Maher & Needles

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Thu Jan 29 17:01:50 EST 2015

On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 11:18 AM,

I have two questions.
> (1) How did they get Mr. Needled from a 4PM funeral service in Roanoke to
> an 11AM burial in Baltimore? That's a rather tight schedule to do by
> train (and most caskets traveled by rail in those days.) Did he move by
> "motor transport"?

​From a section of the follow-up article on Wednesday, October 28, 1936 in
the Roanoke Times:

"Last night the body was placed on Mr. Needles' private car attached to a
special train and taken to Baltimore, Md., where he was born in 1867. Today
after final commitment services he will be laid to rest in Greenmount

So he got special treatment right up to the end.

(2) Where was Mr. Maher's home, 1134 Commerce St NW, Roanoke, located?
> Commerce St is now called "2nd Street" (by some, at least, but not by us
> purists.) A check of Mapquest shows that the northern portion of old
> Commerce St may now be known as "Gainsboro Road" and places this address
> just south of Orange Avenue. BingMaps, however, places the address near the
> corner of Madison Avenue. The two locations are better than 500 feet apart.
> So... Where was his home located, and what happened to it?

​Someone more familiar with historic Roanoke will have to locate that

Bruce in Blacksburg
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