Barbershops were once important feature of Erie Avenue

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.