WILMER MASON WHEELER was a funeral director in Camden in the late 1910s and early 1920s. He lived and at 309 Market Street, working under the direction of Fithian S. Simmons, who had a funeral business there for many years. He took over the Simmons funeral home in 1918. By 1927 Wilmer Mason Wheeler had sold the Simmons funeral business and relocated to 312 Kings Highway East in Haddonfield NJ, where he opened up a funeral home in his own name.
|South Jersey, A History 1624-1924|
WILMER MASON WHEELER—A prominent figure in a special line of endeavor in Camden, New Jersey, is Wilmer Mason Wheeler whose success as a mortician has been a matter of his superior merit and ability in his chosen field of labor.
Wilmer Mason Wheeler, son of Philander S. and Cora (Drake) Wheeler, the former a school teacher for many years, was born at Trenton, New Jersey, October 18, 1888. He attended the public schools of his native city, and after graduation, having in the meantime decided to enter the undertaking business, he matriculated at a school of embalming in Philadelphia, graduating from that institution in 1912, and subsequently was identified with a large funeral concern in Philadelphia. He later came to Camden where he succeeded Fithian S. Simmons, taking over the business in 1918, he, being the licensed undertaker and the managing head of the concern. This organization, whose headquarters are at No. 309 Market Street, is the oldest of its kind in Camden, and has always catered to the representative families of this community. Mr. Wheeler's thorough knowledge of the business, together with his tactfulness and courtesies and his reliable business methods, have enabled him to see each year the number of his patrons greatly increased.
Fraternally, he is affiliated with Trimble Lodge, No. 117 Free and Accepted Masons, of Camden; Rabboni Chapter, No. 48, Royal Arch Masons; Crescent Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, of Trenton; and Excelsior Consistory, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, of Camden. He also belongs to the Tall Cedars of Lebanon; Young Men's Christian Association of Camden; Embalmers' Association of Pennsylvania; National Association of Funeral Directors; New Jersey State Funeral Directors' Association; West Jersey Funeral Directors' Association; and the Camden Chamber of Commerce. His clubs are the Camden Automobile, Tavistock Country, Camden Shrine, and the Y's Men's Club. He is a member of Centenary Tabernacle Methodist Episcopal Church.
On November 20, 1916, Wilmer Mason Wheeler married Ella L. Stage, daughter of Clarence H. and Elizabeth Gates Stage, of West Philadelphia. Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler have no children..
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