History of Mohney-Yargar Funeral Chapel
In the 1880s A.L. Hoy founded what is now Mohney-Yargar Funeral Chapel, conducting for many years what was then called "undertaking" and embalming in the same area in DuBois, Pennsylvania. Beginning in 1901, the business was recorded as being run by C.N. Miller. According to a 1900 newspaper clipping, "C.N. Miller and his wife, without friends, comparatively in this part of the country, and with predictions of failure on every hand, worked earnestly to secure a share of the patronage of this vicinity. That they have succeeded far beyond expectation, it is not necessary to record; the fact is too well known. Both husband and wife are thoroughly qualified by many years of experience to successfully carry on the undertaking business in every department. Mrs. Miller, who is well known for her skill as an embalmer, devotes her services principally to the preparing of bodies of women and children for the last sad rites, and her kindness of heart, womanly sympathy and gentleness of nature have won for her many sincere friends."
Mr. Miller was a member of the National and State Embalmers Association of Pennsylvania and his wife, who is never named, belonged to the Pennsylvania State Association.
N.R. Moore, the founder of the current establishment location, operated the funeral home from the year of its official founding in 1902 until his death in 1938, under the name of N.R. Moore Son Funeral Home & Ambulance Service.
Mr. Moore's son, J. Harold Moore, took over the day-to-day operations, and eventually the establishment became known as the J. Harold Moore Funeral Home. An intern, Eldon V. “Cork” Mohney, from Hawthorne, Pennsylvania, joined the funeral home in 1963. He not only served the duties of a funeral director and embalmer, he also helped run the ambulance service out of the funeral home. In 1965, upon J. Harold Moore's retirement, Mr. Mohney took over the funeral home and officially changed the name in 1968 to Eldon V. Mohney Funeral Home. Mr. Moore continued his association with the funeral home in an advisory capacity.
In 1969 Mr. Mohney took on an intern, John S. Yargar, from Oil City, Pennsylvania. Mr. Yargar became partner in 1975, and the business began operating under the name Mohney and Yargar Funeral Chapel. Both men engaged in the business on a full-time basis, and changes to the business and building soon ensued. On September 5, 1975, they took out a full-page ad in the Courier-Express newspaper announcing the addition of a formal chapel in the former Tantlinger and McDade Fashion Shop. The chapel was used for funeral services only and could seat 100 people. Four large viewing rooms were also available at the location. Ambulance service ceased operations on December 31, 1978, in an effort to devote time and resources to continue to provide quality funeral care.
Two mottos resound from this funeral home, which has always been on West Long Avenue, DuBois, Pennsylvania. The first is "Dedicated to service" followed by "Through caring, renewal begins." These exemplify the commitment and professionalism of the men and women who have served the DuBois community for over a century. Everyone at Mohney-Yargar Funeral Chapel is proud to uphold their rich heritage and commitment to our community.
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