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They say you can never return home, although I'm here to say that maybe sometimes you can return only for a short time.

 

I was last at this place about 32 years ago following the death of my grandfather. I return, now all that time later, to help see my grandmother to her final resting place beside him.

 

The funeral, in St Joseph Missouri, brings me back close to a lot of time that I had spent in that area with my grandparents as a youth. 

 

I have family connections to the outlaw and some of his lore, and it is always intriguing me. Although, I probably didn't appreciate much of the historics behind it until later in life.

 

The funeral home where my grandmother's services are this week is home to a small museum documenting and preserving many artifacts from their almost 150 years of existence.

 

Following his murder, committed by the coward Robert Ford, The outlaw Jesse James was taken to the funeral parlor and a small basket.

 

They also have on display The ledger documenting the services for Mr James.

 

 

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Pretty cool. Thanks for sharing.

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So sorry for the loss of your grandmother Branchwater, interesting post about JJ.

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Condolences on the loss of your grandmother.

Your memories as a youth living with both your grandparents will forever be cherished. 

 

 

 

 

Here's help with the last photo. 

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Our condolences Branchwater. Thanks for sharing your story.

 

Eyesa & Ellie

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@Branchwater Jack SASS #88854

I turned the photo of the ledger for easier reading. 
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I am wondering why Jesse James funeral appears to cost a lot more than anyone else’s on that page?
I deleted the photo from my phone after editing. 

 

I am sorry for your loss. 

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Condolence to you and your family.

 

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I’ve never seen one of those transport caskets. Makes sense. Lightweight and re-useable. In the movies they just toss the guy in a wagon.

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Sorry for your loss…

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1 hour ago, Branchwater Jack SASS #88854 said:

The other thing they had, which was pretty neat, was a "cooler." It was a temporary casket that they could fill with ice for transportation over long distances, including on the railroad.

I’ve seen pics of those. Never the temporary wicker box. I would assume not many have survived.

This is interesting.

https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2451

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12 minutes ago, Utah Bob #35998 said:

I’ve seen pics of those. Never the temporary wicker box. I would assume not many have survived.

This is interesting.

https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2451

 

I remember seeing a lot of those places when I was a kid.

 

Here's a link to the funeral home museum from that site.

 

https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/16176

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sorry for your loss , never easy , prayers up , 

 

it does seem someone paid a bunch more for his - based ion other entries of the time , 

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11 hours ago, watab kid said:

sorry for your loss , never easy , prayers up , 

 

it does seem someone paid a bunch more for his - based ion other entries of the time , 

And, remember, this was for the first time he was buried....

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