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Dropping in for a trim
R.B. Morris, left, cut Jack Petsch's hair Oct. 24 at Morris' barbershop in the Masonic temple in downtown Riverton. Photo by Eric Blom

Dropping in for a trim

Nov 1, 2012 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

R.B. Morris is just what you would expect from an old-fashioned barber. A red and white candy-striped pole turns outside, and he will chat and make a joke, but he won't say too much.

The traditional feel extends to the services Morris offers -- shaves and haircuts -- and he keeps things simple by charging $15 for either. Rounding out the shop are the customers, all men, who come in for a trim.

Customer Jack Petsch said he prefers Morris' shop over salons.

"A lot of people go to those ladies' places to get their hair cut," Petsch said. "I guess they do a good job, but I just don't do that."

Morris opened for business April 2 in the barbershop in the Masonic temple, but he said he has been cutting hair for almost 50 years. He attended Moler Barber School in Spokane, Wash., and set up his first shop in 1963 in Billings, Mont.

He said he moved to Casper, and then Sheridan where his son still has a barbershop. Morris moved to Thermopolis in September 2011 but decided he would rather cut hair in Riverton.

"Jim Jones retired here," Morris said. "He's owned the barbershop. I figured it'd be a little busier than it was in Thermopolis."

Morris said business is generally good, and a lot of the regulars who had gone to Jones now come to him.

Jeff Locker of Pavilion is one of those regulars.

"I've been coming here for years," he said.

Locker said he has had a couple of hair cuts from Morris and described them as "just fine."

Morris knows the kind of barber he is, and he seems to be proud of it.

"When the sign gets painted it'll say 'The Old Geezer Shop,'" he said. "They won't know if it's referring to the customers or me."

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