On July 30, Sedalia Downtown Development Inc. cited three businesses that have operated in downtown Sedalia for five or more decades. Gerald Cecil began selling bicycles downtown in 1947. Later, his brothers Cleo and Elver joined him in opening a store selling first radios, then televisions and appliances. His wife, Helen, his sons and their wives and two grand daughters were with him Tuesday to honor his life and legacy.
Allen Cusick may be the “sole” of downtown Sedalia. From his lower level nook, below Fitter’s, Allen has exercised his skilled leather work for 60 years, repairing or creating shoes and goods for generations of Sedalians. Allen recalled that he got his start in business by working for Gerald Cecil at age 12. Allen was joined by his wife Virginia on Tuesday.
Frank Dick has been barbering at 117 South Ohio since 1959. It was then he bought the business from his former employer, Nick Meyer. Frank’s son Brian took over the reins in 2004. Also pictured above are Frank’s grand son, Zachary, and two fellow barbers, Dusty Ferrell and Brandon Wolf.