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Document Details


Title: Edith Holton
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: California State University, Long Beach. Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive
Collection: Women's History: Professionals and Entrepreneurs (Early Twentieth Century)
Description: Edith Holton played an active and key role in the family-run mortuary in Long Beach from the time she was a young adult. Her mother had been informally trained in embalming by the man who Holton claims discovered the process while he was a boarder in the family home. The family moved to Long Beach from Indiana following her graduation from high school, where they established the first full-scale mortuary there in 1907. Holton drove the original ambulance in town and was often called to the oil fields to transport the injured.
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Speaker: Holton, Edith
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker occupation: Ambulance driver; Undertaker
Document date: Undated
Locations discussed: California; Indiana; Long Beach, CA; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Ambulance service; Burial; California; Embalming; Indiana; Long Beach, CA; North America; Oil fields--Long Beach (Calif.); Oral history; Undertakers and undertaking; United States
ASP release: 2007-01
Document code: OHI0035356-38922