Biography of Albert Livingston
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ALBERT LIVINGSTON.
A record of the leading business men of Hastings would be incomplete were there failure to make reference to Albert Livingston, who is one of "The Livingstons," undertakers, in which connection they are conducting a large business. He was born in Delaware, February 18, 1834, and is a son of James and Sarah (Kirkpatrick) Livingston, farming people, who have long since passed away.

The son was educated in the public schools and his early training and environment were that of the home farm. He continued to assist in the work of the fields until he attained his majority, after which he began learning the carpenter's trade, following that pursuit for many years. In 1858 he became a resident of Illinois, where he continued to work at the carpenter's trade and also engaged in farming for about sixteen years. In 1884 he arrived in Nebraska and the family home was established upon a farm near Harvard. He was thereafter identified with general agricultural pursuits in this part of the state for nineteen years, or until 1903, when he removed to Hastings. He had engaged in the undertaking business in Harvard and after coming to Hastings opened undertaking parlors, which are still carried on.

In 1861 Mr. Livingston was united in marriage to Miss Viola Gatewood and to them have been born four children: Anna B.; Francis; and Albert E. and Walter, who are connected with the undertaking business.

Mr. Livingston is connected with the United Brethren church and has guided his life by its teachings He has taken an advanced stand on the temperance question, voting with the prohibition party, and he favors every plan and measure that will benefit the community and better the conditions among which the people live. His has been and active and useful life and wherever known he is held in high esteem. He was the founder of the business, which is now carried on under the name of "The Livingstons," undertakers. This firm teaches undertaking and gives diplomas to its students. They have one of the most complete establishments of the kind in the state and the father and sons were among the first to take the state examination for funeral directors, their licenses bearing the numbers 12 and 13. They passed the examination with the highest rank and the two sons, Albert E. and Walter, are members of the State Funeral Directors Association. They embalmed the body of John O'Connor, a recluse, who died August 17, 1913. They used fluids of their own manufacture and the body is still in a perfect state of preservation, being viewed daily by many people. It has been seen by thousands and is regarded as the finest specimen of embalming. This man died without a will or known relatives, leaving an estate valued at one hundred thousand dollars. One hundred and fifty people have put in claims for the O'Connor estate, claiming to be relatives of the man, but the question has not yet been settled, hence the body continues to lie in the Livingston vault. The firm carries the finest display of caskets in the state, representing investments of many thousands of dollars. They operate two auto hearses, two horse hearses, a limousine and a traveling car. They have their own chapel, in which funeral services may be held, and they are prepared to take care of the business in the best possible way. The father still remains an active factor in the business although he has now passed the eighty second milestone on life's journey. Much of the more arduous work, however, is left to the two sons, Albert E. and Walter, who for a long period have been associated with their father in the establishment.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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