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West Union in Adams County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lafferty Funeral Collection

 
 
Lafferty Funeral Collection Marker, side one image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
1. Lafferty Funeral Collection Marker, side one
Inscription.  The William Lafferty Memorial Funeral and Carriage Collection shows the development of the funeral business since the mid-1800s through an exhibit of caskets, funeral clothing, and hearses collected and preserved by James William Lafferty (1912-1987). William was the fourth generation of Laffertys to serve West Union and Adams County. Characteristic of the early history of the profession, William Voris (W.V.) Lafferty (1830-1922) founded the business in 1848 to meet the demand for caskets, which he, as a furniture and cabinetmaker., was often asked to build.

As embalming gained favor during the Civil War, W.V. taught himself this practice. As professional instruction became desirable and later required for undertakers, W.V.s son Theodore (1862-1914) and Theodore’s son Latour (1889-1933) completed courses in the field. The collection features artifacts belonging to W.V. Lafferty, as well as those used by Theodore and Latour.

Dedicated to the memory of James William Lafferty, the family opened the collection in 1994. The turn of the 21st century marks the sixth generation of Laffertys in the funeral business.
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Erected 2003 by Lafferty Funeral Home and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 14-1.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1848.
 
Location. 38° 47.542′ N, 83° 32.908′ W. Marker is in West Union, Ohio, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from South Cherry Street south of West South Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker can be seen from the Lafferty Funeral Home parking lot. It is at the museum entrance. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Union OH 45693, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pioneer County Seat / Camp Hamer (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bradford Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away); Olde Wayside Inn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Corp. Carey Mc. Moore (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cowboy Copas / The Oklahoma Cowboy (approx. ¼ mile away); Adams County War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Bell (approx. ¼ mile away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Union.
 
Also see . . .  Museum Web Site. Contains photographs of many
Lafferty Funeral Collection Marker, side two image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
2. Lafferty Funeral Collection Marker, side two
of the exhibits in the museum. (Submitted on June 16, 2019.) 
 
William Lafferty Memorial Funeral and Carriage Collection Museum and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
3. William Lafferty Memorial Funeral and Carriage Collection Museum and Marker
Lafferty Funeral Collection Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
4. Lafferty Funeral Collection Marker
Cherry Street is in the distance beyond the parking lot.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 16, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 452 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 16, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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