here for my email address.


Name: Marcia Pompey Molter
Where do you live now: Watervliet, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1947-1974
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1966
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: September 21, 2002
Time: 12:17 AM
 

Comments

Click here for my email address.


Name: Brian Larsen
Where do you live now: Coloma, MI
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: September 21, 2002
Time: 09:40 AM
 

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Name: Mary Cheatham Thornburg
Where do you live now: Hartford, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 102 S. East St.
School attended or graduated from: Hartford ( Adult Ed.)
You are from the class of: 1982
Your favorite feature of this web site: Viewing the past. In all of it.
How did you hear about the site: My daughter is the lady who made this possible.
Date: September 25, 2002
Time: 09:57 PM
 

Comments  Click here to send me an email

 


Name: melvin w simmons
Where do you live now: bellevue wa
When did you live in Hartford: never
School attended or graduated from: appleton city mo
You are from the class of: 1944
Your favorite feature of this web site: all are good
How did you hear about the site: just surfing threw
Date: September 29, 2002
Time: 04:29 PM
 

Comments

hi i served on the uss fond du lac apa 166 during ww2 with aage hansen QM2class can,t remember whether he has been to any reunion or not will answer anyone who care to write me. Click here for my email address. very nice website have a good day bless you all mel simmons.


Name: Cecelia Parascandolo Brookfield
Where do you live now: Hartford, MI
When did you live in Hartford: most of my life
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1945
Your favorite feature of this web site: It's all very good and so enjoyable
How did you hear about the site: from Bicknell Beckwith by email
Date: October 02, 2002
Time: 07:15 PM
 

Comments

Click here for my email address in Hartford  OR   Click here to send me an email in Florida. I head for Port Charlotte, FL right after the holidays and return to Hartford around the first of May. Memories of friends and good times in Hartford are great to see in print. This is something our children, grandchildren and yes even our great grandchildren will get a kick out of seeing at least I know mine will.


Name: Gail (Clover) Colman
Where do you live now: Berrien Springs, Michigan 49103
When did you live in Hartford: 1937 - 1958
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
You are from the class of: 1952
Your favorite feature of this web site: new at site so am still reading
How did you hear about the site: Hartford friend
Date: October 02, 2002
Time: 08:03 PM
 

Comments

Click here for my email address.


Name: Michelle Ann Immoos
Where do you live now: Fort Wayne, Indiana
When did you live in Hartford: 1982-1997
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1993
Your favorite feature of this web site: School database
How did you hear about the site: Yahoo search
Date: October 02, 2002
Time: 11:48 PM
 

Comments  Click here for my email address.


Name: Nancy Peirce Haight
Where do you live now: Ionia, Michigan 48846
When did you live in Hartford: l935-l960
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1953
Your favorite feature of this web site: All of it I am thrilled with it
How did you hear about the site: It was sent to me by e-mail
Date: October 03, 2002
Time: 09:00 AM
 

Comments

I have pictures of Larry Peirce and Fred Haight and will get them to you.


Name: Dominic Parascandolo
Where do you live now: Queens, New York
When did you live in Hartford: 1933-1949 (on and off)
School attended or graduated from: 1st & 3rd grades-Hartford School
You are from the class of: 1945
Your favorite feature of this web site: Everything-what a joy to my old eyes
How did you hear about the site: From Cecilia (Parascandolo) Brookfield-sister
Date: October 03, 2002
Time: 10:22 AM
 

Comments

Click here for my email address. This site is beautiful and means so much to those of us who remember our youth in Hartford...Keep up the good work and thanks again...dp


Name: John M. Robertson
Where do you live now: Cedar Rapids, IA
When did you live in Hartford: 1926-1944
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1943
Your favorite feature of this web site: the whole thing
How did you hear about the site: Bick Beckwith
Date: October 03, 2002
Time: 02:04 PM
 

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Name: Gene Ruple
Where do you live now: Jacksonville, AR
When did you live in Hartford: Keeler 1935-1957
School attended or graduated from: Keeler and Hartford
You are from the class of: 1953
Your favorite feature of this web site: Still looking Very Interesting
How did you hear about the site: Donnlee Kabel Houser
Date: October 06, 2002
Time: 10:12 PM
 

Comments  Click here for my email address


Name: Bobby Lightner
Where do you live now: Hartford
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
You are from the class of: 1992
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: My family
Date: October 08, 2002
Time: 10:47 PM
 

Comments

This is a wonderful site about the history of Hartford


Name: Annette Huffman
Where do you live now: Kalamazoo, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 66th Street
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1983
Your favorite feature of this web site: military
How did you hear about the site: Uncle Bill Dyer
Date: October 09, 2002
Time: 11:03 AM
 

Comments

My visit here was special, I was told about the sight by my Uncle Bill and was surprised to find my uncle, aunt, mom and daughters pictures on here.


Name: Pam & Bob Williamson (Sanders)
Where do you live now: 62nd St. Hartford, Mi
When did you live in Hartford: 1949 to present day
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1968
Your favorite feature of this web site: Military Pages
How did you hear about the site: From Emma
Date: October 09, 2002
Time: 09:06 PM
 

Comments

What a wonderful idea, having a history of our town. Great job Emma!


Name: Sarita (Sharon) Collins
Where do you live now: Battle Creek, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1952-1971
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of: 1971
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: Emma Sefcik
Date: October 13, 2002
Time: 09:50 PM
 

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Name: Tbata Pinto
Where do you live now: Brazil
When did you live in Hartford: 1996/97
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1997
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: Searching through the internet
Date: October 15, 2002
Time: 11:02 PM
 

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It's always special remembering my times as a Hartford citizen!


Name: Patricia Clinard-Molter
Where do you live now: Bradenton, FL
When did you live in Hartford: 1946 (briefly)
School attended or graduated from: Watervliet High School
You are from the class of: 1955
Your favorite feature of this web site: Military & Potawatomi
How did you hear about the site: Roy "Bud" Davis
Date: October 16, 2002
Time: 07:54 PM
 

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As a child (when we lived in the country), we would do our Saturday shopping in Hartford for meat, bread and other groceries. Our big treat was going to the movie afterward. During the brief time I lived in Hartford (about four months), I established a friendship with Pat Levy and was treated so well by her family. I also got to know Jim Walker from Walker's Hardware as that seemed to be one of our regular stops. In the years to come--my relationship with Jim Walker and wife, Frances, were more of an intimate nature since I married their grandson, Gerald "Jerry" Molter. Grandpa loved to tease me and it was so nice visiting with them at their Hartford home, or at Lake Cora. We still get to Hartford to visit my former English teacher, Roy "Bud" Davis and wife, Marion. We have a special friendship that has grown over the years and I told him that I consider him and Marion as part of my family. Of course, we see the remaining Walker's from time-to-time and being that they are cousins....we hope the bond will only strengthen.  Click here for my email address


Name: Jim Keech
Where do you live now: Keeler
When did you live in Hartford: 1938-1969
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1951
Your favorite feature of this web site: Military site -- and pictures of "olden" days
How did you hear about the site: George
Date: October 29, 2002
Time: 08:31 PM

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This appears to be a monumental task -- cataloging and displaying the Hartford story -- and I think that it has been most successfully accomplished. I am proud to be a Hartford "alumnus" -- and I am certain that these historical "pages" will present a great time capsule of our community.


Name: DEBBIE WINDER
Where do you live now: Bogalusa La
When did you live in Hartford: 1970-1979
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1979
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: October 30, 2002
Time: 05:37 PM
 

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Name: Jeannie Wessendorf
Where do you live now: Hartford
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
You are from the class of: 1963
Your favorite feature of this web site: seeing pictures &stories of the people I know
How did you hear about the site: Emma Sefcik
Date: November 01, 2002
Time: 10:19 PM
 

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How wonderful to be able to have the privilege to visit here and see those who gave so much to serve for our country.


Name: Stephanie Smith Reese
Where do you live now: Scottsdale, AZ
When did you live in Hartford: 1963-1972
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1974
Your favorite feature of this web site: memories
How did you hear about the site: web search
Date: November 03, 2002
Time: 02:51 PM
 

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Name: Steve Smith
Where do you live now: Phoenix, Arizona
When did you live in Hartford: 1964-1972
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1972
Your favorite feature of this web site: photos and class rosters
How did you hear about the site: My sister Stephanie alerted me.
Date: November 03, 2002
Time: 06:31 PM
 

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One of my favorite memories of my time in Hartford is my visits with Miss Manley who was quite knowledgeable about the history of Hartford. She was a neighbor of ours. I would go to her house and she regaled me with many fascinating stories. In addition she had a most amazing collection of old photos.  Click here to send me an email


Name: chris smith
Where do you live now: deer lodge , tenn
When did you live in Hartford: until 1993
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of: 1990
Your favorite feature of this web site: history of football
How did you hear about the site:
Date: November 05, 2002
Time: 08:50 PM
 

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Name: Laurie Warner Jacobs
Where do you live now: Kalamazoo, Mi.
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site: Military
How did you hear about the site: Roy Davis/ Emma Thornburg Sefcik
Date: November 19, 2002
Time: 05:40 PM
 

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Name: kathy gilbert warren
Where do you live now: paw paw, michigan
When did you live in Hartford: never
School attended or graduated from: paw paw
You are from the class of: 1970
Your favorite feature of this web site: history
How did you hear about the site: wrkr
Date: November 23, 2002
Time: 07:48 AM
 

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Not from Hartford, had relatives living near spinks corners, buried in Penn Yan. thought i'd look to see what you have! interesting.... thank you

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Name: Rendell John Austin
Where do you live now: Grand Rapids, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site: The entire is site is a fascinating tour of yesteryear!
How did you hear about the site: AOL Search Engine
Date: November 28, 2002
Time: 12:10 AM
 

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My father, Edmund John Austin, was a 1924 graduate of Hartford High School. Later, he taught for a year at the Webster Hills School. My grandfather, Amos Orion Austin and spouse Martha Rendell, after their marriage in 1891, owned property on the Berrien/Van Buren County Line Road, between Red Arrow Highway and the Paw Paw River, where all their children were born. In my youth, Hartford was an important place as I learned the route from Kalamazoo to my grandparents home. Cousins Vernon and Erwin "Pete" Austin both currently reside in the township. Maple Hill Cemetery is the resting place for several of our family members. So even though I am not a native of Hartford, I have strong connections to the area. I have photos and documents which I would be glad to scan and share with you to use as you see fit. I appreciate the work that has been done to create a really great Website. 

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Name: Dee Loris Brown
Where do you live now: Arizona
When did you live in Hartford: until the 70's
School attended or graduated from: 1952 Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1952
Your favorite feature of this web site: all of it
How did you hear about the site: Helen Dyer
Date: December 03, 2002
Time: 02:37 PM
 

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I miss my friends and all I have left is my memories of Hartford. It seems so strange to come home and the Park Hotel, my home, is gone. DeLoris

 


Name: Frank Dockter Jr.
Where do you live now: Kalamazoo, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1944-1973
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1963
Your favorite feature of this web site: Vietnam Vets
How did you hear about the site: searching web
Date: December 26, 2002
Time: 09:39 PM
 

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Name: Peggy McFarland Bowen
Where do you live now: Hartford
When did you live in Hartford: 1943 to present
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
You are from the class of: 1961
Your favorite feature of this web site: all of it
How did you hear about the site: Emma Sefcik
Date: January 06, 2003
Time: 12:52 PM
 

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What a great web site! We still live in a home in Hartford that was built in 1910 by Claire and Grace Warren who owned a dry goods store on Main Street. We purchased the home from Mrs. Warren in 1979.


Name: Kristen Downey Dixon
Where do you live now: Hartford
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1990
Your favorite feature of this web site: military sections
How did you hear about the site: Lois (Brinsfield) Anders
Date: January 09, 2003
Time: 08:17 PM
 

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Name: Nathan Broadhead
Where do you live now: Yuma, AZ
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: January 10, 2003
Time: 11:58 PM
 

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Name: mary kammeraad safranek
Where do you live now: watervliet
When did you live in Hartford: 1979to2003
School attended or graduated from: watervliet and hartford
You are from the class of: 1993
Your favorite feature of this web site: all
How did you hear about the site:
Date: January 11, 2003
Time: 07:55 AM
 

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i am looking for any inf. on Dewey A. west d.o.b. 7-7-1898 d.o.d.9-24-1965. he is in keeler cemetery. thankyou mary safranek 9011 hagar shore watervliet mi 49098

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Name: Dean McIntosh
Where do you live now: Ft Myers Beach, Fl
When did you live in Hartford: 1952 - 1963
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 64
Your favorite feature of this web site: aerial picture
How did you hear about the site: my sister
Date: January 24, 2003
Time: 08:58 AM
 

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Name: Margaret Swift Wadley
Where do you live now: Clarksville, Tennessee
When did you live in Hartford: Birth until 1990
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1960
Your favorite feature of this web site: All features
How did you hear about the site: Former school mate
Date: January 25, 2003
Time: 11:14 AM
 

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Name: Nancy Kiefer Kuehl
Where do you live now: Atlanta, GA
When did you live in Hartford: through 1963
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1960
Your favorite feature of this web site: The History and Pictures
How did you hear about the site: Pat Empson
Date: January 27, 2003
Time: 06:56 AM
 

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I was so surprised to see many pictures added (Hartford queens and businesses) since my first visit. It is fascinating to read about the beginning of Hartford, to see the old pictures of the settlers and read what people had to say about those times. The list of graduating classes is much appreciated also! Thank you again for all your hard work at putting this together and adding to it!
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Name: George Randall
Where do you live now: Granby, MA
When did you live in Hartford: never
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: Researching Friday Tractor Company
Date: February 02, 2003
Time: 01:47 PM
 

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Name: Donald G. Kiefer
Where do you live now: Kaufman, Texas
When did you live in Hartford: 1938-1956
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1956
Your favorite feature of this web site: The picture of Hartford in 1951
How did you hear about the site: My Sister, Nancy Kuehl
Date: February 02, 2003
Time: 01:47 PM
 

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Name: Gail (Guerin) McCarthy
Where do you live now: Asheville, NC
When did you live in Hartford: 1944 to 1969
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1959
Your favorite feature of this web site: History and Guest Book
How did you hear about the site: been here before, just checking for updates.
Date: February 08, 2003
Time: 06:11 PM
 

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Emma, you are doing a terrific job with these pages. I hope the city council appreciates all of your efforts. I know I do and that I speak for a lot of others. Will be checking back frequently. Thank you so much.

NOTE:  Gail passed away 1-12-2009.


Name: Robert Clark
Where do you live now: Sautee Nacoochee (in Georgia)
When did you live in Hartford: 10 East South Str
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1957
Your favorite feature of this web site: All of it
How did you hear about the site: From a friend
Date: February 08, 2003
Time: 11:43 PM
 

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Click here to send me an email   Remember "Clark's Drug Store"?
 


Name: Pamela Latus
Where do you live now: Portage, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1968-1986
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1986
Your favorite feature of this web site: Famous Folk
How did you hear about the site: a relative
Date: February 20, 2003
Time: 10:19 PM
 

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Click here to send me an email.   I work for Harford Schools where great memories are being made everyday. Check out our school website at http://www.hartford-schools.org


Name: Nancy Kiefer Kuehl
Where do you live now: Atlanta
When did you live in Hartford: 1942-1963
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1960
Your favorite feature of this web site: new pictures, history - all of it.
How did you hear about the site:
Date: February 26, 2003
Time: 07:28 AM
 

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Would like to see more of my classmates (1960) leave messages and their email address. I know there are quite a few who still live in Hartford (or surrounding area). Would also like to see the 1960 roster updated by those who know - deaths???? married names, etc??? Really appreciate the website - come here often and enjoy the pictures and history. Would like to see pictures of the churches in the area - that were or are still there.


Name: Annette Huffman
Where do you live now: Kalamazoo
When did you live in Hartford: 1964-1990
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1983
Your favorite feature of this web site: Historical Events
How did you hear about the site: had an email sent to me
Date: February 26, 2003
Time: 09:17 AM
 

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Name: Steve Smith
Where do you live now: Phoenix, Arizona
When did you live in Hartford: 1964-1973
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1972
Your favorite feature of this web site: It is all great. It brings back good memories
How did you hear about the site: My sister Stephanie
Date: February 26, 2003
Time: 08:54 PM
 

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I remember the Hartford Fire in the 60's and my visits to Miss Manley, a neighbor, who had a marvelous large collection of photos from Hartford's history. I hope those pictures are preserved somewhere. I spent hours at her house when I was a little kid. Most of all, I remember the wonderful people of the city. I was back there last summer, while visiting my sister, Shari, who lives in Kalamazoo.
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Name: Sharon Danner
Where do you live now:
When did you live in Hartford: never but my ancestors did
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site: it's very nicely done. loved the history
How did you hear about the site:
Date: February 27, 2003
Time: 11:55 AM
 

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Name: Carri Rhinehart
Where do you live now: Palm Bay, Fla.
When did you live in Hartford: 1961-1981
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: February 28, 2003
Time: 03:15 PM
 

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Name: Judy Stoddard Moore Downer
Where do you live now: Lawrence, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: Most all my life
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
You are from the class of: 1962
Your favorite feature of this web site: Military
How did you hear about the site: My Father
Date: March 01, 2003
Time: 10:21 AM
 

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Name: Donna Knapp Broadhurst
Where do you live now: Wheaton, Illinois
When did you live in Hartford: 1946-1958
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1956
Your favorite feature of this web site: Class lists, military (T. Bisbee, classmate), Chief Pokagan
How did you hear about the site: Nancy Huffman Dyer
Date: March 02, 2003
Time: 11:43 PM
 

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Name: Starlyn Redbird
Where do you live now: Montana
When did you live in Hartford: never
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site: All
How did you hear about the site: surfing
Date: March 08, 2003
Time: 04:08 PM
 

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I just believe that there are wonderful people running this site...really helpful and they don't mind answering peoples questions and they like to hear from people and for people to let them know how the like or dislike their site ...I will be back to this site to see what's new :)


Name: JANET STEELE MICK
Where do you live now: PORTAGE, MI
When did you live in Hartford: KEELER 1941-1961
School attended or graduated from: KEELER & DOWAGIAC
You are from the class of: 1958
Your favorite feature of this web site: ALL-VERY WELL DONE
How did you hear about the site: WEB SEARCH
Date: March 14, 2003
Time: 12:51 AM
 

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My parents James & Adah Steele owned Keeler Grocery at one time. I attended Keeler grade school. Seeing the telephone operators and names was interesting as Helen Burger Williams is my husband (Gail Mick) Aunt. This Web Page brought back lots of memories. Click here to send me an email


Name: Heidi Smith
Where do you live now: Chicago, Illinois
When did you live in Hartford: 1967 - 1985
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1985
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: my sister, Julie Beam (Smith)
Date: March 16, 2003
Time: 07:36 PM
 

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Name: Wendy Phillips Fillmore
Where do you live now: Grant, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 1980-2001
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1988
Your favorite feature of this web site: History
How did you hear about the site: Searching the net
Date: March 20, 2003
Time: 09:29 PM
 

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Name: Jeanette I Colman ( Morton)
Where do you live now: Elkhart, In
When did you live in Hartford: Maple St
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: March 22, 2003
Time: 05:47 PM
 

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Great web site.


Name: Steve Walton
Where do you live now: Holiday, FL
When did you live in Hartford: 1947-1963
School attended or graduated from: Sturgis High School, Sturgis, MI
You are from the class of: 1966
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: From Emma
Date: March 28, 2003
Time: 03:27 PM
 

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You are doing a great job Emma. I especially liked the pictures of the daffodils....brought back many memories of my childhood. I practically grew up in those woods. You could see the woods and flowers from my front door as a kid.   Click here to send me an email


Name: Timothy Bail
Where do you live now: Monroe, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: never
School attended or graduated from: Bird Lake Bible School
You are from the class of: 1982
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: from Emma Sefcik
Date: March 28, 2003
Time: 09:59 PM
 

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Name: Jennifer Klackle-Cantrell
Where do you live now: Ft. Campbell Kentucky
When did you live in Hartford: 1975-1994
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1988
Your favorite feature of this web site: Thomas Mansion
How did you hear about the site: Emma Sefcik
Date: March 31, 2003
Time: 01:12 PM
 

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Absolutely wonderful website. Thank you for the time and effort spent working on it. I spent many a summer day with my friends making up "ghost stories" about the Thomas Mansion while daring each other to run inside. It was wonderful to finally learn it's history!
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Name: Lester Eby
Where do you live now: Willow Springs Illinois
When did you live in Hartford: 1943-1947
School attended or graduated from: Hartford-1947- Argo Il. HS-1951
You are from the class of: 1951
Your favorite feature of this web site: Welcome Home
How did you hear about the site: Searching the Web
Date: April 04, 2003
Time: 03:09 PM
 

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I was born in the city of Chicago and moved to Hartford in 1943 while my dad was in the World War#2. Living in Hartford for 4 years as a young boy from Chicago was something I will never forget. Those 4 years were the best of my young life. I could write a book about all the great times and friends I had in Hartford.  If you want to hear more just let me know.  Thank you. Lester Eby.   
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Name: Dan Dove
Where do you live now: Kalamazoo
When did you live in Hartford: Lawrence 1958-1968
School attended or graduated from: Lawrence
You are from the class of: 1967
Your favorite feature of this web site: The family stories, interesting and funny too.
How did you hear about the site: Google.com Lawrence , Michigan
Date: April 08, 2003
Time: 07:50 PM
 

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"There is a destiny that makes us brothers, none goes his way alone; all that we send into the lives of others, comes back into our own."   Danny Boy :) (my main web page is http://www.dovtek.net/dan/, take a look)
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Name: Norman A. Plattenberg
Where do you live now: Sugar Land, Texas
When did you live in Hartford: 1962-64
School attended or graduated from:  6th.grade teacher and Jr. High Coach during 1962-64
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: Internet
Date: April 08, 2003
Time: 11:11 PM
 

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I started teaching in Hartford in 1962 and retired after teaching 40 years in Sugar Land, Texas in 2002.
I still have many fond memories of Hartford.  
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Name: jose francisco
Where do you live now: hartford
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from: hartford high school
You are from the class of: 1999
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: by looking at the year books and talking with friends
Date: April 12, 2003
Time: 01:20 AM
 

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I remember all of my buddies. I always liked to hang with the crowd.


Name: Don Bedwell
Where do you live now: Dearborn Heights
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: April 22, 2003
Time: 01:16 PM
 

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Name: Raymond "Pete" Daisy
Where do you live now: Lone Mountain, Tenn
When did you live in Hartford: While in school on Carmody Road
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1960
Your favorite feature of this web site: I can check up on "old" friends
How did you hear about the site: My sister Lauretta Jean
Date: April 23, 2003
Time: 08:50 PM
 

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Many very good memories and a chance to say "Hello" to all esp. RW and Jeanie and Linda from the class of 1963 also I hope to see all of you guys and ladies in June. Think of you often Pete Daisy


Name: Marie Valenzuela
Where do you live now: Westminster Colorado
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: Google.com
Date: April 23, 2003
Time: 10:13 PM
 

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I am looking for anyone who might remember my grandfather, Francis "Tim" Kelso, who lived in Hartford in the 40's and 50's, or my mother, Neva (Tretheway) Valenzuela of Lawrence, who wrote for the Hartford paper in the early to mid 60's.  Click here to send me an email


Name: Pamela (Shafer) Shimer
Where do you live now: Portland, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: Ages 9 to 18
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1982
Your favorite feature of this web site: I don't know - just got here
How did you hear about the site: Stumbled on it while searching using Google
Date: April 24, 2003
Time: 10:35 AM
 

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Name: Helen Dyer Hauck
Where do you live now: Ypsilanti, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1934-1952
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1952
Your favorite feature of this web site: Historic Events, Military
How did you hear about the site: Relatives
Date: April 28, 2003
Time: 10:24 PM
 

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It's very nice as new format. Lots of memories. I still have relatives in Hartford. I used to go fishing with my father, Bert Dyer, at the river. In those days, we didn't lock our doors. Today raising your children in a small town is the best thing to do. It's so much more friendlier, homey, nice neighbors and friends. You know everyone and they know you. We graduated with a class of 27 students. We paid for our own senior trip with monies made through our 4 years. We are still together (some are deceased) but we remain loyal to each other. We were loyal classmates then, also. One time in a class one of our classmates got into trouble with our teacher, she slapped him, and the entire class stood up and walked out and went to study hall. We had no warning and we just did it automatically. Very strong, fond memories in Hartford.

