Jesse  Pettibone

The  Shelbyville  News
Saturday May 22, 1948
Page 3
By Ave Lewis
           Without splitting more than a few million hairs it can be said that  Jesse Pettibone of the Coers barber shop has snipped away enough of the stuff that caused Sampsonís downfall to fill 19,875 mattresses.
           Mr. Pettibone marked his 61st year in the barber business on May 7 and while he wouldnít hazard a guess about the mattresses, he did volunteer that he averages 70 haircuts a week.  That would figure something like 212,040 shearings in the 61 years.  And since we "borrowed" the results of one haircut (a full fledged one that is, not one from the shiny-pated row) and found it weighed three-fourths of an ounceówell, if anyone is reading this, they can take it from thereóbut figure on a 50-pound mattresses.
           Anyway, Mr. Pettibone has been in the barbering business since he was 15 years old.  But heís a frustrated newspaperman at heart.  "I always wanted to be in your business,"  he said,  "but my parents didnít like the idea.
           "They thought the barber business would be nice, clean work,"  he continued with a grimace,  "and once I got into it I was afraid to try anything else because it was all I knew.
           So his only venture into the newspaper game was a brief stint as a printerís devil with the old  Republican  office on the corner of Franklin and Harrison Streets.
           He started lathering faces and using clippers at the same shop where he now is employed.  It was operated then by  Henry Friday  and the work apparently hasnít been too distasteful because during the years heís built up a large clientele and his friends are legion.  As he talked he clipped the hair of  Dr. R. F. Barnard and they decided that "Doc" is one of his oldest customers.  Heís been waiting for Jesseís chair for 35 years.
           Mr. Pettibone was born in Indianapolis but came here when he was seven years of age.  He remembers when cows, pigs and other livestock roamed at large in the Public Square and his description of a cow getting his horns fastened in a barrel in front of the Deprez store is worth hearing.
           After working in the Friday shop he was employed at the  Big Six  shop for 23 years and also operated seven establishments of his own . One of these was on South Harrison Street where the  Bogemann  hat store now is located and others were on East Washington Street where  J.C. Penney  store and the  Ford Company  now stand.  Heís been working at the Coers shop for the past six years.
           Mr. Pettibone and his wife, Augusta, live at 483 West Hendricks Street and thatís been Jesseís home for 63 years.  A quiet bit of fishing is his favorite recreation.
Contributed by Barb Huff

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