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Ernest Hebbard Bresee
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Birth: Aug. 27, 1861
Iowa, USA
Death: Dec. 21, 1949
Riverside County
California, USA

Ernest H. Breese, 88,
Mortician, Succumbs

Ernest H. Bresee, 88, founder of one of the earliest mortuaries in Los Angeles, died yesterday at his home in Riverside following along illness.

Born in Iowa, he moved to Pasadena with his family in 1882. His father, the Rev. P.F. Breese, was pastor of the Methodist Church there and afterward became head of the Methodist Church in Los Angeles. Later he founded the Church of the Nazarene, which has since become an international religious institution. Rev. Breese is also buried in Evergreen Cemetery, and his large monument is the cornerstone for the Bresee family plot in Evergreen Cemetery (His name is also recorded in Findagrave.)

E.H. Bresee, as he was known by the family, graduated from the Simpson Centenary College.

At the time of this death Mr. Bresee was one of the oldest Los Angeles mail carriers. For several years cenetering around 1887, he was one of the city's eight mail carriers. His route included everything west of Pigurera Street and south of 1st Street.

Then for 7 years he engaged in the real-estate business in this city. Afterwards he become identified with Mr. Howrey as Bresee & Howrey Undertakers, and they established a large undertaking business. The firm dissolved partnership and Ernest entered into partnership with C.E. Kregelo with Kregelo & Bresee Undertakers, which connection continued for 4 years. He then entered into partnership with his brother, P.W. Bresee, and they established Bresee Bros. Undertakers. They succeeded even beyond their expectations, and the company won a name for sterling integrity and genuine worth.

The original firm was at 6th Street and Broadway where it was located until it moved to its present location at 950 West Washington Blvd. He was active in the firm until 1939 when his duties were taken over by his son, P.J. Bresee.

At that time, Mr. Bresee moved to Riverside where he lived with his daughter, Mrs. A. A. Webb of 8615 Dufferin Avenue. He also leaves another daughter, Mrs. Lester F. South of Long Beach; a brother, Dr. Paul Bresee of Los Angeles, and a sister, Mrs. Tyler Parker Sr. of Pasadena.

E.H. had two children, the first was Rebecca from his first wife Elma Reed, and Phineas Johnson (P.J.) Bresee, from his second wife Grace Johnson.

P.J. Bresee was the second generation management for the family mortuary, Past High Priest for his Masonic lodge and a great lover of model trains. He passed on to his son, Melvin Bresee, his collection of Lionel trains and 1.5" scale model train equipment at the LA Live Steamers in Griffith Park.

Melvin Bresee entered the family funeral business for a short time, but left it for a banking career.

P.J. Bresee operated the firm for many years with Frank Brunner as Bresee Bros. & Gillette Mortuary, but the firm closed around 1970 (Exact date unknown as of this writing. The building at 950 West Washington, Los Angeles, still stands as of this writing in 2007).

Funeral services for E.H. Bresee will be conducted at the First Methodist Church at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 23, 1949. Interment will take place in the Evergreen Cemetery near the grave of his famous father already interred there. (Sources for this insertion included the LA Times, Dec. 22, 1949, page 19, and Ancestory.Com) 
 
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 Parents:
  Phineas F. Bresee (1838 - 1915)
  Maria E Hebbard Bresee (1836 - 1920)
 
 Spouses:
  Elma Reed Bresee (1873 - 1916)
  Grace Johnson Bresee (1877 - 1928)
 
 Children:
  Rebecca Bresee Webb (1900 - 1993)*
  Phineas Johnson Bresee (1907 - 1990)*
  Blossom Bresee South (1913 - 1961)*
 
 Siblings:
  Ernest Hebbard Bresee (1861 - 1949)
  Phineas Wright Bresee (1865 - 1936)*
  Bertha Bresee Parker (1868 - 1956)*
  Paul Horace Bresee (1871 - 1959)*
  Melvin Arthur Bresee (1872 - 1942)*
  Susan Bresee Kinne (1874 - 1946)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
 
Created by: Jim (Dr. Mo) Moshinskie,...
Record added: May 19, 2007
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Ernest Hebbard Bresee
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Ernest Hebbard Bresee
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Ernest Hebbard Bresee
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