Wesley Harley Pg 2
IDLE HOUR STARTS UNDERTAKER CAREER (Continued from Page One) and moved to his present location, High and Franklin streets with the funeral parlors at 12 South Franklin street, more than 30 years ago. Asked why some funeral directors also engage in the furniture business, he explained that it was the only suitable line for a mortician. In a small town the number of deaths is usually so low that it is necessary to have a sideline, and furniture-retailing is his. Harley remembers when hearses were horse-drawn, but since the start of his own practice, motor vehicles have been in use. Progress in embalming methods have been improved greatly since his introduction to the work, and now it is possible to prepare an accident victim with a natural look. Raymond Moore and Mrs. Alice Newton are Harley’s chief assistants. A number of other changes in the past decade have been made. No longer BTe~the black-bordered ca and envelopes fashionable. The style today is a gray-trimmed notice. Few black bordered cards are being sent out. Another trend has beer* toward to the use of the director’s parlors. At one time home and church funerals were popular, but with the increase in apartments and small houses, the use of funeral parlors has become more pronounced. Pall bearers are, as a rule, selected from churches, or lodges, while relatives and clote friends often are used. White-haired' and with a clear understanding of this modern world and its government, Harley combines the kindliness of the old- fashioned funeral director with the efficiency of the mortician of today.