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KONRAD FELISKY BARBER SHOP

From the Morning Star, January 25, 1998, page 2.

One well-known business establishment on the "west end" of Albion during the 1930s was Feliskyís Barber Shop, operated by Konrad O. Felisky (1896-1981). A native of Russia, Mr. Felisky came to Albion in 1916 to help establish a Russian Baptist Church here. He began barbering in 1922, beginning his trade in the basement of the Ostop Veramay house on Carson St.

In 1924 he erected a small frame building at 610 Austin Avenue, which he later sold to Paul Koroluk who opened his confectionary and soda store there. Shortly thereafter Konrad erected a frame building across the street at 611 Austin Avenue, where the old Gulf Service Station once stood. The first floor contained the barber shop, while the second floor had living quarters where Konrad and his wife Mary (1908-1996) lived after they were married in 1934.

In the late 1930s the Gulf Oil Company leased part of the lot the barber shop was located on, and the building was moved so a gas staiton could be built. Konrad had a new shop erected at 613 Austin Avnue just west of the Gulf Station. He used that until 1947, when he then moved his business to the front of his house at 810 N. Eaton St. In 1962 he moved to 1432 E. Michigan Avenue and operated his barbershop in the basement of his new home, before completely retiring in 1971.

Form our Historical Notebook this week we present a photograph circa 1929 of Feliskyís buidling at 611 Austin Avenue which was used in the early 1930s until the Gulf Station was erected on the site. The lettering on the left front window states, "BARBER SHOP," but on the right it reads, "MAPLE CITY ATHLETIC CLUB HEADQUARTERS. JOS. PASICK."

The latter was Joseph B. Pasic (1907-1994), uncle of yours truly, who at the time was a professional boxer. My uncle Steve Pasick (1910-1992) is also listed as a boxer under "occupation" in the 1930 Albion City Directory.. Apparently this was their business headquarters which they rented from Konrad Felisky. We didnít know this before.

How many Albion residents remember this building where Konrad Felisky once barbered? Special thanks to son Timothy Felisky of Orange, California for providing the photograph and information about his father for this weeks article. I am still looking for a photograph of the Star Bakery, which operated on Austin Avenue just to the west of the "Russian Baptist Church" during the 1920ís and 1930s, and run by the Branoff family. Does anyone have a photograph of that establishment? It was last known as the Vienna Bakery operated by John Giluk at 620 Austin Avenue before it closed around 1940.


Felisky Barbershop circa 1940

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