Posted on 04/09/2013

Photo taken on January 1, 1895

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George Jewett
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Ann Arbor
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George Jewett II

George Jewett II
Mr. Jewett practiced medicine briefly in Chicago before returning to Ann Arbor in 1899. Eventually seizing an opportunity in what was then the brand new field of cleaning and pressing.

Dashing in his derby hats and spats, and able to talk with his immigrant customers in their native tongues, Jewett built a successful business. His State St. shop, "The Valet" delivered clean, pressed clothes by carriage behind matched teams of black and white horses.

"Medicine wasn't as lucrative as it is today," said his grandson Coleman Jewett. "In those days people didn't clean and press their own clothing, so cleaning and pressing were the big thing of day, and he did quite well."

George Jewett married Lillian Zebbs in 1901. They had two children, George H. Jewett III (1902-1977) and Richard Jewett (born 1908). Richard—Coleman's father—was eight days old when George Jewett died of a heart attack while working in his shop at 38.

University of Michigan Heritage, Amy Whitesall