Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Barber's Diaries

A piece of local history that alot of us didn't know about!


  1. This is very interesting. I haven't heard this story before. I can barely remember a black family living in the 'Four Mile' area south of Brownstown when I was very young, I think they moved away to the Chicago area. If I remember correctly Dad and Grandpa farmed their land for them. When Grandpa died a couple of the members of that family came back for his funeral.

  2. My Grandparents moved to Altamont in the 1940s, so Mr. Ellis was long gone by then. I hope they publish the diaries, or make a novel based on them. I would like to read them/it.

  3. I have had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Kathy, Charles Ellis's granddaughter. She and her stories made my visit to Disneyland one I will not forget. I am inspired by Mr. Ellis and the president he set for his family, which is clearly evident in my new friend, Kathy. Integrity, honor, pride, and hearfelt kindness exudes from Kathy as she talks about her grandfather and family.
    The Ellis's are truly proud Americans and I'm very honored to have been touched by one of them.
    William Caires