Owen Cleaners celebrated its 100th anniversary during an informal reception for employees, customers and friends on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 9 am. The reception was held at the company’s main plant at 1021 Kentucky Avenue.
See the local media coverage of the event by clicking on this link: 100 Years!
Woodrow Wilson was President when Horace and Tully Owen first opened the doors to Owen Brothers Quality Cleaners in January 1920. The brothers had started in Fulton, KY before moving to Paducah. Carolyn Perry, a granddaughter of Horace Owen and current owner along with her husband, David Perry, asked a local archivist, Leigh Ann Paxton, to find information on the grand opening. Ms. Paxton was able to locate the original advertisement for the grand opening in the January 11, 1920 edition of the Paducah News Democrat.
The two brothers ran the business together for the first few years until Mr. Horace Owen eventually bought out his brother to become sole proprietor. In 1950, Mr. Owen was joined by his son-in-law, Gene Katterjohn, Jr. The two formed a partnership that greatly expanded the business and lasted until Mr. Owen’s death in 1977. It was in January 1992 that history repeated itself when Carolyn Perry, the daughter of Gene and Carolyn Katterjohn, and David Perry, their son-in-law, purchased the business to become the third generation to own and operate the family business.
We will be celebrating our 100th anniversary throughout 2020, so stay tuned for news on more special events and promotions still to come.