half-brother, and one nephew were barbers.
As in...'Shave and a haircut, two bits' barbers.
Why three brothers and a nephew took up the
same profession is lost in the mists of time.
But it made Grandpa Bert the "odd" one
for becoming a carpenter like his father.
The dapper fellow above is the half-brother, George Washington Hanson, only child of Great-grandma Zerilda's brief first marriage. We suspect George's father died toward the end of the Civil War, but can't verify it because we don't know his first name, and therefore have no clue which of the dozens of Hanson men in Indiana at the time might be him.
At any rate, we're certain the mysterious Mr. Hanson had no other children because when George died a widower, intestate and childless, his entire estate was distributed among Grandma Zerilda's other children (or if deceased, their offspring), each of whom received $1500. Not chicken feed in 1945.
The photo above was taken around 1899 at the A.P. Martin Photographic Studio in Victor, Teller Co, Colorado.
At that time Victor was a gold rush boom town, its mines containing more gold than the more famous Cripple Creek up the road. Victor residents liked to boast that "Cripple Creek may have the glory, but Victor has the gold!".
Thirty-something and still single, George appears to have been the first brother to leave Kansas for the Colorado gold fields.
But instead of filing on a claim, he opened a barber shop. Why get dirty and sweaty searching for gold all day when those who did were more than happy to part with some of it for a shave and a haircut when they came to town!
The next family members to move to Victor were George's half-brother and barber, Edward E. "Ed" Sack, wife Katie, and daughter Viola, 7 years old.
By the spring of 1900, their mother Zerilda had joined George and Ed et al, for health reasons according to her obituary. I can't fathom how the thin air at 9700 feet was supposed to help a 59-yr-old woman already in poor health, but that's what the obit says.
youngest brother, Frank Leland Sack.
Frank apparently never caught gold fever.
He stayed behind in Douglas Co, KS,
to clerk in a grocery store and court
future wife Lucy "Orrel" Jones.
Frank and Orrel (Jones) Sack circa 1902
Sometime after their marriage in August 1902 but before 1910, they moved to Coffeyville, Montgomery Co, KS, where Frank opened a barbershop. By 1918, they were back in Ottawa and Frank was driving a truck for Standard Oil.
Meanwhile, by 1903 all of the gold in Colorado that could be extracted by current methods had been depleted.
Ed, Katie and Viola Sack moved back to Kansas, to Larned, where Ed opened the barber shop he would run until he retired, a shop he possibly sold to nephew Chester Toops around 1930.
Ed, Viola, now 17, and Katie on the porch of their home (below)
in Larned, Pawnee Co, KS, a few blocks from Ed's barber shop.
In November 1904, Zerilda, whose health had gotten worse, left Colorado and returned home to husband John in Baldwin City, KS, where she died the following Valentine's Day.
That same year, George Hanson married Ida A. Byers, moved to Los Angeles, and by 1910 was the proprietor of a cigar store. By 1920, they lived in Long Beach and he was barbering once again.
Frank and Orrel followed George and Ida to California, and by 1924 were registered voters in Inglewood, LA Co. Frank, too, took up barbering again until at least 1934.
(according to the caption) "our little cabin".
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In 1921, George Hanson gave up barbering for good.
He and Ida moved to Alhambra CA...
...and started a very successful chicken ranch!
From 3-piece suits and bowler hats to farmer overalls.
More about Victor, Colorado's history and heydey as a mining town:
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