Jones and Polhemus

The Daleville funeral home was originally constructed as a residence for two brothers.  Each of them had equal rooms both upstairs and downstairs.  They separated themsleves by a unique double stairway which is still in pristine condition and graces the entryway of the funeral home. 

Jones and Polhemus began service in the home with a small office in the rear of the building.  Here, Mr. Polemus, an ordained Quaker minister, made both funeral arrangements and conducted wedding consultations.

The firm was known for its ornate horse drawn carriage, black for the adults, and white for children.  The family carriage was polished with coach lites on both sides.

 The funeral home was known throughout the 30's for its neon sign on the top of the mortuary and the blue clock on the front porch. 

Mr. Polhemus dressed for services, many of which he preached,  in black tails and stove top hat. It was his trademark, to ride the carriage/hearse to the cemetery holding tightly to the reigns of the two horses leading the procession.

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The Beginning

Jones and Polhemus

The Turn of the Century

We've Come a Long Way

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