Kurtz Funeral Home Records 985 WFCHS

Scope and Content: This collection is comprised of the account books from Kurtz Funeral and Furniture business and papers of the George Kurtz family. The accounts date from 1867 to 1948. The collection includes a typed abstract, which can be photocopied. The records give an approximate date of death for many Winchester, VA (USA) residents. Also included is an account of the Valley Campaign, written by Capt. George W. Kurtz, ca. 1900. An index is available upon request in the Archives Room.

NOTE: Record books cannot be photocopied. They may be examined. Abstracts of records in Box 10 may be photocopied.
(13 boxes) Last updated 02/16.

Biographical/Historical: Kurtz Funeral and Furniture Store was established in 1868 and was located at 2-4 N. Cameron Street. Kurtz Funeral and Furniture business was established in 1868 as the first post-Civil War business in Winchester, VA. The business was started by Capt. George W. Kurtz at the Kerr building, but moved it later to the Cameron Street location in 1877 until his death in 1926. Garland R. Quarles stated that the business became one of the largest and best known such organizations in northern Virginia.

Cite As: Kurtz Funeral Home Records, 985 WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.

Organization:

Box 1

Volume I - account book, George W. Kurtz, 1867-1875, cabinet-making and funeral records, manuscript

Volume II - cash book, George W. Kurtz, 1874-1901, manuscript: furniture, inventory, undertakers' supplies, 1893-1901; funeral records, 1874-1878

Volume III – missing

Day book #1 - furniture sales records, 1880-1888

Box 2

Volume IV - ledger, 1881-1890, funeral records, manuscript

Ledger #2 - furniture sales records, 1889-1896, manuscript

Volume V - ledger, 1890-1898, funeral records, manuscript

Box 3

Volume VI - ledger, 1898-1904, funeral records, manuscript

Volume VII - ledger, 1904-1908, funeral records, manuscript

Box 4

Volume VIII - ledger, 1908-1913, funeral records, manuscript

Volume IX - ledger, 1913-1918, funeral records, manuscript

Box 5

Ledger - funeral records, 1918-1922, manuscript

Volume XI - ledger, 1922-1924, funeral records, manuscript

Volume XII - ledger, 1924-1926, funeral records, manuscript

Box 6

Volume XIII - day book undertaking, 1926-1935, funeral records, manuscript

Volume XIV - day book undertaking, 1935-1937, funeral records, manuscript

Box 7

Ledger - undertaking, 1926-1942, funeral records, manuscript

Box 8

Post binder - furniture and funeral records, 1938-1948, manuscript

Box 9

Ledger - furniture records, 1910-1926, manuscript

Box 10  Index/Abstracts of records, unnumbered leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Folder 1: Abstracts of Volume 1, 1867-1875
Abstracts of Volume 2, 1874-1878

Folder 2: Abstracts of Volume 4, 1881-1890
Abstracts of Volume 5, 1890-1898

Folder 3: Abstracts of Volume 6, 1898-1904
Abstracts of Volume 7, 1904-1906

Folder 4: Abstracts of Volume 8, 1908-1913
Abstracts of Volume 9, 1913-1918

Folder 5: Abstracts of Volume 10, 1918-1922
Abstracts of Volume 11, 1922-1924

Folder 6: Abstracts of Volume 12, 1924-1926
Abstracts of Volume 13, 1926-1935
Abstracts of Volume 14, 1935-1937

Box 11-Business Papers

Miscellaneous Papers

Agreements-Kurtz/Eddy, 2 leaves typescript (copy), 3 leaves typescript

Bank Books, 2 items

Business Licenses-Local and state, 1942-1952, 12 pages typescript on printed form, 12 leaves typescript on printed form

Clevenger, Grover H. - Funeral Director's Permit- 1945, 1 envelope, 1 card manuscript on printed form

Correspondence, 1 leaf typescript; envelope with print of building

Deed- Rice and Largent-1939, 2 leaves typescript

Forney, Grace—Morgue Record, August 2, 1955

Jacobs, Stuart I.-Mount Hebron Lot Deed-1942, 1 leaf typescript

Kurtz Employee and Tax Records- 1918 and 1938 to 1952, 1 envelope, 1 leaf printed, 12 leaves typescript, 7 pages typescript on printed form, 13 pages manuscript on printed form, 2 pages printed

Kurtz, George Washington-Tax letter- 1914, 2 leaves typescript (copy), 1 page manuscript on printed form

Mount Hebron Cemetery-grave receipts- February 11, 1939 and March 29, 1943, 4 items, 169 leaves manuscript on printed form

Mount Hebron-Lot 65 Deed-1920, 1 leaf manuscript, 2 envelopes

Permits-Burial and Removal- 1941 to 1953, 2 leaves typescript on printed form, 8 leaves manuscript on printed form, 1 leaf manuscript, 1 envelope

Receipts and Miscellaneous Papers- 1891 to 1952, 4 envelopes, 28 leaves manuscript on printed form, 5 leaves typescript on printed form, 9 leaves printed, 4 leaves typescript, 5 leaves manuscript, 1 page manuscript

Vorous, Holmes M.-Training Papers- 1946 to 1947, 1 envelope, 10 leaves printed, 8 leaves typescript, 2 pages typescript on printed form

BOX 12-George Kurtz Personal Papers/Family Papers

Insurance Policies- 1942 to 1948, 1 booklet, 1 envelope, 13 pages typescript on printed form, 8 leaves typescript on printed form

Inventory- 1949 and 1952, 12 leaves, typescript manuscript on printed form

Kurtz, Mary—Notice of Payment from The Confederate States for service as chief matron for CS hospitals at Winchester,  from July 8, 1864-January 1, 1865; 1 leaf, manuscript

"Maps of the Bible Lands"-Promotional literature, 1 item printed

Stock Certificates-George W. Kurtz, Inc.-1948, 2 leaves typescript on printed form

Vehicle Papers-War Necessity and Title- 1943 to 1948, 1 card, 4 leaves typescript on printed form, 1 envelope

Capt. George W. Kurtz- Accounts of Valley Campaign of 1862, 8 leaves manuscript, 4 leaves typescript transcript, 1 leaf typescript, 1 leaf manuscript (photocopy)

BOX 13-Duplicate Extracts

Abstracts of Kurtz Funeral Home Records, vol. 1-5, 1867-1898