The Elite Laundry is an expression of Racine's enterprise and
business ability. It is the property of the firm of Eager & Dunn and
the rapid development of its business is indicative of the
progressive methods of the owners. In 1905 the firm of Chapman &
Anderson established the Elite Laundry at No. 612 Sixth Street, but
after two years the business failed. Several months later the plant
was sold to Hess & Williams, who a year later sold to Eager & Dunn.
Something of the growth of the business is indicated in the fact
that at that time the pay roll was less than forty dollars a week
and today it is more than four hundred and fifty dollars. The only
wagon then in use has been supplanted by a collection and delivery
system that utilizes six wagons and two automobiles. The number of
employees in the laundry has been correspondingly increased. The
latest improved machinery has been introduced, including a Troy
collar ironer with a capacity of twenty-five thousand collars per
day. The enterprise of the firm is further indicated in the fact
that they now have three independent telephone lines under the
number 282 and employ a girl merely to answer calls. They have
installed a Troy Trojan forty-eight by one hundred, and twenty flat
work ironer which is the largest in the state. Their plant is always
open to the public and in fact they invite and solicit inspection,
knowing that when their methods are seen they will be appreciated
and that business will accrue.
Source: Racine, Belle City of the lakes, and Racine County, Wisconsin : a record of settlement, organization, progress and achievement; Chicago: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1916, 1216 pgs.
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