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Flick Fact: Was there ever a 'Shorty' at 'Shorty's' barber shop in Normal?

Flick Fact: Was there ever a 'Shorty' at 'Shorty's' barber shop in Normal?

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Question: True or false? When L.W. Peyton began giving haircuts in 1922 at Red Keen's barber shop along North Street in Normal, he probably didn't realize that nearly 100 years later, people would still know him by a different name.

Answer: That's true. Known as "Shorty" because he was short in stature and would even stand on a short stool to give an especially tall man a haircut, L.W. "Shorty" Peyton eventually bought Keen's shop and renamed it Shorty’s. It remains popular today and still operates in uptown. It's believed to be Normal's oldest business. "Shorty" cut hair for 61 years before retiring in 1985. He died in 1993 at age 94.

 

 

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