The Arnold Moore Funeral Home was originally the Paul Dalhgren family residence.
The home is located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma & is a two-story, white stucco home. A portion of the home was often rented to boarders. Between 1930 and 1933, Dahlgren moved to another area of town & boarders continued to live there after the Dahlgrens moved. Between 1949-50, Mr. Arnold Moore took possession of the property.
The Moore family had a rich and prominent history in Bartlesville. Mr. Moore was born on May 29, 1917. When Arnold was nine years of age, he had a newspaper route, and often while delivering papers he would see a deceased animal. Having a strong compassion, he was motivated to bury the neighborhood animals. He called himself "the cat and dog undertaker".
In 1938 Arnold worked for John McCallister of the McCallister Funeral Home. The desire to own his own funeral home led him to share this dream with his wife. Ambition and desire drove Arnold & his wife to succeed and they opened the first Moore Funeral Home at the corner of 5th and Dewey. During World War II, Arnold enlisted in the United States Army and while he was away his wife managed the business in his absence. Following his return from military service, the Moore's moved their business to its present location at the corner of Adams and Johnstone and it was renamed The Arnold Moore Funeral Service.
Mrs. Moore worked closely beside Arnold for many years until failing health forced her retirement and they moved to their farm home in the Ochelata,Ok. Ruth passed on April 20, 1991. Following Ruth's death, Arnold returned to live in Bartlesville at their former family residence and continued his ownership and operation of funeral Service, being a humanitarian and setting an example for citizens throughout Oklahoma
Mr.Moore, 92,died April 28 2010, at his residence in Bartlesville,Oklahoma. The long time citizen & native of Bartlesville, was born on May 29, 1917.
The building was later sold to the City of Bartlesville as part of the June 26 2012 bond issue. The city purchased several pieces of property to expand Central Fire Station and build a new police administration building. The Arnold Moore Funeral Home property will be used for Central Fire Station. The City of Bartlesville plans to add new living quarters, equipment bays and a wing that will house fire administration, training rooms and police evidence storage.
Special Thanks goes to Debbie Neece of The Bartlesville Area History Muesem