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Local dry cleaner shutting its doors after 60 years

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Trimpe Cleaners employee Penny Owens shares a laugh with her former employer Fred Adamson. Adamson was Owens' first customer after he closed up Adamson's Dry Cleaner and Family Laundry recently.
When Penny Owens started work at Trimpe Cleaners Monday, she was completely unaware of who her first customer would be.

The former employee of Adamson's Dry Cleaner was going to get a chance to dry clean the clothes of her former boss, Adamson's Dry Cleaner and Family Laundry owner and operator Fred Adamson.

Adamson closed his business recently after 60 years of dry cleaning the clothes of many Clay County residents, making his business one of the longest-running in the city. According to Adamson, Owens worked for him for 20 years.

She immediately took a position with Trimpe Cleaners, 921 W. National Ave., Brazil, but was shocked that Adamson was her first customer.

"It was great," Owens said regarding working at Adamson's. "He was a good boss, a good guy. I hated seeing (the business) close. I liked working there.

"He's just a real kind, sweet person. We were all like family. He was more than a boss."

Adamson said he got into the laundry business in 1948, starting with a coin laundry shop in Brazil. He branched out into dry cleaning in the 1960s.

"After 60 years, I wanted to get out," Adamson said Monday. "It really hurts. I can't explain any other way. It's been quite a struggle on my part, just letting go."

The business was located at 608 W. National Ave., Brazil, since its inception. And as customers brought their clothes in, they always had a chance to talk with Adamson. They always had the opportunity to have his cheerfulness rub off on them.

"I've got some beautiful memories," Adamson said. "I've made a lot of friends."

Despite closing the dry cleaning business close to one month ago, Adamson said his two laundry facilities, East Coin Laundry and West Coin Laundry, will remain in business.

Trimpe Cleaners is owned and operated by Cindy Standeford, Terre Haute. She also has two Trimpe Cleaners locations in Terre Haute.

Adamson said the dry cleaning service will remain opened until the end of November so people may pick up their clothes.

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