Stories and drawings
Fred Atkinson can be recalled as the inventor of the “Lafar Ruppe” haircut that he gave to Lafar's son “Little” Fred Ruppe about 1936. Little Fred was not the only one who was subjected to a practical joke when Fred wielded his barber clippers.
Fred was the Cherokee Creek Community's unofficial barber, and for many years he gave haircuts to most of the men living in the community. From half to a full dozen men would gather at his house each Saturday afternoon or evening to get a haircut, and would utilize the waiting time talking and “batting the breeze” with each other.
A group of Fred's friends and neighbors, probably most of whom had been the butt of Fred’s teasing or jokes at one time or another, decided to turn the tables on him.
Fred and Emma went grocery shopping and returned home to find all their living room furniture roped and tied up in the big oak tree in their front yard. After retrieving the furniture, Fred, not to be outdone, went to the store, donned a pained expression, and spread the word among those gathered there that he had hurt his back trying to get the furniture out of the tree. He further embellished the story by saying that he had to hire a man to finish the job, and the man had dropped his best chair, breaking it all to pieces. He felt all those responsible should chip in and reimburse him for the hired man's wages, as well as for the broken chair.
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