I shared my recent visit to the library here. I went with the hope of finding information that will lead me to the final resting place of my 3rd great-grandmother Helena Christina (Åman) Tolf.
Batavia is a frequent stop when I visit Illinois. The library is lovely and the librarians are always very nice and extremely helpful. The librarian who helped on this particular trip was no exception.
The city directories didn’t go back far enough to be of any help. The idea was to find the listing of a funeral home that was operating at the time of Helena’s death in 1901. Perhaps they will have a record that lists the cemetery in which she is buried.
Because we had looked through a number of city directories before I turned to the newspaper on microfilm, we knew funeral homes as such didn’t really exist. Furniture stores provided undertaking services.
Right next to Helena’s obituary in the newspaper was an ad for such a store. Now I just have to find out if Smith & Crane have any extent records and where they might be!