from 1911 Polk-Husted directory

The Oakland California Towel Company was a business 1903-1957+ that provided clean towels and supplies to other businesses. It was at the northeast corner of 28th and Filbert in 1911. In 1930, it moved into new, larger quarters "occupying the entire block." 1

The company was founded in 1903, founded by Joseph N. Borroughs. 1 Borroughs died in 1954, but the business was around until at least 1957.

In 1911, the directors were:

  • Joseph N. Borroughs
  • R. A. Presher
  • Carrie E. Hall
  • Clay H. Hawbaker
  • W. S. Bailey

In 1917, they added equipment to handle large contracts, including providing towels for Neptune Beach in Alameda. 3

The 1930 building still stands on 28th St. They also had a cabinet shop in Emeryville where the cabinets for Borroughs' roller towels were made. 1

1930 1

In 1955, Brooke Petray was president, and Robert C. Hoover was elected vice president. 2

Links and References

  1. Towel Company Has Complete Plant Here Oakland Tribune March 30, 1930
  2. Everybody's Business Oakland Tribune July 1, 1955
  3. Industrial News Oakland Tribune February 24, 1917