Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

 

Ochs Funeral Home

 

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Introduction

Agency History

Scope and Content

Inventory

 

Introduction

 

The Ochs Funeral Home were donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center by Larry Koch.

Agency History

 

Henry and Frank Ochs, sons of German immigrant Ambrose Ochs, founded a funeral home and furniture business in 1887 in the same building as their father's carriage shop at 607 West State Street in Fremont, Ohio. Ambrose Ochs, with Joseph Stuber and George Greiner, owned the entire 600 block of State Street. Ochs occupied the western third. In 1920, the funeral home moved across Napoleon Street, and in 1936, it moved once more to 222 Clover Street. By this date, Frank Ochs managed the business independent of his brother. Ochs sold the business in 1971. It continued under the name Ochs-Koch Funeral Home. The business moved to 416 South Arch Street after a merger with Keller Funeral Home in 1983. From that date, the funeral home was known as Keller-Ochs-Koch Funeral Home.

 

Scope and Content

 


The records consist of six ledgers dated 1891-1899, 1899-1912 and 1916-1924, 1910-1916, 1925-1948, 1949-1971, and 1971-1982, as well as a ledger giving information on funerals handled by other Fremont, Ohio funeral homes. Ledger 1 (1891-1899) gives the name of the deceased, age, date of death, date of burial, the person who ordered the arrangements, casket details, price breakdown, and payment method. Ledger 2 (1899-1912 and 1916-1924) gives the name of the deceased, age, date of death, date of burial, the person who ordered the arrangements, casket details, price breakdown, and transfer of the deceased if applicable. Ledger 3 (1910-1916) gives more details for the deceased than appears in Ledger 2. Ledger 3 lists the name of the deceased, age, place and date of birth, place and date of death, date of burial, race, ethnicity, cause of death, names of the parents of the deceased, occupation, marital status, physician, time and place of the funeral and the minister in charge, pallbearers, choir members, the person who ordered the arrangements, casket details, and price breakdown. Ledger 4 (1925-1948) gives the name of the deceased, age, date of death, date of burial, religion, the person who ordered the arrangements, vault and casket details, and the cemetery. Ledger 5 (1949-1971) gives the name of the deceased, address, age, date of birth, date of death, date of burial, religion, the person who ordered the arrangements, vault and casket details, and the cemetery. Ledger 6 (1971- 1982) gives the name of the deceased, address, age, date of birth, date of death, date of burial, religion, the person who ordered the arrangements, vault and casket information, and cemetery. Ledger 7 (1973-1977) provides information for funerals handled by Karlovetz, Keller, and Weller-Wonderly funeral homes. It gives the name of the deceased, address, age, date of death, date of burial, religion, and cemetery. Even though each ledger provides information in the fields mentioned, not every individual has information listed in each of the fields. Some of the fields may have been left blank. A hard copy of the index, Ochs Funeral Home Records Index to Deceased Persons, 1891-1948, Fremont, Ohio, prepared by: Eleanor Kiser, Ruby Kapp & Dennis Smith in 1995, spans Ledgers 1 through 4. The index is available in the main reading room of the library. The index and each ledger, except for Ledger 7, are available on microfilm. Also, the names of deceased individuals appearing in Ledgers 1 through 6 are indexed in the Hayes Obituary Index on the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center web site (www.rbhayes.org).

Inventory

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1. Ledger 1891-1899

2. Ledger 1899-1912; 1916-1924

3. Ledger 1910-1916

4. Ledger 1925-1948

5. Ledger 1949-1971

6. Ledger 1971-1982

7. Records from other Fremont funeral homes, 1973-1977

 

Microfilm roll #1

 

  1. Index: 1891 1948
  2. Ledgers 1 through 4

 

Microfilm roll #2

 

1. Ledgers 5 and 6