If the walls of Rae’s Barbershop could speak….

It held down a corner of Mount Forest’s Main Street for more than a century and it was where the ‘senators’ went to thrash out the affairs of the town


Most often, when you dropped into Rae’s Barbershop the “senators”’ would be leaning back on their chairs lined up against one wall. Rae’s was a place where the “old boys” met each day to thrash out the affairs of the community.

Their specialty was revisiting some decision or other by council. There was always plenty to be said, even if it was just about the weather. At centre stage was a man getting a shave or a haircut by the attentive town barber, Floyd Rae. Floyd was as careful with what he had to say as he was with the straight razor at his customer’s neck.

Better Farming - April 2011