High & Harold Funeral Directors opened in 1918 as a storefront funeral parlor on East Front Street in Plainfield. At that time, most services were held at the family home.
In 1928, Thomas C. Keiser, a World War I Veteran from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., bought the business from John High and changed the name to Memorial Funeral Home. Shortly thereafter, the business moved to the former Bower Estate at the corner of East 7th Street and Franklin Place where the remodeled Victorian mansion served as a “modern” funeral home.
In 1958, Thomas M. Keiser joined his father in business and succeeded his father as President upon his retirement in 1963. In 1980, Memorial Funeral Home opened a branch in nearby Fanwood. The third generation, Thomas M. Keiser, Jr., now owns and manages the funeral home at its present location in Fanwood.