History of Troy
Troy Dry Cleaners has been proudly servicing the Dry Cleaning needs of the Greater St. Clair county ever since 1873; as a Family-Owned and Operated Business. Michael Chargot and his dedicated staff have a combined 253 years of cleaning experience; and can answer any question, comment or concern you may have about Dry Cleaning. Take a few moments to explore our website and see for yourself, why Troy Dry Cleaners is the only place you would trust with your cleaning.
times may change,
some pieces of history
Remain the same
The Times Herald Paper
Troy Steam Laundry was opened in 1873 at 519 Pine Street, where the Times Herald is now, by the Philbrick family of Port Huron. Henry moved his family from New York to Port Huron when he bought the cleaners, which took its name from a city in New york. Back then, the stiff-collared shirts, which often had detachable collars, were sent to Troy, N.Y., to be cleaned. Places that provided these services became referred to as Troy laundries.
Henry’s son, Wescott, joined the business in 1921 and ran it from 1942 until 1966 when he died. Wescott’s son, Henry Smith, returned to the Port Huron area after serving in the miltiary and started work at the business in 1953. He ran the business, which moved to its Garfield Street location in the early 1960s, from 1966 until 1980, when he sold it.
After Henry sold the business in 1980, a couple of other owners followed until Mike Chargot of Port Huron bought it about 19 years ago. Mike opened the Troy location on Pine Grove Avenue in 1998.
~April 10th, 2005~