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CRUVER MFG. CO. CHICAGO
Cutler's Funeral Home is located in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Its former buildings--one of which is featured on this button--were built in the mid-to-late 1800s.
Prior to the 1970s, many funeral homes, including Cutler's, operated ambulance services. This fact explains the phone number listed on the button. Funeral home hearses were convenient emergency vehicles due to their ability to fit a person laying down on a stretcher. This unregulated practice gradually ended, however, with the passage of the 1966 Highway Safety Act. The Act established stricter federal guidelines for emergency medical services (EMS), though individual states still maintain varying EMS rules and regulations.
Sources: "History." Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home. Retrieved from http://www.cutleroneill.com/about-us/history.
"EMS History." Muscatine, Iowa. Retrieved from https://www.muscatineiowa.gov/147/EMS-History.