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Funeral homes have held an important place in the social
and religious rituals of our nation, and family owned funeral
parlors have shown remarkable endurance over the years. The Lohr
& Barb Funeral Home is the oldest established business in the
city of Elkins, WV and Randolph county, founded in 1889. Then
shortly after the devastating flood of 1985, a second location was
established to also serve families in the Tucker County area. Both
locations are still functioning as a family business.
Etna M. Kelly, the noted business historian, once
observed, "…for reasons unknown, seed companies and funeral homes -
symbolic of life and death - seem to last a long time." Ms. Kelley
wisely observed that business responds to basic needs.
The oldest seed company recorded in Kelley's business
directory is D. Landreth Seed Co., established in Philadelphia in
1784, but later moved to Baltimore.
Almost as old, and still functioning as a family business,
is the Rogers Funeral Home in Frankfurt, Kentucky. Started in 1802,
it is in its sixth generation. Next door in Indiana, Gardner &
Son Funeral Home has been operating since the state came into the
Union in 1816. Other notable funeral homes include Holman's Funeral
Service in Oregon (1854), Davis Funeral Chapel in Kansas (1855), J.
Henry Stuhr Inc. in South Carolina (1865), and the Lohr & Barb
Funeral Home in West Virginia (1889).
||120 First Street • P.O. Box 1027
• Elkins, WV 26241
||312 Main Street • Parsons, WV 26287