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History of Freeland, Pa.
Laundries and dry cleaners

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  • 20th-century laundries and dry cleaners
  • Laundries listed in directories and maps, 1900-1922
  • Chinese laundry note
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The photo of the former Yagalla Laundermat at top left is cropped from one taken by Charlie Gallagher.

I'll check to see if I have any notes on more recent businesses, including the Laundermat, Bond Dry Cleaners, and King's Dry Cleaning. Please send additions and corrections to include!

Bond Cleaners ad, 1952 Bond Cleaners - 635 Centre St., previously at 406 Centre - Tailoring, dry cleaning, same day pressing service, tuxedo rental (1952 ad) (for 3 years 635 was the site of Ashman's Appliance, proprietor Ron Ashman, thanks to Charlie Gallagher for that info)

Corrigan Dry Cleaning ad, 1922 Corrigan Dry Cleaning - 827 Main St., office at 607 Centre St. (Patrick J. Corrigan, proprietor) Dry cleaning & dyeing; French cleaning; also family washings; washing lace curtains a specialty (1922 ad from Ed Merrick; 1924 ads) - later at 612 Front St., agent, dry cleaning (age 50 in 1940 Census, from Ed Merrick)

Eldora's Dry Cleaners - 633 Centre St. (Eldora Danko, proprietor)

Freeland Laundermat -  501 Centre St. (John Yagalla, proprietor) - This correction comes from Colleen Yagalla: The family ran a self-service laundromat, a family owned and operated dry cleaning business along with an antique/collectable shop on the premises.
I had previously mistakenly posted that this business included self-service dry cleaning. Thank you, Colleen, and my apologies to the Yagalla family for the incorrect information, and thanks for the correction.

King's Dry Cleaning - East Carbon St.

Laundries listed in directories and maps, 1900-1922

People walking past Charles Lee's laundry 1900-1901 city directory
Laundries in business listings:
Ying Lee, laundry, Centre

1905 Sanborn Fire Insurance Co. map
Chinese laundry at 92 S. Centre

1912 Sanborn Fire Insurance Co. map
Chinese laundry at 92 S. Centre

1921-22 city directory
Laundries in business listings:
Lee, Charles 430 Centre

This photo came from John Zubach and shows people walking past Charles Lee's laundry, which was next to a saloon owned by Stefan _________ (can't read the last name). By the time the 1928-1929 directory was published, this laundry was no longer listed. So Charles Lee might have been the last of the proprietors of Chinese laundries in Freeland that went back at least to 1889.

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