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JIM: 1929 upheaval in funeral business started 88 year tradition

JIM dusts off a 1931 Adair County News ad which, for old timers, beams a wealth of history about the whys and wherefores of why we choose the way we do, and more
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By JIM

After Messrs. Jo F. Patteson and M.L. Grissom dissolved their funeral home & undertaking partnership in March 1929, Mr. Patterson brought his future son-in-law, Dallas Stotts, into the business.

In the early fall of the following year, however, Mr. Patteson, then in ailing health, had to retire from the field.


The accompanying announcement appeared in the September 30, 1931 edition of the News; by early December, ads referred to the establishment as Coffey & Stotts. Come August 1934, a paid notice in the paper tersely informed readers the firm was "under the sole management of Dallas Stotts" and that it would operate under the name "Dallas Stotts, Undertaker." The notice also stated all accounts due Coffey & Stotts "must be settled at once." - Compiled by JIM

Note:
Funeral homes' histories: 1929 and 1930, followed a town dividing 'Russell Will Case,' and provides insight into why, to this day, many in the community have a and almost religious loyalty to one or the other establishment, likely without knowledge of the event which precipitated the tradition; I was first told about "The Russell Will Case," by the late Ralph Willis, Mayor of Columbia when the city first obtained natural gas, thanks in large part to brilliant negotiating by a young attorney showing huge promise, the late Earl Huddleston. - EW


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JIM: When Dallas Stotts & Sales Coffey bought the funeral home



2017-11-05 - Todays Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo from the collection of JIM.
After Messrs. Jo F. Patteson and M.L. Grissom dissolved their funeral home & undertaking partnership in March 1929, Mr. Patterson brought his future son-in-law, Dallas Stotts, into the business. In the early fall of the following year, however, Mr. Patteson, then in ailing health, had to retire from the field. The accompanying announcement appeared in the September 30, 1931 edition of the News; by early December, ads referred to the establishment as Coffey & Stotts. Come August 1934, a paid notice in the paper tersely informed readers the firm was "under the sole management of Dallas Stotts" and that it would operate under the name "Dallas Stotts, Undertaker." The notice also stated all accounts due Coffey & Stotts "must be settled at once."

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