5-1-2003 Additional comments:

I have read this site and it is amazing. The people who designed it and worked with the contents should be commended for their hard work. It's like going back to my childhood. I have some additions for the military section. My great grandfather, Thomas Newcomb Dyer, is listed in the Civil War section along with his picture. Besides the names listed, these are the remaining great grandchildren:

Dorothy Dyer Martelle Helen Dyer Hauck

 

 

Jack Dyer (deceased)
Marge Dyer MacKenzie
Lila Dyer Michael
Jim Dyer
Susan Dyer Spencer
Mike Dyer
 
 
My growing up years in Hartford were great. More and more people are yearning for places like Hartford to raise their families. Smaller towns are friendlier, people know you, they like you, watch over you and are loyal to their city. We didn't lock our doors back then.
 
At the end of the depression when it was hard for people to get on their feet, they began wandering the country looking for work. They became beggars and sometimes came to our door. My grandmother (Edith Dyer) gave them food to help them on their way. She wasn't afraid of anyone who came to our door. It's a sad society when people are so afraid but today they have no choice.

During World War II, military people were sometimes stranded in Hartford or were passing through and had no place to stay. My grandmother opened our house for such persons to have a place to stay for the night and they would be on their way in the morning. We were not afraid during the night.

When they had the German prisoners of war quartered in the fair grounds, they exercised them and sometimes came down our sidewalk. It was so interesting to us children to think they were our enemies. They were smiled and gestured a hello. Our cat would sometimes go out to greet them. They always laughed and pet the cat.

Just one little memory I wanted to share. It was a pleasure reading this site. 

WEBMASTER NOTE:  Helen passed away 12-22-2004. 

Name: Sherry Plangger maiden name - Zordan
Where do you live now: Bangor MI
When did you live in Hartford: Always in Bangor
School attended or graduated from: Bangor Public High
You are from the class of: 1989
Your favorite feature of this web site: Haven't finished looking yet
How did you hear about the site: Email from my Mom
Date: April 28, 2003
Time: 11:06 PM
 

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Name: Thomas A. Mix
Where do you live now: Smithton Illinois
When did you live in Hartford: Lived on Mary St.
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site: background
How did you hear about the site: myself

Date: April 30, 2003
Time: 01:35 PM

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Name: Marjorie (Dyer) MacKenzie
Where do you live now: Glendale Arizona
When did you live in Hartford: Haver St. & in the country
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of: 1955
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: May 01, 2003
Time: 02:01 AM
 

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Name: Sarah (Harmon/Lambert) Briley
Where do you live now: Watervliet
When did you live in Hartford: off and on from birth, longest period 1993-2000
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1999
Your favorite feature of this web site: historic events
How did you hear about the site: aol search
Date: May 01, 2003
Time: 08:07 PM
 

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Name: Jerry R. Weston
Where do you live now: Crestline, OH
When did you live in Hartford: 1944-1949
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: From my mother Helen Weston
Date: May 04, 2003
Time: 10:52 PM
 

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Name: John E. Laman
Where do you live now: Paw Paw Twp
When did you live in Hartford: 19 W South ST
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: May 06, 2003
Time: 04:10 PM
 

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Name: Phil Dodd
Where do you live now: Mechanicsburg, Pa
When did you live in Hartford: I lived in Keeler from 1958 until 1976
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1976
Your favorite feature of this web site: All of it. This is a wonderfully nostalgic visit.
How did you hear about the site: Pat Empson
Date: May 09, 2003
Time: 08:59 PM
 

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Click here to send me an email. I would love to hear from anyone from the Hartford/Keeler area.


Name: Jay Vanderlyn
Where do you live now: FLORIDA
When did you live in Hartford: NEVER
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: May 15, 2003
Time: 03:16 PM
 

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Name: Blanca Sauceda (Gallardo)
Where do you live now: Harlingen texas
When did you live in Hartford: 1974-1995
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1994
Your favorite feature of this web site: Everything
How did you hear about the site: did a search on Hartford MI
Date: May 16, 2003
Time: 06:49 PM
 

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Seeing your page brings back so many memories of growing up there, I married to someone from Brownsville, Texas so I had to leave and come with him..... Seeing this page makes me want to go back........I miss Hartford and everyone!!!!!!!!


Name: robert hall
Where do you live now: hartford mi.
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from: dowagiac central high
You are from the class of: 1953
Your favorite feature of this web site: hartford & keeler history
How did you hear about the site: from the markillies
Date: May 20, 2003
Time: 08:47 PM
 

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EMMA, IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE WORKING WITH YOU ON SOME KEELER HISTORY.


Name: Lauretta (Daisy) O'Brien
Where do you live now:
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: May 29, 2003
Time: 09:14 AM
 

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Name: Stan. Jeffery
Where do you live now:
West Plains, Missouri
When did you live in Hartford:
Never
School attended or graduated from:
Benton Harbor
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:  Fred Langa's "LangaList" newsletter.
Date: May 29, 2003
Time: 09:54 AM

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I just visited your "Pearls In Our Past" website. The link was listed in Fred Langa's "LangaList" newsletter.
I want to compliment you on a job well done.  The entire site shows that a lot of time and effort went into creating it. The individual topic pages, and the accompanying photos, tell a lot about the history of Hartford.
I was born and raised in Benton Harbor, Michigan, but have been gone from there a long time now.
Many members of my mother's side of the family lived in the area around there, also.  I remember well the small communities of Coloma, Watervliet, Hartford, Lawrence, Paw Paw, and others.  And, I have to admit, I miss southwestern Michigan! 
 
Do you ever attend the Blossom Parade in Benton Harbor/Saint Joseph?  It was a big parade when I was living there. I hope it has continued since then.
 
I remember one of my uncles going to an "Ox Roast" up in your area. He wouldn't miss it!
But, I don't remember which town it was in.
 
I've placed your site in my Favorites folder so I can revisit from time-to-time.
Again, my compliments! 
 
Stan. Jeffery
West Plains, Missouri
(south-central part of the state, in the Ozarks hill country)

 


Name: Betty (Wilson) Baldwin
Where do you live now: Big Rapids, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 1930-1948
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1948
Your favorite feature of this web site: my first visit so will have to answer this another time
How did you hear about the site: from a former class mate
Date: June 03, 2003
Time: 11:31 PM
 

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Name: Aaron Elizabeth Valdes (Bachman)
Where do you live now: Sister Lakes
When did you live in Hartford: 1974-1998
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
You are from the class of: 1993
Your favorite feature of this web site: just began looking at it
How did you hear about the site: my mom
Date: June 07, 2003
Time: 05:15 PM
 

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Name: Leia (Pool) Bowman
Where do you live now: North Augusta, South Carolina
When did you live in Hartford: 1980-1988
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1988
Your favorite feature of this web site: Historic Homes
How did you hear about the site: AOL Search engine
Date: June 08, 2003
Time: 07:10 AM
 

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Emma; I have to say that I was pleasantly impressed by this sight. I have shown it to my children so that they may learn about my HOMETOWN. Growing up in Hartford I felt like a part of a Huge Family. Hartford is rich in History and Hartford is special because of the people who live there. I will bookmark this site for the future, as I feel that my children should learn of where I came from and the proud rich History that Hartford has to offer. Hartford was a great place to learn and grow. I hope this web-site will provide an in-depth look at where we have been and where we are headed. Thanks for your diligence and hard work Emma. 
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Name: Shannon Conkin McDonald
Where do you live now: Kalamazoo
When did you live in Hartford: 1976-1978, 1984-1992
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1990
Your favorite feature of this web site: High School alumni
How did you hear about the site: Friend
Date: June 12, 2003
Time: 04:15 PM
 

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Name: ruth anne (davis) davis
Where do you live now: ft. lauderdale, fl
When did you live in Hartford: 1961-1966
School attended or graduated from: Hartford high school
You are from the class of: 1967
Your favorite feature of this web site: class roster of 1967 & Hartford queens
How did you hear about the site: I stumbled onto it
Date: June 12, 2003
Time: 10:06 PM
 

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You have done and are doing such an awesome job with the Hartford website. I was really thrilled to see it. I have many wonderful memories of all my classmates and fond memories of Hartford and all the great people there, Hartford High School, the band, Mr. Achterberg - the band director, playing the organ for many of the Hartford Queen contests, the Diary Bar and the Pitchers - I could go on and on. I had to leave Hartford prior to my graduation and move to Ft. Lauderdale with my parents in Oct., 1966. It was one of the most difficult times in my life. I met my husband, Jim Davis in Ft. Lauderdale 34 years ago and didn't have to change my last name.  He's the love of my life.  We have 3 grown children and a granddaughter and I am extremely blessed.  I continued playing the the organ professionally and still do.  I also have several piano students.  It would be great to hear how everyone is doing - their spouses, children and grandchildren.  Wow, I can't believe we're old enough to have grandchildren!!!  I am very much interested in everything and everyone in Hartford. I would really like to contact any of my former classmates.     


Name: Royce Feltenberger
Where do you live now: Ponchatoula, Louisiana
When did you live in Hartford: never
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site: Historical aspects
How did you hear about the site: search engine
Date: June 13, 2003
Time: 06:35 PM
 

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I am attempting to piece together my family history. I have traced back my great-great-great-great-grandfather, a Mr. Eaton Branch, a early settler of Lawrence. His son, Ira Branch was the father of my great-great-grandfather who left Lawrence and never spoke to anyone in his family. I have found a very old scrapbook and numerous pictures that were his. His name was William Eaton Branch, aka Bert. I am unsure of how to piece together the bits and pieces I have of his life. I know that all together, Mr. Ira Branch had eleven children by two different wives. Any help would be greatly appreciated, if anyone has any information to share about Mr. Eaton Branch or Mr. Ira Branch and their families, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you very much!  Click here to send me an email.  Royce Feltenberger
 


Name: Carol Jensen
Where do you live now: South Haven, MI
When did you live in Hartford: only visited
School attended or graduated from: South Haven High School
You are from the class of: 1961
Your favorite feature of this web site: Photos!!
How did you hear about the site: LangaList
Date: June 18, 2003
Time: 07:41 AM

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What a nifty site! So well done. As a (semi) student of local history, I'm very excited to have found this. Will definitely be back.


Name: Arlene Hurley Ward
Where do you live now: Hartford Township
When did you live in Hartford: 1930-1941; 1943 to present
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1947
Your favorite feature of this web site: Just started on the "tour"--FINALLY!
How did you hear about the site: All over town and e-mail
Date: June 23, 2003
Time: 06:55 PM
 

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Emma, what a great job!...And I have only begun. Bick told about this at the reunion. I remember when the Thomas mansion was being built. We lived in a little green shingled house on an 80 acre farm, think still owned by Obermesiks. Daddy always said it was where we were "oh, so poor, but oh, so happy!" When I was ten, we sold the farm to Thomas (he bought up a number of farms in the area), and moved to Schoolcraft; stayed there two years, then back to Hartford. I was born in my Grandpa & Grandma Dade's house, 516 E. Main, where Rice's Sporting Goods is located. Grandpa retired from his farm out in the Miles District when mother was in 8th grade. His big garden was where the store is now, and in the barn he kept a cow. The cow was pastured across the road where Bennett Subdivision is now. Now, on to view more!   Click here to send me an email.


Name: Jeff Flemming
Where do you live now: Hartford
When did you live in Hartford: Life long
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
You are from the class of: 1975
Your favorite feature of this web site: History of Hartford
How did you hear about the site: Previous user in history file
Date: June 25, 2003
Time: 11:21 AM
 

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It is nice to read about the history of Hartford. It makes me recall many things of past history.


Name: William Tucker
Where do you live now: Las Vegas, NV
When did you live in Hartford: 1970-1985
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1985
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: Friends
Date: June 26, 2003
Time: 10:23 PM
 

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Name: tammy fernandez (champ)
Where do you live now: smithton illinois
When did you live in Hartford: 1981-1991
School attended or graduated from: hartford highschool
You are from the class of: 1989
Your favorite feature of this web site: all
How did you hear about the site: daughter
Date: July 09, 2003
Time: 08:46 PM
 

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Name: Heather Fields
Where do you live now: Niles, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 1974-1992
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1992
Your favorite feature of this web site: I thought it was all interesting
How did you hear about the site: From my Aunt, Marjorie Wolfe (Wolverton)
Date: July 11, 2003
Time: 01:42 PM
 

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Name: Richard A Smith Jr.
Where do you live now: South Haven Mich.
When did you live in Hartford: 1965-1989
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1984
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: my mom
Date: July 15, 2003
Time: 08:02 PM
 

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Name: Eugene Austin
Where do you live now: South Africa
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from: Grosvenor Boys' High - South Africa
You are from the class of: 1994
Your favorite feature of this web site: Historic events
How did you hear about the site: Google
Date: July 21, 2003
Time: 09:55 AM

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Hi all, I am searching for my family tree. I have never been to the USA, but I am not sure if any of my for fathers ever lived there. If any one can put me on the right track to search my family tree it would be appreciated.  Click here to send me an email

 


Name: Virginia Norine Weeks
Where do you live now: Medford Oregon
When did you live in Hartford: 1969-1978
School attended or graduated from: Hartford Michigan
You are from the class of: 1978
Your favorite feature of this web site: Graduating class lists
How did you hear about the site: Playing around on the net
Date: July 25, 2003
Time: 07:09 PM
 

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I would like to see more pictures of what Hartford looks like today. When I was nine years old I was crossing Main Street going home from school and was hit by a car. I think it was March/1968 out in front of Kelloggs Hardware Store. I would have been with the class of 1978 if I hadn't have moved to California where I lived until just two years ago. I would like to see pictures from the old year books and pictures of what Hartford High looks like now-days. I really enjoy the web site. Thank you


Name: Karen Leigh Middaugh-Jungel
Where do you live now: Phoenix, Arizona
When did you live in Hartford: born/lived in Paw Paw
School attended or graduated from: Paw Paw High School
You are from the class of: 1967
Your favorite feature of this web site: All
How did you hear about the site: Searching the internet: Van Buren County
Date: August 05, 2003
Time: 08:22 PM
 

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My mother, Betty G. Myers (marr.: Middaugh) was born and raised in Hartford. My grandma, Edna E. Myers lived at 11 Olds Avenue, my favorite place to visit while growing up. So many wonderful memories visiting my grandma; especially the family reunions.  Click here to send me an email

 


Name: Jeronda Stair Risenhoover Stair
Where do you live now: Visalia Calif.
When did you live in Hartford: till 1984
School attended or graduated from: Hartford high school
You are from the class of: 1974
Your favorite feature of this web site: Korean war. My dad was there. How do you put pictures with their information?
How did you hear about the site: Didn't. Just looking for the funeral home email to thank them for doing a lovely job with my dads funeral.
Date: August 06, 2003
Time: 05:10 AM
 

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I grew up in Hartford, My mom. sister, and brother still live there. I was back in Hartford for my dads funeral. I was looking for Hartford on the net when to my surprise I found this wonderful site. I loved all of it especially the Korean war veterans. My dad was there, I really miss my family, and they don't know about this site, but now they will. I live in California, have now for 19 years. Hartford is still beautiful. I also liked your guest book. I saw a couple of names of people I went to school, I even e-mailed one. I remember Jeff Fleming from school and Rick Thomson. I really hope more people find out about this.

The pictures from the fire downtown....I was in 6th grade going home on the school bus, trying to see out the bus window, the roads were closed, and the bus was rerouted around town, but there was no way you could of missed that baby...it was like a bad dream I thought my home town was going to burn down.

I hope not to stay away so long this time, I miss my family, my mom Barbara Stair, brother Scott Stair and sister Malinda Stair (Garslen), and I really miss my dad, Roy Stair, who is with our Lord looking down on us. I will keep checking in on this great site so that I won't be so homesick. Oh, and "Hi" aunt Betty Sumners, Tina, Doug and Steve, and my nieces Dana and Sanna, nephews DJ and Skyler, and my great niece, Christon.  Hope to be there soon....my home town Hartford.

Jeronda - I  love your enthusiasm and am happy that you enjoyed the site.  I am leaving a message here, because you didn't indicate an email address in your comments so I could contact you personally.  If you do want friends to email you from this website, please see instructions for email addresses on the first page of the Recollections and Jottings page.   Since you've already added your comment, I will insert your email address at the end for you, if you want me to do so.

About submitting a picture and profile of your dad for the military section, see the instructions at http://www.hartfordmichigan.com/hartfordhistory/Military/Military%20Introduction.htm, which is about 3/4 of the way down this page.   I'd love to have his profile added to the site.

Emma Thornburg Sefcik
Webmaster
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Name: Verl A Taylor Jr (Tim)
Where do you live now: Woodland California
When did you live in Hartford: 1961 - 1972
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1967
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: someone e-mailed it to me
Date: August 08, 2003
Time: 07:36 PM
 

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Name: renata pereira
Where do you live now: salvador, bahia - BRAZIL
When did you live in Hartford: 1994-1995
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1995
Your favorite feature of this web site: maps & stats, social
How did you hear about the site:
Date: August 10, 2003
Time: 11:33 PM
 

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Name: Kristofer David Benham
Where do you live now: Hartford
When did you live in Hartford: 1995 to present
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1998
Your favorite feature of this web site: Historical sections
How did you hear about the site: A business card on my Grandfather Mayo's desk
Date: August 17, 2003
Time: 04:49 PM
 

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This website is a fantastic idea. I hope I can make it better in some way with some info I may have access to.  My Grandmother has tons of info about Hartford. It may take some time to come up with significant amounts of info. Great job so far!   Click here to send me an email.


Name: Stacy Lowrey
Where do you live now: South Bend, IN
When did you live in Hartford: 1982-1998
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1997
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: August 20, 2003
Time: 02:59 AM
 

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Name: suzanna brinsfield
Where do you live now: bangor township
When did you live in Hartford: 1974 to 1997
School attended or graduated from: hartford high school
You are from the class of: 1992
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: August 20, 2003
Time: 09:33 PM
 

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Name: Gayle Green (Wesaw family)
Where do you live now: Indianapolis, IN
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from: St. Mary Academy
You are from the class of: 1972
Your favorite feature of this web site: history of the tribe
How did you hear about the site: just looking on the internet
Date: August 21, 2003
Time: 06:12 PM
 

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Name: Harold Bowen
Where do you live now: Kalamazoo
When did you live in Hartford: 1950-1965
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1964
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: From Emma
Date: October 01, 2003
Time: 10:05 AM

Comments  Thanks again Emma for this site--It is great. I see Mrs. Olds (math teacher) quite often up here in Kalamazoo, she is still a great looking lady! Thanks, Harold Bowen

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PS:  Additional note from Harold:  If any beautiful women want to contact me make sure they use the charter.net address, I check it more often!


Name: Roy Brown
Where do you live now: Paw Paw
When did you live in Hartford: 1962-1991; 1999-2002
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1981
Your favorite feature of this web site: The history of Hartford
How did you hear about the site: looked it up on internet
Date: October 12, 2003
Time: 07:02 PM
 

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Name: Lindie (Pepple) Delk
Where do you live now: Coloma Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 1975-1991
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School, Hartford MI.
You are from the class of: 1984
Your favorite feature of this web site: It is all nice.
How did you hear about the site: From a Hartford Grad.
Date: October 16, 2003
Time: 05:11 PM
 

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Name: Doris Maddox Bowen
Where do you live now: From harold, my husband
When did you live in Hartford: 1945-1964
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1963
Your favorite feature of this web site: All of it
How did you hear about the site: From my husband, Harold
Date: October 25, 2003
Time: 07:48 AM
 

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I really liked all of it. Great job Emma Thanks, Doris Bowen.  Click here to send me an email


Name: Dean McIntosh
Where do you live now: Ft Myers Beach, Fl
When did you live in Hartford: 1952 - 1963
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 64
Your favorite feature of this web site: aerial picture
How did you hear about the site: my sister
Date: October 31, 2003
Time: 10:21 PM

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This is my second entry in guest book because I have re-done my website and would like to invite my northern friends to visit the site and warm yourselves by the live beachcam and enjoy the music at the Pierside link.
New website: www.fortmyersbeach1.com.   Click here to send me an email.  (this is a new email address)


Name: tammy fernandez (champ)
Where do you live now: Smithton IL.
When did you live in Hartford: 1986-1989
School attended or graduated from: Hartford Middle School
You are from the class of: 1989
Your favorite feature of this web site: photos
How did you hear about the site:
Date: November 02, 2003
Time: 08:58 PM

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Its great to find a new sight with old classmates.  Click here to send me an email.


Name: Kevin Stephenson
Where do you live now:
When did you live in Hartford: have never lived in Hartford
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: yahoo search
Date: November 10, 2003
Time: 11:00 PM

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Hello...my name is Kevin Stephenson. My wife and I live in Canton Illinois which is about 30-miles southwest of Peoria. My parents have both died and my sister and I are in the process of clearing out their home in Monmouth Illinois. My great grandfather was Lewis P. Walker who was a co-owner of Bergmann & Walker Inc. in Hartford. We still have three of the "B-W Easy Chairs" manufactured at his plant in the early 1900's. We also have a number of pictures of his sawmill and factory we've found at my parent's home. I'll be the first to admit I'm not completely up to speed on our family's history. Would any of this be of interest to historians in Hartford? By the way...we have one of the "B-W Easy Chairs on our patio and use it regularly! If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact me. Thank you! Click here to send me an email.


 

Name: Leo Smith
Where do you live now: St. Pete, FL
When did you live in Hartford: Never
School attended or graduated from: none
You are from the class of: -
Your favorite feature of this web site: Possibly my only contact.
How did you hear about the site: Luck
Date: December 03, 2003
Time: 02:35 PM
 

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I'm trying to contact Debbie Sexton. If someone could tell her I said "hi" and give her my E-mail address, I'd greatly appreciate it.  Click here to send me an email. Thank you very much. Leo


Name: Connie Austin
Where do you live now:
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of th
is web site: loved all of it
How did you hear about the site: a friend in Baltimore, Md. found it
Date: December 07, 2003
Time: 10:05 AM

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Sure would have liked to see something about father. Volney Austin as mentioned in Roy Davis' book. But fully understand that everyone from Hartford would like to see family mentioned. However, brother Rodney Austin has purchased old Slavin home on Center Street. He may have some items of interest.

Connie, please email the webmaster so we can communicate on this.


Name: LEONORA MIRELES
Where do you live now: GRAND RAPIDS
When did you live in Hartford: 1984 TO 2001
School attended or graduated from: HARTFORD HIGH SCHOOL
You are from the class of: 2002
Your favorite feature of this web site: SCHOOL
How did you hear about the site: I CALLED AND ASKED THE SCHOOL
Date: December 11, 2003
Time: 12:57 PM

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MY SPECIAL MEMORY OF HARTFORD, THAT I THINK WOULD BE MOST EVERYONE'S, IS THE FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAMES. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE STUDENTS, AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITY, LOOKS FORWARD TO IN HARTFORD.


Name: kari morse
Where do you live now: covert
When did you live in Hartford: 1994-2000
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
You are from the class of: 2006
Your favorite feature of this web site: schools
How did you hear about the site: from a friend
Date: December 15, 2003
Time: 09:32 AM
 

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This is the best town ever!!!


Name: amanda halliburton
Where do you live now: covert
When did you live in Hartford: 1989-1990
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
You are from the class of: 2006
Your favorite feature of this web site: to be able to hear what your friends say
How did you hear about the site: browsing the web
Date: December 15, 2003
Time: 09:32 AM
 

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It is great because it brings back so many memories about your past!!!


Name: Timothy Axsom
Where do you live now: Hartford
When did you live in Hartford: 1961-2004
School attended or graduated from: 1980
You are from the class of: 1980
Your favorite feature of this web site: None
How did you hear about the site: Stumbled on to it
Date: December 24, 2003
Time: 03:17 PM

Comments

I liked your web site, but I noticed that it is incomplete. When will it be completed, so that all links are accessible.

Tim...thanks for asking.  See the left menu under the FAQ section, particularly #11 and 12 at  http://www.hartfordmichigan.com/hartfordhistory/FAQ.htm


Name: Russ Shonk
Where do you live now: Lewisburg, TN
When did you live in Hartford: 83-90
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1988
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: web surfing
Date: December 27, 2003
Time: 12:58 AM

Comments

It is good to see a web site devoted to Hartford and it's history. Anyone that would like,  click here to send me an email.


