FUNERAL HOMES OF TIPPECANOE 

COUNTY INDIANA

Below is a list of Coffin makers, Undertaking & Funeral Home businesses in Tippecanoe County.  Several began as early furniture makers who made coffins and became  Undertakers, that later become today's Funeral Directors and Funeral homes businesses.  I'm continually working this project, and I wanted to show what records still exist today.  I hope it helps you in your family search.  The listing is mainly by street and building locations.

Sources used from Alameda McCullough Research Library (AMRL) There are a few collections from old businesses: Folckemer, Bradshaw, Soller-Harrington, Vianco and Zahn -Schneider. (see dates below)  Some advertising is linked from business letterheads others from wills & estate files located in this library. I also used Vertical files on Funeral Homes and businesses. 

Other Sources.  Early Newspapers 1830s -2000. City Directories for Lafayette and Tippecanoe County

Tippecanoe County Biographical & Portrait Album (1888) and Past and Present of Tippecanoe County, Indiana (1909) for biographies.

Links to some people are on Findagrave.com   Other information links are at the bottom of this page.

 

Funeral Home, pages, names some bios linked. Known Address City located Township Operations times Other business Information / moved or merged.  Records exist or advertisements
                                                   DAYTON, INDIANA
Robert Baker

Early Cabinet Maker

740 Walnut St.  Dayton, Indiana Sheffield 1847-1885 Early Cabinet maker and UB minister, funerals from  ca 1865; one of first embalmers in Indiana from Sheffield township in Tippecanoe County. AMRL             1 or 2 sheets [1847-1852]
Alvin C. Baker.  Bio 730 Walnut St. Dayton, Indiana Sheffield 1885-1920 Took over from his father, Robert
Dwight R. Baker 730 Walnut St. Dayton, Indiana Sheffield 1920-1965   Took over from his father, Alvin; widow Wilma sold to Soller-Baker City Dir 1929
Soller-Baker Dayton Chapel 730 Walnut St. Dayton, Indiana Sheffield 1980 to 2009 Wilma Hill Baker, widow of Dwight, sold to Soller-Baker in 1980.
                                                  MAIN STREET, LAFAYETTE, INDIANA
Cabinet Makers Union         H.J. Mulford 1849.   Theodore F. Creager, Herman Kessen, Bernard Scheele,  John Soller & Henry Berlemann 32 Main  and 197 Main St. Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1849-1888 1885-City Directory listing 1849 

1875 Dec

 

Soller-Seeger-Kessen _ Lower Main St Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1865-1899 Became Templeton SP in 1925  
Soller John (Cabinet Mkrs Union) 9th cor Heath Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1875-76 Listing in City Directory page 150  
Soller-Seeger Co. Undertakers 32 Main St. Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1899-1906 1898 add
Soller & Harrington

[Daniel J. Harrington]

Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1906-1928 Harrington became Soller-Harrington AMRL some books [1900-1918]
John T.Soller & Sons Lafayette, Indiana 1923-1931 Moved to Bohrer Homestead in 1929
Soller-Baker ____4th Street

400 Twyckenham

1184 Sagamore Parkway

Lafayette, Indiana

West. Lafayette

Fairfield 1933 to present 

 

formerly  John T Soller & Sons; Otto Baker is s/o Alvin Baker of Dayton

1971 adding the West Lafayette Chapel. 

At funeral home in 1918--

1933 CD

                                                                                  LAFAYETTE, INDIANA
Scudder, M. S. Cabinetmaker & Undertaker 110 Main St. &  between 5th and 6th St. , Indiana Fairfield 1850-1888 1851 add 1886 receipt
Scudder, Caleb Cabinetmaker 110 Main St. Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield Worked with his father  1872 reciept 1880 reciept
Thomas W. Demerly 65 Elizabeth Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1885-1886  Assistant Undertaker for CR Scudder City Dir 1885-1886
                                                                                 LAFAYETTE, INDIANA
Joseph Sheern Furniture  Main & 2nd. Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1867 Metallic & Wooden Coffins Coffin reciept 1874
Creager & Folckemer Main & 2nd Street Lafayette, Indiana 1876 Receipt 1876 Dec 5 1875
William Folckemer Sr. 

 A small bio

Furniture & Undertaker

17 & 19 Main.  &

55 N. Sixth

Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1878-1916 Cabinet maker ca 1860's AMRL some books [1879-1920]
Folckemer & Son (Charles V) 1901 Main Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1893-1935 Billing for coaches 1897

receipt 189?

City D.1911
Vianco, Edward J. 822 Main St.  Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1920-1945 purchased Folckemer  City Dir 1929 AMRL some books [1920-1945]
Joseph F. Frank & Sons 605 Main Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1898-1927 Purchased by Coffing & LaGesse 1898
Coffing & Robinson ca  1927
Coffing & LaGesse Undertakers  659 Main St. Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1928-- took over Frank & Sons
Snyder & Lehnen 1630-32 Main St. Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield   1879-1880 ?
Homer Steets, Undertaker Galt House Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1885-1888 City Directory 
                                                                                  LAFAYETTE, INDIANA
Thompson & Bradshaw 654 Main Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1901-1903 Thompson in Brookston,IN
Bradshaw & Schlessleman 654 Main Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1903-1912 1903 reciept AMRL  Record Books [1903-1967]
Charles H.Bradshaw

Funeral Director & Embalmer

709-711 Main  Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1913-1928  1925 add in Centenial book

1955 Ambulance service.

AMRL  Record Books [1903-1967]
Charles H. Bradshaw Co., Inc. 721 North St. Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1929-1967 Purchased by Landis-Loy AMRL  Record Books [1903-1967]

