A sign in Harold Robinson’s White Star Cleaners near FM 1570 and Highway 34 proclaims a Monday closure in observance of the One-hundred and twenty first celebration of the Fall Holiday. The day did not always fall on a Monday but on a Tuesday in many instance before the U.S. Congress designated the first Monday in September.
Harold has been laboring all of his life as a temporary worker at White Star Cleaners in Greenville. He started as a “bundle boy” under the watchful eye of Orvil Thomas in 1948. Later “Soapy” Callahan bought the Stonewall Street business in 1951 and the business passed on to Harold in 1978. Harold does it all; laundry, dry cleaning, curtains and restaurant linens. Still after all of this time, Harold’s job has been temporary. He said if you do not do your best then the job is temporary. When you own the company, the job is temporary until the Lord calls you home.
Harold retired two years ago at 87 to take care of his wife. That was temporary and now at 89-years He and his grandson, Tommy, have reopened White Star. Happy Labor Day, Hunt County.