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Barbershops were once important feature of Erie Avenue

June 14, 2012

Photo courtesy of the St. Marys Historical Society's collection - Pictured is a scene from Frank Geeck's barbershop, which was located at 23 Erie Ave. The photo was taken in January 1921, according to the calendar in the background. Frank Geeck is shown standing, but the man in the chair is not identified.

According to local historian Ray Beimel, "Erie Avenue is the closest thing we ever had to a Main Street in St. Marys, and a popular business along main streets was the barbershop."
Beimel discussed past barbershops that were located along Erie Avenue during a recent presentation on the area at the St. Marys Senior Center.
One long-time barber was Frank Geeck, whose shop was located at 23 Erie Ave. During his presentation, Beimel displayed a photo taken in Geeck's shop in January 1921.

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