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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

History: Obadiah T Geran, Tinsmith (1845-1914)

An advertisement in the 16 Mar 1878 edition of The Matawan Journal, which appeared regularly in this newspaper starting about Augusts 1873, announced the following:

Obadiah T Geran has opened a stove and tin store in the large building recently occupied as a coffin wareroom by Mr William H Arrowsmith, a few doors above Washington Hall, Matawan, and invites a share of public patronage. He is prepared to do all kinds of work in tin, sheet iron, copper, etc. Tin roofing and gas fitting done with promptness and in the best manner. Tin and sheet iron ware on hand. General jobbing done. 

The 16 Dec 1893 edition of The Matawan Journal (pg 3 col 5) had advertisements for the Arrowsmith Brothers, local undertakers.

Arrowsmith Brothers, undertakers and arterial embalmers, at the Old Stand, Matawan, NJ.  Whole outfit new and first class. Prices reasonable. Everything required for funerals, from the plainest to the most elaborate, constantly on hand. Have also a stock of new folding chairs for funeral and other purposes. Prompt attention day or night.

The obituary of Obadiah Thomas Geran appeared in the 26 Feb 1914 edition of The Matawan Journal. Geran moved from his native Robertsville to Matawan about 1870 and studied tinsmithing with Gordon D White. When Geran went into business for himself, he purchased and occupied the former Caleb T Bailey building at Midway Green.

 The 1900 Federal Census listed Henry Arrowsmith (born Feb 1845 in NJ) as an undertaker living on Main Street in Matawan Borough with wife Mary (born Jun 1854 NJ), daughters Eliza B (born Oct 1878 NJ) and Julia B (born Jan 1884 NJ), and servant Rose Popp (born Nov 1881 Hungary).


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