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Open house for Walston's 90th birthday

by: Pioneer file photo - Ernie Walston cuts hair at City Barber Shop in 2004.


   All friends and family of Ernie Walston are invited to help celebrate his 90th birthday at an open house from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Jefferson County Senior Center in Madras.
   The fall-themed refreshments will include carrot cake, pumpkin pie and apple cider.
   Walston was born in Madras, but grew up in Dufur and The Dalles. His career began during World War II, when he cut hair while overseas in the Army, then trained at Moler Barber College in Portland after the war.
   In 1948, Walston returned to Madras and worked several years for a man who had a barber shop at the old Madras Hotel. In the 1950s, he leased a downtown shop and opened the City Barber Shop.
   After 56 years of cutting hair for several generations of customers, Walston retired in August 2004.
   Today, he enjoys going to the senior center three times a week, and still cuts hair occasionally for friends.
   The open house is hosted by his companion Betty Watkins, of Madras, and her daughter and grandchildren. Walston's family includes sons, Dan and Tom Walston of Madras, and Ernie Walston Jr. of Portland, as well as four grandchildren.