Funeral Expenses 1913

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  1. Dibbons

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    Just found the Funeral Bill for my great-grandmother Margaret Abel (born "Mulhearn" Ireland 1846) who died at the Colonial Hotel, 650 Bush St., San Francisco in 1913. According to Burial Documentation: Casket $175.00, Embalming $25.00, Obituary Notice $2.00, Paul Bearers $2.20, Burial $6.50, and Ferry Transportation $10.00 = $220.70 paid in cash.
     
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    • BAFRAID

      BAFRAID She’s looking like a Super Bee again!! FBBO Gold Member

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      That’s really cool history.
       
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      What, nothing about the bar tab for the Irish Wake??
       
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        It seems that she had a good send off. An average worker, like a carpenter, made about $25 a week back then.
         
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          67440chrg Well-Known Member

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          Cool history. Thanks for posting it.
           
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          hsorman FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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          That was another $500!!! :lol:

          Neat history, for sure!
           
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          Cost my Father about $1000 for his Nephew's in 1977 ! Funeral home wasn't as amused when we carried the casket across the street...
           
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          The real Paul Bearer

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            I went to high school with Paul Bearer...
             
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              my 85 y/o dad's prepaid bill for cremation
              to the Neptune Society is $1200,
              he pre-paid for it in like 2008-ish

              hopefully, I won't need to use it for a while still
              that all he wants, he doesn't want an elaborate funeral
              just family gathering to celebrate his life
              I will try, my damndest, best to 100% fulfill his final wishes
              when the time comes too

              I saw the bill to bury my (I think) great, great, great grandfather
              was like $35 in SF mid 1800s (in 1866 I think)
              he wasn't a poor man, wasn't wealthy either, engineer/shipbuilder
              about the time of the latter part of the California gold rush
              he made it thru the whole Civil war, to die of Cholera (IIRC)
              after drinking tainted well water, was the story
               
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              That's where the Social Security Administration came up with their death benefit amount.
               
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