Wood River’s first barber, George Dalton, owned and operated a barber shop for decades. He started out in Wood River and moved to Alton in the early 1920s. At one point he was supporting his wife, four children, and two grandchildren with his craft. After his wife died in 1933, George moved back to Wood River and lived alone in his rented shop on West Ferguson Avenue. He was still barbering when he died in 1945.
Alton city directories. Available at the Madison County Archival Library.
Alton Telegraph. Various articles.
Find A Grave. Accessed August 30, 2019. https://www.findagrave.com/index.html
United States census records and other public records.