Isaac's probate records provided a great deal of information about his burial. I know that a burial suit was purchased and from whom his casket was obtained. However, I do not know if an actual funeral ceremony was held. The preface to my manuscript describes the funeral I imaged for him, conducted by the friends who appear in his journal. The people and the relationships described in the preface are well documented, but the service is identified as imagined. It is one of the things that concerns publishers who expect strict historical events to be depicted.
In a way, I suppose, I gave Isaac the funeral I believe he would have wanted. I imagined those he was closest to in life gathered at the grave site to bid him farewell. I described the songs he might have chosen and a singer he knew to lead the group in song. I selected passages from his beloved Shakespeare that Isaac might have wanted read by his friend with the politically trained voice to read those passages well. Each of those choices was based on my extensively researched knowledge of Isaac's friends and his preferences; yet, I cannot know if the service I imagined reflected any similarities to his actual burial.
Also displayed was a long wicker basket used to transport the body from the location of the deceased's death to the mortuary--a sort of gurney for its day.
The horse-drawn hearse was donated by the Rex and Mary Milton Family, together with a fur lap robe (visible on the seat of the hearse), mittens, and a foot warmer. The hearse was used after 1886 until the 1920s. It was kept, along with the horses that pulled the hearse, in Nunn Livery Stable on the east side of Main Street in Stafford, Kansas.