This story comes from the Jan. 14, 1974 edition of The Laurinburg Exchange. — editor
It is now legal to wear a beard and mustache in Maxton.
The proclamation declaring this was signed by Mayor John F. Moser Thursday night at a meeting of the “Brothers of the Brush,” a segment of the town’s Centennial organization. Brothers’ chairman, Angus Medlin, presided at the meeting which featured the first public appearance of stove-pipe hats, swallow tail coats, gaily colored vests, and of course, the beards, in recognition of the Centennial celebration which is now beginning.
According to Moser’s Proclamation, “All males of the age when shaving is feasible, shall refain from shaving from now until the end of our glorious celebration week, March 29 until April 6, 1974.”
The Proclamation continues, “These males shall include all who live or work in the confines of our town as well as a goodly portion of our rural areas. They may wear a full beard, mutton chops, Van Dykes, goatees, sideburns, mustaches, or any facial foliage they so desire. This hairy growth shall be of such length and luxuriousness that it can readily be seen and recognized at eight places.”
Moser warns of the penalties if the Proclamation is not adhered to: A secret order will report the violators who will be brought into Ye Kangaroo Court “to be humiliated and punished as seem proper by said court.”
Thursday night’s meeting was in anticipation of the official kick-off between the Brothers of the Brush and their female counterpart, the Centennial Belles, scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the R. B. Dean School in Maxton. At this time selected representatives from every organization within the general area will be treated to a fashion show, music by a Barber Shop Quartet composed of local school administrators, and several surprise skits. Those attending are expected to be dressed according to the styles of a hundred years ago.