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Interior view of the C.R. Holeton and Sons Furniture Store showing the many different styles of furniture that was available.

Interior view of the C.R. Holeton and Sons Furniture Store showing the many different styles of furniture that was available.

Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home

The Holeton Block, built in 1887, is the last remnant of the original Niles downtown buildings. It is located at 16 South Main Street on the west side of South Main Street near the site of the Niles Bank Building.

Selling furniture since 1875 and practicing as a licensed undertaker and embalmer from 1890, C.R. Holeton built the Holeton Block.

In 1889 the C.R. Holeton & Son Furniture and Undertaking was the first occupant of this building with the furniture located on the first floor and the caskets were upstairs. At this time, funerals were held in the home and the deceased was carried to the cemetery by a horse-drawn hearse.

From the 1920s through the early 1950s, Kreiger's Pool Hall occupied the right side of the Holeton Block. Later, Leon Doubet would move his jewelry store into this building.

From the 1920s through the early 1950s, Kreiger's Pool Hall occupied the right side of the Holeton Block. Later, Leon Doubet would move his jewelry store into this building.


Holeton and Sons 1916 Hearse.

Holeton and Sons 1916 Hearse.

In 1928 the business moved to its present location at 126 West Park Avenue. The business was known as Holeton Funeral Home.

The name later was changed to Holeton and Holeton Funeral Home when the two brothers, Charles and Dan, took over their father’s business.

Dan died at a young age and Charles maintained the funeral home until he died in the early 1950s.

Charles Holeton in WWI uniform.

Jimmy Holeton, 1926.

Center: Charles Holeton in WWI uniform.

Right: Jimmy Holeton, 1926.


Advertisement for Holeton Brothers Funeral Home located at 16 Main Street.

Holeton Brothers ambulance ca 1918.

Left: Advertisement for Holeton Brothers Funeral Home located at 16 Main Street.

Center: Holeton Brothers ambulance ca 1918.

Horse drawn wagon moving furniture with C.R. Holeton atop the wagon in front of Methodist Church at corner of West Park Avenue and Arlington.

Horse drawn wagon moving furniture with C.R. Holeton atop the wagon in front of Methodist Church at corner of West Park Avenue and Arlington.


1939 advertisement for Holeton&Holeton Funeral Home at 126 West Park Avenue.

1939 advertisement for Holeton&Holeton Funeral Home at 126 West Park Avenue.

Postcard of typical funeral with pall-bearers exiting the Methodist Churchand placing the deceased into an awaiting horse-drawn hearse.

Postcard of typical funeral with pall-bearers exiting the Methodist Church and placing the casket into an awaiting horse-drawn hearse.

Military cassion with casket.

Military cassion with casket.


1951 ambulance in front of Holeton Funeral Home which now had a covered entrance.

1951 ambulance in front of Holeton Funeral Home which now had a covered entrance.

An addition to the funeral home occurred in 1958 and the funeral home provided ambulance services.

Center: An addition to the funeral home occurred in 1958 and the funeral home provided ambulance services.

Right: The Haydu Gulf Service station property would provide much-needed parking for the funeral home in the future.


Charles Holeton

Newspaper clipping of Charles Holeton, Don Holeton and the Holeton funeral home at 126 West Park Avenue.

Don Holeton

Alex Yuhasz

Alex Yuhasz became a licensed funeral director and embalmer after attending the Cleveland Academy of Mortuary Science and began working for the Holeton family.

In 1969 James Alex Yuhasz became a licensed funeral director and embalmer after graduation from Youngstown University and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

The name changed in 1972 to the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home. In 1974 Alex Yuhasz died at the age of 57.

Alex and James AlexYuhasz in 1965.

Alex and James AlexYuhasz in 1965.

The Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home in 1980.

The Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home in 1980.

Major building renovations, addition and redecorating occurred in 1979.

Improvements continued in 1990 with
a handicap accessible entrance,
sound system and redecoration.


In 1991 James Alan Yuhasz becomes a licensed funeral director and embalmer after graduation from The Ohio State University and the Pittsburg Institute of Mortuary Science.

1999 brought another major building renovation, addition and redecorating. In 2006 and 2008 additional adjacent property was acquired for parking and future growth.

Contributed by: James Yuhasz, Sr.

 


     
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