Name: Anita (Gregory) Durham
Where do you live now: Gallatin, TN
When did you live in Hartford: 1981-1986
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1986
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: Searching the web
Date: December 31, 2003
Time: 01:54 PM

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Name: Marjorie (Dyer) MacKenzie
Where do you live now: Glendale, AZ
When did you live in Hartford: Born 8/9/37 - left in l960
School attended or graduated from: HHS Class of 1955
You are from the class of: 1955
Your favorite feature of this web site: Enjoy it all
How did you hear about the site: Just found it on the internet.
Date: January 04, 2004
Time: 11:48 PM

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Memories of my years in Hartford - Born 1937 - Graduated HHS in l955..... Click here to send me an email. - would welcome email correspondence from my era.... Marjorie Dyer (MacKenzie)


Name: Debbie (Davis) Connor
Where do you live now: Farmington, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 1948 - 1966
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1966
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: My dad + search on family names
Date: January 06, 2004
Time: 07:06 PM

Comments

It feels great to be able to visit "home" here in the 'net. Thank you for all the work on this, Emma!   Click here to send me an email.


Name: Nancy Dyer Huffman
Where do you live now: In Hartford
When did you live in Hartford: All My Life - Born here!!
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1956
Your favorite feature of this web site: Everything
How did you hear about the site: Emma - the Webmaster
Date: January 07, 2004
Time: 06:25 PM

Comments

I enjoy looking at everything. Brings back lots of smiles and tears.
Click here to send me an email.

 


Name: Dave Hampton
Where do you live now: Haymarket, Virgina
When did you live in Hartford: 1953-77
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1971
Your favorite feature of this web site: everything
How did you hear about the site: google search
Date: January 16, 2004
Time: 04:29 PM

Comments

What I great site...thanks for putting it together. I was really surprised to find my name listed under "famous folks & heroes"....yeah right!   Click here to send me an email.


Name: Pat Bachman Empson
Where do you live now: Traverse City, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1946 - 1978
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1959
Your favorite feature of this web site: I love it all!
How did you hear about the site: Internet Search
Date: January 23, 2004
Time: 08:55 PM

Comments

I enjoy checking this web site from time to time to see what has been added. Emma, you are doing a terrific job with it--keep up the good work! I'd love to have any former classmates, friends and acquaintances from Hartford contact me so we can catch up on what has gone on in our lives. Click here to send me an email.

 


Name: charles l. norton
Where do you live now: silver springs, nv
When did you live in Hartford: 1947-1960
School attended or graduated from: h.h.s
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site: memories
How did you hear about the site:
Date: January 25, 2004
Time: 03:21 PM

Comments:  I would have graduated with the class of 1964.

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Name: Carol Jagade
Where do you live now: Old town Fl.
When did you live in Hartford: 1946 to 1960
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
You are from the class of: 1961
Your favorite feature of this web site: everything
How did you hear about the site: Tom Gromak,cousin
Date: January 27, 2004
Time: 01:43 PM

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Name: Tom Gromak
Where do you live now: Mattawan, Mi.
When did you live in Hartford: Never lived in Hartford
School attended or graduated from: Chicago Vocational (CVS)
You are from the class of: 1961
Your favorite feature of this web site: Liked all from "A to Z"
How did you hear about the site: While searching on Google for Michigan Web Sites
Date: January 27, 2004
Time: 08:09 PM

Comments

I have really enjoyed every page about the Hartford Area on your site. I had always felt as if I were somewhat a part of Hartford in a way. Being from Chicago originally, we used to visit the area quite often. Visiting with my grandparents Julius & Anna Pozivilko, aunt & uncle Julius (JR.), Nell (Vanlier) Pozivilko. Uncle Nick Korsak and his wife Luanne. Cousins Carol and Chuck Jagade, Maryellen, Peter, Bill, John, Julia Pozivilko. Many friends, Jim Richter, Don Burns, Sharon Beattie, Pat Heater, Arnold Street, Betty Honea, Karlas, John and Emants Rapa and many more. Hartford has a charm all of its own. I can remember going to many dances above the old firehouse and meeting many other kids that were so friendly. They made me feel as if I were a part of the group. Even when I used to watch them pitching horse shoes outside of the fire department, the older people would come over to where I was sitting and talk to me about them living in Hartford. Your pages have brought back fond memories. I would like to compliment you on the fine work that you have done to the site. I realize all hard work that you have devoted to it and all the hard work ahead of you. Click here to send me an email. Web Site http://www.gromak.com


Name: Chris (Bohle) Schroeder
Where do you live now: Richmond, Virginia
When did you live in Hartford: 1963 - 1982
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1982
Your favorite feature of this web site: It is all very interesting
How did you hear about the site: I was surfing the internet and just came across it
Date: February 14, 2004
Time: 07:02 PM

Comments:  Click here to send me an email.


Name: Cathyjo Knebel
Where do you live now: South Bend IN
When did you live in Hartford: RUSH LAKE 1934-1980
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of: 78
Your favorite feature of this web site: The stories
How did you hear about the site: Looking for RUSH LAKE
Date: February 15, 2004
Time: 10:25 PM

Comments

Do not understand the E mail thing, but "sure" I would be interested in talking with anyone that knows anything about RUSH LAKE. To put it brief: I have pics dated 1932-34. The land caddy corner belonged to my mothers parents. My Grandfather, whom I never knew. {was told a SUE INDIAN ?} Have a few pics of him, you can see the Indian in him. Dark skin, high cheek bones, the nose, and handsome. When I was a little girl, going to visit the graveyard was a special thing. My dad always told us that it was a "VERY SPIRITUAL" I do remember that many of the stones have been removed. mainly babies. John was a common name. I go back as far as when we had to park on the side of the road or walk from the other side of the lake. Just to visit and pray. I remember walking through the tall grass trying not to not step on snakes and other critters just to be alone and peaceful. {way before this place was taken care off} I still visit during the simmer. Just because.


Name: bethanie sue gordon
Where do you live now: michigan
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from: Berkley High School
You are from the class of: 1971
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: cruising through the websites
Date: February 18, 2004
Time: 12:38 PM

Comments

I am looking for birthfather Neal Edward Gordon, Its very important. Click here to send me an email.


Name: Bob MacLeod
Where do you live now: Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca
When did you live in Hartford: 1940-1962
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1958
Your favorite feature of this web site: Its all wonderful
How did you hear about the site: Web surfing
Date: February 20, 2004
Time: 06:12 PM

Comments

Wow, I can't believe what a wonderful job you have done creating this site. I have many memories of growing up in Hartford. My dad walked Hartford sidewalks 16 miles a day for many years as your mail carrier. Thank you for creating such a pleasure to review. I'm sure I can provide you with some history input as well as my military record.  Click here to send me an email.


Name: Olivia Castelan
Where do you live now: Hartford
When did you live in Hartford: 2004
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 2007
Your favorite feature of this web site: Hartford Queens
How did you hear about the site: my computer teachers substitute
Date: March 04, 2004
Time: 09:54 AM

Comments

I have lived in Hartford for 3 years now. I was told about this website by a sub and I decided to check it out. This is a very cool website.  Whoever created it has put an effort into it. Thank you for sharing this with us!

          Thank you, Olivia, for visiting the web site.  I am thrilled to see any age visitor, but especially the young people of our community....they need to know about the History of Hartford.  I consider all of our military people heroes and our citizens and family should know of their sacrifices to help keep freedom for everyone.   Being from a small, rural community is something we should be proud of. 
There many "ordinary" folks from Hartford who went on to do significant and important things with their lives...it can be done...the choice is yours!   I am very please to be able to share the Pearls in Our Past
with a new generation.

Emma Thornburg Sefcik
Webmaster


Name: Sharon Boothby Grosse
Where do you live now: Fort Lauderdale, Fl
When did you live in Hartford: 1947 to 1964, 1974 & 1995
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1961
Your favorite feature of this web site: History of Hartford
How did you hear about the site: Judy Loomis
Date: March 15, 2004
Time: 11:18 PM

Comments

Nice web-site. Interesting. Just learned of it from Judy Loomis, my dear friend of 58 years or so.

 


Name: Ruth (Drake) Everett
Where do you live now: Sister Lakes, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: Lived in Keeler (1949-1960)
School attended or graduated from: Harford H S
You are from the class of: 1955
Your favorite feature of this web site: Everything, It is very interesting
How did you hear about the site: From my son, Steve, who lives in CA
Date: March 20, 2004
Time: 11:27 AM

Comments

Really enjoyed seeing your site.  Click here to send me an email.


Name: Mike Jungel
Where do you live now: Vicksburg
When did you live in Hartford: never
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: March 20, 2004
Time: 04:09 PM

Comments

Great web site. My gr-great, great grandfather and grandmother lived in Hartford. The History of Hartford by Mr Spaulding was very helpful in filling in unknown information about my grandparents


Name: James (Jim) Phillips
Where do you live now: Washington State
When did you live in Hartford: 1952-1970
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
You are from the class of: 1970
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: Surfing
Date: March 22, 2004
Time: 12:10 AM

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Name: Brian J. Maurig Sr.
Where do you live now: Paw Paw MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1944-1955 &1967-2001
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1954
Your favorite feature of this web site: Schools
How did you hear about the site: Chris Staunton
Date: March 22, 2004
Time: 10:40 PM

Comments

Very impressed by what you have accomplished with our website. I am taking the liberty of referring to our web site because I believe it is intended for everyone who shares an interest in Hartford, its history, its citizens and its future. Being somewhat familiar with computers, I have an idea of the amount of expertise, time, effort and dedication you have put into this ever expanding project. You are doing an excellent job; keep up the good work and THANK YOU!!!!!! Click here to send me an email


Name: Don Mills
Where do you live now: Hartford.mi
When did you live in Hartford: 1944-2004
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site: Everthing
How did you hear about the site: Larry Blyly
Date: March 26, 2004
Time: 07:41 PM

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Name: Pamela (Davis) Mills
Where do you live now: Keeler
When did you live in Hartford: 1966 to present
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1974
Your favorite feature of this web site: Haven't had a lot of time to look at it
How did you hear about the site: husband
Date: March 26, 2004
Time: 07:57 PM

Comments

Would like to hear from any former classmates. Click here to send me an email


Name: Renee (Olds) Apkarian
Where do you live now: Fresno, CA
When did you live in Hartford: 1948-1956
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: April 02, 2004
Time: 02:18 PM

Comments

My father, Richard Olds, grew up in Hartford, MI. I was born in Watervliet. We moved to CA in 1956, and I have only visited 2 times. Dad took lots of photos, I have cousins in Hartford. I just found this site 5 minutes ago - I LOVE IT. Will get back to you. THANKS FOR DOING THIS


Name: Elinda Poorman Card
Where do you live now: Almont, Co.
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: Van Buren Co. page
Date: April 06, 2004
Time: 06:12 PM

Comments

My ancestors are all from Van Buren Co. These include Webster, Washburn, DeHaven, Poorman, and Stone families. My mother was Mildred L. Webster and graduated Hartford High School in 1928. I am continuing her genealogy research She passed away in Dec. 2000. I briefly visited Hartford in June 2001 to bury her ashes at Maple Hill Cemetery and to visit other cemeteries in the area. My great grandfather, William Webster, homesteaded near Hartford in Webster Hills. I believe the old Washburn home is still lived in in Arlington Twsp. It was a great visit and I hope to return soon.


Name: Franklin Ison
Where do you live now: Charlotte, NC
When did you live in Hartford: 1947-1961
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1954
Your favorite feature of this web site: memories and pictures
How did you hear about the site: Brian Maurig (classmate)
Date: April 10, 2004
Time: 12:37 PM

Comments:  Frankin passed away 8/5/2005


Name: Rosie Robbins Henderson
Where do you live now: Bangor MI
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1958
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: Emma
Date: April 11, 2004
Time: 09:49 PM

Comments:  Click here to send me an email.


Name: Brian Larsson
Where do you live now: Easton, PA
When did you live in Hartford: 1963-1978
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1978
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: Resident mailed me photos of 04/04 fire; followed links
Date: April 12, 2004
Time: 05:24 PM

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Name: Victoria (Miller) Weatherwax
Where do you live now: Sandusky, Ohio
When did you live in Hartford: 1951 - 1984
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1970
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: From my mom Delores Miller
Date: April 12, 2004
Time: 08:49 PM

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Name: Mary Sorensen
Where do you live now: Alabama
When did you live in Hartford: never
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: April 12, 2004
Time: 11:19 PM

Comments: 

Have found your site to be so warm & friendly. I never lived in Hartford, but am a descendant of Ferdino Olds, who was one of the founders of Hartford. I am researching my family's genealogy: Olds, Reynolds, Easton.
Click here to send me an email.


Name: Louis R Adams
Where do you live now: Richmond, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: April 13, 2004
Time: 06:15 PM

Comments:

My grandfather Newton Adams was born in Hartford 1-17-1866 to Herman Adams & Jane Adams (Hubbard maiden name) Any information would be appreciated. 
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Name: Margie Hicks Bowers
Where do you live now: North Carolina
When did you live in Hartford: 1953 -1973
School attended or graduated from: attended Bloomingdale
You are from the class of: didn't graduate there
Your favorite feature of this web site: the old store building
How did you hear about the site: just came across it going down memory lane
Date: April 16, 2004
Time: 04:15 PM

Comments

I grew up in and around Hartford worked in the migrant camps picking apples and strawberries. I really enjoyed going to the Hartford drive-in on the weekends took my first love there. My sister was ran over by a car at the stop light in the middle of town when she was small. Hartford was the first town we moved to when i was a baby we came from Arkansas to there i am 51 years old and i still remember the memories from that drive in thanks.  Margie


Name: Stacey (Madison) Watkins
Where do you live now: Massena, New York
When did you live in Hartford: 2003
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School Adult Ed
You are from the class of: 2002
Your favorite feature of this web site: everything
How did you hear about the site: searching the web
Date: April 18, 2004
Time: 02:31 AM

Comments

Hello, Great job on the website. I heard about the Hartford house fire and was searching for the newspaper when I came across this site, I had to bookmark it so that I can visit it everyday. I have read so much stuff about Hartford that I never knew and the history of it, too. After the first time visiting this site, I viewed the site credits to see who made this site and I was so happy to see it was from someone I know. Good luck on the site and I will visit it everyday for updates. Click here to send me an email.


Name: Victoria Abrams
Where do you live now: Guthrie, Oklahoma
When did you live in Hartford: 1955-1968
School attended or graduated from: Hartford Public Schools
You are from the class of: 1973
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: sister told me
Date: April 25, 2004
Time: 03:56 AM

Comments

I was hoping to see the old Abrams Department Store, but it is not even listed in the businesses section. Click here to send me an email.


Name: Michael Harris
Where do you live now: Grand Haven MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1965-1983
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High - WMU
You are from the class of: 1983
Your favorite feature of this web site: History
How did you hear about the site: Google Search
Date: April 27, 2004
Time: 07:30 PM

Comments  Click here to send me an email.


Name: bethanie sue gordon
Where do you live now: centerline, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from: Berkley High School
You are from the class of: 1971
Your favorite feature of this web site: not sure
How did you hear about the site: surfing the web
Date: May 01, 2004
Time: 11:51 AM

Comments

My name is Bethanie Sue Gordon, I am searching for birthfather Neal Edward Gordon, I would like to tell him that I am his daughter and that my mother Eleanor Ann Coddington passed away from Ovarian Cancer a few years ago. If any info comes available, please e-mail me the this address which is Click here to send me an email.  Thanks.


Name: Bill Scaletta
Where do you live now: Stevensville
When did you live in Hartford: 1950-1970
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1968
Your favorite feature of this web site: Reading the history of Hartford.
How did you hear about the site: From the previous Yahoo Group
Date: May 07, 2004
Time: 01:51 PM

Comments

What a great web-site to read about the History of Hartford and keep in touch with friends. My memories of Hartford will always be with me. They were good memories. How can we ever forget the 1968 fire and now the Hartford House. The Class of 1968 is looking forward to our 40th reunion. We have a one every five years and do not plan on stopping. Click here to send me an email.


Name: Joshua Richard Petersen
Where do you live now: columbus, oh
When did you live in Hartford: 1983 -2002
School attended or graduated from: hartford High
You are from the class of: 2002
Your favorite feature of this web site: Hartford history
How did you hear about the site: previous visitor
Date: May 10, 2004
Time: 05:09 PM

Comments

It is a great shame that the hartford house burned down. I had many great memories in that place. I have been gone from hartford only a year but I miss it very dearly and soon hope to visit with my soon-to-be wife.


Name: Christine Weber Roush
Where do you live now: Hartford
When did you live in Hartford: 1955 to present
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1973
Your favorite feature of this web site: schools...military...scenic
How did you hear about the site: It's the talk of the town !
Date: May 12, 2004
Time: 11:22 PM

Comments

Emma, this is very special, great job!


Name: Jevona-Whitehead Scott Livingston
Where do you live now: Topinabee Mi
When did you live in Hartford: 1980-1998
School attended or graduated from: Hartford Middle School and Red Arrow
You are from the class of: 1988
Your favorite feature of this web site: lots of information on Hartford
How did you hear about the site: search engine
Date: May 20, 2004
Time: 05:56 PM

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Name: Dewey R Sweat II
Where do you live now: Grand Rapids
When did you live in Hartford: 1987-1996
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1996
Your favorite feature of this web site: everything
How did you hear about the site: e-mail, from Emma Sefcik
Date: May 21, 2004
Time: 08:08 PM

Comments

I just wanted to say that this is a great site.


Name: ramsey shonk
Where do you live now: crawfordsville indiana
When did you live in Hartford: 1984-1991
School attended or graduated from: hhs
You are from the class of: 1992
Your favorite feature of this web site: whole thing
How did you hear about the site: searching internet
Date: May 25, 2004
Time: 04:13 AM

Comments

I miss Hartford, I had many good times there.


Name: Jim Gifford
Where do you live now: Cocoa, Florida
When did you live in Hartford: 1945 to 1963
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1963
Your favorite feature of this web site: All of it
How did you hear about the site: Searching for travel information
Date: June 01, 2004
Time: 01:59 AM

Comments

Thank you for the memories. I will visit again and may be able to add something from time to time. Click here to send me an email.


Name: Lyle Lightner
Where do you live now: Jackson, Mich.
When did you live in Hartford: 1950-1956
School attended or graduated from: San Clemente and Grass Lake
You are from the class of: 1969
Your favorite feature of this web site: Historic Events, Military
How did you hear about the site: My brother was told by our cuz Brian Lightner
Date: June 11, 2004
Time: 01:57 AM

Comments

I always enjoyed coming back to Hartford to visit my grandparents and other relatives. My grandfather is D.D. Lightner.


 

Name: Alice G. Kuehnle
Where do you live now: Lockport, Illinois
When did you live in Hartford: 1967 to 1996
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: June 18, 2004
Time: 12:18 PM

Comments

I lived at Van Auken Lake. I do come there to visit once in awhile.


Name: LAURA SALZ
Where do you live now:
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: July 14, 2004
Time: 10:06 AM
 

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Name: Deb Johnson
Where do you live now: Farmington Mi
When did you live in Hartford: I did not live here my parents did
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site: all
How did you hear about the site: browsing
Date: July 18, 2004
Time: 05:08 PM
 

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Name: Julie Markillie
Where do you live now: Niles, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1962-1981
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
You are from the class of: 1981
Your favorite feature of this web site: Haven't finished going through it yet but love it so far.
How did you hear about the site: My mom - Bonita Markillie
Date: July 20, 2004
Time: 11:28 PM
 

Comments

Great job on this site! Thanks for all your hard work. Where are the classmates of '81? We had an awesome 20th Reunion, lets keep in touch so we can have more!


Name: Vickey Fields
Where do you live now: Hartford
When did you live in Hartford: 1955-present
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1973
Your favorite feature of this web site: all of it....lots of memories
How did you hear about the site: one of the clients from the animal hospital
Date: July 22, 2004
Time: 12:14 AM
 

Comments

This was really nice to read and remember things. I found a fellow classmate through here also.....hope I find more of them. Its nice to remember how much you have forgotten through the years and seeing the changes that have taken place in our community. I hope to see more on the Schools database section. Thanks everyone involved on putting this site together I have enjoyed the tour.


Name: Claudette Grosse Simpson
Where do you live now: Paducah, KY
When did you live in Hartford: 1936 - 1954
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1954
Your favorite feature of this web site: WOW
How did you hear about the site: Bick Beckwith
Date: July 23, 2004
Time: 02:08 AM
 

Comments

I'm not quite finished browsing through your site. So far have enjoyed some of the old pictures and comments by former classmates. I even saw a comment from my sister-in-law!! Sharon Boothby Grosse. Click here to send me an email.


Name: Harold Gene Lowry
Where do you live now: 8608 Frontera Ave, Yucca Valley Ca. 92284
When did you live in Hartford: Did not live in Hartford
School attended or graduated from: N/A
You are from the class of: N/A
Your favorite feature of this web site: Seeking info on my service in WW 11
How did you hear about the site: surfing web
Date: July 24, 2004
Time: 11:28 PM
 

Comments

I served in the Forth Marine Div. Recon Co. Headquarters Battalion from Aug 1943 to Nov 28 ,1945. I was discharged at Camp Pendleton, Ca. I saw service in Marshall Islands. Marianna Islands, Iwo Jima. Contact me if you have any info about my buddies

My brother, Clyde Donald Lowry, was killed In the area of Bastonge, Belgium On Dec 24.1944. If anyone has any info On the 82nd 101st air borne glider infantry please contact me.

Please contact me at Click here to send me an email.


Name: William Walter
Where do you live now: Clermont, FL
When did you live in Hartford: 1990-1996
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High school
You are from the class of: 1996
Your favorite feature of this web site: everything
How did you hear about the site: Google
Date: July 28, 2004
Time: 12:09 AM
 

Comments

Hello to all.  I miss Hartford alot, I hope some people I went to school with will see this and email me sometime and let me know how everything is up there. Click here to send me an email.


Name: Gail "Clover" Colman
Where do you live now: Berrien Springs, Mi 49103
When did you live in Hartford: 1932 - 1956
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
You are from the class of: 1950
Your favorite feature of this web site: All fun to look at
How did you hear about the site: Friend
Date: July 31, 2004
Time: 01:50 PM
 

Comments

Hartford was a wonderful small town to grow up in. The friends you make are lifetime friends and I have many fond memories.  Click here to send me an email.


Name: Michael Hernandez
Where do you live now: Winter Haven, FL
When did you live in Hartford: 1965-1992
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School 84'
You are from the class of: 1984
Your favorite feature of this web site: "everything" it bought back memories!
How did you hear about the site: from former classmate- Tami Wheeler
Date: August 09, 2004
Time: 12:12 AM
 

Comments

Click here to send me an email.


Name: Bernard T. Latus
Where do you live now: San Diego, Ca.
When did you live in Hartford: 1947 to 1962
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site: All
How did you hear about the site: Looking up Hartford, Michigan
Date: August 16, 2004
Time: 10:08 PM
 

Comments

Lets bring Harford out of the the twilight zone and into the 21th century it can be done.


Name: Laxmi narayan Gurjer
Where do you live now: INDIA
When did you live in Hartford: no
School attended or graduated from: AGGARWAL SCHOOL
You are from the class of: 5
Your favorite feature of this web site: historic evets
How did you hear about the site: google search
Date: August 21, 2004
Time: 06:02 AM
 

Comments

I found letter to sister is quite unique... Click here to send an email.


Name: Erica Blaschke
Where do you live now: Hartford, CT
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: August 22, 2004
Time: 10:21 AM
 

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Name: Tabata Pinto
Where do you live now: Brazil
When did you live in Hartford: 1996/1997
School attended or graduated from: 1997
You are from the class of: 1997
Your favorite feature of this web site: historic events
How did you hear about the site: I searched for it.
Date: August 22, 2004
Time: 11:28 PM
 

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Name: Randy Callahan
Where do you live now: Benton Harbor, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1980 - 1994
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1993
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: Accidentally ran across it in a search
Date: September 05, 2004
Time: 05:59 AM
 

Comments  Click here to send me an email.


