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Hershey News (Newspaper) - January 15, 1959, Hershey, PennsylvaniaHershey news vol. 7hershey, Pennsylvania january 15,1959 no. 3 tale of two towns two Hershey so a. And Nebr. A Are linked by letters the distance from Hershey Pennsylvania to Hershey Nebraska is considerable. But mrs. John Luciani of 738 Hillcrest Road Hershey Pennsylvania has maintained a link Between the two towns for a number of years through correspondence with mrs. I. D. Brownfield wife of the Nebraska Hershey a retired postmaster. The Hershey to Hershey postal Friendship began when mrs. Luciani was a student at Hershey High school and received an assignment a to find out something about the town of Hershey her first letter was addressed to the postmaster and a continuing Exchange of letters with mrs. Brownfield followed. Mrs. Luciani a waitress at the Cocoa inn even had the Opportunity to enjoy a by if visit with the Brownfields during the War years when she was in route to visit her husband who was then stationed with the Navy on the West coast. A recently she received a Short history of the Nebraska town of Hershey which contains some interesting facts. It was written by or. Brownfield now retired from the postal service. Hershey Nebraska is located on the Union Pacific Railroad and the Lincoln Highway about 300 Miles West of Omaha and 13 Miles West of North Platte the Home of William f. A Buffalo Bill Cody. In 1892 a group of Farmers and ranch men of the Region met and organized a Tow site company. The principal aim Vias to have a Post office and Railroad switch from which to ship Hay and potatoes. Select name at that time there was a Large business operation there a the Paxton and Hershey land and cattle company and the Tow site group decided to name the town in Honor of one of the company owners j. H. Hershey. A emr. Hershey. For whom the town was named was born and grew to manhood in Pennsylvania a or. Brown Fields. Account states. Hershey is located in a Valley Between the North and South Platte Rivers in what was historic Western Frontier country. Its farms Are irrigated with water from the North Platte River. Beyond the Farmland area is Hilly country known As the san Hills. The land there is owned mostly by cattlemen. In the Farmland around Hershey sugar beets Alfalfa and almost All kinds of Grain Are grown but Stock raising and wild Hay Are the Best paying pursuits or. Brownfield wrote. The natural Prairie Hay grows in strips from one to two Miles wide along the Rivers. Some of the Hay is baled and shipped and some is fed to the cattle locally. Hershey Nebraska is eleven years older than its widely known sister Hershey Pennsylvania. It is unlikely that Many local residents knew there was a Hershey in Nebraska. But mrs. Luciani and mrs. Brownfield have faithfully kept the link Between the two towns. Lions club honors r. K. Raf Hensperger citizen hip award for outstanding service to the Community was presented by the Hershey Lions club to Robert a Raffensperge at the Lions Jan in the photo above Erger second from right receives the citation from Ralph Horst left past president of the Lions club. Jiving approval Are George a a. Mcclees second from left. Lions president and past president Samuel Deangels who Heads the citizenship committee. Raffensperge was recognized at the clubs annual Community service night meeting for his Long and faithful activity As a member of the Hershey Volunteer meet my included Percy Eckert fire company a a r fire chief Mario Moratti president of the Hershey am y 1 Hummer president of the fire company a marching club. Another special guest was Frank Bybee recipient of last years Lions club award for Community service. Raffensperge has been Active in the affairs of the Hershey Volunteer fire Suice 1943, and for the past fourteen years has served As Secretary. A member of the tire Crew he has been a Driver for five years and an executive Board member for four years. His interest also includes activity in the Dauphin county firemen a association. A Hershey estates chemist he is married to the former Jeannette Weaver and is the father of two daughters Kay 31,., and Jean 16 months. The Lions club also presented old Monarch awards to four club members a John Curry e. Morse Heisey Ralph Horst and h. Melvin Keckler a marking ten years membership. Key awards for securing two or More new members during the year were presented to Frank Schwartz and Leonard Snyder. Lebanon daily news photo. Plant visitors set record 111 19.58 with 189,8.32 total the. Number of persons visiting the Hershey chocolate corporation via the guided Plant Tours during 1958 towered Over previous years with a new High Mark set. The years records at the visitors department show that a total of 189,832 persons were ushered through the Plant to see the chocolate processing and manufacturing methods. The figure for the Vear 1958 a was 17.959 higher than the the August 1958 visitation previous Al time High of 171,-Imark to its record 66,080. Pre-873 which was established in piously the busiest August 1957. Was in 1957 when 60,910 Visi the totals for the past six tors were welcomed through years demonstrate the Ever a the Plant doors. Of the except for farm show week when Many of the show visitors Stop off in Hershey to see the chocolate Plant the Winter season is the quietest for the Young women who staff the visitors department. Their a a slowest month a of 19.58 was february when the year 1958 also brought extremely bad weather increasing popularity Plant Tours 1953105,899 195419.5519.5 6. 195719.58126,761 149,543 171.284 171,873 189,832 a new record for Plant visitors during a single month when 66,080 persons passed through the visitors lobby in the month of August. Held Down the visitation figure to 896. But the guides and other staff members were in the midst of a hum of the month by month Tig throughout the warm weather ures for 1958 As compiled by a Obj the of May june july mrs. Verna Stoltz visitors department supervisor january. 1,906 february. 896 March. 2,090 april. 7,747 May. 18,961 june. 33,096 . 32.550 August. 66,080 september 12,094 october. 9.556 november 3,523 december. 1,333 the interest shown by the visitors in the worlds Foremost chocolate manufacturing Plant is widespread in Clud out August and september last year. In that five month period they greeted and escorted through the Plant a total of 162,781 of the years total of 189.832 visitors. The visitors department fun hons daily except Satur plays and holidays and of course is closed during the annual Plant vacation. Louis Andreoni Heads Hershey italian Lodge the january meeting of the.,Hershey italian Lodge menus ing persons from through Independent Mutual Ben the . As Well As h Orni was marked with the the installation of new of Plant visitors Are school groups. Boy scout and girl he new officers installed scout troops and other organi Louis Andreoni presi nations also Are frequent Plant Dent James Custer vice pres a tourists. Quot Iri Cint a Tion Niri Dick Emerite Diclemente treasurer and Pete Camacci a 11 Ai t a a a ment Donald annually the biggest influx Secretary Divo of visitors comes during a a comes August when the Pennsylvania dutch Days Celebration Here brings a Large number of persons to Hershey. The National blowing contest and soil conservation exposition held Here last August in conjunction with the dutch Days events undoubtedly had the effect of helping to push tul Dino Niccolini and Frank i trustees. Joe Surace president of the society for the past year thanked the former officers and members for their cooperation and assistance in helping to make the year a one. He noted site wifi for in Hershey news comm. Big. Hershey a. Tulk Rati u. S. Postage paid Hershey a permit no. 13 3547 requested if undeliverable

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