Monopolizing Washington

Everybody knows George Preston Marshall, my mother’s father, got the pro football ball rolling and owned the Redskins for a long time, till the day he died. But not so many remember him for monopolizing the laundry industry in Washington. He wound up owning 57 laundries and getting the moniker “Wet Wash Marshall” because he insisted, when all the other laundries were washing clothes and sending them back wet, for the customers to hang up on clotheslines, to dry, press, and fold them, ready to be put in drawers. He must have had some incredible business skills besides his flair for show business!

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