M. Miller, of Chicago, and Frank R. Ward, of New Orleans, who
compose the firm of Miller & Ward, have recently opened at
350 Elm street, Dallas, an elegant and modern undertaking establishment.
Mr. Ward has been the late managing undertaker for the well known
leading firm of F. Johnson & Son, of New Orleans. Messrs.
Miller & Ward state they belong to no combination and they
hope, by fair and just treatment to all, to win the respect and
good will of the Dallas public. They carry a full line of undertaking
goods, such as caskets, coffins, burial robes, suits, etc. Their
hearses and wagons are of the latest design and are the finest
in Texas. Their office remains open all night and orders will
receive prompt and efficient attention. They furnish, when desired,
a lady assistant. Their telephone number is 293.
20, 1894, The Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 1.
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March 18, 2004:
W. Loudermilk, who, for the past eight years has been Managing
Undertaker for P. W. Linskie, has formed a co-partnership with
H. M. Miller, in the Miller & Ward establishment, now known
as Loudermilk & Miller, Mr. Ward having sold his interest
to Mr. Miller some time ago. Their office at 350 Elm street is
always open to all calls, either personal or by telephone, and
will be promptly attended to, night or day.
- January 5, 1895,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 4.
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June 5, 2004:
ALL RIGHT AFTER
THE THIRD YEAR.
Period of the Greatest
C. Smith, who has been in the undertaking business in Dallas
for twenty years, and who has, therefore, had abundant opportunity
to gather mortuary data, says there is almost no demand for coffins
between the sizes of three and four years old for children and
adults. He says his observation is that most children are safe
after they pass their third birthday, and nearly all of them
after the fourth birthday, unless some contagion comes along,
and even this, they are very apt to pull through. In fact, he
says that from the time a boy is four years old, until he is
grown, he is very hard to kill, either by accident or disease.
When Mr. Smith hears a father say that he has a ten, twelve or
fifteen-year-old son very low with typhoid fever or other disease,
he always cheers him up, because a man could make a fortune by
hunting up sick boys of those ages and betting they would recover,
provided, of course, he could get anybody to cover his bets.
- June 18, 1895, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 3.
Mr. Smith says an examination of
any practical undertaker's stock will cause one to remark the
absence of coffins to fit persons between the age of three years
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SPEAKING OF FUNERALS.
A Man with the Trade
Something to Say.
THE MANY VAST IMPROVEMENTS
Made in the Building
Cars in Late Years--Some
of These Noted.
Mr. B. K. Coffman,
the Southern agent of The James Cunningham Son and Company, of
Chicago, builders of fine hearses and carriages, was in the city
yesterday and chatted pleasantly with a Times Herald reporter.
- May 23, 1897, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 9, col. 4-6
In the course of the conversation, Mr.
Coffman had occasion to speak of the growing demand for the high
grade variety of carriages and especially for those used in the
"You see," said Mr. Coffman,
"the undertaking business is unlike any other business.
The ethics of the business do not permit an undertaker to advertise
the fact that he is burying people at reduced rates. He can't
declare a sacrifice sale of coffins, either. A funeral is to
those interested, an occasion of sadness, always. The duties
devolving upon the undertaker call for the exercise of tact and
he must go about his work in the most unobtrusive manner. This
"It follows as a matter of
course that the most effect means of increasing his business
lies in his having as full and as excellent an equipment of hearses,
carriages and horse furniture as money can buy.
"Our house has customers all
over the country; I sell to the trade in seventeen different
states, and I can truthfully say that among the equipments possessed
by the largest undertaking firms in the South, there is not none
that is more complete and elaborate than that of an undertaker
right here in Dallas. I suppose you know whom I mean -- young
Geo. W. Loudermilk, up on Elm street.
"I speak of this gentleman
particularly, as our house, last month, sold to him two of the
finest funeral cars, popularly known as "hearses,"
that ever went out of the factory, together with what is known
as a "top casket wagon," sometimes erroneously termed
an ambulance wagon, and the horse furniture for each.
