Since I didn't get very far with finding all references and ads in the Westerly and Providence directories, I decided my problem might be complicated by the sheer number of directories that cover that area. So I spent an hour making this chart in Microsoft Word.
So many years have overlap and I see why. Whoever scanned them didn't put them in the right full scan. I found that for the year 1900, I had to search all three sections to get the whole of the information.
As you can see #6, #2 and #1 all contain entries for 1900. I think this will help me pinpoint certain places on the timeline where the business did:
- change the name from Westerly (Steam) Laundry to Victor Laundry to Victor Cleansing Co.
- give the address of the business and the address of the house where the family lived.