BARBER SHOP- JOHN M. KITNER, WATERMAN BARBER, 1912-1973
M. Kitner came to
served many fourth generation families and even a fifth generation. Haircuts
were .25, then .50 and finally $1.00. Children's price was never more than .50 . A shave was .15, then .25 .
During World War I, there were nearly as many women getting their
"shingle-cut" haircuts as men. In 1962, there were four Waterman
women still getting their hair cut from John. For many men, John was the only
barber to cut their hair. On Wednesday and Saturday nights, John was so busy
that each man had to take a number for his turn for a haircut. This way the patron
could go elsewhere and still not lose his turn for the barber chair. If a
father came with several children for haircuts, quite often John would ask the
family to wait. John would do the family later at night but only for a very reduced price. John was known to work until or and occasionally until in the morning. On Sunday mornings he would walk to the
communities patronized John and so did salesmen traveling through Waterman. In
an Eastern city, salesmen were discussing the price of haircuts. One man
mentioned a low price but another topped that by just having had his hair cut
in Waterman for .50 . Engineers and brakemen would get
their haircut whenever their train was sidetracked. John had many long lasting
railroad friends. Sarah Mendez in her book Wigwams To
Moon Footprints, said John has helped more people, heard more "sob"
stories, cut more hair, seen more bald heads, and earned himself more friends
than almost any other barber in the state. Sheila Woods wrote in the local
If you have a favorite story about John, we would appreciate knowing of it.