Farmer and Hale Undertakers and Embalmers began business in 1889 at 1619 Tremont. Fred C. Farmer, a resident of Denver since 1870, had been a conductor with the Union Pacific Railroad before going into partnership in 1888 with James G. Tidball, a former green grocer. In 1889 Farmer engaged Chauncey Hale as his partner. The following year they brought William D. Nash into the firm as an undertaker. Nash was from Hudson Falls, New York where he learned the mortician business from his father in a firm founded by his grandfather. By 1891, William D. Nash became the manager of Farmer and Hale. In 1895 he became president of Farmer and Hale Undertaking Co., Fred C. Farmer became vice-president and Chauncey Hale became secretary and treasurer. In 1899 Nash had become the proprietor of the company, James C. Farmer disappears from the Denver City directory and Chauncey Hale continues through 1903 as an undertaker with the business. The name Farmer and Hale is finally replaced with William D. Nash undertaker and embalmer in 1906.
William D. Nash was born April 19, 1863 in Hudson Valley, New York into a family of morticians. His father and grandfather were undertakers. He was married to Susie DeMaugh and the father of William D. Nash, Jr. He was the founder of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association. Nash was one of Denver’s first automobile owners and a founder of the Denver Motor club. He was a member of Woodmen of the World, Oriental Lodge of Masons, the Knights of Pythias and St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church, Denver. Nash died January 27, 1935 in Denver after an extended illness. His son William D. Nash, Jr. was a partner with his father in the funeral business. He served for eight years as the secretary of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association. He died December 18, 1935 in Denver. Mrs. William D. Nash, Jr. sold her interest in the company to Mrs. Alfred C. (Grace D.) Miller and F. LaForest King in 1939. The Nash-Miller Mortuary continued through December of 1949. Grace and Alfred Miller died in 1964.
The original registers are individually indexed. The name may be that of the deceased or the person responsible for payment of the funeral arrangements. Each burial entry may contain all or some of the following information: the name of deceased, date of death, race, age in years, months and days, full name, marital status, last place of residence, occupation, gender, and birthplace, the father’s name and birthplace, mother’s name and birthplace, cause of death, attending physician and address, place of burial, cemetery lot or grave number, cemetery section number, place of service, time of service, date of burial, and officiating clergyman. Other information which may have been provided: a description of the casket with the lining, pillow and handles as well as the use of draperies, candelabra, candles, crepe, and chairs. Other items of interest include what the body was preserved with, whether the body was washed, dressed or shaved, how many coaches, porters and hearses were used or if the body was shipped to another city for burial. Entries may also include the page number of the register and a number of the funeral for that year.
The registers are arranged by year. No attempt has been made to abstract any or all of the possible information contained for each burial. What has been indexed are the names of the deceased. The index has three columns: last name and first name, register volume and page number. The last names are in alphabetical order followed by the first name. The register volume will indicate the dates wherein the death or burial occurred. The registers cover the years 1889 through 1909. The volumes cover the following years: Volume 1 – April 1889 – May 1892; Volume 2 – June 1892 – December 1895; Volume 3 – December 1895 – June 1899; Volume 4 – June 1899 – August 1903; Volume 5 – August 1903 – September 1909.
The Farmer and Hale Mortuary and William D. Nash Mortuary Burial Records Index was compiled by Judith Dickinson as a volunteer project for the Western History/Genealogy Department of the Central Denver Public Library.
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