...Happily ever after
by JOAN LYONS
Martin and Audra Clampitt spent
years when money was hard to
earned $15 a week until a salary in-
the first three years after their 1927
come by, by asking for a neck clip
crease grossed him $18, but that
marriage in the tenant house on the
when they really needed a haircut.
was good money when work shots
farm of his parents, Eltie and
Of course, Audra or one of her
were selling for $1.68, overalls for
Helen. The property was northeast
beauty operators could not let them
45 cents a pair, and a work shirt for
of the home
where Audra’s
leave looking shaggy, so they
about 35 cents.
grandparents, Jim and Elizabeth
would do all the trimming neccs-
In 1934, learning she was preg-
Isenhour Stultz, had reared their
sary for a well-groomed appear-
nant, Audra sold her shop. About
family.
ancc-somctimcs a full haircut-
the same time, Martin had a chance
Audra’s father, Perry, and his
for ten cents.
to work for Standard Oil as an
brother and sister, Qra and Dema
Violet Beauty Shop had four
agent, so she actually traded her
(Coley) had attended school at Eagle
barber chairs and Audra was assisted
marccl iron for an account lcdgcr as
Village during the years of its
at various times by Mary Am y
she kept the books on the bulk sta-
prosperity. Perry married Goldic
Mills (Smith), Camilla Mabrcy
tion and farmer customers he scr-
May Trout from the Mts. Runn
(Smith), and Mabel Qttinger (Bcn-
viced. His storage tank was located
neighborhood and they moved to a der).
southwest of town on Starkey
farm near Brownsburg where Audra
Permanent waves wcrc given by
and her brother, Robert, were born.
Road, just across from the sewage
wrapping the solution-dampened
First attending a arm-room
treatment plant.
hair on a spiral roller and clamping
school bctwcen Brownsburg and
the roller into a machine equipped
Answering the phone for Mar-
Fayette, Audra later went to Buz-
with dangling sockets so that each
tin’s business was also a part of her
zard’s Roost where she stayed until
curl would be heated, curling-iron
responsibility, but if she was away
she was ready for the eighth grade.
fashion. Permanents cost $4 for
from the phone, she could count on
In 1919, Perry left the farm to
short hair and $5 for lung hair,
the telcphone company operator to
work at Pittman Moore and moved
Customers could also choose to
take calls for her. The operator also
his family to Zionsville where
have their hair marcelled by the op-
had authority from the customer and
Audra’s eighth grade class was the
erator who used a special iron that
Farmers State Bank to write (and
last to graduate from the old school produced regular, continuous waves,
sign) a check on the customer’s ac-
building.
or they could have it set in finger
count when the monthly bill was
After high school graduation,
waves by the operator who applied
due.
Audra worked at the Home Store
setting lotion to the damp hair and
In 1952, when daughter Nancy
before enrolling in business college combed waves into place, holding
left for I.U. and Bernard Clayton
at Indianapolis the next fall. Her
the hair with her fingers. She would
wanted her to work for the Times,
training led to a job in an attorney’s
then place a hairnet over the cus-
he had the tclcphonc connected so
office in the big city where she
tomer’s head and have her sit under
that Martin's calls could bc an-
worked until 1928.
the dryer until it was completely
swered by her while she was work-
Returning to Zionsville for
dry.
ing in the “Times office.
employment, she worked at Cruse’s
On the nights of band concerts,
dime store until 1930 when she Audra’s waiting room was always
Martin and Audra retired in
bought the beauty shop owned by
crowded, not only by women who
1964, and ten years later moved to
Violet Wilson in the building just were taking advantage of the trip to
six acres adjoining the original
south of Bender’s Alley where town to have their hair done, but by
Clampitt farm. There, from a fivc-
House of Flowers is today, and she those who preferred to come in and
acre lake frequented by blue herons,
and Martin moved to town.
chat with their friends rather than
ducks, geese and kingfishers, they
Most women wore their hair
listen to the music,
can look out over the homestead of
shingled in the 193Os, and Audra
While Audra was working in her
Martin Luther Clampitt and, in the
charged 50 cents for haircuts and ten shop, Martin was working in D.K.
distance, glimpse the barn that was
cents for neck clips. Some women Mills’ Home Store alongside Betty
untouched by the Christmas Day
managed to save money, in those Wagle (Butz} and Edith Mills. He
fire of 1930.

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lightest binder mnrle.
Binder !Cwine. nil grnck nt hot.
tom prices.
See the Scpre Corner Snlky Plow at the
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When Mrs. Martin Luther Ciampitt purchased carpet bills of sale, printed in Chicago, were identical with all
warp at the Benj. F. Clark store on February 28, 1887, merchants whose names appear thereon. Notice the
she received a bill of sale that was printed on the back notation on eggs at the bottom of the bill, Probably
with advertisements from other local merchants. Since
the 33¢ is credit Mrs. Clampitt received for eggs she
the ad page is topped with a note, "Copyright secured, took to the merchant.
3usiness Houses of Zionsville,” we wonder if these

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