Longtime, beloved Ogden barber gone, but friends say he won’t be forgotten 

I used to walk past it almost every day. He was an icon.

OGDEN — An icon of Historic 25th Street who moved from Ogden five years ago is now gone for good — but those who knew him best say he won’t ever be forgotten.

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Beloved Ogden barber Willie Moore died earlier this week at his home in Maryland. He was 95.

Born in Monroe, Louisiana, Moore moved to the Ogden area in his teens, according to his granddaughter, Cara Robinson. For decades, Moore ran the popular Moore’s Barber Shop on the northwest corner of 25th Street and Lincoln Avenue. A pillar of 25th Street and the Ogden community in general, Moore cut hair six days a week into his 90s. In 2013, after his wife of 65 years — local community leader Betty Moore — died, Moore moved to Maryland to live with his daughter, Carol Moore Scott.

In a 2013 Standard-Examiner profile, Moore expressed his love for the city where he made his life.

“I think Ogden is the greatest place,” Moore said in 2013. “This is where I made my living, where I met my wife. Make sure you tell people that Ogden is the place.”

Apparently, the feeling was mutual.

Cindy Simone, who owns the Kokomo Club on Historic 25th Street with her husband Eddie, said more than 500 people showed up to Moore’s going away party in 2013, which was held at Simone’s 25th Street bar.

“I loved, loved, loved Willie and so did a lot of other people,” Simone said. “He belonged to Ogden. Everyone always knew, Willie Moore was in the corner store. Well, he was a cornerstone in Ogden and he always will be.”

Simone said she’s working with Ogden City to get some kind of historical marker, paying tribute to Moore, on the barber shop’s exterior.

Local Blues musician and radio DJ “Bad” Brad Wheeler connected with Moore years ago, soaking up the barber’s knowledge on music and culture, as it related to Ogden.

“He would tell stories about Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker, even Eleanor Roosevelt, stopping on 25th Street,” Wheeler said. “People who were really part of creating some of the culture in America — and they came through Ogden, which probably not a lot of people realize. Willie was kind of one of the last, great vessels of knowledge in Ogden.”

Wheeler said Moore was a renaissance man of sorts, always doing or saying something that would astonish him. Wheeler recalled one such instance in particular, when after having already known Moore for years, he learned the barber spoke Spanish.

“One time, I was in his barber shop and he was talking to a customer,” Wheeler said. “And he just started rattling off Spanish. I was like, ‘Willie, I had no idea you spoke Spanish.’ And he just looked at me and said, ‘I learned a long time ago you gotta be able to do business with everybody in the neighborhood.'”

Wheeler said Moore’s relationship with the Ogden community was different than most other business owners along 25th Street.

“Everybody needs to get their haircut — even bald guys need to get a shave every once in a while,” Wheeler said. “So Willie would be cutting little kids’ hair, adults, people from every walk of life imaginable. He knew everybody and he could relate to them in some kind of way.”

Frankie Ortega, who bought the shop from Moore just before the elder barber retired, said he views the man as a father figure. He kept the Moore name on the shop, despite the change in ownership, as a way of paying tribute to the icon.

Ortega concurred with Simone and Wheeler about Moore’s legacy in Ogden.

“I remember being in the shop and there was a man in there who had to have been at least 75,” Ortega said. “And the guy said, ‘Yeah, Willie used to cut my hair when I was a little kid. And I was just thinking, ‘How is that even possible?’ But then you start doing the math and realize, yeah, Willie is in his 90s, so he did cut this guy’s hair when he was a kid. That’s when I realized how connected Willie was to the community.”

Robinson said Moore’s funeral is set for 10 a.m. March 29 at the St. Rose the Lima Catholic Church, 210 Chapel Street, Layton. A viewing will be held at 7 p.m. March 28 at Lindquist Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd., Ogden.

You can reach reporter Mitch Shaw at mishaw@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @mitchshaw23.



