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From: Beth Hurd <>
Subject: [RIGENWEB] A. O. MILES & CO., Providence, RI
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001 07:29:10 -0800

"Industries and Wealth of the Principal Points in Rhode Island."
being the city of Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Woonsocket, Newport,
Narragansett Pier, Bristol & Westerly.
New York: A. F. Parsons Publishing Co., 1892

p. 186:

"A. O. MILES & CO., Embalmers and Funeral Directors, also Dealers in
Undertakers' Supplies, No. 165 Weybosset Street. -- During the past
quarter of a century or so, the line of business pertaining to obsequies and
interments may be said to have undergone a complete revolution in the march
of progress in this country. Not only has the calling of the undertaker
become a regular profession, but some of its branches, notably embalming and
preserving, are now performed in accordance with exact scientific methods.
Among the leading representatives of the profession in Providence there are
none more worthy of special mention in this review than A. O. Miles & Co.,
No. 165 Weybosset Street. They are embalmers and funeral directors, and are
also dealers in burial caskets and funeral supplies generally. They enjoy a
large and influential patronage, and all the indications are that their
popularity and prosperity are bound to increase and endure. The business
was established in 1879 by Miles & Luther, and under this style was
conducted up to 1888, when Mr. Luther died. At this juncture Mr. Miles
assumed sole control, and the present firm name was adopted, Clinton D.
Sellew, the junior partner, acquiring an interest in the business January 1,
1891. Mr. Miles is a native of New Hampshire and has resided in this city
since 1866; and Mr. Sellew, who was born in Connecticut, has been here since
1857. Both are gentlemen of courteous manners and the highest personal
integrity, as well as men of energy and ample experience, and are thoroughly
conversant with every feature and detail of the business. They occupy a
neat and well-appointed office, with commodious warerooms, keeping on hand
always a large and fine stock of caskets, trimmings, burial robes, and a
full assortment of requisites. The office, which is connected by telephone,
is open day and night, and an efficient corps of assistants are employed,
two or more being constantly in attendance here. Remains are taken in
charge at any hour, in the promptest manner, night calls receiving immediate
attention, and embalming is performed in accordance with the most approved
processes. There are three handsome hearses and an ambulance in service,
and elegant carriages are furnished at reasonable rates. Interments are
procured in all cemeteries, and all preliminaries are attended to in the
most prompt and trustworthy manner. Funerals are conducted in person by one
of the members of the firm, in first-class style, and satisfaction is
assured in every instance, while the prices charged are very moderate,
everything considered."

Beth Hurd
Johnston, RI USA


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