|Losey & Dean Ad for white bronze monuments, 1888.|
Source: Brainerd Dispatch, 22 June 1888, p. 4, c’s. 1 & 2
In 1882, Albert E. Losey started an undertaking business in Brainerd. He later partnered briefly with James Harris, who was bought out by Isaac T. Dean in July of 1884, and the undertaking business of Losey & Dean
was formed. Daniel Whitney bought the business in 1914, renaming it to the Whitney Funeral Home, which in turn was bought out by John A. Nelson, who later partnered with Thomas Doran to form the Nelson-Doran Funeral Home
To the joy of genealogists and historians, most of the early records have been handed down and preserved. With the kind permission of Nelson-Doran, the Losey & Dean records from 1889-1914 have been photographed by Crow Wing County Genealogical Society members Art Brown and Lucille Kirkeby, and indexed by several volunteers from the Crow Wing County Historical Society.
Please note the following:
The original spellings have been preserved for the most part with alternate spellings and names and other commentary provided in parentheses.
Initials have been expanded into full names if revealed by additional research.
The burial place was almost always noted. If it was Evergreen, the name should be included in the Directory of the Dead section of the Evergreen Cemetery website. Many entries are linked to the corresponding Find A Grave memorial, which may have further information.
In the mid-1890s, Losey & Dean began embalming some of the bodies and made notes in their records on how well they held up. They make for some interesting reading.
The names beginning with "AA -" are other pages from the books, such as the covers, index pages, and financial summaries. In the "By Name" page the "AA -" index entries are omitted.
Losey & Dean did a brisk business supplying coffins to out of town purchasers, often shipping them via the railroads that dominated freight hauling traffic in that era. All of those sales are grouped together with a leading "XX -" and the name is the person to whom the coffin was sold or shipped (not necessarily related to the person being buried).
The page lists the names sorted by last name.
The page lists the names in page-order, grouped by book.
Both pages have links to the photographic image of the corresponding page in the record book, which will contain MUCH more information.
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