I n 1864, Tilghman Reinsmith started a furniture store in Emmaus, PA. As was customary for the times, the furniture maker was also the coffin maker and the person consulted at the time of death. During this era, most funerals were held in the home of the deceased, and the horses used to deliver furniture were also used to take the casket to the family's home, church and cemetery.
Over the years the Reinsmith family dissolved the furniture business and concentrated on "Undertaking".
The original house of the business was located at 191 Main Street in Emmaus. The building was large enough to not only shelter the horses but also to provide the space to make the furniture.
When Tilghman's son Fred entered the business, there was no need for stables since the automobile was quickly becoming the fashionable mode of transportation, especially for something as dignified as a funeral. At this point, Fred decided to purchase a relatively large home for the times in an effort to eliminate the unnecessary expense of the Main Street location. It was at that time that Fred moved the business to 32 North 4th Street in Emmaus.
Fred's fraternal sons, Donald and Frederick "Fritz" Reinsmith, eventually took over the family business. They then decided to move the business to Fritz's home at 332 North 3rd Street in Emmaus, where the business operated from 1943 to 1952.
However, Donald had the vision to design a building and build it as a funeral home, to accomodate large groups of people, since "home funerals" were quickly being fazed out. In 1952, Donald's idea became a reality when the Reinsmith Funeral Home opened its doors at 225 Elm Street in Emmaus. The funeral home was an immediate success and he and Fritz owned and operated the business until 1983. It was then that Donald decided to sell the business to John R. Kulik. Shortly thereafter, the name was changed to Kulik-Reinsmith Funeral Home. In 1995, after the opening of the new Allentown location the funeral home was renamed to its current name of Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home. To date, John Kulik remains the owner of the funeral home and is actively involved in the day to day operations of the business.