Name: Helen Dyer Hauck
Where do you live now: Ypsilanti, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 1934-1952
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1952
Your favorite feature of this web site: Military
How did you hear about the site: Friends and family
Date: September 21, 2004
Time: 08:09 PM

Comments

I visit this site now and again. I love to look at it and read whatever anyone writes about. I have learned to care a lot for the historical value of a small city like Hartford. At this stage of my life, it would not be feasible for me to live there. But I cannot let go of the wonderful memories and feelings I have for this precious spot in this world. I shut my eyes and I can hear and smell the country smells. In the spring I can hear and smell the bullfrogs. I can smell and hear each change of the season. But if you haven't lived in Hartford, you would not know what I know!!

WEBMASTER NOTE:  Helen passed away 12-22-2004. 


Name: lyle frederick reed.
Where do you live now: ipswich queensland australia.
When did you live in Hartford: relative of sgt. george f. reed.
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: interest in the civil war.
Date: September 26, 2004
Time: 12:53 AM
 

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excellent research, very moving


Name: Deborah LaPoint
Where do you live now: Mentone, CA
When did you live in Hartford: Never did
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: Looking for historic photos of March AFB CA
Date: October 05, 2004
Time: 02:53 PM
 

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Name:
Where do you live now:
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
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Date: October 10, 2004
Time: 09:25 AM
 

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Looking for anyone who may have known Mary Ardith Patrick. Mary was from Marquette, Mich. Born Feb. 1922 Attended John D. Pierce High School class of 1940 Attended St. Lukes Hospital school of nursing, was member of Army Nurse Corp 1944-1946 stationed in the Philippines. Discharged with rank of 2nd Lt. Please send replies to Click here to send me an email.


Name: Duane McGuire
Where do you live now: Arkansas
When did you live in Hartford: 1950 To 1977
School attended or graduated from: Hartford high School
You are from the class of: 1963
Your favorite feature of this web site: The history
How did you hear about the site: Don Mills
Date: October 18, 2004
Time: 11:44 PM
 

Comments

A lot of good memories. Still get back to visit once in a while. Still have many good friends living in the area. Emma has done a wonderful job of putting all of this together. Thank You.  Click here to send me an email.


Name: randall l shonk
Where do you live now: lafayette
When did you live in Hartford: 1980-1981,1983-1991
School attended or graduated from: hartford high
You are from the class of: 1990
Your favorite feature of this web site: local history
How did you hear about the site: google
Date: October 20, 2004
Time: 01:04 PM
 

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Remembering 1988 class c state baseball championship.  Click here to send me an email. 


Name: Daria Francisco
Where do you live now: Hartford
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 2004
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: October 24, 2004
Time: 09:08 PM

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Name: Carson Minshall
Where do you live now: Hastings MI.
When did you live in Hartford: never
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of: 1989
Your favorite feature of this web site: history
How did you hear about the site: google
Date: November 09, 2004
Time: 10:58 AM
 

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I'm glad to have found this site! I've been tracing my family tree, and had hit a brick wall. I know the early history starting in England then moving to PA. then onto OH., MI., and Ontario after that I'm missing several generations. My great grandfather lived in Hartford.  I've only been there once when I was young for my great grand mothers funeral. I remember many markers with my family name in the cemetery. I wasn't sure if Hartford was the right town until I searched the school database and found his name!!  So now I just have to find out which cemetery (and where) to finally fill in some gaps!   Click here to send me an email 

 


Name: Gene A. Ruple
Where do you live now: Jacksonville, AR
When did you live in Hartford: Birth to 1957 in Keeler
School attended or graduated from: Keeler, Dowagiac HS and Hartford HS
You are from the class of: 1953
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: Bob Hall
Date: November 14, 2004
Time: 03:00 PM
 

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Name: John Paulus
Where do you live now: Alameda, California
When did you live in Hartford: 1943-1952
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1951
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: a cousin
Date: November 15, 2004
Time: 02:57 PM
 

Comments:

Great site, keep up the good work! Its amazing how fast the years have passed. Some of my memories of Hartford seem like only yesterday.  Click here to send me an email. 


Name: Janet Minshall Wadlington
Where do you live now:  Leavenworth, WA
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site: My dad's picture!
How did you hear about the site: Found on Google
Date: November 20, 2004
Time:  04:01 AM

Comments:  I was so surprised when doing a search for info on family to come across this site. The first page I saw was the class of '52 and my dad's (Jack Minshall) picture. How cool it that! I have passed the link on to my mother (Sharlene) and my sister (Tracey) as well as my daughter (Rebecca) so they can see too. Wonderful site, keep up the good work.   Click here to send me an email. 
 


Name: DOUGLAS E. MEACHUM
Where do you live now: HARTFORD
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from: H.H.S
You are from the class of: 1960
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: EMMA
Date: November 27, 2004
Time: 05:48 PM
 

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Name: Arline Conkey Taylor
Where do you live now: Woodland, CA
When did you live in Hartford: 1923-1944 and 1961-1981
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1940
Your favorite feature of this web site: I cannot pick a favorite when it is all so great!
How did you hear about the site: Bick Beckwith
Date: December 01, 2004
Time: 01:39 AM

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Emma, you are a wonder! Thank you so much for your dedication. Click here to send me an email.


Name: Ken Hollar
Where do you live now:   Holland, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1960-1966
School attended or graduated from: Hartford Highschool
You are from the class of: 1964
Your favorite feature of this web site: All of it.
How did you hear about the site: sister (Jean Hollar)
Date: December 01, 2004
Time: 09:01 PM

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Name: Clayton Shafer
Where do you live now: Tucson, Arizona
When did you live in Hartford: 1938-1973
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1956
Your favorite feature of this web site: Entire web site
How did you hear about the site: From my sister Dorla
Date: December 20, 2004
Time: 11:02 AM

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Name: John Dowd
Where do you live now: Sudbury Massachusetts
When did you live in Hartford: 1950-1968
School attended or graduated from: HHS, MSU
You are from the class of: 1968
Your favorite feature of this web site: the history, and guestbook
How did you hear about the site: google search
Date: December 29, 2004
Time: 11:00 AM
 

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So many good memories of good people. Christmas dinner at the Hartford House, walking to the Hart theatre for a movie in K'garten, Blossom Time parades, All the basketball championships that went into overtime! The track meets, Band events, etc. Buying candy at Don's newstand. Galati's. Kellogg's Hardware, the big fire. Claire Olds, if you read this, we have a daughter named "Claire"...  Best wishes for a good new year in Hartford to all--John.   Click here to send me an email.


Name: amanda rose atchison
Where do you live now: silver springs nevada
When did you live in Hartford: never
School attended or graduated from: none
You are from the class of: 6wounderful teachers
Your favorite feature of this web site: seeing everyone who survived and i didn't really want to see everybody that was killed
How did you hear about the site: i studied it for 2 years
Date: January 03, 2005
Time: 04:03 PM

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Name: Craig A. Markillie
Where do you live now: Savannah, GA
When did you live in Hartford: 1969-1990
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1987
Your favorite feature of this web site: Hartford Queens (sis was Miss 1980)
How did you hear about the site: Google (found my dad, class of 1958)
Date: January 10, 2005
Time: 07:42 PM

Comments

Nicely done web site.  Click here to send me an email.


Name: Stephanie (Sissy) DeLoach Evans
Where do you live now: Pocahontas, Arkansas
When did you live in Hartford: 1966-1978
School attended or graduated from: Woodside Elem.
You are from the class of: 1985
Your favorite feature of this web site: ALL
How did you hear about the site: Web surfing
Date: January 17, 2005
Time: 06:49 AM
 

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Most of my family still reside in and around Hartford. I still take trips up there nearly every year. Your web site has really brought back alot of childhood memories for me. Thank you. I am hoping that some of my old friends will contact me through this sight, especially my best friend from childhood, Renee Winder, now living somewhere in Louisiana. Anyone that remembers me can click here to send me an email.  Hope to hear from the past!


Name: John Rittenhouse
Where do you live now: San Diego, CA
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: January 21, 2005
Time: 09:19 PM
 

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My name is John Rittenhouse. My Great Grandfather, James B. Rittenhouse was one of the pioneers of Hartford in the 1850's. My family lived there for three generations (my father David Rittenhouse) was born there. My Grandmother was a descendant of the "little preacher", the Rev. Eastman. 
(John, would love to hear more, email the webmaster with details and photos, if you have any. FYI, Rev. Eastman is mentioned on page 26 of the Spaulding
History of Hartford transcript...see left menu for "transcripts" icon.)


Name: Linda Glasgow Gray
Where do you live now: Hartford
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1965
Your favorite feature of this web site: all of the site is great
How did you hear about the site:
Date: January 26, 2005
Time: 09:00 AM

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I revisit the site every week or so. It's great. Thanks for all of your hard work.  Click here to send me an email.


Name: Roy M (Bud) Davis & Marion Kling Davis
Where do you live now: Hartford, MI
When did you live in Hartford: Born here, moved all around, and now we have come back to our roots!
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1942 & 1943
Your favorite feature of this web site: Military
How did you hear about the site: We've been coming to it forever!
Date: January 26, 2005
Time: 10:28 AM
 

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Marvelous work you have done, Emma! The site just keeps growing. I'm still writing my weekly column for the Tri-City Record. You can go to their website at www.tricityrecord.com.  Hartford may not be exactly as we remember it, but small-town America is an unique experience. And our memories will always be there, seen through the golden haze of long ago. Emma, you are one of our pearls (of the present). Bud & Marion Davis.

Click here for our email address in Hartford.


Name: Terry Rice Parks
Where do you live now: Manistee Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 1948 - 1969
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
You are from the class of: 1966
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: January 26, 2005
Time: 11:10 AM
 

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Name: Dixie Tuttle
Where do you live now: Concord, California
When did you live in Hartford: 1940-1962
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1958
Your favorite feature of this web site: History
How did you hear about the site: Classmates
Date: January 26, 2005
Time: 01:06 PM
 

Comments

Very impressive site.


Name: Myron B. Bryant
Where do you live now: Naples, Florida
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: Doing Family Research
Date: January 26, 2005
Time: 04:35 PM
 

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I am searching for any information about an uncle (Frederick L. Bryant) that lived in Hartford, Mi in the mid 1940's. Click here to send me an email.


 

Name: Donna Yirchott Bench
Where do you live now: St Joseph MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1944 - 1963 1965 - 2000
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
You are from the class of: 1962
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: January 28, 2005
Time: 07:06 PM

Comments

Good job Emma


Name: Barb Paulus Marshall (former Mrs. Daniel Coon)
Where do you live now: Half Moon Bay, CA
When did you live in Hartford: didn't
School attended or graduated from: Bangor High
You are from the class of: 1965
Your favorite feature of this web site: all of it
How did you hear about the site: my brother, Bill Paulus
Date: February 03, 2005
Time: 11:06 PM
 

Comments

Danny would have loved this site! It's nice to be able to share this with our son, Dave. Keep up the good work. Barb Marshall


Name: Sandy ( Weber) Williams James
Where do you live now: Russell, Ark 72139
When did you live in Hartford: 1959-1980
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High school
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site: All History sites
How did you hear about the site: Family member, life long resident of Hartford.
Date: February 08, 2005
Time: 01:08 AM
 

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Click here to send me an email.


Name: Bruce Weber
Where do you live now: Tucson, Az
When did you live in Hartford: 1960-1982
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1978
Your favorite feature of this web site: Very user friendly. Pictures are great
How did you hear about the site: My sister Chris Roush
Date: February 12, 2005
Time: 10:29 AM
 

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It was very nice to reflect on the past viewing this site. Awesome! I grew up there then moved to Tucson. It is really nice to see the interest in the town. Brought back many found memories with family and friends. The camping trips to Donovan lake and so many more. Thanks alot!


Name: Dennis Breckenridge
Where do you live now: Arkansas
When did you live in Hartford: 1973-1979
School attended or graduated from: Red Arrow, HMS
You are from the class of: 1983
Your favorite feature of this web site: a lot of familiar names and pics.
How did you hear about the site: Just surfing
Date: February 14, 2005
Time: 02:59 AM
 

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Name: Kim Moore-Hicks
Where do you live now: St. Joseph, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1976 - 1982
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
You are from the class of: 1981
Your favorite feature of this web site: just found it - great so far.
How did you hear about the site: Doing research for work and ran across it.
Date: February 17, 2005
Time: 04:03 PM
 

Comments

Actually lived closer to Keeler. Loved growing up during my teen years in a smaller community. Great site - I'll have to come back often to check on updates.


Name: Chris Saunders
Where do you live now: Victoria, Australia
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of: 98
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: Guessed
Date: March 03, 2005
Time: 04:33 PM
 

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Hi Felicia!!!


Name: Scott Sinclair
Where do you live now: Hartford, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1971-present
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1989
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: March 07, 2005
Time: 12:19 PM
 

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Name: Bill John Paulus
Where do you live now: chesterton ind.
When did you live in Hartford: bangor
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: March 11, 2005
Time: 10:16 PM
 

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My uncle John Paulus had a hardware store and his house is where the water tower is now


Name: Robert Jessen
Where do you live now: Virginia Beach Virginia
When did you live in Hartford: 1983-1990
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 85
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: Altavista Search
Date: March 15, 2005
Time: 10:20 PM
 

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Name: Mary Pawling
Where do you live now: Kalamazoo MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1961-1966
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1966
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: March 16, 2005
Time: 04:37 PM
 

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Name: Brenda Bolton Tamburino
Where do you live now: Brandon, Mississippi
When did you live in Hartford: 1979-1985
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1984
Your favorite feature of this web site: It's all very nice. I love the photos.
How did you hear about the site: Regarding the HHouse Fire
Date: April 09, 2005
Time: 10:34 PM
 

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I was looking at the Hartford House Fire photos. My mother and I lived at the HHouse in 1980. Strange to see the street without that building. It's just not the same.


Name: C.J KNEBEL
Where do you live now: South Bend, IN
When did you live in Hartford: 1959-1980/ 1/2 time
School attended or graduated from: none
You are from the class of: none
Your favorite feature of this web site: all
How did you hear about the site: grew up there, best of times
Date: April 11, 2005
Time: 11:06 PM
 

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Has the RUSH LAKE MONSTER been seen latey???


Name: Deb Shafer Gibson
Where do you live now: Destrehan, Louisiana
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: April 18, 2005
Time: 07:15 AM
 

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I just wanted to say thank you for the picture of the graduating class of 1937. I plugged in my Dads name Harrie Shafer and up it came. I have no pictures of him growing up. If any of you have any memories to share or pictures please contact me. We had no contact with any of his side of the family growing up and now that he has passed, I have began my search for my other half of my family. I have two brothers out there somewhere I would dearly love to find. Again thank you so much! Click here to send me an email. Deb Gibson
 


Name: Sharon Zordan (Frazier)
Where do you live now: Bangor, Mi.
When did you live in Hartford: 1947-1968
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
You are from the class of: 1966
Your favorite feature of this web site: class info and history
How did you hear about the site: e-mail
Date: April 21, 2005
Time: 08:16 AM
 

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Name: Stephanie Hathcock
Where do you live now: Hartford,MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1978 to present
School attended or graduated from: Hartford Public Schools
You are from the class of: 1997
Your favorite feature of this web site: The history of Hartford
How did you hear about the site: Just found it while searching the web.
Date: April 25, 2005
Time: 10:36 AM
 

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Name: Barbara (Nice) Runcie
Where do you live now: Kalamazoo, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1949-1973, 2002 - present
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1967
Your favorite feature of this web site: all of it
How did you hear about the site: Google
Date: April 27, 2005
Time: 01:55 PM
 

Comments

Exceptionally well-done and informative site. Click here to send me an email.


Name: Lynne Wehlau Cobianco
Where do you live now: Litchfield Park, AZ
When did you live in Hartford: From 1945 thru 1959
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1956
Your favorite feature of this web site: No favorite yet - have not been able to view all of them
How did you hear about the site: From fellow classmate
Date: April 28, 2005
Time: 04:42 PM

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To contact us, Lynne (Wehlau) and Jim Cobianco, click here to send us an email Would like to hear from fellow classmates. 


Name: James L. Cobianco, Sr.
Where do you live now: Litchfield Park, AZ
When did you live in Hartford: 1942 - 1957
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1956
Your favorite feature of this web site: Don't know yet
How did you hear about the site: classmate
Date: April 28, 2005
Time: 09:36 PM
 

Comments

Click here to send an email to James L Cobianco Sr., and Lynne A. Wehlau Cobianco


Name: Frances (Nice) Drumm
Where do you live now: Mifflinville, PA
When did you live in Hartford: 1952-1971
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1970
Your favorite feature of this web site: Graduate lists, photos
How did you hear about the site: Sister sent (Barbara Nice Runcie)
Date: April 29, 2005
Time: 08:41 AM

Comments

Having now lived in Pennsylvania for 20 years, I've enjoyed scanning this site for photos and news of friends and classmates. Upon the passing of my mom in 1998, our farm of 55 years was sold. I miss my days spent in Keeler/Hartford so much. I often long for that slower, simpler pace of life and all the days spent with my many good friends. I plan to check this site often. Thank you so much for putting it together!


Name: Judy Puckett Hyde
Where do you live now: Missouri
When did you live in Hartford: Watervliet MI 1967-1978
School attended or graduated from: Watervliet High School
You are from the class of: 1980
Your favorite feature of this web site: all of it is very interesting
How did you hear about the site: just stumbled across it
Date: May 17, 2005
Time: 11:56 PM
 

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I grew up in Watervliet, but made a lot of friends and acquaintances in Hartford. I worked at the Dari-Snack across from the high school in the late 70's, also Green Acres (USED TO BE STEWARTS DRIVE IN AND MINIATURE GOLF) also the old Dog-n-Suds before that. Good ole Hooterville!!!! Anybody out there remember good ole Hooterville? I have lived in Missouri for 26 years now but I sure do have lots of memories of Watervliet, Hartford, Coloma, Sister Lakes, (Ramona Skating Rink) on and on and on......


Name: Roger Riley
Where do you live now: Bradley, IL
When did you live in Hartford: 1966-1970
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1970
Your favorite feature of this web site: most, too many to choose
How did you hear about the site: Eddie Ison
Date: May 30, 2005
Time: 09:01 PM
 

Comments

How about adding maybe recent obituaries to the site.  Some might think that this is morbid, but for us that are not there, it could help. Hence, I would have know that my best friends father died, GEORGE SWIFT.  Click here to send me an email.

    
Roger:  Not morbid at all, in fact, it is a very good thing to want to know. Check the local on-line newspapers for recent obituaries at www.heraldpalladium.com (posted on-line daily, in the afternoon, and archived) and www.tricityrecord.com (weekly newspaper for Watervliet, Coloma, and Hartford, usually posted on-line about 2 weeks later) and the Kalamazoo Gazette at www.kalamazoogazette.com (posted daily on-line).  When I know about the passing of a Hartford graduate or Hartford-Keeler Veteran, I add the information immediately to the HHS graduate database at http://www.hartfordmichigan.com/index.htm#Graduating%20Classes and veterans on the website at http://www.hartfordmichigan.com/hartfordhistory/Military/Military%20Introduction.htm.  George graduated from Coloma.  I do have his military profile, and will soon have his military picture, in the WW11 section on the website.  Thankfully, many Hartford people from around the world send me an email when they know of a HHS classmate or veteran has passed away, but no longer lived in Hartford-Keeler. 

Emma Thornburg Sefcik, Webmaster


 

Name: Evin Hart
Where do you live now: Hartford Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 1988-present
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 2006
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: June 02, 2005
Time: 12:15 PM
 

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Name: Jessica Michael
Where do you live now: Paw Paw, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 1977-1995
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1995
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: Google
Date: June 08, 2005
Time: 04:46 PM
 

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Name: Jim Schlienz
Where do you live now: Palm Desert, CA
When did you live in Hartford: summers,56-59
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: June 15, 2005
Time: 09:06 PM
 

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I spent summers 56-59 with my grandparents the Davises on west Red Arrow Hwy. Used to hang around with Bill and Judy Stoddard, Jim Mayhak, Jeanie Estes. Click here to send me an email. 


Name: Scot Righter
Where do you live now: San Francisco, CA
When did you live in Hartford: 1967-1972
School attended or graduated from: North and South Elementary
You are from the class of: 1979 from Three Rivers HS
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: Researching my Grandmother, Lois (Moore) Righter
Date: June 17, 2005
Time: 01:45 PM
 

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I'm the grandson of Lois Moore Righter and would love to hear from any of her students she had over the years.. Her son, John, my father, passed away in 1996. My mother, Angie Minarik Righter now lives in South Bend. Great site.... Click here to send me an email.


Name: Pamela Shagonaby Gardner
Where do you live now: Dowagiac, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1958-1973/1991-1995
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1971
Your favorite feature of this web site: Military
How did you hear about the site: friend
Date: June 22, 2005
Time: 06:54 PM
 

Comments

I really think you're doing a good thing here. It's nice, even though I no longer live in this community, I can come to this website and read history I didn't know about. About military men who are serving, served, and died for us. Hats off and a big thank you to all of our military. I'd like to thank the editor, [Emma], I know this has taken a lot of your time, love, and patience. Job well done.  click here to send me an email.


Name: Elizabeth J. (Betti) Miller Huddleston
Where do you live now: St. Joseph, Michigan 49085
When did you live in Hartford: 1940-1987
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
You are from the class of: 1956
Your favorite feature of this web site: easy to get around
How did you hear about the site: at the class reunion June 18
Date: June 28, 2005
Time: 03:17 PM

Comments

Dear Emma, Thank you for this information. You have done a good job for the community and the history is great to wander thru.  Betti Huddleston


Name: Cheryl Frantz DeMorrow
Where do you live now: Hartford, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1954 to present
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
You are from the class of: 1967
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: July 10, 2005
Time: 01:05 PM
 

Comments

Great job Emma.  Click here to send me an email.


Name: Amy Jackson Trombley
Where do you live now: Albany, Georgia
When did you live in Hartford: 1976-1994
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1994
Your favorite feature of this web site: The variety of information
How did you hear about the site: My parents heard about it at their class reunion
Date: August 04, 2005
Time: 07:12 PM
 

Comments  Click here to send me an email.


Name: Hidee Shouse
Where do you live now: MI
When did you live in Hartford: 2000-now
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 2005
Your favorite feature of this web site: events
How did you hear about the site: looked up
Date: August 04, 2005
Time: 11:14 PM
 

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Name: Carol Radtke - Maiden name Kucera
Where do you live now: Chicago, IL
When did you live in Hartford: Vacationed during the 40's-Father's Family vacationed in the early 1900's
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: Just came upon it when I was checking on Paw Paw Lake
Date: August 11, 2005
Time: 09:19 PM

Comments:  I happened to come upon your website that included a picture of "The Crystal Palace". I remember spending a week at Storick's Resort on Little Paw Paw Lake with my folks in the 40's.   In late afternoon we'd walk from our cottage up to Ed's Caf for their chicken and chicken liver dinner's that they were well known for.  I was probably 5 or 6 years old, if I was lucky, I'd be given money to put in their juke box.  Then after dinner we'd walk up to Ellinee for some groceries and to visit their game room with the fortune teller machine, the Hollywood Star Cards machine, and various other game machines including pinball machines.   Oh, and I'd get a single dip "Blue Moon" ice cream cone to eat while walking back to the cottage. 
        On that walk back down the country gravel roads, we'd sometimes be a little late and it would be starting to get dark.  My Dad would produce a small flashlight that he'd shine on the road ahead, so that we'd see the road and that the few cars that would pass us would see us!   I remember how the bugs started to get pesty near sundown.  And if it was late enough, how we could hear the music coming from The Crystal Palace was we continued to walk along the roads past other cottages and the farmfield that was in back of Crystal Palace, back to our cottage of Little Paw Paw Lake. 
         It was such fun being somewhere where so many people were enjoying "being on vacation!"  Our family vacationed at Paw Paw Lake from the early 1900's (my Father's family) to my husbands and my honeymoon, we took our kids and then our grandchildren as recently as 1998.  Last time we stayed at Schicks and visited Deer Forest, of course!  So your area has some fond memories for us.  It was interesting to read the entries, and such a great idea for your community.  I'll be a  continuing reader of your site!


Name: Donna Thomas Chalus Miller
Where do you live now: Coloma, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 1949-2001
School attended or graduated from: 1954-1965
You are from the class of: 1968
Your favorite feature of this web site: All of it
How did you hear about the site: surfing the web thru Google
Date: August 24, 2005
Time: 01:48 PM
 

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Wonderful site will be looking forward to returning to see more of the interesting stories and pictures.


