Graves were dug by hand in the small cemeteries and in Rochester Cemetery by the sexton, the charge being $10.00. Graves were lined with white cloth and decorated with fresh flowers when available. Mr. Jones' bookkeeping consisted of a small note book he carried in his back pocket and he never sent a bill or statement. That was very different!!
Mr. Jones built an all-brick storefront type funeral home on Main Street across the street from the Methodist Church in 1925 and it was torn down in 1944 to make way for the new Route 29 Highway.
Wilson J. Park attended Springfield Junior College and the Hohenschu-Carpenter College of Mortuary Science in St. Louis, MO. He served his apprenticeship in Springfield, IL and joined his Grandfather in the business in 1939. Wilson Park acquired the business and changed the name to the Wilson Park Funeral Home and in 1945 Wilson and June moved to what was the Twist family home, remodeled and opened the present funeral home. The Twist home was built prior to 1835. Charles L. Jones died November 1, 1949 at Springfield Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient since December 1945, almost 4 years.
Wilson G. Park, Greg, after completing service in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam, attended the Worsham Mortuary School in Chicago, IL, served his apprenticeship in Springfield and joined his father in the business in 1970. Greg became the owner of the business in January 1986.
The most significant changes that Wilson observed are the many options that are offered a family in making funeral arrangements, such as, arranging a service that reflects the life of the deceased, cremation services, pre-planning a funeral service and offering trust agreements that relieve the surviving family of having to make decisions under stress. The funeral home offers pre-need counseling, assistance with social security, and insurance claims.