Thursday, May 19, 2016

Paupers & Pine Boxes: Burying the Dead at Eloise in 1866


This is an agreed contract (which is for sale on Etsy along with several other such documents) between undertaker Thomas Roche of Detroit and the Superintendent of the Poor for coffins and the internment of paupers at the County House for 1 year and 5 months starting May 1, 1866.

The going rate for a 5-year-old and under child's coffin and burial was $6 while an adult totaled $8. The common white wood or pine coffins were to be painted or stained before burial.

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