Mr. Hershey and Hershey, Cuba

We remember Milton S. Hershey who was born in Derry Township, Pennsylvania on this day in 1857. Over time, he built the world’s largest chocolate manufacturing plant. Hershey died in 1945. 

In 1916, Hershey built a large sugar refinery in Cuba as well an adjoining village to house his workers and their families. 

He named the place Hershey and it included about 160 homes, a public school, a medical clinic, shops, a movie theater, a golf course, social clubs and a baseball stadium where a Hershey-sponsored team played its home games.

The factory became one of the most productive sugar refineries in the country, if not in all of Latin America. Furthermore, the village was the envy of surrounding towns for its quality of life.

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