In 1830s America, the local barbershop was a common gathering place for average guys, the ones who couldn't afford to join posh social clubs.
Sometimes, to while away the hours on his feet, the barber would start crooning a tune. Eventually, patrons added their harmonies in a call-and-response type format.
By 1890, barbershop-style singing became a bona fide fad.
The oversized mustaches, striped jackets, and straw hats become synonymous with the fad. It started with Vaudeville, where Barbershop
quartets were often used in front of the curtain to entertain while other acts were setting up. In order to be seen by those in the “cheap seats” they donned distinctive costumes.
Gerald Leo Schulte
Gerald Schulte, age 81, of Manning, passed away on Friday,
April 2, 2021, at Accura of Manning. Mass of the
Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM on Thursday, April 8, 2021, at Sacred
Heart Church in Manning. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery in
Manning. Visitation will be from 5 PM to 7 PM on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at
Ohde Funeral Home in Manning. A Prayer Service will be held at 7 PM, followed by a Rosary.
Gerald is survived by his wife Peg Schulte of Manning; three
children: Dean (Janet) Schulte of Creston; Ken (Sherry) Schulte of Maryville, Missouri; and Debra (Louis) Rickers of Underwood; 9
grandchildren: Alison (Casey) Anderson, Nick (Dianna Sims) Schulte, Jessica
(Gary) Zimmerman, Rachael Schulte & Ronan Yaacov, Suede Sanders, Benjaman (Melanie) Rickers,
Katelyn Rickers, Justin (Emma) Rickers, and Emily Rickers; 4 great-grandchildren: Alexzander
and Catherine Anderson, Amelia Zimmerman, and Addison Rickers;
his siblings: Robert (Janet) Schulte of Urbandale; Mary (Orville) Eich of Elk
Horn, Nebraska; Wayne Schulte of Omaha; Eldon Schulte
of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Jim (Sue) Schulte of San Diego, California;
Steve (Peg) Schulte of Crystal Rock, Colorado; LouAnn
(Dennis) Vulgamott of Jewell; and Sharon (Dan) Snyder
of Breda; three brothers-in-law: John (Betty) Neil of Omaha; Joe Neil of
Manning; and George (Joni) Neil of Fort Collins, Colorado; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
From the 2006 Manning Quasquicentennial history book:
Schulte Barber and Hair Styling
Gerald Schulte with Joe Sonksen
(2004 - oldest man in Manning, 97)Gerald "Jerry" Schulte purchased the barber shop, located at 413 Main Street, from the
Melvin Jentsch estate on January 18, 1961. He completely remodeled the shop interior and added a new storefront. In the late 1960s, men's
hairstyling became popular and on November 15, 1970, Gerald went to Los Angeles to complete a course in advanced hairstyling, one
of the few places offering the course. Since that time he has been attending refresher courses annually. He now offers haircuts and styling.
2003 business front
From the 2006 Manning Quasquicentennial history book:
Gerald and Margaret Schulte
Gerald Schulte, born May 12 at Carroll to Edgar and Elva (Ludwig)
Schulte was raised on a farm northeast of Breda. He attended St. Bernard
elementary and high school. Gerald went to Barber College in Sioux City, Iowa.
He worked for a barber in Glidden for one year before buying the barbershop in
Manning in 1961, renaming it Schulte Barber Shop.
Margaret "Peggy" Neil was born October 20 at Garner, Iowa, to George and Agnes (Busche) Neil. They moved to Carroll in 1941 and
Peggy attended St. Peter and Paul grade school and Kuemper High School.
Gerald and Peggy were married in August 1960 and lived in Carroll until they
moved to Manning. They were blessed with three children: Dean, Kenneth, and
Debra. They all graduated from Manning High School.
Dean married Janet Derner of Dedham and they have two children: Alison and Nicholas. They live in Creston, Iowa.
Kenneth married Jeannie Johnson of Maryville, Missouri and they have two
daughters: Jessica and Rachael. They live in Maryville, Missouri.
Debra married Louis Rickers of Westside they have
four children: Benjaman, Katelyn, Justin, and Emily. They live in Westside.
Through the years Gerald has belonged to the Chamber of Commerce and he was a Boy Scout leader for two years.
Peggy was a Cub Scout den mother and helped with the Boy Scouts. When Debra
started Brownie Scouts, Peggy was her leader and together they went through ten
years of Girl Scouting. Peggy then worked at Wells Manufacturing, Burcliff, seven years at Mueller's Furniture and four years
in the kitchen at the Manning Healthcare hospital and Plaza.
Jerry in back - 1981 Manning Centennial
Fundraiser by Zion Lutheran youth group
Warren Puck, Gerald Schulte
1955 Bud Jentsch barber shop
Fred Grau in window.
Original entryway from north - Gerald changed to east entry.
Dean Schulte MHS 1980
Ken Schulte MHS 1981
Deb Schulte MHS 1987
After Joe Stein passed away, Jerry became my barber until he no longer could perform his duties.
October 4, 1968 Homecoming dance - Lori Rothfolk & Dean Schulte
Even though he had the beginnings of Alzheimers, he was able to
cut hair for several years.
He would often repeat things and one topic was he was going skiing in Colorado with his brothers.
Having been around and working with a number
of older people over the decades, who had memory problems, I was able to visit with Jerry almost to the point that you wouldn't know he had Alzheimers as
he was cutting my hair.
I knew that he would have old memories so I would talk about all kinds of Manning history and also talked about his kids when they were in school.
He and I had a lot of
fun discussing the past, even though at times his mind might have wandered off, I got him right back on track with history and we had a lot of laughs.
One thing he never forgot was saying thank you when you paid him and he always had that addictive smile and chuckle that no one could resist responding in-kind.
History has so much importance in life that most people never realize or know how to use it.
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