Indeed, Oak tried his hand at several different ventures in Jacksonville. For instance, he constructed the city’s earliest factory and also ran a jewelry store. Then, in 1856, he launched a funeral business together with his son Byron.
When Oak died, Byron carried on with the business, renaming it the Moulton & Kyle Funeral Home. And by 1914, the company had grown to such an extent that it was in need of new premises.
Moulton & Kyle duly commissioned architects Mark & Shetfall to design the new building, which they eventually constructed in Jacksonville’s downtown district. Interestingly, the architects chose a Prairie School style for the structure. This linear type of architecture was popular in the Midwestern U.S. during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.