If someone would’ve said to me four years ago that I’d be writing a regular column for the newspaper, I’d have thought them off their rocker. What in the world would I have to write about? Of course, now that I think of it, if they had told me I’d be writing a blog I would have laughed until I was ashamed of myself. But alas, it turns out to be true.
From the Barber’s Chair did not happen over night. It started as a series of articles some friends encouraged me to write concerning an old legend of a tunnel in Council Grove. That was in the summer of 2010. It was about a year later I wrote another piece for the paper giving a history of Council Grove from the point of view of the building my shop was in. Then sometime shortly after that I began writing regular articles concerning our local history. I chose the name From the Barber’s Chair because most of the information came from the barber’s chair. Either by customers sharing stories or because that’s where I sat while reading and researching.
So, here are the articles in the order they have been published in the Council Grove Republican. For the scholarly and studious I apologize for not being able to give you publication dates. When I started I did not know how long this would go on and did not think it important to keep track of those details. However, I have made additional notes to my documents when I learned something new. Those will be included at the foot of each article.