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.

7 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello,

    My great grandfather was Walter L. Stickel who was the mayor of Council Grove. His son, Walter Junior, my grandfather, and I were very close to. I have been going through some of the ephemera he left behind, including letters and other information regarding his father and Council Grove. I would be happy to share information with you. Feel free to contact me.


    • It’s always great to find folks that have connections to Morris County/Council Grove who can help shed light on our past! Sadly, I’m no longer living in the area or doing research ,but I would encourage you to share your information with the Morris County Historical Society. If you do not wish to donate your original material, photocopies would be an excellent addition to the archives and greatly appreciated.

  2. I am so excited I found your blog. I have been researching my family who settled in Elm Creek in 1880’s. I love reading through and seeing a glimpse of the life of my ancestors. Your attention to detail really brought the towns and people back to life. Thank you.

  3. I am looking in the Aug. 25, 1860 issue of the Council Grove Press for the info about Parker coming through Council Grove with his train of 21 wagons and 225 mules. I do not see it. Can you help me find it? Thank you so much.

    • Larry, while I do not have access to the Press, there is mention of this in John Maloy’s History of Morris County 1820-1890, reprinted by the Morris County Historical Society. It can be found on page 30, second to last paragraph. Originally, Maloy periodically published these histories in the newspaper. It’s unclear the timeframe of his writings (when/how often). Could have been as early as 1871 when he started the Democrat, but seems likely they continued up to just before the turn of the century. Hope this helps.

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