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ter Ba be 55 Years Cuttin Hair by Susan Edmonston the facial shave, as well as shav- Gerold went to Kansas Schweitzer Barber Shop in ing around the ears. Barbers also School of Barbering for six Protection is closed, and the do facial massages but he, too, months at 912 East Douglas in room here is now emptied, discontinued those. Wichita. Then he had to work Gerold Schweitzer of Ashland, He cuts the customer's hair with a master barber for 18 our local barber, has been cut- then gives him the choice of months, and go back to Wichita ting hair for 54 years -- 40 years whether he wants a shampoo, for the final test. Then he could in Protection. The length of tune to get a hair- be on his own. His typical day is showing up cut depends on the waiting line, All-day barber picnics were at his barbershops -- he had the movement of the child, and planned annually. Those were three of them -- at 8 a.m., taking the talk of the adult, held near a lake in north Wichita. an hour for lunch fromnoonto 1 He now charges $13 for a hair- Gerold took Mary Jo to those p.m. Quitting time for him is 5 cut but Gerold remembers when several times. While in Protec- pan. the cost years ago was only 50- tion and Coldwater, Gerold Sometimes even if the blinds 75 cents. The price of a haircut joined the Lions Club. are down at 5 pan. some will poke for a child and adult used to be It was a very active organiza- their head in the door and say, different but are the same cost tion and he ate at Don's with "Can you do one more?" now. them in the back room. He also When he started in AshlandAt conventions, barbers are was in Kiwanis at Ashland. They with Earl Boren in the 1960s,they shown new styling techniques, would meet at the Hardesty Ho- stayed open until 9 p.m. Satur- Long ago, there were the duck- tel for business lunch. day nights, tail, crew cuts, "swan" (double Gerold has grown beards for Gerold says the joy of being parted), and waxing. Some men centennial celebrations in Ash- a barber is "being your own want their hair cut every week, land. People have commented boss." He also enjoys the con- and that is good for his busi- that with his beard, he looks like versation, ness. Kenny Rogers. He had a beard When he started his own bar- Others wait until three days when Dave Webb took a photo bershop in September 1968 along before a wedding, funeral,of him a month ago, but Gerold Highway 160 in Ashland, the ballgame or special event to is generally clean shaven. first thing he did was eliminate come get a haircut. Barbering in three towns A recent photo of barber Gerold Schweitzer shows him awaiting another cus- tomer, photo by Dave Webb 560 Acres Great Hunting & Pasture Land Comanche County, Kansas Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 10:30 a.m. Veterans' Building at 239 E. Main Street To view this property, please call for appointment with one of our staff! Bonnie G. Chronister,Patricia (Nielsen) Blankley,Chris A.Nielsen Fritz Green, Michelle D. Hare, Sheila Diane McDonald HEIRS OF ANNA NIELSEN -- Sellers Janiee J. Jorns, Attorney for Estate, Pratt, KS www.brownauction.net Sale Conducted By: Ph. SCOTT BUS:620-723-2111 AUCTION & REAL ESTATE GREENSBURG, KS proved rough and it was hard times for Gerold as a barber in the early 1970s when boys wore their hair long. To have extra in- come for his growing family, he became a custodian for seven years, working alongside with Don Maris at Ashland High School for four years, from 6 aM. to 4 p.m. then working at the bar- bershop in the evenings as long as people stopped in to get their hair cut. In the late 1970s and 1980s Gerold was in law enforcement serving as a Clark County deputy nights and weekends. For three or four years, he served in Pro- tection and Coldwater, and patroled the Coldwater lake on weekends. One memory of his is that kids hated haircuts in the flat top days -- those clippers and vibrators got so hot, he had to unplug the clippers and cool the blades down. Another memory is that Bruce Allender, the barber in Protection, would bring his chil- dren over to Ashland for Wednesday night catechism. Gerold and Bruce cut each other's hair every three weeks during this time and so the two men got to know each other. When Bruce was accidentally electrocuted in 1976 in his side- line business of mobile homes, Protection businessman Jick Davis approached Gerold and said, "Why don't you come over to Protection? We'll make it worth your time." Jick also told him to call Bruce's wife and let her know he might be interested in the Allender Barber Shop. She was grateful to be able to sell him the business. Gerold made arrangements with Glenn Maris at Farmers State Bank and soon was in Protection to give haircuts. Also in 1976, he pur- chased Earl's barbershop on Main Street and moved from Highway 160 to downtown, where he is still located. His bar- bershop in Ashland was open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sat- Maverick James Redger, died May 14, 2016. Born Nov. 11, 2015, he was born with a special heart and fought a hard battlethrough his short live. His survivors include: his parents, Justin David (JD) Redger and Gayla Redger; and his sister Elizabeth Mahayla (Elle Mae) Redger, who all currently live in Protection; his grandpar- ents, David and Linda Redger of Sitka, and Danny and Mary Eubank of Protection; and his great-grandmother Nadine McPhail of Wichita; as well as a large extended family. Memorials are suggested to Children's Mercy Hospital or Ronald McDonald House Chari- ties in care of Hatfield-Prusa Fu- neral Home, P.O. Box 417, Cold- water, KS 67029. Services are pending and will be announced at a later tune. urdays. In 1978, Gerold added Cold- water to his traveling route when Jerry Adams wanted to sell his barbershop. Garth McMillen at the Peoples Bank helped him make that purchase possible. Gerold then cut hair in Coldwa- ter on Wednesdays. Two years ago, he stopped going to Coldwater and his bar- bershop there was changed into an ice cream shop and is now Auntie M's. He then began coming to Pro- tection twice a week. Gerold was born in Perryton, Tex., Jan. 21, 1942. His family moved to Ashland in October of 1952. Gerold's first job in Ash- land was as a 13-year-old work- ing for 10 an hour at the Dairy Bar along the highway, by the museum. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1960. During his high school days, Gerold worked at Roberts' grocery store for five years before going to barber school in 1961. He came back to Ashland to barber with Earl Boren in Octo- berof 1961. He met his wife-to-be Mary JoCox (May 2, 1943, and a gradu- ate of Bloom High School) be- cause she had no car. She worked at Helen's Beauty Shop, a block south of the barbershop and walked by his window too many tunes. They were married Sept. 2, 1%2. Mary Jo substituted for Mar- garet Waugh at Mary's Beauty Shop. In 1969 she became a long- time nurse's aide at Fountain View Villa in Ashland. Nowadays, he goes with his wife Mary Jo to the Ashland Community Center for Senior Meals. They attend the Ashland First Christian Church. The Schweitzers raised five children -- Rhona, Donna, Raymond, Cindi, and Justin (who died in 1991), 15 grandchildren, and three great-grandsons. They bought their present home in Ashland in 1965 and had it remodeled by his father Ken- neth Schweitzer and later by Jim Baker. The family enjoys sitting outside on their long porch/ deck. His barbering will cover 55 years this October. Gerold is now taking one day at a time. He hasn't been in the Ashland and Protection barbershops for sev- eral months as he needs knee surgery. Surgery scheduled for May 2 was postponed until his health improves. Gerold loves to visit and he and Mary Jo go over to Protec- tion to eat at Don' s Place. Be sure to stop and say hello. Recycling Starts with YOU/