"Our collector will call. Mail or express consignments will receive immediate attention," proprietor C. S. Enright advertised in 1909. Clean clothes were a challenge in a coal mining town; running water in homes, and efficient electric machines, were not available to most residents. Banker Frank Carpenter did own an early copper tub-and-plunger device, now on display at his restored home.Three of the young women are identified as Mary Sitko, Ann McKerman and Mary Long.
"Home Steam Laundry, Cle Elum" (1911). Ellensburg History Photographs. 248.
Local History Collection Photographs, Ellensburg Public Library
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