If you look closely through the trees and the undergrowth, into this woods on Schaadt Road near Chattanooga, Ohio, you can barely see an old frame building. You can see it when the trees are bare but it will be nearly hidden by the middle of summer. This old structure used to be the Chattanooga barbershop.
It is hard to say how old this frame building is or when it was moved into the woods. It was once located north of Fisher’s Hardware, between the homes of Luther & Gladys Fisher and Carl & Marcella Schroeder, on the west side of State Route 49.
Some people think it was moved to the woods by WWII. It was evidently moved to serve a new purpose–as a family dwelling. In the 1950s the old barbershop was home to Ester Baker and her family. It was painted white back then, but all the paint has worn off, exposing the bare wood.
This was the second building that I know of that was moved out of town once its original purpose had ended. Zion’s old frame church was moved to the north end of Chatt when the brick church was built in 1917. The frame church was then used as a garage for many years but is no longer standing.
I checked the 1916 Farm Journal Directory of Mercer County but there were no Chattanooga barbershops listed in it. However, in that same directory William Koch of Liberty Township gave his occupation as a barber.  William Koch was enumerated as a barber in the 1920 census, too. He was 57 years old and born in Germany.  Darrel Wilson gave his occupation as barber when enumerated in the 1930 census. He was age 26 and born in Ohio.  Perhaps they worked in this frame barbershop in Chatt.
Some people recall other barbers that were employed at the little barbershop. Among them were Jacob Duff, Carl Schroeder, Howard Caffee, Frank Mikesell and Hershel White.
Carl Schroeder is probably the best known Chattanooga barber. Carl was also a school teacher at the larger of the two Chatt schools. The large school was for grades 4-8.
Howard Caffee got his barber credentials and license by passing a test in Indianapolis. Reliable sources say that he learned to cut hair by practicing on the neighborhood kids.
Even though Howard learned to barber on the neighbor kids he was not responsible for the nearby Miller boys’ uneven haircuts. The Miller boys had their own resident barber—their father, my grandfather, Carl Miller. I have it on good authority that he pulled hair and made the whole hair-cutting process rather painful. I can understand why if he used the old pair of rusty trimming scissors we found in the barn last summer.
It looks like Grandpa Miller used the bowl-cut technique to cut hair. But apparently he had trouble getting the bangs even. My uncle (the boy to the far right with uneven bangs) said that when his grandson saw the above photo he asked if everyone in the family had been Amish at one time. Note that my dad was wearing a hat.
Shave and a haircut—two bits. This phrase is usually recognized as a 7-note musical riff used as a humorous song ending which was also used on the old TV show, The Beverly Hillbillies.
Shave and a haircut—two bits. Twenty-five cents may have indeed paid for a visit to the Chattanooga Barbershop several decades ago.
 The Farm Journal Illustrated Directory of Mercer County Ohio (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Wilmer Atkinson Company, 1916), 102.
 1920 U.S. census, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, ED 140, p. 1A, dwelling 3, family 3, William Koch; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 April 2013); from National Archives microfilm T625, roll 1418.
 1930 U.S. census, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, ED 20, p. 2A, dwelling 33, family 33, Darrel Wilson; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 April 2013); from National Archives microfilm