Harry Hursey


St. Mary's Hospital Clarksburg WV

The Daily Telegram., September 20, 1907

Harry Hursey, of the Clifford-Osborne undertaking establishment, was taken to St. Mary’s hospital Thursday night to receive treatment for a sprained back.

He sustained the injury a day or so ago while lifting a heavy shipping case in the undertaking establishment. The injury is quite severe and very painful.


Harry Hursey Jan.25.1855 -Sept.29.1907

Of Harry Hursey Will Be Held Tuesday Morning at 10 O’Clock

Forty Years an Undertaker

The Daily Telegram., September 30, 1907

The funeral of Harry Hursey, who died in a local hospital Sunday evening at 7 o’clock of a complication of diseases, will take place Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock. Services will be held at his late home on Fifth street led by the Rev. Mr. Reed, pastor of St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal church, South, assisted by the Rev. R. B. McDaniel and the Rev. H. G. Richardson. Interment will be in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Family headstone of Harry Hursey

Mr. Hursey was 54 years old and was a lifelong resident of Clarksburg. He was a son of William Hursey, deceased, and Mrs. Mary Hursey, who survives him. Besides his mother he leaves one daughter Miss Essie, of his immediate family.

For more than forty years Mr. Hursey was engaged in the undertaking business. When only 13 years old he went to work as an apprentice in the undertaking and furniture establishment of his uncle, the late Elmer B. Hursey, who died three weeks ago, and who succeeded his dent and undertaker of Clarksburg, father, John Hursey, a pioneer resident of Clarksburg. At that time undertakers manufactured the caskets they used and Mr. Hursey also learned the cabinet making trade as well as the profession of undertaking.

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When Mr. Elmer Hursey sold his undertaking and furniture establishment to Dieson & Krenizer, Mr. Hursey continued with the establishment in their employ and nine years ago when the Clifford-Osborn company purchased the business from Deison & Krenizer, Mr. Hursey remained with the new firm and had continuously held his position until he took to his bed two weeks ago.

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He was a most capable and efficient man in that position and his services were always held to be valuable by his employers.

Mr. Hursey was an excellent man always affable and obliging and was held in the highest esteem by everybody who knew him.

Hursey Funeral

Attended by Number of Undertakers and Many Friends and Relatives.

The Daily Telegram., October 01, 1907

Old time image of cemetery

The funeral of Harry Hursey, the well known undertaker, took place at 10 o’clock Tuesday morning at his late residence on Sixth street. The obsequies were led by the Rev. C. M. Epps, assisted by the Revs. R. B. McDaniel and H. G. Richardson. Interment was at the Odd Fellow’s cemetery.

Attending the funeral were a number of undertakers, namely, Nathan G. Stealey, John H. Clifford and William G. Osborn, all of this city; R. L. Cunningham and C. L. Musgrave, of Fairmont; William Davis of Johnstown; Harvey Morris of, Benton; Frank Zook of, Wheeling; D. F. Krentzer, of Youngstown, O., and W. J. S. Harmer, of Shinnston.


The floral tributes were many and beautiful, and the grave was lined with ferns.

A large number of home friends and relatives attended the services and burial.

Funeral Directors

Effect Temporary Organization of Tri-County Association Here

The Daily Telegram., October 01, 1907

The Tri-County Funeral Directors Association effected a temporary organization here Tuesday, by electing W. J. S. Harmer, of Shinnston, chairman, and W. G. Osborn, of this city, secretary. R. L. Cunningham was appointed to draft a constitution and by-laws.

The undertakers attending the meeting were R. L. Cunningham, F. L. Wilson, F. E. Cook, C. L. Musgrave, W. J. S. Harmer, H. Morris, John H. Clifford, W. A. Davis, N. G. Stealey and W. G. Osborn.

A committee reported the following resolution and it was adopted: “Resolved, That we deeply deplored the death of our esteemed friend and fellow worker, Mr. Harry Hursey, who was one of the oldest undertakers in this section, and extend to his loving mother and daughter our sincerest sympathies in their bereavement.

The organization adjourned to meet at the call of the temporary chairman.

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