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 Our History


 


Elmer A. Kemp
1896 - 1961
 

In the year 1915, Elmer A. Kemp opened a small “store front” funeral parlor at 315 Centre Street in the City of Trenton.

Typical of its day from which the funeral business was conducted – the wake and visitation period usually took place at the residence of the deceased.

The opening of Kemp’s Funeral Home marked the beginning of a service business that has continued for nearly a century.

 


Centre Street location - circa 1930

 

 

 

By 1931, Elmer Kemp had opened a branch location at 556 N. Pennsylvania Avenue in nearby Morrisville, Pennsylvania. His mission was to insure he did everything possible to meet the needs of every family he served.

In 1935, Elmer Kemp became the Coroner of the County of Mercer; a position he held for many years. As Coroner, he was responsible for investigating deaths that occurred under suspicious circumstances.

 

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motorized hearse - circa 1929.

 

In 1948, recognizing the needs of a growing suburban community, he purchased a house in the White Horse section of Hamilton Township. Located at 260 White Horse Avenue, the house, constructed in the late 1800’s was once owned by W.V. McGalliard.

McGalliard was involved in several business ventures which included farming, poultry, real estate and home building. He also supplied water to local residents.

As the story goes, McGalliard had an idea that would later pay off. He planned to plant 25,000 Norway spruce tree seedlings; eventually selling them as Christmas trees. They flourished. In a few years he had a beautiful crop of trees in which he sold off for $1.00 each.

What McGalliard started, later growers built into a thriving industry – the commercial Christmas tree farm.

 


circa 1900

 


Storage tanks that supplied local water.

 


circa 1910
 

By late 1948 with renovations complete, the Kemp Funeral Home opened its doors and began to serve local families. Elmer Kemp operated the business until his death in 1961.
 


Ward B. Kingston
1934 - 1992
 

Ward B. Kingston purchased the funeral home later that year and renamed it the Kingston and Kemp Funeral Home. Like his predecessor, he too was committed to the personal attention of every family’s customs and needs.

Under his guidance, the funeral home went through extensive renovation and expansion of the facilities to accommodate the growing community. Ward B. Kingston successfully operated the funeral home until his death in 1992.
 

The Kingston and Kemp Funeral home is proud to be family owned and operated - serving Hamilton and the surrounding area for 100 years.