Thursday, January 23, 2014

Mrs. M. J. Dennie, ( Clolored ), Hairdresser.

Date 1871.
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I find it interesting that a colored woman would have her own business in the 1870's, now don't get me wrong.   I know colored women earned money for their families by doing Laundry, Ironing, Sewing and Hair in their own homes, but its very rare to have a colored woman to have a business in the downtown community, let alone have a business advertisement in the City Directory.

But that's what Mrs. M. J. Dennie had.  Her business was Hairdressing her business was at 208 Kansas Ave.

I have very little information on Mrs. M. J. Dennie, She was in Topeka, Kansas in 1871, her business was at 208 Kansas Ave., and she was living at her business.

In 1872-1874, her business was the same, but was now living on the east side of Tyler at between First Ave and Second Street.

I don't know what her husband name was nor if she had any children.  She may have been born in Kentucky in 1844 and in 1875 moved to Wichita, Kansas.

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