This hundred and sixty year old church had already served 52 years of service before the young lady that we buried today was born. She had turned 108 two months ago. I always enjoy hearing about the lives of the people that get to make it that long. The changes that have happened over the years have been astounding. I overheard an 80 year old speaking of when they let women start working in the factory where he worked. Her 93 year old cousin said, "she was a teen age girl when I was born". These people had no room in there lives for such things as video games and Internet. The funniest part of this service was a floral arrangement that was delivered. The card read "With deepest sympathy, you are in our prayers. Congratulations!" We were left wondering... Congratulations? for what? for making it to 108? for making it into heaven? congratulations that you are in our prayers? what? what does it mean?
As for this church, to people on the East Coast, it may not seem old. But this and the funeral home that I was
Back at the funeral home, we've smoothed out the floors and tried to make it quieter. But it is a 160 year old house. Which is part of the attraction for the business. The owners have done a great job of keeping the place up so that it has never needed a restoration. Just the occasional fixing is all. This is the staircase as you enter the home.
Then there is the elevator. This is used to get bodies and caskets up and down from the basement, where the prep room is to the garage level and the main floor of the house. Since the building was built in 1850, the elevator is not electric. It is operated with a series of ropes and pulleys and some counter weights. Going down is easy, just keep tight on the brake. Going up is the challenge sometimes, especially if the person weighs very much.