Ernest R. Moorehead, 87, a veteran Zanesville barber, died in a hospital at Newark, New Jersey, Tuesday morning (19 Oct 1954) at 9 o'clock. He was removed to a Newark hospital Monday from his home at 97 Somerset street in that city.
The deceased had resided in Zanesville (Ohio) from 1888 until three years ago and had been in apparent good health until he became suddenly ill Monday.
Mr. Moorehead retired from the barber business on Sept. 12, 1950, his last association being with the Lewis Black barbershop on North Fifth street where he had been since the early 1920's.
Mr. Moorehead was born near Newburg, in Taylor county, W. Va.
He began his barbering career in Grafton, W. Va., when he was 15 years of age. When he first came to Zanesville, he worked in a barber shop owned by Thornton Tate on lower Main street and later moved to the Alf Robinson shop on North Seventh street. He was associated with the W. W. Hill barber shop on Market street until 1896 when he opened his own establishment on Marietta street.
He continued in that location until he returned to the W. W. Hill shop which had moved to the Masonic temple.
He was a charter member of Barbers Local No. 80 and a charter member of the Independent, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of North Fifth street and was a member of the St. Paul A. M. E. church here, Golden Rule Lodge of Masons No. 30, Quinn Chapter No. 15, Malta Commandery No. 17 and the L. D. Easton Consistory of Columbus.
Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. L. A. Hilton of Newark, N.J. Mrs. Ida Carlisle of Buffalo, N. Y, Mrs. D. C. Morrison, of Zanesville; Mrs. W. N. Sherrill of Detroit, Mich., and Miss Louise Moorehead of Newark, N. J., three sons, Myron E. Moorehead of Mt. Vernon, Ohio; Guy R. Moorehead of Newark, N.J. and Donald M. Moorehead of Zanesville. He was a cousin of Miss Della Tate of Zanesville. His wife Harriet Jackson Moorehead, died in 1924.
The body will be brought to the Putnam chapel of the Mader-Peoples funeral home and is expected to arrive Thursday.
Funeral services are incomplete but Rev. Solomon Cooper, pastor of the St. Paul church will officiate and burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery. (Zanesville, Ohio)
The Times Recorder, Zanesville, Ohio
October 20, 1954