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Kalispell in Flathead County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

Waggener & Campbell Funeral Home

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By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. Waggener & Campbell Funeral Home Marker
Inscription.  In 1905, James E. Waggener purchased the business of retiring undertaker Nelson Willoughby. At this time nationally, the mortuary business was in transition. Funerals in the previous century had traditionally been held in the home, and the undertaker provided such necessary accoutrements as casket, chairs, drapery, door badges, stationery, and flowers. After 1900, the home became less suitable for funerals, and the “funeral director” began to offer services in addition to goods. These included embalming, funeral arrangements, and transportation. Undertakers needed more space for laboratory facilities, casket sales, and reception services. In 1913, Waggener built this substantial brick building to replace Willoughby’s original two-room quarters at 134 West 2nd Street. The new building, constructed by local builder Caesar Haverlandt, offered a chapel with seating for sixty-five, a modern embalming room, up-to-date casket show rooms, and the area’s only receiving vault. Mahogany woodwork and sliding doors graced the family home upstairs; skylights, still in place today, brightened the kitchen and bathroom. Eventually the Waggeners’ three
Waggener & Campbell Funeral Home and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. Waggener & Campbell Funeral Home and Marker
sons helped in the business and, in 1916, daughter Geneva married Harry H. Campbell who became a partner in 1919. The profession had its hazards, however. That year one of the Waggener sons, Elton, died from an illness he contracted while performing mortuary duties. Waggener and Campbell again moved to more modern facilities in 1929, and this building was converted for other commercial use. Architecturally typical of the 1910s, it is historically significant as an early Kalispell funeral home and pioneer family business.
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
Location. 48° 11.765′ N, 114° 19.013′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 2nd Street West near 3rd Avenue West, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 228 2nd Street West, Kalispell MT 59901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Boyd's Shop (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ferguson House (about 800 feet away); 404 Second Avenue West (about 800 feet away); Heller Building (approx.
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0.2 miles away); Edward Gay House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brewery Saloon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kalispell Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Main Street Commercial Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
Also see . . .  Waggener & Campbell Funeral Home -- Flathead Beacon. ...the “Gilded Age” and the “Gay Nineties” (the 1890s) sparked change and progression – including how Americans handled the passing of loved ones. From corsages, to chapels, to caskets, funerals became increasingly more of an open event for expressing respect and homage. (Submitted on November 23, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 35 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 23, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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