b'PAGE 36 / NATIONAL CLOTHESLINE / DECEMBER, 2019MIDWESTGough Lamb Cleaners of Ohiocloses after a 108-year runGough Lamb Cleaners of Ohio Clyde fame) broke into the busi- though he was paroled after onlyhas closed down after operating ness with his gang in an attempt two. Barrow and his partner Bon-for 108 years. Founded on June to steal eight suits, an overcoat nie Parker would go on to be shot28, 1911 by Lawrence Gough, it and a dress. and killed in May of 1934 by law-was one of the oldest businesses AccordingtotheJournal- meninLouisiana.Theywerein Middletown, OH. News, a security night watchmen credited with a crime spree thatGough Lamb Cleaners merged thwarted the theft, but the crimi- included killing at least nine po-with another business, known as nalsdroppedtheclothingand lice officers and four civilians. InLambBrothersCleaningCom- managed to escape. two years, the couple committedpany 12 years after its founding. Undaunted, the following day, over 100 felonies together.In1930,thebusinesswas Barrow and two men were soon The business, however, wouldrobbed, not an altogether atypical back at it again but were captured continue for another 85 years.PRONTO CLEANERS in Chicago, IL, purchased a Unisec/E occurrence in the industry, though duringtherobberyofanother DavidFrancisbecametheModel MS-402NE through All Pro Machinery. Pictured are Mr. this time the perpetrators were a Midtown business. After being ex- owner 58 years ago; his father LesLim (left), owner of Pronto Cleaners, and Roger Kim of All bit more famous. A man named tradited to Texas, Barrow was sen- had bought it in 1938. It wouldPro Machinery. ClydeBarrow(ofBonnieand tencedto14yearsinprison, grow to include nine Gough Lamblocations in Middletown at onepoint. More recently, there wereBooth Sales only two after Francis closed aNOW OPEN third down. Then, after sufferinga stroke, he became physically un-Download an Application TODAY able to continue and announcedwww.SEFA.org that Lamb Gough Cleaners wouldclose on Saturday, Nov. 2.Intheinterim,DonnaMull,who has worked for Francis forabout four years, has been con-tacting customers about pickingup their clothes.ShetoldtheJournal-News,Everybody is sad. Its a familyaffair. Everybody works together.Its like family.MILD makingplans for 2020conventionTheMichiganInstituteofJUNE 12-14, 2020 Laundering and Drycleaning heldits October board meeting to han-dle regular board business and tofocus on how to make its 2020summer convention its best ever.MILD has received a $10,000sponsorshipfromtheMichiganCleaning Fund to allow MILD tobring in a national speaker.Moti-vationalspeakerandcomedianCharlesMarshallwillidentifyseven abilities that everyone canuse to reach personal and profes-Resort & Convention Center sional success with content fromkissimmee, florida his book, The Seven Powers ofSuccess.New Location The board is making efforts toprovide content that will benefitthe entire membership, includingcarwashes,carpetcleaners,drycleaners, industrial laundries,New to SDLS janitorial and suppliers. Registra-tion rates for the 2020 convention Coin-Op related Seminars & Event s are being set to allow owners tobring staff and family to partici-pate and take advantage.Secure Early Bird Pricing The convention will be heldJuly 24-26, 2020 at Crystal Moun-tain Resort in Thompsonville MI.The resort provides a great edu-South Eastern cational venue and a fine atmos-Sponsored by Fabricare Association phere for networking with manyactivities for the whole family.The board ended its planningweekend on a wine and beer tourFor more information visit our website: www.sefa.org in Traverse City. The group knowsor contact Leslie Schae er, Show Manager at how to have fun, so plan on join-Leslie@sefa.org215-830-8467 ing them in July and engage withthe cleaning industry in Michigan.Check the MILD website forTo learn more, see the Index of Advertisers on page 38 or visit www.natclo.com/ads updates: www.mildmi.org.'