Place Funeral Home Records, 1911 through 1960

Ledger containing funeral records from the Place Funeral Home in Los Gatos, California, spanning 1911 through 1960. Please note that the ledger extends over two pages. Entries are organized alphabetically by the initial letter of the last name and are then primarily sequenced by the date of death. This record is physically held by the Los Gatos Library, was scanned by California Revealed, and placed online at InternetArchive. While it cannot be downloaded as a whole item, any page can be downloaded individually by right clicking and saving it.

Ledger headings include the Name of Deceased, Date of Death, Place of Death, Occupation, Age, Native of, Medical Attendant and Cause of Death, Disposition of Remains, and the Name of Undertaker.

Place Funeral Home

The A. F. Place Furniture and Undertaking establishment became a landmark business in Los Gatos. Mr. Place started the business in 1884. It was originally located on East Main Street, about where the Masonic Temple now stands. By 1887 the business had grown so that new quarters were obtained in the Willey Block on the north side of East Main Street. In the fall of 1887 A. F. Place left the business and moved to San Benito County, where he was killed in an accident. His son, Elvert Ernest Place, conducted the business himself. The Willey Block was destroyed by the fire of July 27, 1891. Mr. Place, undaunted by his loss, immediately opened in a building at 13—15 North Santa Cruz Avenue. In 1920 he purchased the old Cogswell home at 115 North Santa Cruz Avenue, where the business remains to this day.

In 1922 Mr. Place disposed of his furniture business in order to concentrate on the funeral and ambulance service. His son George became associated in the business with him in that year, but E. E. Place remained the head until his death in June 1937. The Place Funeral Home became well-known under the leadership of George Place, the third generation to head the business. When he retired in 1966 the business came under the management of someone other than a member of the Place family for the first time in 85 years.

The Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society has indexed this record and made the index available here: Index to Los Gatos Funeral Home Records


Place Funeral Home, Place Funeral Home Records, 1923 to 1940, Los Gatos Library 100 Villa Avenue Los Gatos, CA 95030.

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