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Simpsons celebrate years in business, birthdays

Simpsons celebrate years in business, birthdays

October 15th, 2017 by David Wilson in Local News

Roy Dean and Donna Simpson, third row center, with their family in celebration of their 85th birthdays and of his 65 years in business in California in Simpson's Barber Shop. (Photo submitted)

More than 200, including 27 family members, attended a double celebration for Roy Dean and Donna Simpson.

In part, the event was in recognition of Roy Simpson's 65 years as owner of Simpson's Barber Shop, on the courthouse square.

Roy Simpson, a graduate of Crane High School and the Moler Barber College, Kansas City, bought the former Bieri Barber Shop and reopened it as Simpson's Barber Shop Nov. 28, 1952. Former owner William Bieri had died earlier that year.

The celebration was also of the 85th birthdays of the couple.

They have four children: Angela, Pamela, John and Mike.

The only family member not present was the Simpson's granddaughter - John's daughter - Annie Simpson. She was unable to leave her current position as a resident actress with Barter Theatre Company in Abingdon, Virginia.

The celebration was recorded in photography by Cheri Messerli.

The big event was held at what was known 65 years ago as Newton's Photography Studio at 300 South Oak St., which was decorated with memorabilia from past decades. The 1950s-style menu consisted of ham salad and pimiento cheese sandwiches, chips and soft drinks. And, of course, considering the event, cake.

The food was made by family members, using Donna Simpson's recipes.

There were also nostalgic food items, including Cracker Jacks and candy popular during the '50s. A penny gum machine was available, with pennies for "purchasing."

There was even a video of old television ads, some of which were very long.