City Dir 1929

1933 CD

                                                  3RD STREET,  LAFAYETTE, INDIANA
Lancaster,  H. H. & Connell 48 S. 3rd. Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1887-1899 Henry H. Lancaster

? Connell

Evans-Scheffee Undertaking Co. 22 N. 3rd St. Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1901-1908 Card  Feb 2 1902
Herman H. Evans   Bio 22 N. 3rd St. Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1909-1926-7 Purchased Clark's in Battleground  
             
Scheffee & Harness 824 N. 6th St. Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1915-1916
Murphy 525 N. 6th St. Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1931-1966
           
                                                  9TH STREET,  LAFAYETTE, INDIANA
Hippensteel & Funkhouser  822 N. 9th St Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield ca 1935 Purchased by Hippensteel
Hippensteel Funeral Home 822 N. 9th St Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1936-to  present
                                                  FERRY STREET, LAFAYETTE, INDIANA
Kendall & Mullaney 54 Ferry St. Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1894-1897
Edward J. Broderick 54 Ferry St. Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1898-1899
                                                   COLUMBIA STREET, LAFAYETTE, INDIANA
Pope Funeral Home 635 Columbia Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1846   or 1945-? Dan Rhiem cabinet maker. Formerly Templeton
Daniel Rhiem 1847- Dan Rhiem cabinet maker add
Templeton Funeral Home

[Samuel P. prop]

635 Columbia 1921-1945 1926 S.P Templeton Mortician City Dir 1929

1933 CD

Templeton - Duesler Co. 635 Columbia Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1920-1945 Bought out Evans ca 1918
Templeton & Pope 635 Columbia 1947-1948 took over Coffing & LaGresse
Templeton - Jackson 1937-1945
                                                  FERRY TO COLUMBIA STREET,  LAFAYETTE, INDIANA
Edward J. Vianco Funeral Home 635 Ferry St ? 1920-1947 took over Folckemer at 2nd & Main in 1920.  City Dir 1929  1933 CD AMRL some books [1950-1982]
Vianco - Zahn - Schneider 643 Ferry St Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1948-1971 1927 billing 
Zhan - Schneider Funeral Home 643 Ferry St Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1950?-1982 AMRL  Record Books [1950-1982]
Rogers & Smith

 

 

644 Ferry St. &  914 Columbia [1933] Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1925-1963 Add 1925

City Dir 1929      

partner in Earl C. Rogers and  J.Frank Smith funeral home. moved to 914 Columbia in 1925; see Fisher-Loy; 1937 Rogers and Henderson, then 1950 Rogers and Myers, then ca. 1964. Fisher

Records are in Fisher. See link above.

Rogers & Henderson 914 Columbia  1937- Moved to 914 Columbia in 1924; see Fisher-Loy; 1937 Rogers and Henderson Callahan permit 1944
Rogers - Myers Inc. Funeral Directors 914 Columbia Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1950-1963 preceded by Rogers and Smith; followed by Eikenberry, 1963 add
Richard L.Eickenberry 914 Columbia Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1963- Formerly Rogers & Meyer, purchased by Landis-Loy.
Landis & Loy Mortuary Inc. 914 Columbia St. Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1966 founded? Took over Rogers-Meyers and Eikenberry. Now Landis Loy
Fisher-Loy Funeral Chapel 914 Columbia St. Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield present 2009 Building was home of John and Helen Gougar, built  in 1896. Purchased at death of John Gougar in 1925 and converted into funeral home by Earl Rogers and Frank Smith; one was in Stockwell, Indiana 1999 -2012 Fisher

Records are in Fisher. See link above.

 

Fisher Funeral Home 914 Columbia St. Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield present 2013  

Records are in the Funeral Home.

     
                                            COLUMBIA STREET, LAFAYETTE, INDIANA
Murphy-Hahn

Herbert L. Murphy 1948

1104 Columbia St Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1931-1948 -1967-present 1933 CD
Murphy - Hahn- Zahn 1104 Columbia St Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield founded  1972
Hahn Funeral Home 1104 Columbia St Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield Formerly Murphy-Hahn
Gary Hahn Funeral Director 1104 Columbia St Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield
Hahn - Groeber Funeral Home 1104 Columbia St Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield      ---  2009
                                                                                    LAFAYETTE, INDIANA
                  Possible funeral directors that need verified
J.H. Evans 1312 Underwood   Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield 1947 Cement Funeral Vaults 1947
Ward, L. L.  ?? 
Edward W. Frank, Funeral Director Lafayette, Indiana Fairfield
Newman, Mrs. Frank  ? 1898  Embalmer in telephone dir.
                                                 BATTLEGROUND, CLARKS HILL, OTTERBEIN, STOCKWELL 
Roy S Milligan Undertaking & Embalming   Clarks Hill, Indiana Lauramie township 1898-1931 City Dir 1929
Dickerson Funeral Home 9409 Yorktown St. Stockwell, Indiana Lauramie township Landis-Loy purchased in 1977 Records are in Fisher.
Vogel Otterbein, Indiana Shelby township
Grimm Funeral Home Battleground, Indiana 1947
West, Marcus A. Funeral Director Battleground, Indiana Tippecanoe township 1926 -  1942 City Dir 1929
Felton Clark  & 

Lester Clark. 

  Battleground, Indiana Tippecanoe township 1926-1931 Cabinet maker ca. 1926, sold to H.H. Evans records destroyed
Shumaker Funeral Home   Otterbein, Indiana Shelby township      

     

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