Name: BethLynn Pritchard Cauffman
Where do you live now: Buchanan, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1967-1986
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1986
Your favorite feature of this web site: history
How did you hear about the site: just surfing the net
Date: September 12, 2005
Time: 03:13 PM
 

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Name: Juan Manuel Monreal
Where do you live now: Corpus Christi, Texas
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from: Harlingen High School (Texas)
You are from the class of: 1972
Your favorite feature of this web site: all
How did you hear about the site: surfing the Web
Date: September 15, 2005
Time: 09:16 AM

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During the mid 60's our family would migrate to Michigan, usually for 3 to 4 months. We lived and on a camp owned by Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Erwin. This site was on the corner of Territorial Rd. & 58th Rd. I have so many good and treasurable memories. Thanks to your web-site, now I know how this enormous (aleman) German man got to Michigan. I was really impressed with all the newspaper clippings. Every weekend we would work hard, so we could earn that dollar to go the the movies. I don't recall the name of the movies nor the drug store where we used to get our hamburger and ice-cream, but it was right next to the movie theater. Momma would do the grocery shopping at Spartan behind the beautiful white church on main street. Once, our trucker leader took us to Dowagiac, but we didn't like it. So, it was back to Hartford again. My best memory is when I earned my first $5.00 and got my first pair of Beatle boots. Talking about being hip, I was it. On Sundays we would pass our time running all the way down to Keeler Lake and meeting new people from other camps. Hope someone would throw a lite bulb party and listen to the latest 45's. They were mostly from the lower Rio Grande Valley in south Texas.

My Dad taught us discipline. He taught us how to work and work hard. He would always tell us; if you don't taste the salt of your sweat daily you have not had a good working day. My wife of 33 years  was also a migrant worker. They traveled Florida, Carolinas, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and back to Texas to the cotton gins. Last trip she took was in 1971 where they went to Sandusky, Ohio picking tomato and working in some cannery plant. I practiced architecture for 19 years and then I had to shift gears during the Reaganomics era. That really put a dent in Texas, it even made it smaller. My wife is a librarian and for her summer job she volunteers on the migrant programs assisting the folks from Mexico and South American countries.

Some of our friends stayed around the Michigan area in Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Saginaw, Detroit and even Chicago. As for my family of (14) we all stayed together and still live close by each other. Only my Dad is resting, as he passed away in 2003. One of this days, I am going to make that trip and go visit this nice little town.  Thanks and Adios, Manuel Monreal. Click here to send me an email.


Name: Deborah Bedwell
Where do you live now: Hartford
When did you live in Hartford: 1978 - present
School attended or graduated from: South Haven
You are from the class of: 1976
Your favorite feature of this web site: Hartford History
How did you hear about the site: my daughter Stephanie Hathcock
Date: September 15, 2005
Time: 09:55 AM
 

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I really enjoy looking at the pictures of the past. Although, I don't have any family members originally from Hartford, I have a lot currently living in Hartford. I would love to hear from anyone in the community interested in talking. Just e-mail me. Click here to send me an email.


Name: Christean J. Jones Sewcyck
Where do you live now: Riverside, MI.
When did you live in Hartford: Never, came to Hartford by Pier School bus for my last two years of high school
School attended or graduated from: Hartford
From the class of: 1955
Your favorite feature of the website: Like all I have seen so far
How did you hear about this website: By accident, looking for school pictures from both Hartford and Watervliet schools
Date: September 19, 2005
Time: 02:32 AM
 

Comments

I remember the long bus ride to Hartford from Hagar Township by Lake MI. and what great classmates I was fortune enough to have at Hartford. I still have my little cedar chest that we got in our Senior year from Conklin's Furniture Store. And after graduation I use to return to Hartford to buy the cutest dresses you could find anywhere at this little shop on the South side of the street, can't remember the name of the shop. The Tastee Freeze, which is now Molly's Turnaround, was a favorite place for us to have our school bus driver, Rudy, stop on the way home for a cool treat. As long as I had to attend a different school other than Watervliet High I am glad it was Hartford. I do believe I have become cross-eyed from looking through your site for so long, but I will return for sure!


Name: Randy Olds
Where do you live now: Lawrence Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 1959 - 1977
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
From the class of : 1977
Your favorite feature of the website: All
How did you hear about this website: Mother / Father
Date: September 24, 2005
Time: 04:33 PM

Comments

Very nice. Nice to see someone who cares about the past.


Name:  George Jr. and Barbara Jane (Rathbun) Olds
Where do you live now:  Kalamazoo, Mi
When did you live in Hartford:  1931 to 1959
School attended or graduated from:  Hartford , Mi
You are from the class of:  1949 & 1951
Your favorite feature of this web site: The History and School Information
How did you hear about the site:  Friends
Date:  October 17, 2005
Time:  10:43 PM

Comments:    My ancestors helped settle Hartford in 1843. I was proud of Hartford Village and Hartford High School. The town was clean and the homes were pretty. There were no cars parked in the yards or trash all over the lawns and streets. Hartford was a place to be proud of.  I can not say that now. Hartford City is one big MESS. I hope before I leave this world that I will see the people of Hartford once again take pride in their town. I hope that it not to late, but I won't bet on it. What happened to the good old Hartford spirit. Remember the 50 and 60's. Clean up the town, fix up those old beautiful homes that were once there. Otherwise get off rears and act like a Mayor, City Mgr. and Council should act. Alive!!! Make Hartford a GREAT TOWN once again. Its your responsibility. THANK YOU   



Name:
Alice (Wismer) Nelson
Where do you live now:
Niles, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford:
1952-1972
School attended or graduated from:
Hartford High School
You are from the class of:
1970
Your favorite feature of this web site:
The Queens
How did you hear about the site:
Just put in Hartford, Mich in Google
Date:
October 22, 2005
Time:
10:13 PM

Comments:  I had fun in Hartford and my family still lives there. My sister and her family all graduated from Hartford...they are the Obermesiks. If anybody is looking for any of them, I may be able to help. Click here to send me an email.



Name:
Shari (Smith) Krasinski
Where do you live now:
Kalamazoo, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1963 - 1972
School attended or graduated from: Elementary only
You are from the class of: 1908
Your favorite feature of this web site: Info on Hartford Federated Church
How did you hear about the site: Internet search
Date: November 01, 2005
Time: 07:23 PM

Comments:  I know that my mother once commented that our years in Hartford were the favorite in her life. Click here to send me an email.

 


Name:   
Mona Snider
Where do you live now:  
Knoxville Tennessee
When did you live in Hartford:  
1966-1979
School attended or graduated from:  
Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 
1980
Your favorite feature of this web site: 
school pictures
How did you hear about the site:   
found it surfing
Date:  
November 02, 2005
Time:  
10:42 PM

Comments:    Click here to send me an email

 


Name:  Angie (Cotman) Jacob
Where do you live now:   South Bend, Indiana
When did you live in Hartford:   1952-1977
School attended or graduated from:   Hartford  
You are from the class of:   1970
Your favorite feature of this web site:   pictures, history information
How did you hear about the site:   Just clicked on "hartford, michigan"
Date:   November 03, 2005
Time:   03:30 PM



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Name:  
Stephen R. Deckard
Where do you live now: 
Lawrence, Mi.
When did you live in Hartford:
1962-1987
School attended or graduated from: 
Hartford High School
You are from the class of:
1980
Your favorite feature of this web site:  
All
How did you hear about the site:   
Surfing
Date:  
November 04, 2005
Time:
02:31 PM

Comments: 
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Name:   
Deb Shafer Gibson
Where do you live now:   
Destrehan Louisiana
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:       
Date:  
November 09, 2005
Time:  
03:16 PM


Comments: 
Thank you so much for the picture of Hartford High Class Football Team of 1935. It truly made my day to do a google search and see my Dad's picture. Would love to hear from anyone who knew him. Again, thanks! Click here to send me an email

 


Name: 
Jennifer Purcell
Where do you live now: 
Buchanan, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford:
1999-2004
School attended or graduated from: 
Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 
2005
Your favorite feature of this web site: 
the history
How did you hear about the site: 
looked on search engine
Date: 
November 14, 2005
Time:
02:56 PM

Comments:   I loved living in Hartford. I have so many memories of my high school years. Thanks to all of the teachers and Kenny Kent for giving us the opportunity to learn. I also went to headstart and first grade there, I then moved back for 9-11 grade.

In loving memory of Danny Lee Teeters II.

Jenny Purcell


Name:  Melissa Robinson
Where do you live now: 
Bonita Springs, Florida
When did you live in Hartford: 
1993-1996
School attended or graduated from:
 Attended Hartford Middle and High. Graduated from Daytona Beach HS in Florida
You are from the class of:
 1998
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: 
Google
Date:
November 16, 2005
Time:
12:56 PM

Comments:

I would have been in the class of 1998 but I moved to Florida in 1996. I just got a letter from a friend in Watervliet with a news paper clip about the band getting 4th in State. I marched as well. So, I put in a search on the net for Hartford HS and found the web site. It is a very nice site. Lots of info. Congratulations to the band. GO INDIAN'S! Click here to send me an email

 


Name: Chris Winans
Where do you live now:
Sapporo, Japan
When did you live in Hartford:
1959-1977
School attended or graduated from:
Hartford High School
You are from the class of:
1977
Your favorite feature of this web site:
Just getting started and enjoying the journey.
How did you hear about the site:
Doing some research for a paper I am writing for Japanese class
Date:
November 28, 2005
Time:
06:19 PM

 

Comments:   I am looking forward to keeping up with the Hartford website.  Thanks so much for all you do in keeping it up. I did attend the Federated Church for a while...probably around 1970-71.  Jim and Norma Leonard, good friends of my mother and members of the church, invited me to a Billy Graham Crusade in Chicago, and it was there that I gave my life to Christ.  I grew in the Lord for a couple of years, but then backslid.  At the age of 19, I moved from Michigan to North Carolina, and began attending a church in Asheville.  It was there I re-dedicated my life to Christ and felt led into the ministry.  I was minister of music at four different churches in North Carolina for 17 years before God called me into missions...my wife was called when she was 12...she was just waiting patiently for me! She was raised on the mission field...her parents were missionaries in Vietnam during the war.  We have been married for just over 20 years. 

My mom's name is Judy...her maiden name is Burnette (HHS 1958).  My grandparents were Bill and Edna Burnette of Keeler. My dad is Don Winans, who now lives in Alabama. They divorced when I was 4 years old. We lived in Hartford...just down the road from George and Nancy Huffman on 66th street. My mom now lives in Fairview, NC, which is just outside of Asheville and has been married to her current husband for almost 30 years now.  Larry and Gloria Helmer (HHS 1958) Winans are my aunt and uncle.

My family and I currently live in Sapporo, Japan. We have two daughters and a son ages 10-18. We are missionaries, and have been in Sapporo for almost two years. Before that we were in Tokyo for over two years doing full-time language study. Now, we are part-time language students, part-time missionaries. We will be coming back to the states next year, probably around June, for a year of stateside assignment. During that time, we will probably make a trip or two to Michigan to see relatives there. After a year in the states, we plan on returning to Sapporo, but we never know what God has in store for us, so we will keep looking to Him for direction. I look forward to keeping up with the website and seeing if I can catch up with any high school friends, as well as town friends.  I have lost contact with so many. The website is such a good idea, and I am so grateful to you and your work, Emma. I look forward to keeping in touch with you, and with the happenings of Hartford.

Blessings to you...Click here to send me an email.


Name: Joe and Leslie (Kidd) Saline
Where do you live now:
Midlothian Tx
When did you live in Hartford:
until 1996
School attended or graduated from: 
HHS
You are from the class of:
1983 and 1986
Your favorite feature of this web site:
old pics
How did you hear about the site:
browsing
Date:
November 30, 2005
Time:
02:41 AM

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Name: Barbara Walker
Where do you live now:
Weatherford, Texas
When did you live in Hartford:
Never
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date:
November 30, 2005
Time:
08:21 AM

 

Comments

I just wanted you to know that I am praying for your church during the Life Action Crusade. What an awesome change came in our church family when they were here in 1988! God Bless!


Name:  Carla Mielke Kliever
Where do you live now: 
Bakersfield, CA
When did you live in Hartford: 
Grew up in Kalamazoo, but both parents are from South Haven, and grandmother either went to a Hartford School or had a Hartford graduate as a teacher (see photo in Misc. class pictures)
School attended or graduated from: 
Kalamazoo High School
You are from the class of: 
1965
Your favorite feature of this web site: 
The thoroughness of it, and the fact that it is still growing
How did you hear about the site: 
Looked up Hartford, Mi after I found it on an old photo of my grandmother
Date: 
December 14, 2005
Time: 
04:51 PM

Comments

I'm so glad your community has such a sense of history. The next time I visit Michigan, I plan to come to your little town with a camera!   Carla Kliever


Name: Bruce E Little
Where do you live now: Hartford, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 1999 to present
School attended or graduated from: Watervliet
You are from the class of: 1969
Your favorite feature of this web site: All
How did you hear about the site: Came upon It
Date: December 19, 2005
Time: 03:41 PM
 

Comments

Hartford was a busy town in the late 60's.  I worked at Hartford Du-Well and went to the local bars for lunch and cash my checks. It has come a long way, keep up the good work and make Hartford a busy town again.  My Dad, Hearl Little, lived here on Maple St for 30 years and loved to Fish at 59 and a half street on the pawpaw river, he loved fishing on Rush Lake, he loved the Sprints at the race track too. Thanks for the good times.  Click here to send me an email. 


Name: Alexis Pleyer
Where do you live now: Hartford, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: present
School attended or graduated from: Hartford middle school
You are from the class of: 2006
Your favorite feature of this web site: Stories and pictures of the fires and other tragedies
How did you hear about the site: school
Date: December 19, 2005
Time: 05:54 PM
 

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Name: Peter Kass
Where do you live now:  Murrieta, California
When did you live in Hartford: TILL 1963
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1960
Your favorite feature of this web site: THE WEBMASTER IS FANTASTIC
How did you hear about the site: SURFIN'
Date: January 02, 2006
Time: 02:08 PM
 

Comments

We were Chicago people. We had a cottage on Lake Van Auken. It was a great life for a kid, summer at the lake- winter in Chicago. When I was 10yrs old, my parents, Lawrence and Effie, moved to the lake. I went from big city school to the one room Van Auken School. The big shock to my teen life was when my parents sold the cottage and bought a strawberry farm 1 mile east of Hartford along Red Arrow Highway. A few years later my dad built the Elbow Bend Go Kart Track. That was lots of fun.  The family farm was sold to the company that built the big cold storage buildings that are now where the go kart track was. I moved to CA.  After my retirement in 2003, my wife, Patti, and I bought a cottage on Van Auken Lake. So see you all in the summer.   Click here to send me an email.

 

 


Name: Lowell Harris
Where do you live now: Coloma, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 1958-1970
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1967
Your favorite feature of this web site: All, it brings back a lot of great memories
How did you hear about the site: Mr. Bob Millhouse
Date: January 24, 2006
Time: 10:07 PM
 

Comments

It's been a very exciting evening for me to scroll though the many links that are here. This site will put a smile on everyone's face as they relive their fondest memories. Thanks for all the hard work and dedication that this must have took!!! May the time spent going though it warm everyone's heart as it has mine.  Click here to send me an email.


Name: Wanda (Beam) Baham
Where do you live now: Independence, Louisiana
When did you live in Hartford: 1975-1980
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site: all
How did you hear about the site: surfing the web
Date: February 10, 2006
Time: 04:32 PM
 

Comments

I lived in Hartford a few years and had a wonderful time in those few years. My mom still resides in Hartford.  I visit her in July and Christmas.  I enjoy coming home every visit. I have lived in Louisiana for 26 years now.


Name: Fran (Pflaumer) Welty
Where do you live now: JACKSON, MICH.
When did you live in Hartford: 1951-1961
School attended or graduated from: HARTFORD
You are from the class of: 1960
Your favorite feature of this web site: JUST FOUND IT. LOOKS INTERESTING
How did you hear about the site:
Date: February 20, 2006
Time: 10:28 AM
 

Comments

Nice to know there is a site to access old friends, hear about history of our town. Looking to hear from old classmates with news of their lives. My memories of my years in Hartford are always good ones. It was a nice small town to grow up in. It's unfortunate that our children & grandchildren can't have that security now. I remember going everywhere without fear, also knowing that if in need of help most neighbors would gladly help. Click here to send me an email. Drop a line & let me know how things are going.


Name: Shawntelle Anastasia Rice
Where do you live now: Hartford Michigan
When did you live in Hartford:
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 2008
Your favorite feature of this web site: historic events
How did you hear about the site: my self
Date: February 24, 2006
Time: 10:27 AM
 

Comments

this is a really cool site.


Name: Gary Mc Intyre (mother) Ferna Maxine Gearing
Where do you live now: Morley, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 1925
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site: history
How did you hear about the site: while looking for information on James Gearing B.1895 D.1919
Date: March 05, 2006
Time: 07:15 PM
 

Comments

It is wonderful to find picture of my aunt Doris Gearing (Gough) Graduated 1933 from Hartford High School and my other Aunt Juanita Gearing contestant in Hartford Queens. So Precious is the information when we are trying to hold hands with the past, not just for us but for future generations. I am sharing the pictures with my mother Ferna Gearing (Mc Intyre) and Aunt Juanita Emmet of Florida.  Click here to send me an email.


Name: Martha Shea (Shafer)
Where do you live now: Janesville, Wisconsin
When did you live in Hartford: Summers of 1967-77
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Date: March 11, 2006
Time: 09:47 PM
 

Comments

My father, Robert E. Shafer was born in Hartford, Michigan in 1923, and left for military duty around 1940. He went on to marry Elizabeth Donnelly from Logan, West Virginia, and together they had six children. From approximately 1967 to 1977, my father would drive our entire family up from our permanent residence in Lakeland, Florida, to spend the summer working on my Uncle Steve Shafer's farm outside of Hartford and Bangor. I will forever cherish my childhood memories of long summer days on the farm and visits with my Shafer relatives, particularly my grandparents, Dell and Ruth Shafer. Robert Shafer now lives in Tallahassee, Florida. My mother, Elizabeth, passed away on March 2, 2005. Robert's children live in Jacksonville, Tampa and Tallahassee, Florida, as well as Janesville, Wisconsin. This is a lovely site and an obvious labor of love. Martha Shea Click here to send me an email.


Name: Daniel Hossler (Genereaux family)
Where do you live now: Hartford, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 2006
School attended or graduated from: Baldwin High School
You are from the class of: 1998
Your favorite feature of this web site: Potowatomi History
How did you hear about the site: Moved to Hartford and researched the website
Date: March 20, 2006
Time: 12:29 PM
 

Comments

The Genereaux family has been in Hartford for many many years. My grandmother, Betty J. Genereaux was born and raised in Hartford along with her 2 sisters and one brother. My grandmother passed in 2001 leaving behind many memories that our family holds dear. To this day, the Genereaux family still remains in the area. Myself, I just moved here to Hartford April 1st 2006 and look forward to meeting and getting to know my family here. You can find me at the corner of S. East and Lincoln right across from the little league fields. I had the pleasure of visiting Hartford a few weeks ago, and stopped in to the Kickstand Saloon and met Terry Wesaw and a few locals, gosh what nice people. I look forward to being part of your community, and I'll be seeing ya' around...Danny Hossler.   Click here to send me an email.


Name: Kenneth Mosher
Where do you live now: Burnett Texas
When did you live in Hartford: NOWHERE
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of: 1929
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: My military instincts told me
Date: March 31, 2006
Time: 05:56 PM
 

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Name: Anthony W. Summerhill
Where do you live now: Holland, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 1963-1982
School attended or graduated from: Harford High School
You are from the class of: 1982
Your favorite feature of this web site: nothing in particular
How did you hear about the site: Just was surfing the web and found it
Date: April 02, 2006
Time: 03:39 AM
 

Comments

I feel there should be more information on those that served in our armed forces during the cold war era, I served in the U.S. Army and patrolled the East German and Czechoslovakian boarders, and spent two years in Europe fighting the communist threat. Where do you get the information and pictures from to update that section?

Information on military personnel from Hartford-Keeler comes from various sources...from those who served themselves, mailed or emailed from family members, and hours of scouring old newspapers (if I have any old ones), etc.  Sometime, this information is very hard to come by and is only received through persistence of friends or relatives who know about one's military service and the website tribute. Anyone who served in the military, and lived in Hartford or Keeler at any time during their lifetime, is eligible to be on our History of Hartford military section.  Length of service time and/or wounded-died is not the most important criteria for the website (although definately want to know about these things) ... the fact that one entered service and lived in Hartford or Keeler are most important.   I'd love to get profiles and pictures for military mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc....just as long as they have lived in Hartford-Keeler at anytime, Revolutionary War to present day. Use the Military Form to send in your profile - accessible from the left menu just under the Military icon or click here for complete instructions.   Anthony, I'd be very happy to get your profile and picture to place it among the other military heroes on our History of Hartford website.    It is an honor to let our community know about the service and sacrifices of our military personnel to help make and keep freedom for everyone.  I consider those who serve, or have served, in the military one of the highest honors possible. That's why I choose to highlight our Military Service personnel to let our community, and especially the children of future generations, know about our great Hartford and Keeler heroes.  Otherwise, most of this information is only seen by a few family members and then quite often it is lost forever .... that would be the tragedy.

Emma Thornburg Sefcik
Webmaster
History of Hartford
www.hartfordmichigan.com


Name: Kimberly Smothers Bowman
Where do you live now:  Glenview, IL
When did you live in Hartford: 1972-1988
School attended or graduated from: Attended Hartford High and jr high
You are from the class of: 1990
Your favorite feature of this web site: memories
How did you hear about the site: just found it on the web doing a search for a friend
Date: April 05, 2006
Time: 03:36 PM
 

Comments

I would love to hear from people I went to school with! Hope everyone is doing well. 
Click here to send me an email.


Name: Roy M. (Bud) & Marion L. Davis
Where do you live now: Hartford, MI
When did you live in Hartford: off & on much of our lives here
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1942 & 1943
Your favorite feature of this web site: all of it!
How did you hear about the site: We've been coming to this site forever!
Date: April 15, 2006
Time: 08:29 PM
 

Comments

Thanks, Emma, for keeping this site vital and alive. You are the closest we have to a Hartford historian. I must also mention that Bick Beckwith puts out HHS news on a Hartford network. Larry & Lois Blyly have most complete computer records on HHS people. Also important sources of email history are Bud Colman, Ray Sreboth, and Stu Elder. Stu has a photo file of many HHS students from the 30s & 40s. We are all trying to keep Hartford alive in our memories..... This is our home town, and living here was both unique......and yet part of universal small town life that has suffered many changes in the past few years. Emma, you are continuing to do a great job in recording just what small town America was and still is all about! Click here to send us an email  (no "e" in doubld)


Name: Laurie Anderson
Where do you live now: Houston, TX
When did you live in Hartford: Grandpa 1920's-1930's
School attended or graduated from: Grandpa HHS 1930
You are from the class of: 1930
Your favorite feature of this web site: pictures
How did you hear about the site: web search
Date: April 26, 2006
Time: 05:15 PM
 

Comments

Great pics of my grandfather, Hubert McCurdy, HHS 1930. I would love to see more if anyone has them. Also any of my great uncle, Wade McCurdy HHS 1932(?)


Name: CJ. Knebel
Where do you live now: South Bend IN
When did you live in Hartford: 1959-1976
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: browsing
Date: April 29, 2006
Time: 06:44 PM
 

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My parents and my moms parents had property on Rush Lake. Those are my most prized memories. The solitude away from the city of South Bend, small friendly town of Hartford. Miss the country smell of the cows and the sound of the roosters, bullfrogs and crickets. Still wonder if the Rush Lake monster is still alive.


Name: T. Anne Bunn
Where do you live now: Moses Lake, Wa
When did you live in Hartford: 1965-1974
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site: history
How did you hear about the site: internet
Date: May 12, 2006
Time: 07:31 PM
 

Comments

Even after all these years of being gone, Hartford still feels like home. I still remember being a Hartford Indianette with my best friend and neighbor Shelly Sweet.


