Milton Hershey was the first to
make chocolate in the US
while it was still new in Europe. His greatness
starts here. Milton Hershey was born on September 13, 1857.he live with his mom
and dad named Franny and Henry in Derry
Most families like Milton’s
belong to the Mennonite region. He dressed plainly and did lots of farm work,
As a growing boy, Milton left school at 13 like most kids. He
got a job at a printing press. From his clumsiness, he was fired. His mother
felt sad for him because the printing press was just too hard for Milton. She did her best
to find a job for him at a place he has to like. Then she got him a job for him
at Royer’s ice cream and candy shop. As he got older, he has some failures but
then his failures turn into success. Not only that but he gets married to
Catherine “kitty” Sweeney and had no kids.
Before he even met kitty, he
started his own candy business at 18. Sadly, after 6 years, he closed his shop
for good because he was not making as much money to pay for sugar and
materials. After that, he went to Denver
and got a job selling caramels. Milton
loved his job but he still wanted to have his own business. Therefore, after a
few months, he went to three different states to sell his candy but in each
one, he always fails. Milton only had enough
money to leave to Lancaster.
After he arrived, a friend gave him a place to stay and enough money to start
his last business. He came up with an idea of a caramel business in reminder of
his last job in Denver.
He pushed a shopping cart around town and sold his caramels house by house.
Then 1 day a traveler from England
came to Lancaster and bought some of Milton caramels. They
were so delicious that he placed an order. Milton still needed more money to make the
order happen so he went to the bank and received 700$. He had to hire more
workers and supplies. When the payment came, Milton made a bigger business. In 1893, there
was a huge fair in Chicago.
In 1 part of the fair, there were all these types of machines. Milton favorite 1 was the one that made cocoa
beans and sugar into chocolate! As soon as he saw it, he knew that that machine
would make him a happy man. When he returned to the factory, he was now making
dark sweet chocolate. After he sold chocolate he visited many states that sold
his chocolate. In New York,
he met a salesgirl Catherine “Kitty” Sweeney. After they got married, he sold
his caramel factory for $1,000,000. Then he moved back to Derry Townsville
where he was born. He built his chocolate factory in the middle of a cornfield
and also made milk chocolate. Then he wanted a bigger business so he built a
factory as big as two football fields.
Later on kitty had an idea of
making a school for orphan boys. They kept visiting the school. Then one day
Kitty got ill and died. It was sad for Milton
but he moved on. 30 years before he died Milton
gave his fortune, which is $60,000,000 to charity and school.
In the end, Milton died on October 13, 1945. He was the
first person to make chocolate in the United States. If it wasn’t’ for Milton we wouldn’t have
any chocolate. Now everyone will remember the name Hershey.
Sutcliffe, Jane Milton Hershey Minneapolis: Learner Publications Company
“Milton Hershey” The Columbia
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