Airplane Crash on the 4th of July

By Kathleen Forney

On July 4th, 1935 hundreds of residents of Elizabethtown gathered in Klein’s field behind the Elizabethtown High School on South Poplar Street to celebrate the nations birthday. The local newspaper had been promoting the event from as early as March. A half-page advertisement in a June 28th, 1935 edition of the Elizabethtown Chronicle had a title which read “All in readiness for Mammoth 4th of July Celebration sponsored by local Post of the American Legion.” Attractions in the advertisement incl...

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Ann Klein of Elizabethtown, a Woman in a Man's World

By Kathleen Forney

In 1951, William Klein Jr., of the Klein Chocolate Company, married Elizabeth Ann Fisher, known to all as Ann, of Lancaster County, PA when she was 21 years of age. Her father, J. Henry Fisher, was a keen businessman. In 1940, he purchased the forty-five-year-old struggling New Holland Machine Company with four other local investors. Using their innovative ideas and savvy business skills they catapulted their newly reorganized company into a worldwide success.
As the company grew exponential...

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The Schools of Elizabethtown

By Kathleen Forney

Summer has drawn to a close and with that the seasonal regularity of school buses are seen in numbers rolling toward various schools in Elizabethtown. The school buses are filled with excited children anticipating a new school term. Their excitement in regard to a new term, new teacher and perhaps new classmates is not unique nor unlike the excitement that children experienced in Elizabethtown over 200 years ago at the beginning of a school year. However, children then were embarking on uncharte...

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