Name: James E. Johnson
Where do you live now: Fort Knox, KY
When did you live in Hartford: 1965 until 1983
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1980
Your favorite feature of this web site: History and Pictures
How did you hear about the site: Yahoo search for Hartford
Date: May 16, 2006
Time: 12:05 AM
 

Comments

I've been active duty Army for 18 years now and am currently stationed at Fort Knox. I get back whenever I can to visit my mother, Eva, the only family member still living in Hartford. Click here to send me an email


Name: Gaytha Johnson
Where do you live now: Benton Harbor, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1964-2003
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1978
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: My brother stumbled across it.
Date: May 17, 2006
Time: 09:59 PM
 

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I loved growing up in Hartford and when I got divorced, I moved back home to Hartford and raised my children and they graduated from Hartford also. I loved the small town atmosphere to raise my children. The summer ball program all three of my kids played every year. It was a good time and something fun to keep connected with my kids.  Click here to send me an email.


Name: Deborah Troutman-Immink
Where do you live now: Greenfield, Indiana
When did you live in Hartford: 1953-1976
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High, Paw Paw High
You are from the class of: 1970
Your favorite feature of this web site: photos
How did you hear about the site:
Date: May 22, 2006
Time: 11:46 PM
 

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I have fond memories of Hartford. I loved being raised in a small town. As a young girl I visited the Library often. It was in an old big brick house. I often think about my friendships of the past, and wonder how certain people are doing. I married John Anthony in 1968. We had two children. In 1976 I moved to Holland Michigan. I was married 18 years to Tom Dykstra. In 1994 we divorced, and in 1996 I married Steven Immink. We live in Greenfield, Indiana now. It is just East of Indianapolis. Steve works for Eli Lilly. We adopted my Grandson, Tomas in 1993. He will be 13 this Summer. My son (from John Anthony) is now nearly 38, and My daughter (from John Anthony) is 35. I am blessed with 5 beautiful Grandchildren. John lives in Indiana and his two daughters are Olivia, almost 16, and Elizabeth 14. Rebekah has 3 children...Tomas (who we adopted), Alex 9, and Daisy 5. They reside in Holland Michigan. We attend a great Church called Brandywine Community Church. Our three services are overflowing, so we are building a bigger facility. Over the past 20 years I have hosted 7 Foreign exchange students. Thus began my love for Europe. I just returned (April 2006) from my 8th trip over there. I have 4 cats and a wonderful Dog. My class was 1971, however, Because I got pregnant in the 10th grade I had to finish my education through night school....Therefore, I actually graduated in 1971 from Paw Paw High school. I hope to hear from classmates.  Click here to send me an email


Name: Mary Olds Toshach
Where do you live now: Lansing, MI
When did you live in Hartford: Never
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site: Enjoy the history and photos
How did you hear about the site: Google search
Date: June 05, 2006
Time: 01:12 PM
 

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I recently visited Hartford to locate the gravesite of my great-great-great grandfather Orson Olds. Since assisting my mother with genealogical research (mostly microfilm reading of newspapers) I have been intrigued with the connection to Hartford. Too bad the Hartford (Olds Hotel) House burned. My great grandfather Millard D. Olds was born in Hartford, but moved north to Cheboygan. You may view some of the genealogy at olds-family.com but the site has not been updated or expanded for a while. Thank-you


Name: Gary Walker
Where do you live now: New York, NY
When did you live in Hartford: 1985-1999
School attended or graduated from: Baldwin-Wallace College
You are from the class of: 1999
Your favorite feature of this web site: the description of the town
How did you hear about the site: bored at work
Date: June 06, 2006
Time: 04:07 PM
 

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Name: Richard Leonard
Where do you live now: Lawrence
When did you live in Hartford: 1968-1981
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1979
Your favorite feature of this web site: All
How did you hear about the site:
Date: June 15, 2006
Time: 11:27 AM
 

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Name: Laurel Green
Where do you live now: Roanoke , Alabama
When did you live in Hartford: 1960-1976
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1968
Your favorite feature of this web site: What I've seen so far is great, Thanks Emma
How did you hear about the site: Ernestine Bachman my sister
Date: July 08, 2006
Time: 03:36 PM
 

Comments

It's great to have memories but it's even better to read them from time to time, as we get older we tend to forget some people and it's nice to see people are still around and doing well. Click here to send me an email. 


Name: Frances (Nice) Drumm
Where do you live now: Mifflinville, PA
When did you live in Hartford: 1952-1971
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1970
Your favorite feature of this web site: reading postings from old friends
How did you hear about the site: visited in past
Date: July 12, 2006
Time: 01:51 PM
 

Comments

Had the opportunity to return home during the week of July 4th. Was only able to take a quick spin thru Watervliet-Hartford-Keeler but, as always, it brought back lots of memories. My folks' former farm looks like it's being taken care of (Thank You to the current residents!), Visited the Keeler cemetery and found it to be in dire need of a good mow & trim job. Will have to make my short visit last until next year. Been in PA for 21 years now, but "home" is still "home".


Name: Tammy (Robinson) Jackson
Where do you live now: Fort Wayne, IN
When did you live in Hartford: 1960-1972
School attended or graduated from: Warsaw Community High School
You are from the class of: 1978
Your favorite feature of this web site: All of it
How did you hear about the site: My brother Steve Robinson linked me to it
Date: July 24, 2006
Time: 08:44 AM
 

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Name: Sandra L (Weber) James
Where do you live now: Russell Ark
When did you live in Hartford: From birth thru late 1980's
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1978
Your favorite feature of this web site: All of it.
How did you hear about the site: Chris Roush, my sister, is a resident of Hartford.
Date: August 03, 2006
Time: 12:34 AM


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Former resident, present-past family members, attended Hartford High School and would have graduated with class of 1978. Father was a fire fighter, along with two uncles, who served on Hartford Fire Dept. I was raised in Hartford from birth thru my mid 20's when I moved to TN Traveled back and forth for the remainder of my life and still due to visit family still living in Hartford.  My Maiden name is Weber and I am the daughter of Larry and Bobby Weber. As I have aged and moved all over the country, there's one thing that has keep me grounded. The way I was raised and where I was raised. Which is the core of who I am. I have lots of wonderful memories of Hartford the schools, the town, the park, the Federated Church that I went to along with my grandmother, Irene Root. My years of being a cheerleader, and my friends and family. I am proud of where I am from and that is Hartford MI. I hope this web site continues to grow. Would love to here from class mates and friends. Click here to send me an email.


Name: Carol Williams-Salverson
Where do you live now: Greenwood, AR
When did you live in Hartford: 1962-2002
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1976
Your favorite feature of this web site: misc. history
How did you hear about the site: a friend
Hartford Connection:  graduate-former resident
Date: August 10, 2006
Time: 11:37 AM

Comments

Would love to hear from anyone in the class of "76". This is a cool site. Click here to send me an email.


Name: Victoria Shannon (Linda Simpson)
Where do you live now: Chicago, Illinois
When did you live in Hartford: 1966/1967
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: Did Not Graduate from Hartford High School
Your favorite feature of this web site: Reading comments
How did you hear about the site: Found it doing research
Hartford Connection: Family.
Date: August 16, 2006
Time: 01:33 PM
 

Comments

My mother is Mary Lou Shirley. She was married to Trues (Junior) Shirley, Jr. They owned a house in Hartford, and I lived with them off and on and attended Hartford High School with, I suppose, is the graduating class of 1968. I think I have half-brothers and a half-sister living in Hartford still.

I remember the small-town atmosphere of Hartford. I mostly lived with my grandparents in Benton Harbor, Michigan, but Hartford was my favorite little town.
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Name: Beverly Kendall
Where do you live now: Lexington KY
When did you live in Hartford: visitor from 1951 to 1955
School attended or graduated from: Howell High, Howell Michigan
You are from the class of: 1954
Your favorite feature of this web site: your school pictures and memories
How did you hear about the site: yahoo search
Hartford Connection: former visitor, people who lived in Kalamazoo, Hartford in the past and now
Date: August 18, 2006
Time: 07:38 AM
 

Comments

Your school memories and photos are wonderful. You have so many events and class photos AND you have the names of the students and teachers. I am looking for more about the Mildred Smith you have in the telephone office photo. Two of the girls in my class (1954) worked at the Howell telephone office, with the same type of equipment. That photo brought back a lot of memories for me. Mildred Smith had a younger sister, Virginia Caroline Smith, who was born in Hartford about 1921 and was in school around 1935. I would like to find out what happened to the family, and if Virginia could still be living. Thank you for the many memories your site brought back to me. Class of 1954, Howell Michigan. Beverly Kendall click here to send me an email.  http://www.geocities.com/grandmak33/grandmaslinks.html.


Name: Brian Shafer
Where do you live now: south bend, in
When did you live in Hartford: 1935-1970
School attended or graduated from: hhs
You are from the class of: 1954
Your favorite feature of this web site: all
How did you hear about the site: glenn miller
Hartford Connection: built some of the finer homes with my father clyde shafer
Date: September 02, 2006
Time: 11:17 AM
 

Comments: Brian passed away on 11/25/2007.


Name: Tom Riley
Where do you live now: Lansing, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 1966-1982
School attended or graduated from: Hartford HS
You are from the class of: 1975
Your favorite feature of this web site: History
How did you hear about the site: Just happened upon it. Very well done.
Hartford Connection: Graduate, former resident, still visit family in town, previously employed with the school and city.
Date: September 08, 2006
Time: 12:30 AM
 

Comments

I just happened upon the book while searching Google for something else. It's very well done and I really enjoyed what I've seen so far. I will be back to search through the information and may have some additional items of interest to donate. Thanks for your hard work! Sincerely, Tom Riley


Name:   Rich Ison
Where do you live now:   Warren, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1966-1993
School attended or graduated from:  Hartford High
You are from the class of:   1985
Your favorite feature of this web site:  Historical Events
How did you hear about the site:  Sister
Hartford Connection:  Lived there thru my child hood and alot of good memories.
Date:  October 03, 2006
Time:  10:42 AM

Comments:

I enjoyed living in Hartford during my childhood. I will always cherish all the fond memories I had from growing up as a child to the friends I had at Hartford.  I am hoping a reunion will be in the near future.  click here to send me an email.



Name:  Sarah Hadley
Where do you live now:   St. Joseph
When did you live in Hartford:  1978-2000
School attended or graduated from:  Hartford High School
You are from the class of:   1994
Your favorite feature of this web site: There is so much information!
How did you hear about the site:   Google
Hartford Connection:  Graduate
Date:  October 06, 2006
Time: 
03:48 PM

Comments:

I was trying to remember some dates and ended up at your website. This is fantastic, keep up the great work! I'll be sure to check back again when I have more time to browse.
 

 


Name:   ALDO ROMERO
Where do you live now:  Hartford, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford:  long time
School attended or graduated from:  Indian high school
You are from the class of:  2007
Your favorite feature of this web site:  learning about my school better
How did you hear about the site:  school
Hartford Connection:   I go there
Date:   October 16, 2006
Time:    07:52 AM

Comments:

played sports and hang with friends


Name:   Sheryl Bulat Ferguson
Where do you live now:  Lawton, MI
When did you live in Hartford:  1956 - 1979
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of:  1974
Your favorite feature of this web site:  Haven't spent enough time in it to make a decision yet.
How did you hear about the site:  on the newsletter e-mail list
Hartford Connection:   Grew up in Hartford, Graduated from HHS, Sister and brother's families still live in Hartford
Date:   October 20, 2006
Time:   01:28 PM

Comments: 

Click here to send me an email at the office.   OR  click here to send me an email at home.          


Name:    Roy M. "Bud" Davis, Marion L. Davis
Where do you live now:    Hartford, MI
When did you live in Hartford:  Born here and returned
School attended or graduated from:  HHS
You are from the class of:  1942 & 1943
Your favorite feature of this web site:  We enjoy it all!
How did you hear about the site:       
Hartford Connection:   Inspector of rainfall, snowfall, traffic light timing, etc.
Date:   October 21, 2006
Time:
  09:17 AM

Comments:

Emma...the website just keeps on growing.  Thanks to you from all of us for preserving Hartford's history.  You are doing a great job!  I am still writing my weekly feature column in the Tri-City Record, Watervliet, MI. We are on line www.tricityrecord.com, and anyone who does not get to read the paper can see it there (including my column, "The Paw Paw River Journal.")

Anyone doing research on early Hartford should go to your "Transcripts."  There they will find a treasure trove of stories about our beginning....plus many names.
  
All Best Wishes for continued success and growth in this website, which truly contains pearls from our past!   
Bud & Marion Davis  Click here to send us an email
(no "e" in doubld)
 


Name:   Richard (Ricky) Rittenhouse
Where do you live now:    San Antonio, Tx
When did you live in Hartford:   1974-1982
School attended or graduated from:  Hartford H.S.
You are from the class of:  1982
Your favorite feature of this web site: Everything
How did you hear about the site:  Surfing
Hartford Connection:    Former Resident
Date:   November 07, 2006
Time:   01:47 PM

Comments:

Awesome Website.  Thanks for the memories.  I lived in Hartford as a kid and moved to San Antonio, Tx my senior year.  Click here to send me an email

 


Name: stacy cole
Where do you live now: hartford,mi
When did you live in Hartford: maple hill
School attended or graduated from: lawrence
You are from the class of: 2009
Your favorite feature of this web site: don't know
How did you hear about the site: searching for a person that died
Hartford Connection: live there
Date: November 19, 2006
Time: 05:20 PM
 

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Name: Beverly Kendall
Where do you live now: Lexington KY
When did you live in Hartford: visitor in the 50's
School attended or graduated from: Howell
You are from the class of: 1954
Your favorite feature of this web site: Pearls In Our Past
How did you hear about the site:
Hartford Connection: several of my friends lived in Kalamazoo and Hartford
Date: December 08, 2006
Time: 04:24 PM
 

Comments

I have been looking for Virginia C. Smith and found her and her sister Mildred. If you want to use the obituaries I found, it may help other people searching for this family. Mildred married Otto Schriner.

GOBLES - Mildred E. Schriner, 81, of Gobles, died Saturday, October 21, 1995, at the Allegan County Medical Care Facility. She was born May 24, 1914, in Chicago, the daughter of Charles H. and Elizabeth M. (Siebengartner) Smith. She was a member of St. Mary Church, Paw Paw. On September 6, 1934, in Watervliet, Mich., she was united in marriage to Otto L. Schriner, who preceded her in death on March 30, 1977. She is survived by a son, Donald C. Schriner of Ludington, Mich.; two daughters, Mrs. Michael (Sue) Gibbs and Mrs. Phillip (Karen) Boyer, all of Gobles; five grandchildren; and a sister, Virginia Chestnut of Allegan. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Mary Church, Paw Paw, with the Rev. Fr. Robert Flickinger, Celebrant.  Interment followed in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford.

Virginia Caroline Smith married Jimmie A. Chestnut

Onaga Herald - November 11, 1993
Obituary Jimmie A. Chestnut, Sr., 77, Allegan, Mich., died Thursday, October 28, 1993, at the Allegan Care Center.  He was born May 15, 1916 in Denison, the son of Ira and Sarah Stuckert Chestnut. He farmed all his life and had served as president of the State Holstein Association and had served on the Board of Production Creamery and the Allegan County Fair Board for many years. Survivors include his wife, Virginia; three sons, Charles, Williamston, Mich.; Jimmie, Jr., and Harry, both of Allegan; a brother, Glenn, Topeka; one sister, Flora Bottom, Havensville; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Martin, Orville and Cecil.  Burial was in Mallory Cemetery, Trowbridge Township.

Thank you for this web site, it has been a big help to me in my search. It is great!!

Webmaster note:  the SS Death Index shows Virginia C. Chestnut, Allegan MI, passed away 3-8-2001.


Name: Tressa (Bowman) Beltran
Where do you live now: Hartford, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 1978-79, then back here 99-present
School attended or graduated from: Bangor High school
You are from the class of: 1984
Your favorite feature of this web site: All of it
How did you hear about the site: stumbled across it
Hartford Connection: I work here and have for about 18 years at the Police Department
Date: January 05, 2007
Time: 11:00 AM
 

Comments

I love that the people here are so loyal to Hartford! As I was reading through the comments here, I noticed there were people from all around the world on here! I also noticed relatives that could have told me about this site (lol), But, more importantly, I noticed some comments on here that were made by some friends that have since past on and it made me smile! Good job!!!!!


Name: Katina Fields Loomis
Where do you live now: Coloma, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1974-1992
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1992
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: My sister - Traci
Hartford Connection: Graduate
Date: January 26, 2007
Time: 10:10 AM
 

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Name: Alexis Pleyer
Where do you live now: Hartford
When did you live in Hartford: 1992-present
School attended or graduated from: Still In School
You are from the class of: 2010
Your favorite feature of this web site: Everything
How did you hear about the site: Just Found It
Hartford Connection: Former Resident
Date: February 04, 2007
Time: 10:34 PM
 

Comments

I Really Like This Site!!! I've Been Here About 5 Times Already.


Name: Gina Atteberry VanderKley
Where do you live now: Schoolcraft, Mich
When did you live in Hartford: 1973-2003
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1991
Your favorite feature of this web site: It's great to catch up on what is going on from my hometown of Hartford that I miss.
How did you hear about the site: Just looking up info on Hartford
Hartford Connection: graduate and former resident
Date: February 06, 2007
Time: 02:25 PM
 

Comments

My special memories of my days living and growing up in Hartford was the people that I got to grow up with and love. I have lots of great memories about school, my favorite teachers, friends, playing sports and being voted as the most athletic my senior year for my class. I played every sport and sometimes played 2 different sports at the same time. My favorite memory however is about my high school sweetheart who still lives in Hartford that meant the world to me and still does.


Name: Donny Majeska
Where do you live now: Winfield Illinois
When did you live in Hartford: Summer of 1962, 1963, 1964
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: google search
Hartford Connection: Summers on family farm
Date: February 06, 2007
Time: 04:23 PM
 

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My connection with Hartford is the McCollum family who had a family farm just outside of town near Van Auken Lake. The parents were Rolland (Uncle Jack) and Mary. The children are Linda, Carol (who died in a car crash in 1965) and Jamie. In the winter of 1962 Mary McCollum worked for my mother in Chicago as a waitress to earn income for family and farm. It was arranged that I would spend the following summer on the McCollum farm, I was nine or ten. The next two or three summers on the farm were the best years of my childhood. My world changed from Chicago suburbs to farm life in Hartford. Uncle Jack grew peaches, cherries, asparagus and raised some pigs too. I got to drive the tractor, chased the pigs until Uncle Jack yelled at me "Boy I'm trying to fatten those pigs up, stop chasing them". One night Jamie and I snuck out of the house and went skinny-dipping in Van Auken Lake. Having fun at the county fairs. Anyway a piece of my heart will always remain in Hartford. If anyone knew the McCollum family I would love the information. Click here to send me an email.


Name: Traci Fields Harmon
Where do you live now: Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 1977-1998
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1995
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: My Mom-Vickey Gilbert Fields
Hartford Connection: Graduate
Date: February 10, 2007
Time: 11:54 PM
 

Comments

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Name: Millie Beam
Where do you live now: Cocoa, Florida
When did you live in Hartford: 1976-1986
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1984
Your favorite feature of this web site: Lots of good info
How did you hear about the site: My Brother Bob
Hartford Connection: Former resident
Date: February 20, 2007
Time: 04:30 PM
 

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Name: cammy lynn markee (littlefield)
Where do you live now: Flint, Mi
When did you live in Hartford: 1980-1997
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1997
Your favorite feature of this web site: royalty
How did you hear about the site: google
Hartford Connection: graduate, former resident, present family members
Date: February 22, 2007
Time: 04:06 PM
 

Comments

I thought I would find info. about a 10 year class reunion. Click here to send me an email.


Name: Greg Spann
Where do you live now: Minneola, Florida
When did you live in Hartford: 1965-1980
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1980
Your favorite feature of this web site: Just found haven't had time to look at whole site yet.
How did you hear about the site: Surfing
Hartford Connection: Grew up there, worked on farm (Jones and also Heaters), and graduated
Date: February 27, 2007
Time: 04:21 PM
 

Comments

Been a long time since I went down memory lane. Enjoyed seeing a lot of familiar names. If you remember me and would like contact me, click here to send an email


Name: Angela M. Brant (Peters)
Where do you live now: Omaha, NE
When did you live in Hartford: 1970-1977
School attended or graduated from: Woodside Elementary/Harford Middle
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site: History
How did you hear about the site: google search
Hartford Connection: former resident
Date: March 08, 2007
Time: 11:58 PM
 

Comments

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Name: Crystal Vannasdall (HILL)
Where do you live now: near St. Louis, MO
When did you live in Hartford: 80 something (5th grd) to 2001
School attended or graduated from: HHS
You are from the class of: 1992
Your favorite feature of this web site: still browsing, I'll let you know
How did you hear about the site: trying to find out info about my hs transcripts
Hartford Connection: graduate
Date: March 11, 2007
Time: 02:50 AM
 

Comments

Most of my memories, although fun at the time, were probably not the best decisions made by my friends and I, but we all grow and learn with age and I just hope and pray that, like myself, that they have quit living the way we did then. But experience has taught me alot and I would not trade any of it for the world, it has made me who I am today. Anyone that would like click here to email me. 


Name: Dick Johnson
Where do you live now: Tecumseh, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1948 - 1953
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of: 1965
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Hartford Connection: My Father, Don Johnson, was band director until 1953, Uncle was Jim Chappell. I went to school just through 1st grade there. Had Mrs. Dyer.
Date: March 11, 2007
Time: 12:05 PM
 

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I spent a few hours in Hartford last year, mostly going through the cemetery, looking for relatives and familiar names. We lived at 401 S. Center, the property looks much the same as when we were there. Mr. & Mrs. Ivan White lived across the street, we used to stop on our trips near Hartford to see Mrs. White, a truly lovely woman. Doubt if anyone would remember me, but click here to send me an email.


Name: shawntelle anastasia rice
Where do you live now: hartford michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 68th ave.
School attended or graduated from: hartford high school
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Hartford Connection: current
Date: March 15, 2007
Time: 10:21 AM
 

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Name: Jerry Hoadley Jr
Where do you live now: San Antonio TX
When did you live in Hartford: 1965-1973
School attended or graduated from: Hartford HS, Graduated MacArthur HS San Antonio
You are from the class of: 1977
Your favorite feature of this web site: The heritage
How did you hear about the site: My Mom, Beverly Hoadley sent a link to me.
Hartford Connection: Dad, Jerry Hoadley Sr. was chief of Police, and my family is from around that area, some still are.
Date: March 15, 2007
Time: 05:01 PM
 

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Name: Amy Farnsworth
Where do you live now: Benton Harbor, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 1978
School attended or graduated from: attended Red Arrow Elem. & High School
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site: Historical
How did you hear about the site: just found it
Hartford Connection: ancestors from Hartford
Date: April 03, 2007
Time: 08:44 AM
 

Comments

I have been doing my family genealogy on the Snyder/Grove, Stanley/Root for approximately 3 years. I am stuck on the Snyders. If anyone has any information on the Frederick & Mary E. (Goss) Snyder family, PLEASE help. I found out that Frederick's parents were Adam & Margaret Snyder. Frederick was the 3rd child born on January 6th, 1837 in Liverpool, Ohio and died on August 5th 1909 in Bangor, Michigan.  Frederick & Mary were blessed with 6 children: James, Lucy, twins: Addison & Alvin, Ida and Pearl.  James was my GG Grandfather.  James married Addie Sophia Grove and had 1 child, Lena Snyder. Click here to send me an email. 


Name: Cathy Moore ( Daisy)
Where do you live now: Hartford
When did you live in Hartford: 1976- till present
School attended or graduated from: Bangor
You are from the class of: 1976
Your favorite feature of this web site: Don't know yet
How did you hear about the site: friend
Hartford Connection: Married Gary Moore, his father was Dave Moore and mother Roena Shafer Moore and we live in Hartford and I also work for the school here.
Date: April 13, 2007
Time: 07:36 PM
 

Comments

I loved to listen to my father-in-law talk about all the old baseball games he used to play.


Name: Kimberly (Wesaw) Stevenson
Where do you live now: Shelbyville
When did you live in Hartford: didn't
School attended or graduated from:
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site: Simon Pokagon
How did you hear about the site: found it
Hartford Connection: past family
Date: April 23, 2007
Time: 06:55 AM
 

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When I read of the past, I am sad that I have missed out on so much knowledge of my ancestors. It wasn't until my teens that my family really started to let me in on just how much (my parents were divorced). I just want to thank my aunt Linda Wesaw (Birdsall) for all the work she has done for our family tree. I know this thank you is a long time coming. Without her, I never would have known much of anything of our heritage, or of the wonderful book, LAND OF FOUR FLAGS, as where it tells of my great great grandfather, CHIEF WESAW.  I am so PROUD of my Indian blood. Something no-one can ever take away for me. I love the pow wows, the new friends that I've met and everything yet that I have to learn.  My skin may not be as dark. My hair may not be as black, but I AM POKAGON POTAWATOMI!!!!!!


