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Our Story

In 1862, when Columbus was just a village, James Taylor and Wesley O'Harrah opened a funeral business on the southeast corner of State and Third Streets, where the Old Old Columbus Post Offices were built. The building still stands today, and was restored into law offices in the mid 1900's.

In 1865, Taylor and O'Harrah were in charge of the local funeral arrangements for President Abraham Lincoln. The President's body lay in state in the Rotunda of the Ohio State House.

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After the death of both Taylor and O'Harrah in 1908, the practice was carried on by Mrs. Mary (Taylor) Fisher, daughter of Mr. Taylor. Jewell Clarke served as Manager, the business was incorporated in the name of Taylor-Clarke, and relocated to 101 Parsons Avenue.

In 1915, A.K. Graumlich purchased the business and continued the services. Mrs. Mary Taylor-Fisher served as licensed lady embalmer until her death in 1928.

In 1920, A.K. Graumlich purchased the property at 1351 South High Street, where the funeral home is located today. In 1930, Theodore R. Graumlich, son of A.K. Graumlich, joined the family practice and the business was renamed, "Graumlich & Son". In 1955, August K. Graumlich II, son of Theodore R. Graumlich, graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and obtained his Funeral Director's and Embalmer's licenses - joining the firm as the third generation with his father and grandfather.

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Upon the death of his father and the retirement of his grandfather in 1960, August K. Graumlich II assumed ownership, becoming director and President of the firm. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Graumlich & Son, Inc. Shirley P. Graumlich, wife of August K. Graumlich, II, is President of Graumlich & Son, Inc. and a 47 year staff member and a licensed funeral director.

August and Shirley's daughter, Andrea, is the fourth generation of Graumlichs to operate the practice. Andrea graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1992, then completed an internship at the funeral home. She obtained her Funeral Director's License in 1996, and currently serves as Manager and Executive Vice President.

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Proudly Serving Central Ohio for Over 156 Years.

Graumlich Funeral Home | 1351 South High Street | COLUMBUS, OH 43207

Phone: (614) 444-7854 | Fax: (614) 443-1730 | Email: info@graumlichfuneralhome.com

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