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Early Life and Interests
- Milton Snavely Hershey was born on September 13, 1857, in Derry Township, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Henry Hershey and Veronica Snavely, both devoted Mennonites.
- In 1867, his parents separated. At the age of thirteen, Milton had already attended six different schools. He was a smart boy, but since they moved a lot, his mother decided that young Milton should learn about trading.
- In 1871, Hershey became Sam Ernst’s apprentice. Ernst was a local printer who published a German-English newspaper. After a while, he discovered his interest in candy-making.
- He worked as an apprentice to Joseph Royer at the Lancaster confectioner shop.
- For four years, Milton learned the craft of candy making. He familiarized himself with caramel, peppermints and fudge.
Milton Hershey’s Bitter to Sweet Journey
- At the age of 19, Milton decided to start his own business venture. He opened a shop in Philadelphia where he sold all sorts of candies, nuts and ice cream.
- He also opened shops in Chicago and New York, both sadly failed. After he closed his business, Milton worked with a candy maker in Denver where he learned the use of fresh milk in making candies.
- In 1883, Milton went back to Lancaster and started another business, the Lancaster Caramel Company. He decided to specialize in making caramels and after some time, Milton soon opened candy factories and branches in other parts of America.
- In 1893, Milton became interested in making chocolates after attending the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago. Even though his caramel company was successful,
- Milton decided to sell it for $1 million in 1900 and build a new one named Hershey Chocolate Company.
- By 1903, Milton built a town near his birthplace and named it Hershey, Pennsylvania.
- Milton’s vision was to be able to mass-produce milk chocolates that an average American could buy. During those time, chocolate was a luxury item. His manufacturing facility was surrounded by dairy farms for round the clock supply of fresh milk.
- In 1907, Hershey’s Kisses were developed and by 1908, Hershey’s bar with almonds was released.
- Two years later, Milton established the Hershey Industrial School, a facility for orphaned boys with financial support from the Milton Hershey School Trust fund.
- In the 1930s, when America was gripped by the Great Depression, Milton constructed hotels, buildings, and offices for the Hershey Company to keep people in his town working.
- During World War II, Hershey supplied the U.S. Army with chocolate bars named Ration D Bars.
Later Life, Legacy and Death
- After the death of his wife, Catherine, in 1918, Milton never remarried. Since they never had children, Milton’s wealth supported the education of underprivileged boys and girls.
- Aside from his school, Milton also created the M.S. Hershey Foundation that supported cultural and educational activities for people in Derry Township. In addition, The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center became one of the leading healthcare facilities in the United States.
- On October 13, 1945, Milton died of pneumonia in Hershey, Pennsylvania, at the age of 88. He was buried next to his wife, mother, and father at the Hershey Cemetery.
- In 1963, the successor of Harry Burnett Reese sold the company to Hershey Chocolate Corporation. Reese was a former employee of Hershey who launched his own business using his peanut butter cups.
- From 1916 to 1946, Hershey owned sugar plantations and mills in Cuba.
- In addition, Mr. Hershey owned High Point, Hersheypark, ZooAmerica, Hershey’s Chocolate World, The Hotel Hershey, Hershey Lodge, Hershey Country Club, Hershey Gardens, Hershey Bears and Hersheypark Arena.
Milton Hershey Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about American confectioner and philanthropist Milton Hershey across 22 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Milton Hershey worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about Milton Hershey who was an American confectioner and philanthropist known for popularizing chocolate candy through his Hershey Chocolate Corporation.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Milton Hershey Facts
- The Chocolate King
- A Sweet Goodbye
- Journey of Hershey
- The Man Behind the Kiss
- Chocolate Madness
- World’s Chocoholic
- Largest Cocoa Production
- Taste the Bar
- Chocolates and Health
- Learn from Hershey
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