Name: Mona Snider
Where do you live now: Knoxville, TN.
When did you live in Hartford: 1966-1979
School attended or graduated from: Hartford elementary, Middle and High schools
You are from the class of: 1980
Your favorite feature of this web site: schools and lists of classmates each year
How did you hear about the site: surfing
Hartford Connection: schools, former resident of Hartford and Keeler, family members
Date: April 26, 2007
Time: 07:32 AM
 

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Hello everyone! Could anyone help me find some of these friends?  1.) Norita Danneffel class of 1980....2.) Sandra Musick class of 1979....3.) any of the Bolton kids from around Hartford-Keeler country areas...4.) Richard Culbertson class of 1969....5.)  Fisher kids from Keeler....6.) Leach kids from Keeler...6.) Fillmore kids from Keeler, darn, that's all for now I think. Oh wait!  What about any of the POMORSKI family from "Shafer Lake and cabins"? There are so many friends I'd like to catch up on memories with. ;-))  I miss those 70's in Keeler for sure. take care everyone, and thanks!!  Click here to send me an email.                        


Name: Robert R. Solomon
Where do you live now: Tampa, Florida
When did you live in Hartford: 1960-1965
School attended or graduated from: Hartford Elementary
You are from the class of: Can't remember
Your favorite feature of this web site: Photos of scenery.
How did you hear about the site:
Hartford Connection: Former resident (childhood)
Date: May 29, 2007
Time: 12:21 PM
 

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Childhood memories of Hartford frequently cross my mind. I went to Hartford Elementary and played on the basketball team with guys like Steve Hallgren and Johnny Szewczyk. I also remember a little girl named Becky Geisler. I was class president every year in elementary school before moving to Florida. I remember the police chief was Wendell Everhart (our neighbor), and remember visiting Dr. Del Stagg at his home. I also remember Mrs. Paras (Parascandolo) and her Cadillac with the fins. My friends and I would sled and play on Paras Hill. Some teachers I remember are Ms. McCoy, Ms. Sorenson, Ms. Lambert, and it was as beautiful as a child could hope for. It was so much fun going to the race track as well. Oh yes, I remember the Rose family had a drug store in town, and I won the "Most popular boy in town" contest and a new Columbia bike. The Ritz theater and roller skating were always huge fun too. We lived on Main and Elm I think which was kitty corner from the post office. God Bless the people of Hartford who were kind to me. The upbringing there has served me well in life. Respectfully, Robert R. Solomon  Click here to send me an email.


Name: Pat Bachman Empson
Where do you live now: Traverse City, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1946 - 1978
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 1959
Your favorite feature of this web site: I love it all and come back often to see what's new.
How did you hear about the site:
Hartford Connection: former resident, graduate, some family still lives there
Date: June 13, 2007
Time: 02:57 PM
 

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I come back to Hartford several times a year, mostly to see family and am always hit with nostalgia for the way it used to be. Times change and so do people but our memories are always there. So, I enjoy seeing the old pictures on this website and reading the recollections.  I'd like to hear from anyone, especially the Class of 1959, who may have old pictures to share via email. Those of our class growing up would be especially appreciated. Also anything from my husband's Class of 1957--Jim Empson.  Click here to send me an email


Name: Woodrow W. Stoddard
Where do you live now: Hemet California
When did you live in Hartford: 1916---1923
School attended or graduated from: SHAFER
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site: OLD PICTURES
How did you hear about the site: searching the Web
Hartford Connection: I was born in Hartford 1916 lived on the land of Shafer Lake till 1923
Date: June 15, 2007
Time: 08:23 PM
 

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In 1916, I was born in Hartford. My parents, Daniel and Jenny (James) Stoddard, lived on a farm my Mother's parents purchased for our family, which our land went to Shafer Lake.  We fished, swam at the Shafer Lake. On the farm land there were only four houses, the Shafer's, Stickney's, Simpson's, and of course the Stoddard's (we were all related in one way or the other).  I went two years to the Old School House called Shafer School. My brothers, Clair, Cleland (Slim as he was called) Raymond, Lyle, and my sister Mildred went there years before me.  Most of the kids back then were my cousins at Shafer School.  We went to an old church there by the school, can't (at age 90) remember the name of the church.. The old cemetery where I have a twin sister born stillborn in Nov 1916 is buried there.  My grandfather, Charles Frank (Stanley) Stoddard had the movie house in Hartford, we got to go to it once a month FREE, but the catch was we had to clean it after the movie. Have so many memories, but yet at my age so few memories of Hartford. We then moved to Mishawaka In. when I was about seven or eight. 

Note:  Woodrow completed his journey of life on January 6, 2009.


Name: Misty Sebright
Where do you live now: Chicago IL
When did you live in Hartford: I didn't
School attended or graduated from: KEC
You are from the class of: 05
Your favorite feature of this web site: The appreciation for the soldiers like my grandfather
How did you hear about the site: Internet search
Hartford Connection: My grandfather
Date: June 24, 2007
Time: 11:35 AM
 

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My grandfather Nelson Sebright may he rest in peace fought in world war II and I appreicate him doing so giving us future generations a chance at a better life! Misty Sebright


Name: Leonard Overmyer III
Where do you live now: Cedar Springs, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1870
School attended or graduated from: -
You are from the class of: -
Your favorite feature of this web site: -
How did you hear about the site: -
Hartford Connection: History Note:
Date: July 05, 2007
Time: 02:46 PM
 

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Alva C. Spaulding of Dayton followed his son and enlisted as a musician on August 22, 1862, at the age of 37 into the 26th Michigan Infantry. He served through the entire Civil War and was discharged at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 13, 1865. His grave is in the Maple Hill Cemetery at Hartford, Van Buren County Michigan.


Name: JUDY FULLER
Where do you live now: Tucson, AZ
When did you live in Hartford: 1960-1985
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High
You are from the class of: 1979
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site: Dictionary.com website
Hartford Connection: Former resident, present family members
Remote Name: 70.184.73.180
Date: August 08, 2007
Time: 04:30 PM
 

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All my memories of Hartford are special. I love this place.


Name: Ben Marbury
Where do you live now: Temecula, CA
When did you live in Hartford: 1941-1953
School attended or graduated from: Stoughton's Corners, Hartford HS
You are from the class of: 1953 dng
Your favorite feature of this web site:
How did you hear about the site:
Hartford Connection: Former resident, alumni
Date: August 26, 2007
Time: 02:30 AM
 

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I learned to fly in Hartford in 1952. Tink Leach was my instructor, I flew an Aeronca Champion from a grass strip near the Fairgrounds. Click here to send me an email.


Name: John Thomas
Where do you live now: Ontario California
When did you live in Hartford: 1964 to 1977
School attended or graduated from: Hartford Public Schools from K thru 9th
You are from the class of: 1982
Your favorite feature of this web site: photos, I want to see more.
How did you hear about the site: homesick, so I just typed in Hartford Mich.
Hartford Connection: I was born there in 1964 and lived there until 1977 when my family moved to California.
Date: September 30, 2007
Time: 02:06 PM
 

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I was in the 5th grade when Woodside Elementary was opened. I was involved in the ceremonies when we buried the time capsule at the base of the flagpole. I was one of the boyscouts. there were only two of us, I think the other boyscout was Doug Romeo but I'm not sure, it was a long time ago. I wish I could have been there when they raised the time capsule a few years ago. I read about it in the paper. Sometimes I receive the Tri-City paper from Watervliet. I miss Hartford and all the wonderful people. I feel fortunate to have had the privilege of being raised in such a wonderful place.  Click here to send me an email.  


Name: Colleen Gayle Smith (Moore) mom (Cora Okeson)
Where do you live now: Phoenix, AZ
When did you live in Hartford: Not me but in 1914 (before and after) my mom Cora Okeson, Aunt 
            Nina Okesaon, and Uncle Dan Oakeson
School attended or graduated from: They attended Hartford School
You are from the class of:
Your favorite feature of this web site: The picture of the Hartford School with my mom, Cora
           Okeson, Aunt Nina, and Leta Dade
How did you hear about the site: My niece, Kerin Shue from Crestview FL, sent the web link to me.
Hartford Connection: As indicated before, my mom and her family lived in Hartford.
Date: November 12, 2007
Time: 10:33 PM
 

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I don't know when my mom Cora Okeson and the rest of her family got to Hartford or how long the lived there. I think that she finished the 8th grade there. (She is in the 1914-1915 Hartford school picture on your webpage, along with Nina Okeson and Leda Dade.) My Aunt Nina contracted TB in about 1918. My mom, her brother, my Uncle Dan Okeson, and his wife, took my Aunt Nina on the sojourn to the SW for her TB to heal. They got as far as Childress TX where my Aunt Nina Okeson died. Uncle Dan Okeson was commissioned to build the new school house in Childress TX where my mom Cora Okeson would teach once it was built. It was a one room school house. My dad "Tex" (Eddie Moore) would come around on his horse and ask my mom if should would go for a ride with him. She did, they were married, and I am the youngest of their nine children. I remember my mom telling me about Hartford MI and the beautiful apple and fruit orchards. She had such fond memories of Hartford. I always loved to hear about her stories of picking strawberries and other fruit. She was a wonderful mother. Hartford must have had wonderful school teachers. My mom was so smart, even with just the 8th grade education, that she was able to teach in Childress TX as well as teaching all of her children. She never stopped reading and teaching herself. She and Tex had five boys and four girls from 1921-1946. What a pleasure your website is. It is well done and just a joy to read about. Keep it up. Colleen (Okeson-Moore-Smith) Phoenix AZ
 


Name: Bobby Sharp
Where do you live now: Hernando Mississippi
When did you live in Hartford: 1979- 81
School attended or graduated from: Logan Iowa
You are from the class of: 1981
Your favorite feature of this web site: Don't know yet
How did you hear about the site: Just looking
Hartford Connection: Former Resident
Date: January 10, 2008
Time: 07:41 PM
 

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It was the best place I've ever been. Click here to send me an email.


Name: Alexis Pleyer
Where do you live now: Hartford, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1992-Present
School attended or graduated from: Hartford High School
You are from the class of: 2010
Your favorite feature of this web site: The Old Photos
How did you hear about the site: I Found It
Hartford Connection: Former Resident
Date: January 25, 2008
Time: 02:18 PM
 

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Name: Ben Marbury
Where do you live now: Temecula, CA
When did you live in Hartford: 1940-1952
Graduated from or attended: Stoughten's Corners, Hartford H.S.
Class Of: 1953
Favorite Feature: history
How did you hear about the site: Google a few years ago
Hartford Connection: Former Resident
Date: Tuesday February 05, 2008
Time: 01:08 AM -0500
 

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My mother, Velma Sherman (wife of Roy Sherman) was in charge of the County Hospital just outside of Hartford. My sister Virginia and I visited 4 years ago and were very pleased with the visit.


Name: Bruce Little
Where do you live now: Hartford, Michigan USA
When did you live in Hartford: 1999 to present
Graduated from or attended: Watervliet
Class Of: 1969
Favorite Feature: all- its wonderful
How did you hear about the site: came upon it
Hartford Connection: working on the farms
Date: Monday February 18, 2008
Time: 01:30 PM -0500

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     I remember back in the middle 60's when I, and some family, moved back from Colorado.  We worked on the farms.  I remember picking strawberries on Fosters Farm east of town and Hilltop Orchards where I helped lay irrigation pipes and picked asparagus. I worked a lot on the farms around here - it brings back a lot of memories.
     The town of Hartford was busy and a lot of people had jobs.  When I turned 18 years old, I worked at Du-well in Hartford -  they painted and chrome plated knobs for washing machines, clocks and gas caps for cars.  I worked in shipping for Harm Bailey. 
     I remember Jim Kidd, Wanda Sinclare. I used to go to Sister Lakes to skate.  I remember going skating with Scott Rice, he is deceased as of last year.  He used to tend bar at the Main Tavern in Hartford.  I grew up with the Rice family in Watervliet.  I remember the Harmon girls used to go skating back then.  Me and my family did alot of fishing around Hartford.  My dad used to fish with his uncle on Merriman Lake north of Hartford back in 30's and 40's.   Its a nice place to retire, as I am now.
     My dad, Hearl Little, lived in Hartford for over 30 years.  He married Shirley Brubaker and raised her kids here. M
y sister was married to Terry Harris, son of John and Virginia Harris from Hartford. I have alot of fond memories of the Hartford race track and Wesaws, Daiseys, Caldwells, Millicans, Dixons and the Martin boys, Mike Lothka, Loomis brothers, Sweets, Moons, Harold Bohns, the Mannings (I worked with at Bendix), Williams, and Owens families, and CoCo's family restaurant, Kickstand Bar, Joe's Bar, Betty's Rumors Bar, the City Police - the Beltran's, and Yemi the Hartford manager.
     Thanks for letting me share my memories. 

From Bruce Little - I live on Maple St.  Click here to send me an email


Name: Kayla Klotsch
Where do you live now: lawrence, mi
When did you live in Hartford: 1982 - 2005
Graduated from or attended: hartford hs, lawrence high school
Class Of: 2006
Favorite Feature:
How did you hear about the site:
Hartford Connection: alumni
Date: Wednesday February 20, 2008
Time: 01:25 AM -0500
 

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There should be a link for all the teachers who have retired :]


Name: Pamela Shagonaby Gardner
Where do you live now: Waipahu, HI
When did you live in Hartford: 1959-1975
Graduated from or attended: Hartford High
Class Of: 1971
Favorite Feature: Everything
How did you hear about the site: Emma
Hartford Connection: Mom, sisters and Federated Church
Date: Thursday March 20, 2008
Time: 03:49 AM -0500
 

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My best memories are of Emma and Janet and the time we spent together. You were both great friends and I still consider you to be.  click here to send me an email.


Name: Amber (Rogers) Brown
Where do you live now: Wilmington, NC
When did you live in Hartford: 1973-2001
Graduated from or attended: Homeschooled
Class Of:
Favorite Feature: Historic Houses and Famous folk and heroes
How did you hear about the site: Mother sent me a link
Hartford Connection: Ex-resident
Date: Friday April 18, 2008
Time: 09:00 PM -0400

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I remember the Strawberry Festival every year in Hartford as one of my favorite times of the year. We always knew Spring was here when it was time for the festival.  I remember the bank on the corner always changing to a different bank and how much Harding Food Market has changed with the times over the years. When I was a kid we would go to the cemetery on the hill and slide down the slopes on our sleds!  I remember going to the Dime Store on Main Street when I was a kid. There were rows of cool things to buy and the candy counter was the best!  I remember that we always were watched very closely when we were in there by the owners and I was quite sad when it closed. 

Hartford was a great place to grow up and the people in Hartford were always friendly. I enjoy coming home and seeing the changes when I'm there. 
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Name: Carla Mortensen (Hill)
Where do you live now: Benton Harbor, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1982-1993
Graduated from or attended: Hartford High
Class Of: 1992
Favorite Feature: Everything
How did you hear about the site: Google
Hartford Connection: Graduate
Date: Thursday May 01, 2008
Time: 12:39 PM -0400
 

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I happened to stumble upon this site through Google and I think that it is absolutely wonderful. I have enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane looking through all of the information provided. Kudos on a job well done in creating this web site for us all to view!!!


Name: Debbra Mays
Where do you live now: Hartford, Mi
When did you live in Hartford: 1975 to present
Graduated from or attended: Red Arrow Elem, HMS and HHS
Class Of: 1989
Favorite Feature: Military Photos and Letters
How did you hear about the site: Googled Hartford, Mi
Hartford Connection: Raised in Hartford - resident
Date: Saturday May 31, 2008
Time: 12:14 AM -0400
 

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I've lived most of my life and I enjoy browsing this site for updates. Looking back at the old buildings that used to be in town, (and how much things have changed ) brings back a lot of memories.
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Name: Debbra Mays
Where do you live now: Hartford
When did you live in Hartford: 1975 to Present
Graduated from or attended: Hartford
Class Of: 1989
Favorite Feature: All of it.
How did you hear about the site: Googled Hartford
Hartford Connection: Resident
Date: Saturday May 31, 2008
Time: 02:18 AM -0400
 

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I've been reading and looking around on this site for a couple of hours. There's so much to see and to remember! Someone else posted a comment remembering the old dime store that used to be on Main street. That brought back SO many memories. I loved that place when I was a kid. I remember when I was 8, we'd go to the library on Saturdays and watch movies upstairs. I remember when they decided to put the trees and lights in on the sidewalks of Main Street. I was really bummed that day because I realized that the town I grew up in was changing too fast for me. Even Ely Park is different now. (Back when I was a kid, there was no roof over the cement in the back of the park.) I remember the restaurant called the Southern Inn (was on Main street located in the building that they just tore down.)....and Mr Z's chocolate covered donuts.--- The buildings have changed so much over the years, but I've gotten back a lot of memories from your site. I've even gotten to contact some old high school friends from their past comments/email addresses. It's awesome. You're doing a great job on the site. Thanks! Debb.  click here to send me an email.


Name: Tom Brown
Where do you live now: Seattle Washington
When did you live in Hartford: 1966-1974
Graduated from or attended: Penn High, Mishawaka Indiana and Western MI Univ
Class Of: 1965
Favorite Feature: The looking through and recognizing folks that I knew from the pool hall and the race track where I raced for Lou Finney who owned the Mobile station on 94 in the mid sixties.
How did you hear about the site: Just surfing the web about the fire in 68 that burned my apt above the bar next to the Hartford Floor Covering.  My apt was up stairs over the bar when it burned "was being the important word"
Hartford Connection: Some of my former in-laws still live there (*Simpson)
Date: Sunday June 29, 2008
Time: 08:57 PM -0400
 

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Back in the early days when Hartford Speedway was dirt (clay), I flipped a 59 Studebaker Hawk over the no. 1 turn 7 times end over end during PRACTICE BEFORE THE RACE EVEN STARTED.... IT WAS ONE HELL OF A RIDE AND I LOST 4 TEETH AND BROKE THREE RIBS............GOD HOW LIFE WAS GRAND BACK THEN!


Name: Beverly Pompey Brooks
Where do you live now: Paw Paw, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1940 -1960
Graduated from or attended: Hartford high School
Class Of: 1954
Favorite Feature: All of it is very good.
How did you hear about the site: A friend
Hartford Connection: graduate, former resident
Date: Friday July 04, 2008
Time: 07:23 PM -0400
 

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Worked at the Hartford Telephone Office during my Jr. and Sr. year in HHS. 1953 and 1954. Strong bonds were developed with all the operators. A bridal shower was given in my honor by the girls, as I graduated June 3,1954 and was married July 3, 1954. My father died suddenly a week after the marriage and my 5 year old sister was in a serious auto accident at the same time The girls brought a nice meal to the house for our family. I've never forgotten their kindness. Would love to hear from former classmates and people who used to reside in Hartford or still do.  Click here to send an email May - November OR click here to send me an email Dec - April.


Name: Becky Kinney
Where do you live now: Berrien Center Mi
When did you live in Hartford: never
Graduated from or attended: did not
Class Of: 1982
Favorite Feature: history
How did you hear about the site: looking for the police phone number for my daughter
Hartford Connection: I had a friend a long time ago
Date: Sunday August 24, 2008
Time: 11:41 PM -0400
 

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I am looking for the Blanco's, maybe I'm not spelling it right. They were a very big part of my life when I was young. I am looking specifically for Janie Blanco. Her mom could cook the best food. She would make the best tamales ever!  I remember, as a kid, our family from Cassopolis going over there to eat these tasty wonders straight from the kitchen. That was heaven. Will someone let me know what ever happened with this family? I think they had a son named Raymond. My mom was Elsie and dad was Earl. Our last name was Edwards. I really want to know what happened to Janie Blanco.

Thanks email me. click here to send me an email  or  click here

NOTE:  Armando Samora Blanco was a 1984 HHS graduate - same family???


Name: Beverly Scott Kendall
Where do you live now: Lexington KY
When did you live in Hartford: visited from about 1950 to 1960
Graduated from or attended: Howell High School
Class Of: 1954
Favorite Feature: photo page for the schools
How did you hear about the site: yahoo search
Hartford Connection: my best friend and many people I know lived here
Date: Sunday September 07, 2008
Time: 06:42 PM -0400
 

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I am still looking for a photo of Virginia C. Smith Chestnut - HHS 1932.  Please email the webmaster if anyone has a photo of her. (click here for the obituary of Virginia C. Chestnut). Your site gets better all the time.


Name: Cathy (Shirley) Homola
Where do you live now: Decatur MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1951-1970
Graduated from or attended: Hartford Public Schools
Class Of: 1969
Favorite Feature: I LOVED IT ALL !!!
How did you hear about the site: From my friend and former classmate, Mike Pomeroy
Hartford Connection: Ex-Graduate and grew up there
Date: Sunday September 28, 2008
Time: 06:53 PM -0400
 

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I had a friend that used to live in the Thomas mansion, her family was the caretakers for a while. Verna Brown was her name. I used to love spending the night with her and sleeping in those huge rooms with the marble fireplaces, and the marble window seats were so cool to sit in! There was a little iron stairway in her sunroom that took you up to the roof. We used to sneak up there all the time and sunbathe!! Great Times!!!


Name: Tammy Champ
Where do you live now: Ballwin, MO.
When did you live in Hartford: 1984-1989
Graduated from or attended: Hartford High
Class Of: 1989
Favorite Feature: The History
How did you hear about the site: Friends
Hartford Connection: present-past family members
Date: Saturday October 11, 2008
Time: 01:45 PM -0400
 

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My last visit to Hartford, included a night out with friends. Memories of the past where shared. A thoughtful prayer for those who have past on. Glances of friends who have aged gracefully. The biggest shock of all was learning the Hartford House had burned. This had been a piece of history. A quick visit to the fruit stand on the out skirts of Hartford brought back memories of the numerous apple orchards and the rotten apple wars We had as children. The most memorable events of all took place at my uncle Don Tillmans in Keeler. The end of the year rotten vegetable fights. The Booney Bike trails and the good old fashioned family BBQ's


Name: Jerome Raymond Newland
Where do you live now: Central Lake, Mi
When did you live in Hartford: 1959-1972
Graduated from or attended: HHS
Class Of: 1972
Favorite Feature: Any and all
How did you hear about the site: Through mutual friend
Hartford Connection: Raised there and spent all my school years there.
Date: Friday November 28, 2008
Time: 07:52 PM -0500
 

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My dad, Jack R. DeMorrow, was on the fire board during our time there and used to own the the Gulf station in downtown Hartford for several years as well as the Sunoco station at the I-94 interchange. That station made the national news via The Associated Press because it was run by all girls, my sisters and step-sisters. Beverly Newland, Merry Newland, Susan DeMorrow, and Sandra DeMorrow.  The photo that was taken flashed around the country as it had more leg in it then most gas station attendants did.  I went into the service of the Navy 5 days after I graduated and spent 10 years with them, and while with them was attached to the Marines for 2 years.  In 1981, I got out of the Navy and joined the Coast Guard where I completed my military career of 20 years, 4 months and 11 days. I have written a well received book called "The Military is Like a Cold Shower...somebody should tell you about it before you get in." about considering the military as a career. Published September 2007.  Anyone from the Hartford School District may click here to receive a FREE e-book.


Name: Monica Harris DeLoach
Where do you live now: Hartford, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1972 until now
Graduated from or attended: Hartford High School
Class Of: 1976
Favorite Feature: The entire site
How did you hear about the site: cannot remember
Hartford Connection: graduate and resident
Date: Sunday November 30, 2008
Time: 09:52 AM -0500
 

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I love the entire site. I especially love all the old pictures. I knew Bill Dyer for a long time and I know how hard he worked on getting some of the old photographs and news clippings. He was a very special person and I miss him. This site must have been a lot of work and great praise for everyone who worked on it. My mother and her family were from here years ago, my mom still lives here as well as many of my relatives. My grandparents were Harold and Dorothy Shafer. I think everyone in Hartford knew my uncle Tracy Shafer ( he was wonderful.) My mother left Hartford as a young woman (16) and went to Florida, had me, went to Arkansas and married and raised a family there. She moved back to Hartford in 1972 (I think) and I started school here the 2nd. half of my sophomore year. It was hard because at that time the days of school were split. I went during the morning hours and my brothers and sister went during the afternoon hours, it was lonely. But my cousin Danny Shafer helped me get a job at Galati's ( out east of Hartford on Red Arrow). That was one of the most amazing times of my life. I met most of my school friends through working there. I remember I loved going to Bonaface's store and I truly loved the dime store, I could spend hours in there. My daughter graduated from Hartford in 1996 and now my granddaugher is in the 3rd. grade at Woodside. It is nice to have roots in a town that is great.