Iron Horse: Rhyle Hanson runs wild as Ogden beats Ben Lomond 56-26 | High School | standard.net

Overall a great win. Kind of a put off that the Officiating blew a call badly. Ben Lomond should have had another TD, as it was very clear the runner had scored before losing the ball, which was returned by Ogden back to the BL Red Zone. I felt bad for the scots on that call. But nice to keep the iron Horse where it belongs!

OGDEN — When your offense scores touchdowns on all six first-half drives, that’s usually a good omen. There are plenty of good omens going around the Ogden High football program these days.

The Tigers’ fast-and-furious offense was too much for Ben Lomond in the 66th Iron Horse game Thursday night.

The Tigers (6-3, 3-2 Region 11) scored touchdowns on their first seven drives going into the third quarter as they cruised to a 56-26 win over crosstown rival Ben Lomond (0-9, 0-5).

The result, coupled with Tooele’s loss to Park City, means Ogden will enter the 4A state playoffs as the No. 3 seed from Region 11, meaning a likely road game at Spanish Fork in two weeks.

It’s Ogden’s first trip to the playoffs since 2011, the best season record-wise since 2009 with the potential for the best season since 1988 with one more win.

Speaking of history, Rhyle Hanson may have notched his name in some sort of record book for a single-game performance in Ogden and Iron Horse history.

“Shoot, I gotta take my linemen to dinner. That’s all I’ve got to say,” Hanson said, laughing.

The senior running back rushed 27 times for 227 yards and five rushing touchdowns, turning small blocking gaps into big plays and shouldering the running load after Chase Butler’s shoulder injury forced him to play only at linebacker.

Quarterback Bo DeVries threw for 214 yards and three touchdowns: two to Irving Gastelum, who had 110 receiving yards, and one to Butler.

The turning point of the game came on the Scots’ second drive when both Nick Freeman and Isaac Wilson were hurt on the same play, one play before a Ben Lomond touchdown.

It was a rallying point for Ogden from then on, Hanson said. Tigers head coach Erik Thompson said Freeman and Wilson likely have season-ending injuries.

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Iron Horse Preview: Ogden, Ben Lomond start new tradition ahead of annual showdown | High School | standard.net

After my sophomore year at Pueblo South, my parents were transferred to Ogden, Utah in June of 1979.

Of course, there was the culture shock of leaving Colorado for Utah, which – no matter how much people tell you there isn’t, there is – had a deep element of smiling in your face while telling you to your face that everything was fine and normal. It wasn’t. And the harder I tried to fit in, it seemed like the farther outside I became.

But there were some good things about Ogden High school. I met some of my best lifelong friends there. And then there was the OHS Marching Band. And then there was our football team. I wasn’t allowed to try out, given that we moved after those had occurred, so I ended up playing in the City League. But watching our beloved Tigers on the field could be fun (I met my first real Girlfriend at a game) and frustrating.

The uniforms we had were hideous.

The team was… borderline bad. But because of the way the Conferences were set up, all we literally had to do was win one game and we’d make the playoffs. Both of my years there Ogden won the game. And it would be enough to go to the state Playoffs where we would get crushed.

Still, we won the one that mattered…

Good Luck Tigers! (And now we have WAAAAAY better unis!)


OGDEN — Before Thursday’s football clash at Stewart Stadium, before Ogden and Ben Lomond take the field, they sat down and had an amicable dinner.

Blue and red clashed with orange and black — that is until everyone donned white shirts and took a picture on the stage. And then came the dueling chants, one for Ben Lomond, one for Ogden.

Yep, the Iron Horse game is here.

To kick off the week of Ogden (5-3, 2-2 Region 11) and Ben Lomond’s (0-8, 0-4) highly anticipated annual matchup, Ben Lomond High hosted both teams and cheerleaders for dinner Monday night at BLHS.

