In 1932, Bailey S. Kurtz purchased an interest in the funeral home. In 1935, he and Judge Guyn bought a lodge on West Oak Street that had previously housed the Knights of Pythias. They remodeled the building on West Oak Street and moved the funeral home in to what is our present location.
The chandeliers you see in the building today are the originals from the lodge; in those days, pool tables were placed beneath them. The front room, now our arrangements room, was used for card games. Most of the lodge’s original wood work and doors remain. One door even has a peephole where a lodge member would need to give a password and be seen before entering. The peephole is now covered by the large mirror on the landing, near the entrance to the ladies restroom.
Bailey Kurtz married Margaret Beverly and they had two sons, Bailey S. Kurtz Jr. and Charles Kurtz. Bailey was an outspoken person but was instrumental in helping many underprivileged citizens in Jessamine County without wanting any credit in return. Mr. Kurtz passed away in January 1981, followed by the death of his wife, Margaret, in April 1981.