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July 17, 2013

Years of shears

Logansport barber cutting hair for more than 60 years

What’s Logansport resident Lillian Webster’s secret to maintaining her job as a barber after turning 90 this year?

“A miracle,” she said with a laugh.

In an industry dominated by men both in and behind the chair, Webster has found a living for more than 60 years that has provided her with clients from Cass County to Florida.

Her latest 14 years in the profession have been spent at the barber shop owned by Charlie Goudy at 921 N. Third St., where she works Mondays and Thursdays.

After graduating from Grass Creek High School in Grass Creek in 1941, Webster married Richard Webster, now deceased, who started out as a barber in Royal Center in the 1940s.

Deciding to take on the trade herself, Webster enrolled in the International Barber College in Indianapolis, where she studied for six months before becoming licensed.

Barbering extends further beyond Webster and her husband in her family, as her brother, Albert Leazenby, ended up following in her footsteps and now runs a barber shop in Mexico in nearby Miami County.

When asked what made her want to pursue becoming a barber, her answer was simple but sincere.

“I just liked it,” she said in the waiting area of Goudy’s shop on a recent Thursday afternoon.

She went on to recall a friend, Fern Smith, who used to own a barber shop in town.

“I thought, if she can do it, I can do it,” she said with a laugh.

Webster went on to say she worked at her husband’s shop in Royal Center before he started a shop on North Third Street in Logansport, not far from where Goudy’s establishment is.

The couple eventually moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in the 1960s to start a shop up there, Webster continued.

Goudy recalled the couple coming back to Logansport on their vacations to fill in at barber shops in town.

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