The idea came about in a meeting discussing the logistics of this year’s game. Both school’s athletic directors — Shawn MacQueen at Ogden and Jeff Kilts at Ben Lomond — talked about one thing that never quite took off that they tried in years past: a barbecue the night before the game.

“I think that’s a good, healthy thing that’s happening with this rivalry,” Ogden head coach Erik Thompson said.

Monday’s dinner was basically that same thing, a small get together with some food and a speech made by former Ogden High coach Dave Brown, who coached at OHS a total of 37 years and whose kids went to Ben Lomond.

Brown coached in many games in the Iron Horse’s storied history. In essence, he was a perfect candidate to help bridge the 2.5-mile gap between the two schools on Harrison Boulevard.

“You’ll remember every one of your Iron Horse games for the rest of your life,” Brown told the audience.

There have been 65 all-time meetings in the Iron Horse (69 all-time meetings between the two schools if you count playoff matchups). Ogden leads the Iron Horse series 46-19 and 47-22 all-time.

Still fresh is last year’s double-overtime, 20-14 win for the Tigers that broke a three-year winning run by the Scots. But no matter what year or how good one team is, one can always throw the record books out for the Iron Horse.

“You can see it in everyone’s eyes and positive attitude and mentality throughout this week … it’s more intense this week,” Ben Lomond quarterback Nykolas Guzman said.

It’s been a while since a team playing in the Iron Horse has playoff aspirations, but that’s where Ogden finds itself this year on the back of a hot start, an explosive offense and two close region wins.

A win would guarantee the Tigers the No. 3 seed out of Region 11, meaning they would avoid the fourth seed and a first-round matchup with Orem, the overwhelming favorite for the 4A state title.

Ben Lomond has been close to winning a couple times this year, none closer than last week’s heartbreaker against Stansbury, the top team in the region. The Scots led 28-21 in the fourth quarter only for the Stallions to charge back and win 35-28.

“It hurt us on Friday to lose like that, to lose such a close game,” Guzman said.

It was their best offensive performance of the season, but Guzman said it’s given Ben Lomond a little jolt and extra fire heading into Thursday’s rivalry. The Scots have already been knocked out of playoff contention, but that doesn’t mean there’s less motivation this week.

The rivalry is unique in the way that both sets of players grow up playing on the same little league teams and then, once they reach high school, they’re on separate teams. It’s normal for many players on both teams to be friends with each other.

“You never want to lose to your brother in anything, that probably brings out as much passion and fire as anything does. But I think there’s a healthy respect and care for each other that these kids have for each other,” Thompson said.


Ogden: Bo DeVries, QB; Rhyle Hanson, RB; Chase Butler, RB/LB; Irving Gastelum, WR/DB; Logan Shobe, LB

Ben Lomond: Nykolas Guzman, QB/DB; Zander Caffall, RB/LB; Tre’ Pearson, WR/DB; Giovanni Martinez, LB/K; Ty Esquivel, WR/DB


Game time: This year’s game starts at 7:30 p.m. instead of the normal 7 p.m.

Live stream: If you can’t make it to the game, the Standard-Examiner will be live-streaming the game starting with a pregame show at 7:20 p.m. on our website, www.standard.net.

Parking and entrance information: Stewart Stadium at Weber State is undergoing a big construction project this year, so a lot of parking normally available on the north side of the stadium isn’t available this year.

Ogden fans will sit on the west side of the stadium this year (the grandstand with the press box) and enter through the southwest gate. Ben Lomond fans will sit on the east side of the stadium and enter through the northeast gate.

Ticket prices: Tickets are $2 for Ben Lomond and Ogden students who show valid student identification (only one ticker per student ID). They’re $4 for students who don’t have a BLHS or OHS student ID, $5 for adults and free for those 65 years and older.

A $20 family pass is available, good for up to six people from the same household. Family passes will only be available at the game.

Security: Weber State University will conduct bag searches. No outside food or drink is allowed and there’s no re-entry to the stadium.

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