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‘The humane society for mounts’

By Rylan Boggs

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on September 7, 2016 6:20PM

Two pictures of Joe West sit on a shelf in Jonna’s Hair Salon. The picture on the right was taken on one of Joe’s last days in his shop, according to Jonna Bishop.

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Two pictures of Joe West sit on a shelf in Jonna’s Hair Salon. The picture on the right was taken on one of Joe’s last days in his shop, according to Jonna Bishop.

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A one-eyed antelope shot by Kelly Stockwell hangs on a wall in Jonna’s Hair Salon Tuesday, Aug. 16.

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A one-eyed antelope shot by Kelly Stockwell hangs on a wall in Jonna’s Hair Salon Tuesday, Aug. 16.

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Jonna Bishop chats with a customer in her salon Tuesday, Aug. 16. Bishop describes her salon as the “humane society for mounts” because she hangs a great number of abandoned trophies on her wall.

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Jonna Bishop chats with a customer in her salon Tuesday, Aug. 16. Bishop describes her salon as the “humane society for mounts” because she hangs a great number of abandoned trophies on her wall.

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In Jonna’s Hair Salon, an American flag lies in the antlers of one of the first elk Jonna Bishop killed Tuesday, Aug 16.

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In Jonna’s Hair Salon, an American flag lies in the antlers of one of the first elk Jonna Bishop killed Tuesday, Aug 16.

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Jonna Bishop holds a cow’s skull with an old hornets nest inside of it Tuesday, Aug 16.

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Jonna Bishop holds a cow’s skull with an old hornets nest inside of it Tuesday, Aug 16.

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The Eagle/Rylan BoggsTwo pictures of Joe West sit on a shelf in Jonna's Hair Salon. The picture on the right was taken on one of Joe's last days in his shop, according to Jonna Bishop. Tuesday, Aug 16.

The Eagle/Rylan BoggsTwo pictures of Joe West sit on a shelf in Jonna's Hair Salon. The picture on the right was taken on one of Joe's last days in his shop, according to Jonna Bishop. Tuesday, Aug 16.

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The Eagle/Rylan BoggsJonna Bishop chats with a customer in her salon Tuesday, Aug 16. Bishop describes her salon as the

The Eagle/Rylan BoggsJonna Bishop chats with a customer in her salon Tuesday, Aug 16. Bishop describes her salon as the "humane society for mounts" because she hangs a great number of abondoned trophies on her wall.

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The Eagle/Rylan BoggsIn Jonna's Hair Salon an American flag lies in the antlers of one of the first elk Jonna Bishop killed Tuesday, Aug 16.

The Eagle/Rylan BoggsIn Jonna's Hair Salon an American flag lies in the antlers of one of the first elk Jonna Bishop killed Tuesday, Aug 16.

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The Eagle/Rylan BoggsJonna Bishop holds a cows skull with an old hornets nest inside of it Tuesday, Aug 16.

The Eagle/Rylan BoggsJonna Bishop holds a cows skull with an old hornets nest inside of it Tuesday, Aug 16.

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The Eagle/Rylan BoggsA one eyed antelope shot by Kelly Stockwell hangs on a wall in Jonna's Hair Salon Tuesday, Aug 16.

The Eagle/Rylan BoggsA one eyed antelope shot by Kelly Stockwell hangs on a wall in Jonna's Hair Salon Tuesday, Aug 16.

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Jonna Bishop describes her shop as “the humane society for mounts,” because her storefront is nearly overflowing with trophies that have been handed down or discarded.

On the walls hang sun-faded bucks, a pair of longhorns from Texas and a one-eyed antelope. Against one wall are the original chairs, sinks and mirrors from Joe West’s old barbershop on Main Street.

Bishop’s salon is more than just a “human society.” though. It’s partly a record of Grant County’s hunters and partly a tribute to Joe West, a barber who owned many of the mounts before Bishop.

“It started out as a tribute to him,” said Bishop of West, who had been a barber in John Day from 1960 to 2005. When West took his barber apprenticeship tests in Portland in the late 1950s, his results were the highest written score recorded at the time, according to Blue Mountains Eagle records.

In 1960, West Joined his father, Con West, to work in John Day as a barber for over four decades. He died from cancer in May 2006.

An avid hunter of everything from deer to rattlesnakes, West is commemorated in Bishop’s salon. Two bucks of his that once hung in his barbershop now decorate Bishop’s walls, as does his old photo collection.

When West’s shop was closed, Bishop couldn’t stand the idea of his things being separated, so she incorporated as much of it as she could into her salon.

These trophies and photos carry a certain sense of history to them.

“This was like history, I felt, of Grant County,” Bishop said.



















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