BARBERS

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Even the rough and tumble mining camps of the late 1890’s had a demand for barbers.  Randsburg had the unique advantage of having a lady barber, which undoubtedly led to a much better groomed group of miners and muckers than many of the earlier camps.  If the photo below is in fact the barber shop of the lady in question, it may account for the long line of customers waiting to indulge in the tonsorial delights of her services.

LOUIS ANFSTEN–

Louis is listed in the Great Register of Voters as a Barber in 1896.  The business must have been as booming as the camp for he quit barbering and opened a saloon by 1898. 1

THOMAS GRIFFEN –

Mr. Griffin was shown as pursuing the occupation of barber in both 1896 and 1898. 2

THOMAS J. SPOONER–

Thomas was a barber in Randsburg as early as 1898 and continued in business in 1899. 3

WILLIAM RUFFHEAD–

Mr. Ruffhead found a home when he came to Randsburg in 1896.  A native of England, who was naturalized as a citizen of the United States when he was 21 Years of age, William was 29 years old when he came to Randsburg.  In 1904 his shop was located next to Thomas McCarthy’s store, in the general vicinity of the buildings to the left of the present Randsburg General Store.  In 1913 he purchased the barbershop between the Rand Mercantile and what is now known as the White House Saloon.

During the rush to Skidoo in the Death Valley area in 1907 Mr. Ruffhead purchased a lot in that town and may have relocated there temporarily. He was, however shown as continuing to do business in Randsburg in the 1908 through 1924 Grand Register of Voters .4

VOLONE E. TENNEY–

Mr. Tenney, a native of Minnesota, started in the barber business in Randsburg in 1897 prior to the “Big Fires”. It was located between Louie Stoll’s and the Asher Building.  In the second fire of 1898 sticking a case of dynamite under it to try and create a fire line and stop the fire blew up the building. While it is not known if it was blown up or burnt, the results were the same in the 1903 fire, when it is listed as being one of the buildings burnt.  Prior to the fire the following advertisement appeared:  “April 12, 1903, FOR SALE—Barber shop in mining camp; shaving  25 cents; making big money; obliged to sell; $500.  Add. V. E. Tenney, Randsburg, Cal.” – San Francisco Cal”

CYMO E. WAUGH (CY WALL)–

Mr. Waugh states his occupation as barber in the 1898 Grand Register of Voters.  Geo. W. McPherson in his pamphlet The History of the Rand Mining District, lists a Cy Wall as being a barber in Randsburg in 1899.  Cy Wall and Cymo Waugh are thought to be the same person. 6

NELSON A. ALLEN—

Nelson is listed in an 1898 business directory as being in the barber business in Randsburg.  It is assumed that he was in fact in business as early as 1897 in order to be listed in the 1898 directory. 7

JOHN J. HENDERSON–

Like Mr. Nelson above Mr. Henderson was also listed as a barber in the 1898 business directory. 8

JOE GARRISON–

Reported his occupation as a barber in the 1900 Census.  Joe was 15 years old and lived with his mother and stepfather Robinson Colliver.  Joe had been unemployed in 6 of the last 12 months.9

WALTER LOUIS HAIN–

Walter, a 24-year-old native of California, is shown in the 1900 Great Register of voters as a barber in Randsburg.10

CHARLES A. SMALL–

Charles A. Small, a native of Nebraska, and his wife, a native of California, came to Randsburg as newlyweds in 1900 where he pursued his trade as a barber.11

LOUIS WINDISCH–

Mr. Windisch and his wife arrived in Randsburg in July of 1904 and opened a barber shop on Butte Ave., across from the Houser Hotel. This is most likely in the location of the present barbershop, which is currently an antique and second hand shop.  The Windischs also offered “Ladies and Gents” tailoring.  Louis died suddenly in May of 1906 at the Pacific Hospital in Los Angeles.  In addition to his wife a two-year-old son survived him. 12

GEORGE BAKER

According to the Randsburg Miner, Mr. Baker was a barber in Randsburg in 1904.13

W. L. KELSO–

It was reported in the Randsburg Miner that in June of 1904 Mr. Kelso purchased Charley Davis’ barbershop with the objective of pursuing that business. 14

CHARLEY DAVIS–

See W. L. Kelso

ALEJANDRO F.  DOMINGUEZ–

Al Dominguez worked as a barber in Randsburg as early as 1910.  In 1912 he bought out Archie Boon’s barbershop.  W. W. Moore is reported as having taken over the shop of Al Dominguez in October of 1914.15

DANIEL ARCHIE BOON–

Archie Boon was in the barber business in Randsburg at least as early as 1912.  He sold his business to Al Dominguez in October of 1912 and moved to Bakersfield in March of 1913.16

WILLIAM W. MOORE–

Mr. Moore and his family came from Los Angeles in October of 1914 and took over the shop of Al Dominguez.  He stayed in Randsburg until at least 1916. 17

SAMUEL C. VICTRIA–

According to the 1916 Great Register of Voters Mr. Victria was a barber in Randsburg. 18

WILLIAM PRICE–

The 1918 Great Register of Voters shows William Price’s occupation as a barber in Randsburg. 19

PAUL BAUGH–

Paul is listed in the 1924 Great Register of Voters as a Barber in Randsburg.  20

GEORGE B. FAULK–

George is listed in the 1924 Great Register of Voters as a Barber in Randsburg.  21

CHARLES A. SKAGGS–

The 1924 Great Register of Voters shows Charles occupation as a barber in Randsburg. 22

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