Beffel Furniture & Undertaking Company
The Beffel Furniture & Undertaking Company has succeeded to the business established by Mathias Beffel, the enterprise having been in continuous existence for forty-one years. The store is located at No. 610 Sixth street, Racine, and the interests of the concern are managed by William J. Beffel, who is president of the company, and Edward Beffel, secretary and treasurer. It was on the 26th of September, 1914, that the business was organized under the present name. The original establishment was located at the corner of College avenue and Sixth Street and after two years a removal was made to the present location, Mathias Beffel purchasing the property and building a single store. He conducted the business alone for twenty-six years, or until 1901, when he retired, and his sons, William J. Beffel and Edward Beffel, purchased the business, which they conducted under partnership relations until the incorporation in 1914, thirteen years later. In 1911 a new building, three stories in height and fifty by one hundred and twenty feet, was erected. They carry a large line of furniture, rugs and household furnishings and in the adjoining building have funeral parlors. This establishment is one of the finest in the state, the undertaking department occupying what was the old furniture store but which was rebuilt at a large expense in 1914. There is every convenience and modern equipment with a large sanitary embalming room unsurpassed in the state, which is light, cool and airy. The furniture trade is large and the business is most gratifying. Theirs is one of the oldest establishments of the kind in Racine and it is conducted by energetic young business men whose purposes are high and honorable and who accomplish what they undertake.
Source: Racine, Belle City of the lakes, and Racine County, Wisconsin : a record of settlement, organization, progress and achievement; Chicago: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1916, 1216 pgs.
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