Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | June 7, 2018

Quality First Laundry & Cleaners – final cleanup?

In 1906 Quality First Steam Laundry opened shop at 16 Fourth Street East.

Old Fire Insurance Plans reveal that a number of small businesses were in close proximity, including a popular blacksmith shop – some info on the blacksmith shop can be found at this LINK.

Ownership of the laundry changed hands.

And then again.

In 1942 the operation employed 11 women and 4 men.

This 1971 newspaper advertisement reveals the attractive plate glass store front; the store featured “electronic” dry-cleaning.

Likewise, this 1987 newspaper advertisement gives us a view of the store front and yet other owners.

Two years later the business closed its doors for the final time. The front shop disappeared from the streetscape some time ago, while the back of the building functioned as an automobile repair shop for a time.

These 2016 images reveal an area of the downtown very much in need of a re-birth.

The past few days the property has been undergoing what appears to be a demolition and salvage operation. What is to become of this property – has anyone heard?

 

 

 

 

 


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