"Oh, yes, there have been
immense improvements made in the building of funeral cars. You
might think that there aren't any fashions to speak of in the
line of funeral get ups, but you'd be greatly mistaken. Mr. Loudermilk
ordered from us last winter, a black and a white funeral car
with all the accessories. Some six months were spent in designing
and building them and they are the highest type of the carriagemaker
and designer's art. Only one finer funeral car was ever built
by us, and that was an elaborate affair built for exhibition
purposes solely. It was at the World's Fair and was finally sold
to a big Eastern firm for $6500.
"The special features of these
cars are many. One of the most melancholy things about the old
style hearses was the row of stiff carved funeral urns on top.
In the new cars, there is nothing of this, only a smooth, rounded
top, with a polished surface like glass. On each side, and at
the back, there are three handsomely hand carved columns, while
between are heavy windows of French plate glass, deeply beveled.
Hammer cloth seats heavily draped with fringe are another striking
feature. The hearse lamps, each with four plate glass faces full
silver plated, give an indescribably fine appearance to the vehicles.
"The features of the interiors
of the cars are the polished mahogany bottoms with full silver
ornaments on which the caskets rest and the heavy broadcloth
curtains, with worsted fringe and tassels.
"They are exquisitely springed
throughout, according to special designs prepared by us. The
trimmings throughout, hub bands, lamps, etc., are all full silver
"The top casket wagon is,
in itself, a work of art. Inside, it is fitted with a folding
rack able to accommodate not only a casket, but also flowers,
robes or any accessories that may be demanded. This is the very
latest in top casket wagons and is a great convenience to an
undertaker at large funerals where the floral offerings are many
and elaborate. It opens from the rear, the glass doors moving
on slides. The vehicle sets high from the ground and is a beautiful
solid black with a monogram in ground glass on either side next
[to] the driver.
"Undertaker Loudermilk has,
undoubtedly, the finest equipment for doing business in the state,
if not the South.
"One of our carriages recently
finished for him is provided with the finest tufted silk plush
cushions, with electric bell and patent window raising device
that make it a magnificent example of what is done now in carriage
"Mr. Loudermilk, I understand,
in addition to his equipment of carriages, has the finest matched
team of white horses in the state, and while I live in Fort Worth,
I yield the palm to a Dallas undertaker when it comes to a full
complement of the things required by an up to date man in the
Mr. Coffman left last night for
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J. E. Dunn Sells
Out His Business to
Parties From Beaumont.
J. E. Dunn,
the well known undertaker, yesterday sold his establishment to
Messrs. Broussard, Beard & Co., who will, in the future,
conduct the business at the same location. The affairs of the
new firm will be under the direct management of J. W. Beard and
E. R. Little, both of whom are practical and experienced men
in this character of work. The members of the new firm are from
- September 18, 1904,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 4.
Mr. Dunn has been in business in
Dallas for many years, and is well and favorably known to a large
number of friends who will regret to learn of his retirement
from the commercial life of the city.
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IS UNDER NEW
PUBLIC INVITED TO
FACILITIES AT 3000 MAPLE
public inspection of their well-appointed chapel, lounge, slumber
and selection rooms, the Marrs-Mundy-Quill Funeral Home (successors
to Bower Undertaking Company), Monday, announced its formal opening.
- October 21, 1940,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, Sec. II, p. 4, col. 1.
Edward S. Marrs, licensed funeral
director and embalmer for eighteen years; John H. Mundy, for
seventeen years connected with one of Dallas' leading funeral
homes, and Mrs. Jesse Lee Quill, well known throughout the Southwest
as a specialist in derma-surgery of women and children and restorative
arts, formed the new organization partnership with the recent
purchase of the Bower establishment, 3000 Maple Avenue.
Mr. Marrs, assisted by William
Teel, will serve as director of funerals. He has been associated
with a Dallas organization for the past seventeen years and is
considered an expert in the field of derma-surgery.
After seventeen years as business
manager for a Dallas funeral home, Mr. Mundy will serve as business
manager of the new partnership.
Mrs. Quill, one of the first women
in Dallas to become a licensed embalmers, will serve as treasurer
of the concern and will supervise personnel, decorative detail
and music. She has been connected with Dallas undertaking establishments
for sixteen years.
Though the partnership is new, the combined experience of the
three firm members represents forty-five years of service to
Dallasites in this field.
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