Milton Hershey

Milton S. Hershey

1857-1945

The Founder of the Phenomenon

Milton Hershey was born on September 13, 1875 in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania of Swiss and German heritage. He lacked formal education, that ended before 5th grade. Not yet 20, Hershey decided to start his own candy and sweets factory after being a printing apprentice and confectioner in another's company. This new factory, in Lancastor, was the first of 3 to immediately fail (the others in New York and Denver). This caused Milton to be nearly bankrupt by 30. However after visting Colorado, he learned the fine art of caramel making and at the 1893 World's Fair, he was inspired by a German Company to make chocolate. He bought the machinery and began what would become a huge success and was in a fantastic location (see Early Years). He also thought a company and its community were interwined so created a mode city that soon became the town of Hershey. Later in life he married Catherine "Kitty" Sweeney and,because they could not have kids, the couple started a boarding school for orphan boys. Unfortunately in 1945 Milton died of a heart attack.