Name: Wes Peters
Where do you live now: Phoenix, Arizona
When did you live in Hartford: 1967 to 1977
Graduated from or attended: Woodside Elementary
Class Of:  1985
Favorite Feature:
How did you hear about the site: google
Hartford Connection: Former resident
Date: Sunday December 07, 2008
Time: 01:49 PM -0500
 

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My name is Wes Peters. I lived in Hartford from the time I was born until the age of 10. During the Christmas break of my 5th grade year my family moved to Phoenix Arizona. During my teenage years I did go back to Michigan in the summers to visit family in Kalamazoo and Sister Lakes. I have always wondered how my life would have turned out if I would have stayed in Hartford versus a large city like Phoenix. I imagine I would have still joined the Marine Corps. A not so interesting fact is that I was born in a house in Hartford rather than a hospital. If you are heading south on I-94 and take the Hartford Exit I was born in the house to the left at the end off the off ramp. The last time I visited it was part of a fruit stand. I have never seen any of these people since I moved but I still remember Lisa Houart, Heidi Smith, Heidi Loomis, Jan Bowen, Betsy Blanton, Tammy Holcomb, Kenny Pompey, Todd Lutz, Joe Kroboth, Jim VanLierop, Robert Bell, and of course my cousin, Ben Walker.  click here to send me an email 


Name: Alexis Pleyer
Where do you live now: Hartford, MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1992-Present
Graduated from or attended: Hartford High School
Class Of: 2010
Favorite Feature: IDK
How did you hear about the site: Surfing the i-net
Hartford Connection: I live here.
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2008
Time: 09:43 AM -0500
 

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Name: Marvin E. Stow
Where do you live now: Lebanon, Missouri
When did you live in Hartford: 1955 thru 1974
Graduated from or attended: Hartford High School
Class Of: 1964
Favorite Feature: Will look more on site and redo this - 1st time on
How did you hear about the site: Classmate Harold Bowen
Hartford Connection: Former resident and '64 Graduate
Date: Friday December 19, 2008
Time: 11:33 AM -0500
 

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Was nice to hear about this site. Brings memories of Hartford to mind. Lived at 433 N. Center connecting the back fence of Hartford High with corner lot to THE FIELD. Remember the year of track and field with such as Nervy Oliver and John Empson, etc. The Band times at State level concerts and marching band. The times of half-time at the football games. My friends and classmates.

My home address is: Marvin & Nola Stow, 261 Harwood Ave. Apt. 206, Lebanon MO  65536-3062 and phone number is 417-532-8520. 

To let all of you know that I have been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma Bone Cancer and am on my 4th treatment. I am feeling good and believe in the healing power of God. 

2/10/2009 update
The treatments are going well and I am still trusting in the Lord God.  During my x-rays and tests since then, the doctors have found a swelled thyroid gland pressing against my throat.  I am taking a needle culture test tomorrow, 11th of Feb.  Also, my PSA gland reading is sky high and will be taking a prostate (12 cultures) test on the 19th of Feb.  These tests will be done at the VA Hospital in Columbia, MO.  To all, just keep me in your prayers that these tests show that there is no cancer, just abnormal cells.  God Bless You All

NOTE:  Marvin passed away 2/15/2009.


Name: Andrew L. Rosewall
Where do you live now: Cape Cod MA (military)
When did you live in Hartford: 1972-1990
Graduated from or attended: HHS
Class Of: 1990
Favorite Feature: everything
How did you hear about the site:
Hartford Connection: born and raised
Date: Saturday December 20, 2008
Time: 07:42 PM -0500
 

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Name: Lyle H. Lightner
Where do you live now: Liberty Twp., Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 1950 - 1956
Graduated from or attended:
Class Of:
Favorite Feature: All of it!
How did you hear about the site: Web Search
Hartford Connection: Former resident, my grandfather was Daniel D. Lightner
Date: Wednesday January 14, 2009
Time: 07:34 PM -0500
 

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My brother and I tried to get back to Hartford last year, but, we were unable to. Maybe this year. This is a great site, keep up the great work!  Click here to send me an email.


Name: Jason Mashak
Where do you live now: Prague, Czech Republic
When did you live in Hartford: 1973-1982
Graduated from or attended: Hartford SDA Elementary
Class Of:
Favorite Feature:
How did you hear about the site: googled my grandma's obituary
Hartford Connection: I was raised there my first 10 years - my family on Mom's & Dad's side are from there
Date: Friday January 16, 2009
Time: 09:08 AM -0500
 

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Hi, it's good to see that my small hometown is doing its best to keep up with technological advances. Keep up the good work. Thanks for reposting my Grandma Margaret Mashak's obituary.  

My parents (Bill Mashak and Tonda Iverson) were Hartford High class of '73 (had me that same year).  My dad worked a year at Conklins Furniture when I was born, then with his older brother John at Watervliet Paper Mill for many years.  Doctor Stagg was our family doctor covering 4 generations!  My grandma, Charlene Hammond, was one of his early nurses.  I remember so many things about my 10 years there as a child... walking to the Tastee Freeze... the steam locomotive when it visited... the weekend sound of the fastest dirt racetrack in the state... my dad's own muscle cars... visiting Boyd Estes's gas station before he migrated to a warmer south... the hobby shop with the huge slot cars and track in the basement on Main Street... the dime store... the Panel Room... strawberries, apple orchards, distinctive seasons... Easter egg hunts in the park... digging snow tunnels in the yard... attending a one-room school (Hartford SDA church school)... walking a couple/few blocks to see grandparents on both sides... drive-in movies on Red Arrow Hwy... paper mill 4th of July parties... it all makes me want to weep for what was -- and cannot be brought back.  I guess in many ways, though, you're doing just that -- with this website.  Thank you for that.  My family names, all Hartford folk, included:  Mashak, Tikal (on Dad's side), and Iverson, Hammond, Boze (on Mom's side).   Click here to send me an email


Name: Marcia (Gifford) Burgstahler
Where do you live now: Kalamazoo MI
When did you live in Hartford: 1942-1958
Graduated from or attended: Kalamazoo Central HS
Class Of: 1960
Favorite Feature: All of it
How did you hear about the site: Looking at Website
Hartford Connection: Former resident-past family members
Date: Thursday February 12, 2009
Time: 07:45 AM -050

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Among my memories is the business owned by my Grandfather Guy H. Gifford for over 40 years. Kirtchen and Gifford. At one time it employed upwards of 100 town folk. He made artificial wreaths and sprays for many local businesses and place like Macy's in Chicago. Also I lived across the street from Garland's Poultry Farm. Many memories of time spent there and at the Fruit Stand they had going every summer. Thank you to Emma and all who have made this information possible. Click here to send me an email.


Name: Roger MacLeod
Where do you live now: Holland and Pentwater Michigan
When did you live in Hartford: 1935 to 1956
Graduated from or attended: HHS
Class Of: 1954
Favorite Feature: Hearing about old friends and remembering old hangouts
How did you hear about the site: by chance
Hartford Connection: 72 years of memories.
Date: Thursday February 12, 2009
Time: 02:50 PM -0500
 

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I couldn't do a thing that my parents wouldn't know about by noon the next day. Someone would tell Jim the mailman and I would be found out!  Click here to send me an email.


Name: Judy Fuller
Where do you live now: Tucson, AZ
When did you live in Hartford: 1960-1985
Graduated from or attended: HHS
Class Of: 79
Favorite Feature:
How did you hear about the site: Google
Hartford Connection: Former resident, present family members
Date: Friday February 13, 2009
Time: 12:52 PM -0500

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Hartford will always be "Home" to me.


Name: Laurel Green
Where do you live now: Roanoke, Alabama
When did you live in Hartford: 1960-1977
Graduated from or attended: Hartford
Class Of: 1968
Favorite Feature: All of it
How did you hear about the site: sister-- Ernestine Bachman
Hartford Connection: former resident
Date: Friday February 20, 2009
Time: 06:00 PM -0500

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I had a good life in Hartford and many friends there, try to see them as often as possible even though many have moved away, I try to stay in touch with many of them as I can. Click here to send me an email.

 


Name: Craig Mueller
Where do you live now: Carlisle PA
When did you live in Hartford: never
Graduated from or attended: na
Class Of: na
Favorite Feature:
How did you hear about the site: family history search
Hartford Connection: past family history
Date: Monday May 04, 2009
Time: 08:12 PM -0400
 

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My great, great, great grandpa was a Civil War vet in the 66th Inf, Co D, Illinois sharpshooters. His name was Isaac Chatfield.  I'm looking for any information about his life before and after the war. He's from, and I believe he died in Hartford.  Click here to send me an email.  Thanks, Craig.


Name: Tamra (Stump) Braddock
Where do you live now: Eustis, Florida
When did you live in Hartford: 1987 - 1997
Graduated from or attended: Woodside Elementary, Hartford Middle, Hartford High
Class Of: 1998
Favorite Feature:
How did you hear about the site: Google
Hartford Connection: Former resident
Date: Wednesday May 20, 2009
Time: 10:35 PM -0400
 

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I lived in Hartford for 10+ years. I loved being there as a child. It was a town that I could leave my house in the morning and play all day with my friends and my mother never had to worry about me. Looking back now I realize how much of the larger world never really made it to Hartford. I have spent the last 12 years in Florida and I have finally found a town that has the Hartford-like quality. I will always remember the Strawberry festival and the street dances that went on while I was there. That was the highlight of the year for me as well as the Van Buren County Fair. Although I didn't graduate from Hartford High, my loyalties have always been to the Indians. I often wonder if Mr. Teske is still teaching at the High School, and Mrs. Danielson at Woodside Elementary. I sometimes wish that I could come back and raise my children there, I am just too acclimated to the tropical weather and wouldn't make it in the snow.  Although my family no longer lives there, to me Hartford will always be home. Anyone trying to choose the best place to raise their children, will find home in Hartford!  Click here to send me an email.


Name: Barb Raines
Where do you live now: Satsuma, Ala.
When did you live in Hartford: grandfather born1914
Graduated from or attended:
Class Of:
Favorite Feature:
How did you hear about the site: internet
Hartford Connection: grandfather
Date: Monday May 25, 2009
Time: 03:17 PM -0400
 

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Hoping someone can help me in my search for my grandfather, who was born in Watervliet, 1914. His name was James O'keefe and was a full-blood Potawatomi. He married Viola Johnson, a Chippewa from Ont. Canada. This is all the info that I have on him. Am hoping that some elders in the area may remember him or be related. I am also searching for a William Henry who knew my mother, Joyce Chippewa in the late 1950's. He is also from this area, I believe, and would probably be in his late 60's, early 70's. I have searched for many years for family and hope somebody can help me. Thank You, your area seems very beautiful and friendly. I hope one day to visit.  Click here to send me an email.


Name: MONA SNIDER
Where do you live now: KNOXVILLE, TN
When did you live in Hartford: 1965-1979
Graduated from or attended: HARTFORD HIGH
Class Of: 1980
Favorite Feature: PICTURES
How did you hear about the site: FRIEND
Hartford Connection: FORMER RESIDENT, FAMILY
Date: Saturday September 12, 2009
Time: 12:07 AM -0400
 

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Remembering all those yummy strawberries at Foster's farms. ;) The delicious tomatoes, bell peppers and fruit trees from Wesley Danneffel's farm. Remembering my friends in Keeler, Mi. all the fun times we had. The summers, winters, fall and spring times, the lakes!  So many fun times.  I miss them all!  Any one that remembers me may contact me by email or try to find me on myspace.com, MONA SNIDER

 


Name: Mary Lenihan Melcher
Where do you live now: Mesa, AZ
When did you live in Hartford: 1935-1943 visited
Graduated from or attended: Kalamazoo Central
Class Of: 1954
Favorite Feature:
How did you hear about the site:
Hartford Connection: visited grandparents' farm 1930s-40s
Date: Sunday October 18, 2009
Time: 02:45 PM -0400
 

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My aunt, Mildred Crain Vorath owned a farm which I believe was located at the northeast corner of 62nd Street and 61st Avenue just north of the present interstate. My grandparents lived there and farmed during the 30's and 40s-their names were George Dixon Crain and Lillie Mae Farthing Crain and they were originally from Odin IL. As a child living in Chicago, there was no greater adventure than going to the farm to visit---despite no modern conveniences--even electricity or indoor plumbing--we all loved going there. I was amazed to see that my grandparents knew how to grow their own food and raise their own animals. They seemed to have skills and knowledge we city kids had never heard of. My grandparents were not well educated but were great bible readers so were very literate as a result. They were very religious and I cannot recall them complaining about anything or longing for some fancier life--they accepted and endured. About 1943, we moved from Chicago to a farm south of Kalamazoo and my grandparents came to live with us there--my aunt sold the Hartford farm I think at that time. Wish I knew if that spot on the maps is really the old farm site. The parcel is 80-11-023-003-30 and as I recall it was about 100 acres or so. The satellite map shows two features on the parcel which I cannot identify but may be a spring or a well?  Anyone who remembers the place or my grandparents--I would appreciate an email. Click here to send me an email.


Name: Nancy Peirce Haight
Where do you live now: Ionia, Michigan 48846
When did you live in Hartford: 1935- 1960
Graduated from or attended: Hartford High School
Class Of: 1953
Favorite Feature: News about friends
How did you hear about the site: brother-in-law
Hartford Connection: born and lived there for many years
Date: Friday October 23, 2009
Time: 02:56 PM -0400
 

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Name: Jerry Hoadley Jr
Where do you live now: San Antonio TX
When did you live in Hartford: 1967-1974
Graduated from or attended: Hartford until Feb. 1974, MacArthur HS San Antonio, TX 1977
Class Of: 1977
Favorite Feature: History
How did you hear about the site: Mother, Beverly Hoadley
Hartford Connection:  Did most of my growing up there. Missed not graduating at HHS.
Date: Friday October 23, 2009
Time: 07:22 PM -0400
 

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I loved my time in Hartford and wish we came back more often. I remember times when we would 'race' our bikes around the heavy equipment company that used to be across the street from the IGA. Or at the Hartford Motor Speedway, watching the races, and once we went onto the track and realized how steep the banks were in the turns. Also the A&W root beer at the A&W Restaurant. Still my favorite today (except for the coffee.) Enjoyed riding my bike to Van Auken Lake to go wade fishing early in the morning. For any of my old friends, I would love to hear from you. Click here to send me an email.  From San Antonio Texas on a football Friday night. Jerry


Name: Heather Salmon Smith
Where do you live now: Redwood Falls, MN
When did you live in Hartford: Father Born in Hartford in 1941
Graduated from or attended:
Class Of:
Favorite Feature:
How did you hear about the site: internet search
Hartford Connection: Father's family from Hartford
Date: Monday November 02, 2009
Time: 09:40 AM -0500
 

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I am searching for my grandmother's dear friend, Lloyd Schultz, who lived in Hartford in the late 1930s and early 40s. He would have been in his twenties or so. I have a photo of him and he appears to be about 5'9" and lanky. If anyone has any information I would appreciate an email.  Thank you! Heather Smith


Name: Frances Lillian (Owens) Stainer
Where do you live now: Sun City Center, Florida
When did you live in hartford: 1956 1957
Graduated from or attended: ?
Class of: ?
Favorite feature: All of it
How did you hear about the site: Looking up the Owens
Hartford connection: Related to Shafers and Shauls
Date: Friday January 22, 2010
Time: 04:01 Pm -0500

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My mother Joyce Shaul (Adams) (Owens) was raised in this area, she was born in Keeler.  She passed away Nov. 8, 2008, she was 90 years old, at nursing home here in Sun City Center, Fl.  She was close to me - went and picked her up almost every day to spend time with me at my home.  Lester Shaul my uncle lived on Shafer Lake.  Shafer Lake was named after my great grandfather, I was told.  Emmette Shaul, my uncle, lived on Dewey Lake.  Dewey Lake in Dowagiac was name after my great grandmother.


Name:   David Horn
Where do you live now:  Plant City, FL
When did you live in Hartford:  1953-1965
Graduated from or attended:  Hartford Elementary
Class Of:  1966
Favorite Feature:   history
How did you hear about the site:   just looked it up
Hartford Connection:  seasonal family migration from Florida
Date: Monday February 22, 2010
Time:  11:28 PM -0500

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Name:  Leticia Ruiz
Where do you live now:   South Bend, IN
When did you live in Hartford:   From 1996 to 2002
Graduated from or attended:      Attended Hartford High School
Class Of:     2003
Favorite Feature:  The site in general. I Love It!
How did you hear about the site:  Online
Hartford Connection:   Present/Past Friends & Family, My Home Town.
Date:   Friday March 05, 2010
Time:  12:04 AM -0500

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Name:   Richard Creedon
Where do you live now:  phoenix arizona
When did you live in Hartford:  1973
Graduated from or attended:  ged
Class Of:  2010
Favorite Feature:   where i came from
How did you hear about the site:  
desided to look
Hartford Connection:  home town
Date: Sunday October 24, 2010
Time:  
01:05 AM -0400

Comments: 
just looking to see who is there still?
 


Name:   Kevin Hennessy
Where do you live now:   Antioch, IL
When did you live in Hartford:  1945-1955
Graduated from or attended:     
Class Of:                       
Favorite Feature:               
How did you hear about the site:  surfing
Hartford Connection:  summer resident - late fourties-early fifties.
Date:    Monday December 20, 2010
Time:   04:52 PM -0500

Comments:  My grandparents, Frank and Marie Kriz, owned a home on Shafer Lake. It was sold in 1955. I have a lot of memories of Hartford. It was a nice house as it was photographed and used as a postcard.


Name:   Al Prouty
Where do you live now: Ocala, Florida
When did you live in Hartford:  1946 - 2009
Graduated from or attended:  Hartford
Class Of:   1964
Favorite Feature:               
How did you hear about the site:  Google search
Hartford Connection:   Home town and family
Date:   Sunday December 26, 2010
Time:   03:16 PM -0500

Comments:  Michigan was fun when I was younger, but Florida is nicer now that I am older.  Besides, so many of my good friends are also in Florida.  If you stay in Michigan, enjoy the snow.  I have devoted my entire life to having fun and enjoying life and, so far, it has worked out quite well.  Even the year in Vietnam was fun.  If anyone doesn't already know, I have three sons and on a second marriage. Click here to send me an email. See ya on "Facebook"


Name:  Marcia A. (Troutman) Thompson
Where do you live now:   Thompsonville, MI
When did you live in Hartford:  1954-1969
Graduated from or attended:   Hartford High School and attended Davenport College
Class Of:  1968
Favorite Feature:    I like reading about Hartford's history.
How did you hear about the site: Just clicked on the link from the home page.
Hartford Connection:  Was raised in Hartford with my three brothers, David, Marty & Tim, and my sister, Debbie.  We lived at 439 E. Linden St. but our house burned after it was sold and the lot is now owned by Vere Shindeldecker. I left Hartford after marrying, had two children and lived in Caledonia, MI for 17 yrs, then in Muncie, IN for 16 yrs. where my husband, Mike, and I owned two restaurants. After selling both businesses, we moved back to Michigan in Sept. of 2008.
Date:   Sunday January 02, 2011
Time:   04:48 PM -0500

Comments:  Growing up in Hartford was fun because the the school system was small and we got to know everyone.  The class of 1968 was a very close-knit group and still is one of the only classes that reunites every five years. 
    Those of us who were downtown when the businesses on the south side of Main St. burned, remember going into the smoke-filled hardware store to help carry things out.  Eventually, we were stopped because the smoke was so thick.  I think we all felt that we were doing our part to save whatever we could.  Little did we know that the fire would change everything from then on. Rose's Drug Store and our soda shop were gone. 
     Little by little, stores went out of business leaving downtown Hartford a shadow of its former self.  I think there are a lot of possibilities for reviving the business district, but it will take the dedication of the current residents to make it happen.  Wishing all of you the very best, Marcia Troutman Thompson. Click here to send me an email.


Name:   Chris Allgood
Where do you live now:   Hartford, MI
When did you live in Hartford:  2005-present
Graduated from or attended:   Hartford High
Class Of:   2011
Favorite Feature:               
How did you hear about the site: A friends mom
Hartford Connection:  resident and employed and graduate
Date:  Wednesday February 16, 2011
Time:  05:31 PM -0500

Comments:  Nice site its good to see the history of this town.


Name:   Patricia Harris
Where do you live now:   Hartford MI
When did you live in Hartford: San diego
Graduated from or attended: benton harbor
Class Of:  1992
Favorite Feature:  jerrito i found you
How did you hear about the site:  ask.com
Hartford Connection:  my friends
Date: Wednesday February 23, 2011
Time:  05:41 AM -0500

Comments:  Me and Jerry had a past that is known but now one of my Best friends is gone. I miss him so much and miss just talking to him.. I love you and miss you ... I wonder why? I understand now... I feel the same way.. one day I will see you again and we will laugh and some day I can feel your hug and your wisper of its gonna be okay. We can beat this... I love you.. love T


Name:   Dianne Thomas Kessler
Where do you live now:   Fairhope, Alabama
When did you live in Hartford:  1962-1972
Graduated from or attended:   Hartford High School
Class Of:  1972
Favorite Feature:  Pictures
How did you hear about the site:  My dad (Richard Thomas - also a HHS alumnus, 1952)
Hartford Connection:  Former resident, graduate of HHS
Date:  Tuesday March 15, 2011
Time:   06:26 PM -0500

Comments:  The older I get, the more I appreciate growing up in Hartford, a truly small town.  The town where I live now is considered a 'small town', but it is 10 times the size of Hartford.  People nowadays just don't know what they are missing.  And I love this website.  Found a few recollections from old friends, and even one from my brother!  I miss Michigan in October, especially the leaves.  Wouldn't want to fight the winter weather any more, though.  The Gulf Coast has me spoiled in that sense.  I will definitely keep tabs on the website.  In fact, it is my intention to scan the 1972 yearbook and submit it to the site.
 


Name:   Theresa Jones-Saucedo
Where do you live now:   Holt, Michigan
When did you live in Hartford:  1953-1973
Graduated from or attended:  Hartford High School
Class Of:  1971
Favorite Feature:    Still exploring.
How did you hear about the site:  HHS Alumni Page
Hartford Connection:   Alumni
Date:   Sunday April 17, 2011
Time:  06:14 AM -0400

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Name: Elizabeth Udell
Where do you live now: Winder, Georgia
When did you live in Hartford: 1982-1996
Graduated from or attended: Hartford Middle School
Class Of:
Favorite Feature: pictures
How did you hear about the site: I just looked it up
Hartford Connection: former resident, my great grandfather built Full Gospel Assembly
Date: Monday June 20, 2011
Time: 07:50 PM -0400

Comments:  We currently lost former Pastor Sawyer, so it was good to see this site after having grown up in the church and been in my family for generations. Seeing this site has brought back fond memories and many handed down stories as well as my own experiences growing up.

 


Name:  Melody Terry Sheridan
Where do you live now:           Harrison, Arkansas
When did you live in Hartford:   1960-1971
Graduated from or attended:     
Class Of:   1974
Favorite Feature:               
How did you hear about the site:  just curious if there was one
Hartford Connection:   former resident
Date:   Thursday November 17, 2011
Time:  12:05 PM -0500

Comments:  Two things that standout from growing up in Hartford are all of the community gathering at Ely Park for holidays and the parades we were in as Girl Scouts.  Another is taking a canned food (that was given to charity) to the downtown theatre where the whole school would watch a movie.  ~  Melody Terry Sheridan


Name: Pamela Johnson Beldyga
Where do you live now: Lansing, MI
When did you live in Hartford: I didn't live there. Parents and grandparents did
Graduated from or attended: Redford High, Detroit, MI
Class Of: 1971
Favorite Feature: Everything!
How did you hear about the site: browsing
Hartford Connection: past family members
Date: Thursday December 15, 2011
Time: 08:18 PM -0500

Comments:
 I visit Hartford as often as I can. I have a lot of family history in the area. Frank and Sadie Podojil were my grandparents. Both passed away in 1941.

 


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