Sometimes the local barber was your mom or dad.
When ever it was hair cutting time at our house you always wanted to be first. By the time dad got to the 4th boy his hand was tired and his patience was wearing thin.
However, it seems there was still business for barbers. Apparently not every family had a designated hair cutter.
1870S - BARBER HURST
1882 - BARBER JOSEPH BRIDGES
barbers & shaving with a straight edge razor. here's how it was done.
1891 - BARBER J. O. FULTON
1893 - BARBER E. S. BROWN
1893 - barber l. e. ferrell
barbers had to have savy. stooges didn't make good barbers....
1894 - barber s. d. shriner
1894 - barber brown
1894 - barber s. d. shriner
Above, September 28, 1894 - S. D. Shriner -- "the" tonsorial artist -- was two doors west of the post office. The post office was then in the bank building, see the lettering in the window in this circa 1950s photo. One door west may have been that brick building attached to the post office; it did not exist when the bank was built in 1892 but may have been built by 1894. The small white building across the alley in this picture, to the far left, probably did not exist in 1894 -- we don't know. That building, the library, and the store on the west side of the library, were probably not built until the 1920s, and we don't have a picture of the prior buildings.
1894 - barbers e. a. adams, s. d. shriner, and e. s. brown
1900 - barber ben johnston
1907 - barbers leatherman & longwell
1920 - arber frank sherman
1920 - a week after the big fire that wiped out many businesses on the side of the square, one of the businesses -- Frank Sherman, the barber -- moved his barber shop to the first door west of the post office. That would seem to be the building once occupied by barber Lawrence Wenzbauer, on the east side of the library. However, that building may not yet have existed in 1920 -- or it was new The library building to which it is presently attached was not built until after 1920. Elmer Penkava's shop, on the other side of the library seems to have been built by W. C. Fellers after the fire, a tiny version of the grand store that was lost in the fire.
1935 - barber carl gold
The Lincoln Star, February 1935: Carl Gold is selling a two-chair barber shop in Table Rock for $350. Carl Gold was a son of Henry Gold, who was a son of Peter Gold. His daughter Erma Gold Lewellyn recalls that her family moved often. Her father had been a barber at Elk Creek, as well; they were in Pawnee City when she was a high school freshman, then moved to Table Rock. When the family moved on, Erma stayed on in Table Rock so that she could finish her years of high school here. Carl sold the shop and the rest of the family moved on, while Erma lived with her grandma Burow one block due north of the shop.
1946 - barber ace dean
barber ace dean refuses to join a barber campaign to all raise prices, june 14, 1946
Asa "Ace" Dean was the grandpa of Facebook group page member Bob Dean. Bob says of him,
Asa or "Ace", as he was called by most people, was my grandfather. He had barber shops or cut hair in Humboldt, Table Rock and Elk Creek once upon a time. He passed away at the age of 61 in Humboldt.
1940s - barber carl oellerich
1950s to 1970s - barber lawrence wenzbauer
1973 -- wenzbauer barber shop updated
It says one "door" west of the former location, but yet describes the former barbership as being remodeled for a beauty salon. It probably meant to say one "block" west.
Larry in his shop by the library, shared by Jody Tomek.