Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Not long ago, I posted a photo of the sign atop the Pantorium Cleaners, at Lima and Sierra Madre Boulevard. At the time, I wasn't sure about the history of the business, or the building, but found a bit of info on the internet (which, you may be surprised to hear, is not always correct!). I received a comment on the post, and thought I'd include it here, in its entirety.
"Pantorium Cleaners was started in Lake Geneva, WI (not Chicago) in 1919 by my grandfather, Peter Messe. My father, Joseph Delgatto took over the cleaners from his father-in-law in 1945. In 1954, we moved to Sierra Madre, CA. In 1956 my grandfather built the building where my father opened Pantorium Cleaners. My brother Joe took over the business in 1975 and sold the cleaners in 2011."
Thank you again to John Delgatto, for providing me with this information.