Frank A. Logan

Name: Frank A. Logan
Born: 25 November 1880 / Oregon
Died: 2 Aug 1918 / Yamhill County, Oregon
Parents: Andrew Russell Logan & Eliza E. Peery Logan
Spouse: Dorothy Walker Sears
Occupation: Barber
Cause of death: Stroke

Frank A. Logan was born in Oregon on November 25, 1880, to parents Andrew Russell Logan and Eliza E. Peery Logan. Frank was the youngest of the three Logan children.

Frank and his brother William owned a well-known barber shop in McMinnville. The McMinnville Baths and Tonsorial parlor, located at the corner of 3rd and Evans in downtown McMinnville, was originally opened by Charles H. Fleming in the 1880s. In 1888, William joined the business. After Fleming left to pursue other opportunities, Frank Logan joined his brother and they continued to operate the barber shop until Frank’s sudden death in 1918. The McMinnville Baths and Tonsorial parlor was considered the most successful barber shop in early McMinnville.

Interior of the McMinnville Barber and Tonsorial Parlor, c. 1900 (photo courtesy YCHS*)

There was no water or plumbing system in town and bathing facilities usually consisted of the family wooden wash tub brought into the kitchen and placed before the cook stove on Saturday night. The barber shops installed tin bathtubs and heated water by a coal oil stove and catered to men who wanted to bathe all stretched out in a new fangled bathtub. In those days this was a vital addition to the barbers income. Business was stable, and by 1892 new technologies allowed for advancements in the industry, such as hot and cold showers in ready supply. An 1892 advertisement reads, “Hair cutting, shaving, and in fact everything in the tonsorial line done with neatness and dispatch. Our baths are the finest in the city; hot and cold showers always ready. Remember the place, next to the Post Office.” – An Extensive Analysis of the Business and Economic Climate of McMinnville, Oregon from 1895-1910, p.6

Interior prior to 1910. Pete Maloney (far left) was brought on as an apprentice at the McMinnville Baths and Tonsorial in 1901, and remained a barber in McMinnville for 60 years. (photo courtesy YCHS*)

Frank married Dorothy Walker Sears sometime between 1900-1910, and the young couple resided in McMinnville.   Frank died at the age of 37 after suffering a stroke.

Frank A. Logan’s headstone is broken off at its base.

*Photos courtesy Yamhill County Historical Society


Death came to Frank A. Logan early Friday morning, August 2, 1918, following a second stroke of paralysis which came on him at Harrington ranch west of Carlton. He was brought home Thursday night and expired at 2:30 A.M.

Funeral services were held at Macy’s Parlor on Saturday. Immediate relatives are his wife and brother, W.H. Logan.

Frank Logan was in his 38th year and was a barber by profession. Burial was at Odell Cemetery where his parents are buried

– Telephone Register, 9 Aug 1918

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Reference: 1900 & 1910 United States Federal Census | Nebraska State Census Collection (1860-1885) | Oregon State Library, Oregon Death Index 1903-1920, Reel Title: Oregon Death Index A-L, Year Range: 1903-1920; Oregon State Library ,Salem, Oregon; Reel: 1 | | Richardson, Brian: An Extensive Analysis of the Business and Economic Climate of McMinnville, Oregon from 1895-1910, 2010, pp.6-7 | Obituary: Genealogical Forum of Oregon, Odell Cemetery Biographies, p.40