The Long-Contres Funeral Homes, Inc., as they are known today, began in 1905, as McMillin and Killins Funeral Home. In 1910, just five years after it was established, the McMillin and Killins Funeral Home welcomed Michael Bacha, Sr. This allowed the funeral firm to experience its first expansion. After being with the firm for approximately eight years, Mr. Bacha decided to establish his own independent funeral business.
In 1918, the same year Mr. Bacha left the business, James J. Long, Sr. returned from serving in WWI and was welcomed into the McMillin and Killins firm. Following McMillin's death in 1938 and the retirement of Killins in 1940, James J. Long, Sr. purchased the business and named it the Long Funeral Home. With the purchase of the funeral business, Mr. Long acquired the Killins homestead which became the location of the present Long-Contres Funeral Home in Northern Cambria.
Following in his father's footsteps, James J. Long, Jr. joined the business after returning from serving in WWII. This was followed by three upgrades and expansions of the business before James J. Long, Sr. retired in 1963. Upon the retirement of James J. Long, Sr. , John J. Contres became a funeral director at the Long Funeral Home.
In 1975 James J. Long, Jr. was presented with the opportunity to purchase the Bacha Funeral Home from Francis M. Bacha along with 58 years of records.
In 1979 Charles L. Contres served as an intern with the Long Funeral Home in Barnesboro. Chuck left to work at the John Thomas Memorial Chapel in St. Thomas U.S.V.I. for two years, where he received more practical and managerial experience. Following the acquisiton of the Melvin C. Gwin Funeral Home in 1981 in Cherry Tree, Chuck relocated to Cherry Tree to serve as branch manager .
Sadly, Jim Long passed on in 2006, ending the Long family funeral service legacy. Ever since then the Contres family has continued to serve area families and out of town families in a caring and compassionate way.
It was in 1991 that John J. Contres, with 28 years service as a funeral director, decided to semi-retire. It was in this same year that James J. Long, Jr. had marked his 47th year in the funeral business and began looking to his own retirement. In talking with Chuck , an agreement was reached and in January of 1992 Chuck became the owner of the Long-Contres Funeral Homes in both Barnesboro (now known as Northern Cambria) and Cherry Tree.