Meet the beauty shop operator who is also a crackerjack woman mechanic.
Hazel Ertle in the more effeminate role of beautician in herfront room "Abbie Lee" Beauty Shop in Winchester, Indiana. But don't be fooled. One minute she's working on making Mrs.Christina Sisk more beautiful. The next minute she's liable tobe out in the shop with hubby and Spark Plug, Marion Ertle,beautifying an ancient gas engine. "Permanent wave solutionsare often harder on hands than engine sludge and buffing old metaltoys and lamps," opines Hazel. Notice Hazel's bowlingtrophies, right background.
PHOTO: JOE FAHNESTOCK
Gas Engine Beauty Shop? It takes just an instant for Hazel,the woman's beautician, to become Hazel the gas enginebeautician. In one of the two shops behind the residence of theErtle's in Winchester, Indiana, Hazel examines a buffing jobshe's finished on a small steam engine, while hubby, MarionErtle and Dave Foster belabor themselves over an old 1 HP JohnDeere.
Like Mary's Little Lamb—wherever Marion goes, Hazel goestoo. Left to right: Dave Foster, from Ontario, Canada-way, lendshand while Marion and Hazel Ertie check over a huge trailer offourteen ancient gas engines at close of reunion season. Here theyare planning to back trailer into garage for winter storage. TheStickney Engine seems to be one of their favorites.
The Ertles look over one of many challenges inrehabilitation of an old engine. Marion and wife, Hazel Ertle, have yet to unstick the piston in this old 6 horsepower Fairbanks-Morsemounted on a portable saw.
Pictured is part of the large display of gas engines at theTioga County Early Days Inc. show held in August 1967 at Mansfield,Pennsylvania. Courtesy of George F. Kempker of Emporium, Pennsylvania.