Saturday, December 28, 2013

Shopping Saturday: James B. Cole

Manassas Journal - 12 December 1919

JAMES B. COLE
Independent Hill, Va.

Funeral Director and 
Licensed Embalmer

Life Like Features Restored
Robes and Caskets of all Kinds.
Hearse Furnished any Reasonable Distances.
REASONABLE PRICES

DEALER IN ALL KINDS MARBLE

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An excerpt about the business in Ron Turner's book, PWCo 1805-1965 Business Licenses, reads, "According to John Samsky the funeral home at Independent Hill had a sign on the front that said “I’ll be the last one to let you down”."

The simple wooden building that held Cole's shop still stands in the lot beside Samsky's Store in Independent Hill, Coles District.  (And in case you're wondering -- yes, the Coles District was named after James' family.)

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