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About this collection

August Walther began the "A. Walther" firm  in 1864. By trade he was a cabinet maker who was also skilled in furniture and casket building.  In 1896, August retired and gave ownership of the family business to his sons, Rudolph and Albright. August died February 18, 1898 and Rudolph renamed the company "Rudolph Walthers" and in 1910, Albright sold his furniture interest to Rudolph. Rudolph died in 1912 and his sons, B.A. and G.C. took over the business renaming it, yet again, "Walther Furniture and Undertaking Company." In 1917, the two companies split with B.A. as president of the furniture company and G.C. as president of the funeral home and secretary-treasurer of the furniture company. In 1979, B.A. Walther passed away and the furniture company was sold to Tom Boudinot.

 

The digital collection currently includes a  journal containing the records of coffins sold, including customer name, date, price, and coffin selected, for the dates 1878-1906.


If you are interested in learning about the rest of the Walther Collection click on the link to view the finding aid for the entire collection: Walther Collection Finding Aid.

 
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