Roger and Jane Carlisle, left, have acquired the McCook Attractiveness Academy from Gary and Ruth Lucas.

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McCOOK, Neb. — The McCook Magnificence Academy commences its 201st course of pupils in June.

The academy, launched by Evelyn and Collins Grubb, is the oldest privately-owned splendor college in Nebraska. Considering the fact that opening in 1952, it has graduated shut to 1,800 expert hair dressers.

The new operator of the academy, Jane Carlisle of Oberlin, is herself a graduate of the academy. She is just the third owner in 62 decades.

Undated images of early graduating courses of the McCook Attractiveness Academy … much too undesirable the names of pupil graduate/hair dressers usually are not created on the back of the photograph. The academy’s 201st course begins in June. Existing instructors incorporate Ruth, Anna Powell and Autumn Sabatka.&#13

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Jane mentioned that, out of significant college, she initially desired to train, but she and a woman mate decided to go to the attractiveness academy just 30 miles north in McCook. “My buddy acquired married, but my cousin, Gary (Lucas), who owned the attractiveness college, really encourage me to even now attend,” Jane claimed.

Jane graduated, attained her state license in 1971 and then received her instructor’s license in Kearney. She taught in Kearney and Scottsbluff right before functioning her possess salon for pretty much 25 several years in Oberlin.

Jane switched from washing hair to washing automobiles (for her brother-in-law in McCook) for a time, and in 2010, she returned to her 1st enjoy, educating, at the McCook Attractiveness Academy.

7 several years later on, Gary and his wife, Ruth, were easing into retirement and deemed advertising the university. More than the subsequent month or so, Jane pondered the purchase. She consulted her brother and they studied the guides, the pros and negatives and the possibilities. “He assisted me come to a decision to get the school,” Jane explained. “It all happened pretty rapidly … in just two months.”

The academy’s curriculum handles hair care, cutting and coloring make-up facials and manicures, pedicures and artificial nails.

Jane teaches three courses each individual year, a person commencing in February, one particular starting in June, and a further beginning in August/September. The smallest course has been two college students larger sized class rolls have been in the small 20’s. The lessons are smaller, guaranteeing a reduced teacher-university student ratio and a single-on-one teacher awareness.

New courses start off Tuesday, June 11. Simply call the university at (308) 345-5285 for additional information and facts.,


The heritage of the McCook Elegance Academy is tied — however unbelievably — to the U.S. Military Air Base that operated north of McCook from 1943-1945.

Collins Grubb, from Indiana, was stationed at the base as a civil engineer, and his spouse, Evelyn, a hairdresser, arrived out weekends to visit him. Evelyn endured dreadfully with sinus bacterial infections in Indiana’s humidity, but in the dry climate of Southwest Nebraska, her sinuses cleared up.

Collins appreciated the McCook area and Evelyn’s wellness was so significantly improved that, when the air base shut down in 1945, the Grubbs made a decision to make McCook their household.

Evelyn shut her three salons in Indiana, and she and Collins opened splendor salon and attractiveness offer store in downtown McCook, at 217 Norris, which is present-day locale of “The Mint” outfits store.

In 1952, the Point out of Nebraska wrote a new law that necessary hair dressers to full skilled schooling. The Grubbs responded by opening the state’s initially privately-owned expert natural beauty academy, also at the Norris Avenue locale.

Gary Lucas of McCook, the previous son-in-law of the Grubbs, not long ago described Evelyn as “so forward of her time,” “a pioneer in the business enterprise” with “a Dale Carnegie personalty” who could simply “win buddies and affect persons,” and aid people today feel passionately in them selves. With Evelyn at the helm of the university, it succeeded. Within just its very first 4 yrs, it graduated 125 hair dressers, each of whom accomplished 1,500 hrs of coaching and effectively handed her condition examinations in theory and follow.

5 yrs just after opening the university, the few used Rodney Leonard of Indiana and J. T. Casey of McCook to layout a substantial practically quarter-block measurement two-story making to home their developing school, salon and supply store and office room for other McCook professionals.

When the Grubbs celebrated the grand opening of the new “Skilled Setting up” on Might 25, 1957, they shared the extraordinary black-and-white structure with Dr. G.A. DeMay MD, attorney Dal Wood, Dr. Y.W. Dorwart DDS, geologist R.D. Rutledge and the McCook Eye Clinic, the State Farm promises business office, the Eleanor Brill Splendor Shop, Ike Malcolm’s Farmers Insurance coverage Group and Bob Wilson.

The Grubbs retired in 1964 and offered their natural beauty academy and their Aphrodite Magnificence Store and Uncle Amos Crop Store to Gary. In 2017, Gary and Ruth marketed the elegance academy to Jane, and in 2019, they sold the magnificence store and crop shop to Anna (also a graduate of the magnificence academy) and Tanner Powell.

Around the several years, the early gurus relocated, but McCook Beauty Academy and the elegance shops have remained.

McCook Natural beauty Academy is found, as it has been since 1957, at 201 East C. Jane teaches class Tuesday via Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until finally 5 p.m., and college students are available for appointments with the community from 9:30 a.m. until finally 4:30 p.m.

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