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Ezra Baldwin Bolles, the father of Franklin S. Bolles, died July 11, 1898.

Franklin S. Bolles became a funeral director in 1875

Funeral Director From To Address
Bolles & Morehouse 1849 1849 240 Broad Street
Bolles, Ezra B. 1850 1857 240 Broad Street
Bolles & Clark 1877 1877 579 Broad Street
Bolles, Ezra B. & Son, Frank S. 1878 1884 579 Broad Street
Bolles, Ezra B. & Son, Frank S. 1885 1886 540 Broad Street
Bolles, Ezra B. & Son, Frank S. 1887 1902 12 Bridge Street
Bolles, W. C. & Frank S. 1903 1920/21 516 Broad Street
Bolles, Frank S. 1921/22 1923 532 Broad Street
Bolles, Frank S. 1924 1925 101/105 Washington Street

From "A History of the City of Newark"
The Lewis Publishing Company 1913

Franklin S. Bolles

A man of serious aims, broad views on all questions, generous ideals and shrewd business opinion, is to be found in the person of Franklin S. Bolles, funeral director in the city of Newark, New Jersey. He is genial and courteous on all occasions, and his accurate estimate of men has enabled him to fill the many responsible branches of his business with assistants who thoroughly understand the work they are called upon to perform, and conduct in the most masterly manner the numerous details connected with it. In one line of his family Mr. Bolles traces his descent to a Revolutionary hero.

Ezra Baldwin Bolles, the father of Mr. F. S. Bolles, was born August 16, 1821. He died July 11, 1898. When a young man he turned his attention to the business of taking charge of funerals. In this field he was a pioneer in many directions. he was the first man in Newark to use a hearse with glass sides, a cloth-covered coffin and coffin handles. The first draped hearse ever constructed by Turnbull is owned by this establishment at the present day. Ezra Bolles married Adaline Hunt, a daughter of George W. and Hannah Summers.

Franklin S. Bolles was born in Newark, New Jersey, August 21, 1855. In 1875 Mr. Bolles Established himself in the funeral directing business in the city of Newark, where he has since conducted his establishment. His funeral parlors and offices at No. 516 Broad Street are models of their kind, every appliance which modern progress and inventiveness in this line have brought forth being found there. Funerals are conducted in a manner which will least harrow up the feelings of the bereaved, and the innate gentleness and warm sympathy of Mr. Bolles have done much to alleviate the suffering peculiar to these sad occasions. The religious affiliations of Mr. Bolles are with the North Reformed Dutch Church.