Businesses of yesterday, pp. 185-218
Barbers Many barbers have had the task of keeping Stratford men shaved and shorn but the first recorded "official" barber was Ed Rifleman. In 1910 Rifleman built the Rifleman building at 219 Elm Street. He had men people working for him, especially on the weekends when the lumberjacks came in from the woods. Then he and his helpers would sometimes work until two o'clock in the morning. Haircuts were 25¢ and they did a lot of shaving in those days as most men could not keep their razors sharp. Some of the barbers that worked with Rifleman were Clarence Hoffman, Louie Laessig and Ed (Swede) Nelson. The Rifleman building was sold in 1946 and the building became a drug store. In 1912 John Kaiser built a barber shop on East Railroad Street. His brother, Jake, worked with him. Kaiser later sold the shop to Swede Nelson for a Hudson car and a sum of money. After Swede Nelson died, his wife rented the shop to other barbers. A few other names were recalled for barbers in Stratford. Joe Masanz worked for Swede Nelson. Gust Polege had a barber shop in the Diermeier building. Irvin Kroening was a barber as was Dennis Baumman and Herb Frank. (See Wetterau Barber Shop in the section on today's businesses. kvum afta* im vopertnug to txpztss rt ut brtaW from ma tntas rriaflrns kv*af of m vutrt orpautaftun. wet ia4 arm A '--- rtotu anb n)r M~qWP~ We are sorry we only touched on a few of the many businesses and industries that have been a part of Stratford's history. We have relied on people's memories, the newspaper accounts and the stories that were written by those of you who were involved in some way with the businesses. We urge all of you in business to write a short history of your company and take it to the Village Hall. That way the 2091 book will have all the information about you. Do it today! A hundred years slips by in a hurry.
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